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The Fire Engine That Disappeared (The Martin Beck series, Book 5)
 
 

The Fire Engine That Disappeared (The Martin Beck series, Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Maj Sjöwall , Per Wahlöö
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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‘Superbly well done. It stars the gloomy head of homicide, Martin Beck, and is stunning right up to the last paragraph. The authors are ready for the great Simenon.’ New York Magazine

‘The tale proceeds at a fast clip, inventive and tantalizing as the pieces of the puzzle alternately fit together and fly apart…“The Fire Engine that Disappeared” is downright fascinating.’ Publishers Weekly

'A gripping read, brilliantly plotted and with frequent moments of hilarity or tenderness.' The Guardian

Praise for Sjöwall and Wahlöö:

‘Plots are interesting as well as realistic, the various homicide men are admirably characterised, and the amused, sarcastic comments on modern Sweden are a delight.’ Sunday Times

‘The writing is elegant and surprisingly humorous – if you haven’t come across Beck before, you’re in for a treat.’ Guardian

‘One of the most authentic, gripping and profound collections of police procedurals ever accomplished.’ Michael Connelly

Review

‘Superbly well done. It stars the gloomy head of homicide, Martin Beck, and is stunning right up to the last paragraph. The authors are ready for the great Simenon.’ New York Magazine

‘The tale proceeds at a fast clip, inventive and tantalizing as the pieces of the puzzle alternately fit together and fly apart…“The Fire Engine that Disappeared” is downright fascinating.’ Publishers Weekly

'A gripping read, brilliantly plotted and with frequent moments of hilarity or tenderness.' The Guardian

Praise for Sjowall & Wahloo:

‘Plots are interesting as well as realistic, the various homicide men are admirably characterised, and the amused, sarcastic comments on modern Sweden are a delight.’ Sunday Times

‘The writing is elegant and surprisingly humorous – if you haven’t come across Beck before, you’re in for a treat.’ Guardian

‘One of the most authentic, gripping and profound collections of police procedurals ever accomplished.’nMichael Connelly


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 540 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307390926
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (20 Aug 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9EZ0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,894 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 27 July 2013
Format:Paperback
There is a bit of inconsistency in the Martin Beck series but this is a brilliant read, the sour comments about Swedish society are spiced with a bit of humour, and the best joke in the 10 volumes involves a Bohemian sculptress's magnum opus. Any fan of Scandinavian noir on TV will enjoy finding out where it all comes from, this edition has the air of a school textbook with a bit too much exposition for my liking, but is nicely presented and the translation is competent.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the Beck series 24 Oct 2007
By Alexander Leach VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Alongside the first book Roseanna, and The Man on the Balcony, this is among the best of the Martin Beck decalogue.

The story is quite wide-ranging in geography and plot, with interesting procedural details. And all the regulars are present, including Melander and the bear-like Gunvald Larsson, plus the inept Kristiansson and Kvant for slight comic relief. A new recruit, Benny Skacke is introduced. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mysterious mysteries 13 April 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I came to Swedish detective writing through first the Wallender novels and then Salander - and then I came across this series of ten novels which really were the foundation of all that has followed.
Anyone who hasn't found this Swedish pair of Marxist journalists turned novelists should do so as soon as is humanly possible. They are fascinating about police procedure, often droll and utterly realist in the interplay of characters in the cop shop and are wonderfully, unobtrusively snide about the great Swedish Social Democrat experiment.
What is remarkable is how different each novel is. A compendium of delight worth any number of so called 'literary novels.'
Go for them!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I enjoy the continuity of the base story thread running in the background of each of the Beck books and feel the characters are like old colleagues or acquaintances. It's amusing to read about the quirks of each character and their foibles and how they all work together to solve the crimes. These books are easy reading but gripping, and having a fair amount of knowledge of the geography of Sweden helps me to imagine the places the detectives find themselves. I enjoy Scandinavian crime novels and these are a fabulous new find for me. It's a pity that Per Wahloo is no longer alive to continue the stories with Maj Sjowall. I will read the rest of the series with relish, and I know I will mourn when I have finished them all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 4 April 2012
By bookworm8 VINE VOICE
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Another superb book in the Martin Beck series. Subtle, totally believable, humane, analytical. If you haven't read the Martin Beck books, I unreservedly recommend them. If you have read some but not this, get it - its brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good story, entertainingly told. 4 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback
A good read. I would definitely try another by these authors. Their occasional witty asides make a charming alternative to the kind of detective fiction that is too relentlessly serious.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Swedes 26 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback
This was my introduction to Martin Beck and far superior to Henning Mankell. This one inspired me to buy (or borrow) others in the series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best so far 2 April 2014
By Michael Ward VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was a slow burn of a book, once in you want to know more but it was just a bit like wadding through thin treacle. I love the Martin Beck stories, but they are getting dated, but this one is OK.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Swedish crime
Good.
Published 1 month ago by D. J. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars It's good
I liked it
Published 2 months ago by Rick Lawrence
4.0 out of 5 stars Swedish detective novel, very enjoyable
Martin Beck hasn't suffered in translation, nor has he aged badly. Interesting to debate how much he was an influence on Michael Connelly, which is how I came here in the first... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mike Mood
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
I am in the process of reading all of the Martin Beck series of book: there are only 10 and I have one more to go, unfortunately, as the books are addictive, well written and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by R. J. de Bulat
3.0 out of 5 stars Police with attitude
I found this gripping at times and slow at others. Some characters were too extreme to be believable and the last few chapters seemed to fade away. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Smithy
5.0 out of 5 stars Small and superb
True story - just after reading this tight and witty detective story, I was riding in a taxi listening to the drive talk about his attempts to overcome writer's block and finish... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Blue in Washington
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent
Brilliant plot with characters who jump from the page into your imagination and then make themselves at home. Could not put it down.
Published 8 months ago by jeremy waltonn
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
The characterisation of the various policemen is strong. Combined with a good plot, it makes for a good read. Recommended.
Published 16 months ago by George May
5.0 out of 5 stars The daddies
Per and Maj did it first and did it best.
Even Henning Mankell says so.
Are you going to argue?
Published 17 months ago by The Woodgnome
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast service
I enjoy this series of Martin Beck novels set in the sixties. But I am a fan of swedish crime fiction.
Fast delivery.
Published 17 months ago by Ms. J. L. Byron
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