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Maj Sjowall , Per Wahloo , Lars Kepler
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5 Jan 2012 The Martin Beck Series (Book 9)

The ninth book in the classic Martin Beck detective series from the 1960s and 70s – the novels that shaped the future of Scandinavian crime writing.

Hugely acclaimed, the Martin Beck series were the original Scandinavian crime novels and have inspired the writings of Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell and Jo Nesbo.

In a Swedish country town, a woman is brutally murdered and left buried in a swamp. On a quiet suburban street a midnight shootout takes place between three cops and two teenage boys. Detective Inspector Martin Beck and his partner Lennart Kollberg are called in on both cases. In the unfamiliar small-town setting, they encounter figures from their earlier cases…


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (5 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007439199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007439195
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘The godparents of Scandinavian crime fiction.’ Jo Nesbo

'Some of the most gripping crime fiction ever written.' Michael Connelly

‘If you haven’t come across Beck before, you’re in for a treat.’ Guardian

‘I have never read a finer police story.’ Los Angeles Times

‘If you haven’t read Sjowall/Wahloo, start now.’ Sunday Telegraph

‘Their mysteries don’t just read well; they reread even better. Witness, wife, petty cop or crook – they’re all real characters even if they get just a few sentences. The plots hold, because they’re ingenious but never inhuman.’ New York Times

‘They changed the genre. Whoever is writing crime fiction after these novels is inspired by them in one way or another.’ Henning Mankell

‘Pick up one book…and you become unhinged. You want to block out a week of your life, lie to your boss, and stay in bed, gorging on one after another.’ Observer

About the Author

Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, both left-wing journalists and politically radical, met in 1961 while working for magazines published by the same company. They married the next year and together created the Martin Beck crime series, famously writing alternate chapters at night after putting their children to bed. Wahloo died at the age of 49 just as their 10th book was going to press. Sjowall currently lives in Sweden and continues to work as a writer and translator. They won the esteemed Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Crime Fiction Book in 1971.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By lovemurakami TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Sjowall and Wahloo were the husband and wife team who together conceived and wrote a series of 10 police novels about the exploits of detectives from the the special homicide commission of the national police in which the character of Martin Beck was the main protagonist and backing him up was his assitant Kollberg.

This novel is the 9th in the series and deals with a murder of a woman in Southern Sweden however there is a secondary story which deals with a teenage killer of a policeman.

What you see in these novels is the beginnings of modern Swedish crime fiction, with the writers being concerned with swedish society and the changes which were occurring in the 60'/70's. What is remarkable is that this is still being reinforced by modern Swedish and Nordic writers, especially Mankell, Larsson and the icelandic writer Indridason.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sting in the tale 20 April 2011
By Officer Dibble VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Martin Beck plays a lesser role in this police procedural which features two seemingly unconnected deaths. The authors are vociferous in their criticisms of the nationalisation of the police force, the failings of the Welfare State and the shortcomings of the, so-called, 'Third Way'. These criticisms are voiced via the narrator rather than the characters.

The book features the usual cast list but concentrates on Beck's closest friend, Kollberg. The latter's disenchantment with 'the force' is central and also extends to a vital parting gift to Beck.

The book gripped me from a chilling, opening chapter. It has a few knowing references to the earlier books in the series but is an excellent stand alone read for those unwilling to commit to the decalogue.

If you like the police procedural genre these authors must be in your Top Ten and this book is one of their best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Before Henning Mankell and Before Stieg Larsson 23 Dec 2010
By Leonard Fleisig TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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There was the Swedish writing team of Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo. They created the character of Inspector Martin Beck and in ten volumes pretty much gave birth to the concept of Swedish noir. Henning Mankell's Inspector Wallander series and Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander/Mikael Blomkvist stories are the literary progeny of Sjowall and Wahloo's wonderful creation.

"Cop Killer" is the ninth of ten stories in the Inspector Beck series. It focuses on the disappearance and likely murder of Sig Mard in a small town far from Stockholm. Inspector Martin Beck, now the head of Sweden's national homicide bureau is called in to investigate. There is some pressure on Beck to round up the usual suspects, certainly the available evidence seems to suggest a limited universe of potential killers), but Beck will have none of it. Beck, as usual, is painstakingly thorough, almost plodding. There are no Sherlock Holmes-like flashes of genius. Beck is a good cop because he works hard, is thorough and has a way of sifting through the evidence until a picture forms of the crime sufficient for a resolution.

