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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: AudioGO Limited (3 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471325938
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471325939
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 0.9 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The final book in the classic Martin Beck detective series from the 1960s - the novels that shaped the future of Scandinavian crime writing. The books follow the fortunes of the detective Martin Beck, whose enigmatic, taciturn character has inspired countless other policemen in crime fiction. An American senator is visiting Stockholm. A group of terrorists is determined to assassinate him. Detective Inspector Martin Beck is determined to stop them. At the same time, there is the ambiguous case of a young woman on trial, the latest in a long string of bank robberies plaguing the city, and the mysterious circumstances of a millionaire porn filmmaker found brutally murdered at the house of his mistress. Will Beck be able to manage each unraveling case and prevent further atrocities, even when his own life is put on the line?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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Dec. 2013
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This is the tenth and final story in the Martin Beck Stories.
This is a big shame because all of the previous have been excellent.

This is not the exception.
In the past I always have added a line or two about how the shortness of the others always made me long for more.
The irony is that this is the longest of the series a 90 minutes long.
But and this is a big but I wish it had been some of the other nine that had had the full 90 minutes treatment.
This is a good story but I think it palls a little. This maybe that out hero is no longer world weary and so jaded.
Misery loves company and I think that the unhappy life of Beck really added to his character and story. Kollberg, a regular and welcome addition to the cast, isn't in this a tenth as much as I would have liked.

My co reviewers have likened this winding up as akin to Conan Doyle with Sherlock Holmes they are right it feels as if all the loose ends are being tied up.

The plot involves a high ranking American politician who is the target of a Japanese Terrorist group. Beck foils their plot and becomes the target instead.
This was slightly spoiled in effect for me that the Japanese terrorists did not sound Japanese. Has PC gone too far? Dick Barton never had this problem.
But then again the books were originally written in a foreign language so who am I to judge.

I really recommend this the final book and all the previous 9 it has been a wonderful journey and a rewarding listening experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 12 Nov. 2013
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This is the tenth BBC radio production based on the Martin Beck series of novels by Sjowall and Wahloo. With this production all the original books have now been `done' by the BBC and released on CD. Written in 1974, and set in the same year, it features Steven Mackintosh as the weary Beck, Ralph Ineson as the boorish but indispensable Larsson and has a memorable guest appearance from Michael Malony as the curiously named `Bulldozer'. There is also a brief cameo for Neil Pearson as Kollberg, a major character in most of the earlier episodes.

The Swedish Police are trying to prepare for the visit of a controversial American politician. They have credible intelligence that a terrorist group will make an attempt on his life whilst he is in Sweden. It is up to Beck and his team to predict the Terrorists plans and to try and stop them. The play opens with a seemingly unrelated episode in which Beck is called upon to help defend a young girl on an armed robbery charge, then gets right into the main story with some style and gusto. The importance of the seemingly unrelated case at the start of the play becomes apparent towards the end.

The absence in the main of Pearson's Kollberg, who resigned from the force at the end of the previous episode, is felt strongly. Ralph Ineson's Larsson, a really splendid creation from both actor and writers, steps in to take the role of Beck's trusted number two, but there is still a palpable hole where Kollberg should be. This is not a fault but a positive, as it is the intention in part of the story to make the listener feel the loss of the character. And the added emphasis on Larsson is very welcome.

I enjoyed this story immensely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R de Bulat TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Oct. 2013
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I had never heard of this fictional detective before, but the recent interest in Scandinavian crime fiction on TV has possibly bought it to the fore. The CD of the story has been presented in the form of a radio play, with some narrative, but the story is carried by the dialogue. Without spoiling anything, I will say that the ending becomes quite tense with some diversions along the way that all come together towards the end. It is a bit like a Greek tragedy in the way that things happen with some inevitability, but not in the way you would expect. The character of Martin Beck, as well as the other principals, are down to earth and definitely of the people: the state of the Swedish police force is rather poor, as it is portrayed here, with Beck a downtrodden, but perceptive exception, sidelined by politics and then required to give his all by people who are politically astute but not half as street-wise. This is an aspect of the back-story that gives a sense of realism and motive for Martin Beck's characterisation along with his overall gloominess. The CD does not and cannot give all of the detail of the written word and I found myself interested in the series of books and wanting to know more: as such this is a good introduction to the writers' works - a husband and wife team - but the audio-book does stand alone and I will, at some point, listen to it again over a long car journey or, as I did this time, on a quiet evening in. A good story, well played out, not quite as good as a book, but worth listening to all the same.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 25 Sept. 2013
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If there's been one complaint about BBC Radio's excellent series of adaptations of the Martin Beck novels, it's that many of them could have benefited from a longer running time than the roughly one hour given to each of the previous nine entries, so it's a particular irony that the only one to get 90 minutes to play with is the one that could have done with being tightened up. The final entry in The Story of a Crime series (given the more sensational title The Martin Beck Killings for radio) sees Beck unusually happy, having found a new love and a sense of contentment, and that comfort is never seriously threatened even when one of a group of terrorists briefly targets him after he's a little too successful in protecting a reactionary American senator on a state visit. With regular confidante Kollberg now almost completely out of the picture aside from a brief reappearance, he's more reliant on the famously brusque Larsson, but he too seems to have settled down as his new responsibilities have given him a bit more tact and restraint. Throughout there's a feeling of the writers giving everybody closure and gifting them brighter fates than seemed their lot in the earlier episodes, and that tends to make for a flabby narrative that's particularly disappointing after the two excellent previous instalments, The Locked Room and Cop Killer.

Along with the terrorists, there's also the case of a not too bright woman who may or may not have attempted to rob a bank and who hangs around the sidelines of the case in a way that tells you she'll play a bigger role than providing the excuse for some courtroom comedy with lawyer `Bulldozer Olson' and his inability to remember his client or the witnesses' names.
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