"Detective Inspector Martin Beck is always professional, never vindictive or spiteful." "Persistence and empathy are his greatest assets." "That's why we've given him ten books. He sees murderers as ordinary people who are just more unfortunate and maladjusted than most of us." "And he always tries to see that justice is done."
While Nordic noir has recently become big international business with the likes of the Girl with the dragon Tattoo and The Killing, it's not the first time the genre has travelled successfully beyond its borders. Between 1965-75, Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo's Martin Beck was a publishing sensation, inspiring local TV series and a… Read more
Adapted from the second novel in the series, The Man on the Balcony is another satisfying entry in the BBC's radio dramatisations of Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo's Martin Beck police procedurals that sees the melancholy detective given one of those impossible cases that every detective in a series eventually seems to get where he has to go outside his jurisdiction to solve a crime the local force don't seem to have any interest in. In this case their disinterest in the disappearance of a Swedish journalist is all the more suspicious and politically sensitive since he's gone missing in communist Budapest - this being the late 60s - and because Beck is very obviously being followed… Read more
The Man on the Balcony is another satisfying entry in the BBC's radio dramatisations of Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo's Martin Beck police procedurals that puts the melancholy detective on the trail of a child murderer who leaves his victims in parks. It's a case that drags on with so few clues that the Swedish police are almost resigned to waiting for the next crime in the hope the killer will slip up until it turns out that a mugger who has been targeting the park with a remarkable ability to evade regular police patrols might have seen something that will crack the case...
Adapted from the third novel in the series, it sees the introduction of the blunt, rough and ready Gunvald… Read more