A number of things keep the Martin Beck stories interesting for me. First and foremost is the character development of the major players. Beck and his colleagues are far from angels or virtuous men on horseback coming in to save the world from crime. They are cops, first and foremost, doing a tough job in a country which has had (based on these books at least) more than its share of murder and mayhem. Yet, after reading a few of these books I've grown attached to Beck and his crew. They aren't geniuses but they work. They dig out clues and they wait and they analyze and they dig some more. Second is the setting: Sweden in the 60s and 70s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cop Killer (The Martin Beck series, Book 9) 23 Jun 2014
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Another great read and this one seemed to have a lot less of Martin Beck in it. Well worth a read and onto the last one now of the 10 book series.
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By Dr R TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Nine down and just `The Terrorists' to go in Sjöwall and Wahlöö's ten book series `The Story of a Crime'. Written in 1974 and here in a translation from a year later by Thomas Teal, Beck and Kollberg escape the noise and stresses of Stockholm for Anderslöv in the south of the country, a rural backwater where policing is carried out by Herrgot Allwright and his dog, Timmy.

Allwright was the `type of man who did not fit in with the new conformist style [of policing] and was therefore on his way to dying out, but was not yet completely extinct'. Hardly surprising that he gets on so well with Beck who arrives to look into the disappearance of divorcee, Sigbrit Mård, last seen waiting for a bus home. By the time we reach chapter 3 we already know what has happened to Sigbrit and have also met Lindberg, `The Breadman', who the police are seeking after a raid on a jeweller's shop in which a sales assistant was shot dead. The media and Beck's bosses believe that the disappearance is, in fact a murder, carried out by Folke Bengtsson, last met in the first book in the series, `Roseanne', who lives closest to the missing woman. There is also the reappearance of Åke Gunnarson, from six years earlier in `The Man Who Went Up in Smoke', and the scene where he and Kollberg reflect on the dark places in their lives is one of the high spots of the series.

Beck is much more relaxed in this book, set just over a year after the previous book, `The Locked Room', and the reason for his changed attitude can be found there. Almost half way through the book there is a major advance in the investigation and shortly thereafter the event that gives the book its name occurs.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Swedish crime
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Published 20 days ago by D. J. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous
for all its diversions, and extraneous but fascinating characters, meandering story - this is the grand-daddy crime stories of all time - utterly readable
Published 6 months ago by Leslie Gardner
5.0 out of 5 stars I became addicted to these books over Christmas, and read the lot!
Written in the 1960s and 70s, these books are the original Scandinavian Police Procedurals and give a fascinating insight into life and policing in the period ... Read more
Published 7 months ago by E. Heckingbottom
5.0 out of 5 stars exemplary crime fiction
This is the 9th and penultimate book in the Martin Beck series. It features complex and seemingly intractable problems as two crimes clash: a sex murder and the shooting of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by R. J. de Bulat
3.0 out of 5 stars A good series but .....
I read the first of this ten novel series in July, was gently hooked, worked my way through all the Martin Beck books over four months. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sagittarian
5.0 out of 5 stars original Nordic Noir
These are the original Nordic Noir and follow a group of Stockholm detectives through the 60's and early 70's written by a couple they have a fantastic view of police work and the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. David Myles
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect police procedural?
The ninth novel in the sequence sees the authors on top of their game, with two intriguing storylines plus the continued dissection of Swedish society of the late 60's. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dr. Peter G. Upton
5.0 out of 5 stars The series just gets better and better!
Book 9 of the series, I wish I was just starting the first one! I found these authors purely by being on the Amazon site and I am so glad that I did. Read more
Published 12 months ago by mary Britten
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant read
Superb penultimate book in this series - a classic. I prefer to read these in order but they will work as 'stand-alone' reads.
Published 15 months ago by bookworm8
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Series
I have read 9 of the 10 Martin Beck books and this is by far the best. A gripping story that moves along at a good pace. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
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