- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Fourth Estate (23 Jun. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 000743913X
- ISBN-13: 978-0007439133
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Man on the Balcony (The Martin Beck series, Book 3) (A Martin Beck Novel) Paperback – 23 Jun 2011
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‘Authentic seeming, grim, but fascinating.’ Sunday Telegraph
‘A well-told, documentary-type tale of how the Stockholm police slog away…There is something of Ed McBain's “87th Precinct” novels about it, but with less of a factory finish.’ Spectator
‘They changed the genre. Whoever is writing crime fiction after these novels is inspired by them in one way or another.’ Henning Mankell
‘If you haven’t read Sjöwall/Wahlöö, start now.’ Sunday Telegraph
‘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 Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, 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. Wahlöö died at the age of 49 just as their 10th book was going to press. Sjöwall 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.See all Product Description
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This edition of the series from Harper is very attractively designed, and the letter on the spines spell out the main character's name: MARTIN BECK. This is book R - the third in the series.
Tempers amongst the police force are frayed as a serious of vicious mugging on pensioners at the city parks is running riot, with the eighth occurrence in the last two weeks and no closer to finding the perpetrator. This man who is charged with tackling this one man crime wave is Detective Inspector Gunvald Larsson who comments that "if someone doesn't grab him soon" the perpetrator could end up taking a life. That "someone" being either the police or a civil patrol, and Larsson seems largely indifferent to just whom it is, one of many times that society seems to sympathise with vigilante action in this novel. On the night of the eighth mugging an altogether more sinister horror awaits, as the body of a young girl who has been the victim of sexual interference and assault is found dead. Jaded before even beginning the investigation, Kollberg is faced with breaking the news to the mother of the child, just as his own wife is due to give birth. When a second girl is discovered under similar circumstances it takes a tip off to bring the mugger into the police fold and establish that he has seen the murderer. Along with a three-year-old boy who is also believed to have witnessed the murderer, the details they provide bring a flash of inspiration from Martin Beck.Read more ›
This is the world of Martin Beck. A not so happy policeman who loves/hates his job. He is good at it, and his colleagues are a mixture of obnoxious and obese. Melender who has the famous memory, Kollberg, who plods along and is awaiting the birth of his first child, Larrsson, the lout, the obnoxious and rude one, and Martin Beck the heart and soul of these men. Nine or ten muggings in parks have taken place, citizens are hurt and it is only time before someone is killed. And, then a young girl is found murdered, strangled and sexually abused. The murderer took her panties with him. The citizenry are up in arms, and, then, another young girl is murdered. No clues so far, until the mugger is found, and he was in the same park at the same time as the pediophile. He gives them a description of the murderer. Martin Beck, in the back of his mind, has something waiting to be remembered, released. And, when it is, then, everything turns around.
Maj Sjowall and her husband, (he died several years ago) have written a terrific police procedural. One by one the facts and clues are put together. We forget at times, that the lack of computers and DNA, could be a hindrance. It may take them awhile, but with good police work a fitting end is found. Martin Beck, in his mind has stored an important piece of information, and, all we are waiting for is the right time when the information is unleashed. This is the third in a series that has as it's focus, Martin Beck. Read them all.
Recommended. prisrob 08-27-13
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Maj Sjowall. Just the best crime/thriller books. Warning, addictive reading, take care. Gives more than a flavour of Scandinavian crime. Highly recommended. Ed.Published 2 months ago by Edward Tate
Enjoyed the read enough to purchase the next book in the 'Beck' series.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love these books, will hopefully get all of them. Saving them, so I don't run out!Published 9 months ago by Clare Hayden