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By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
Roseanna (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Who Went Up in Smoke (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man on the Balcony (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Laughing Policeman / Investigation of Murder (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fire Engine that Disappeared (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder at the Savoy (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Abominable Man (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Locked Room (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cop Killer (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Terrorists (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon

Maj Sjöwall is a Swedish interpreter and creative writer. She is best known for the joint work with her collaborator Per Wahlöö on a progression of ten books about the adventures of Martin Beck, a cop analyst in Stockholm. In 1971, the fourth of these books, The Laughing Policeman (an interpretation of Den skrattande polisen, initially distributed in 1968) won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Novel. They likewise composed books independently. Sjöwall had a 13-year association with Wahlöö which kept going until his demise in 1975.
We shall review this author’s most read books in this article.

Roseanna #1 Martin Beck Police Mystery
The breathtaking first novel in the Martin Beck series by the world recognized prestigious crime author Maj Sjöwall, details Beck chasing for the killer of a lonely explorer. On a July evening, a young lady’s body is dug from Sweden’s delightful Lake Vattern. Without any hints, Beck starts an examination to find the murderer as well as to find who the casualty was. After three months, all Beck knows is that her name was Roseanna and that she could have been choked by any of eighty-five individuals on a trip. As the melancholic Beck limits the rundown of suspects, he is attracted progressively to the puzzler of the casualty, a free-energetic traveler with an affinity for easygoing sex, and to the psychopathology of a killer with an unmistakable – to be sure, frightening – feeling of respectability.

The Swedish analyst Martin Beck is unassuming. He comes down with high instinctive level like an influenza bug, drinking coffee, feeling quite debilitated, yet he drinks it, and riding the metro makes him queasy, but he needs to ride it. When he isn’t drained, he is weary very nearly depressed. He works unusually long hours for a mix of reasons mostly that he is engrossed in his cases and his marriage is rocky. He wedded the lady that he needed for the most part since she was upbeat, an antitoxin to his miserable nature. When she had children, similar to what occurs with a great many people, she changed. It leaves one wondering whether men or ladies are crazier. The notion that ladies that wed men hoping to transform them, or men that marry ladies, assuming they will remain the same.

At the point when Beck is home, he takes a shot at a model ship enabling his brain to openly wander over his caseload. His children are merely foundation clamor for his life. He doesn’t appear to be keen on them. They are only indications to the ailment of his fizzled marriage.

The Man Who Went Up in Smoke #2 Martin Beck Police Mystery
Police analyst Martin Beck joins his family during the midyear season, yet gets back to work before he even has sufficient energy to acquire a beautiful sunburn. A writer named Alf Matsson has vanished while on an assignment in Budapest and with the daily paper he worked for debilitating to cause a political fuss, the Swedish government calls on Beck to find Mr. Matsson. Beck flies to Hungary in a book written way back in the sixties, and Beck has no official status as he tries to find Matsson.

Unlike The Cold War Era in America, we see a Western European cop going into the Eastern bloc policing politics investigations under an unforgiving communist state while managing unfriendly Hungarian police. In any case, the Budapest described in the novel appears like a real get-away spot, and the cops are gracious and genuinely accommodating to Beck. It was a decent surprise. This was a higher amount of cop-out-of-his-element kind of narrative instead of a story with political/trick hints.

This installment gets a considerable measure of glory for being among the first police procedurals, and it’s anything but awkward to see the impact they had on the series. Val McDermid has an awesome presentation in this release; he discusses how pivotal the books were at the time and what number of the mechanisms acquainted in them went ahead with a move toward becoming clichés. Tragically, this edition has adapted to a beautiful writing style enough to empower one to figure the answer to the mystery about mid-way through the book.

Beck’s feelings and thoughts are explained using his actions and not work or discourse. There are a few indications that his marriage isn’t going so well and you get the inclination that he respects the opportunity to make tracks in the opposite direction from a family get-away. However, it’s never communicated doubtlessly. The way we just know Beck through his approach to his police work helps considerably to remember the early Matt Scudder books by Lawrence Block. Great read!

The Laughing Policeman #4 Martin Beck Police Mystery
This book rotates around two of the criminologists: Lennart Kollberg and Åke Stenström. The central puzzle of the book is the shooting of Stenström and seven others on a double-decker bus on the edge of Stockholm and Solna. Nobody has any thought what Stenström is doing on the bus, and the chase for a mass killer in 1968 Sweden is every one of the somewhat dreamlike to the criminologists who expect that sort of thing in Vietnam war-torn USA, however not late-sixties Sweden.

The examination (refreshingly deprived of the “cop executioner” chest beating we’ve expected from our police procedurals) dives profound into the life of Stenström, endeavoring to make sense of what made him hop on that bus in the first place. We meet his better half and future cop Åsa Torell; we find their sexual proclivities, Stenström’s affection for firearms, and his grandiose aspirations.

It is Kollberg who does the majority of the work on this front, become a close confrère with Åsa Torell after Stenström’s demise and going so far as to welcome her to remain with him, his significant other, Gun, and their infant (just a single now) for some time. We find considerably more about Kollberg’s Socialist political issues, his repulse for weapons, his and Gun’s sexual inclinations, and that he is a damn smart investigator. No big surprise he and Beck get along so well.

The Kollberg and Stenström stuff is precisely the sort of things I cherish. Becoming more conversant with characters amidst whatever it is they do. In any case, what Kollberg should do, alongside Beck and Melander, Larsson and Rönn, is finding a serial mass killer. Furthermore, that piece of the story is as fulfilling as it can be. If you revere mystery books, and if you’re even somewhat keen on Swedish crime fiction, you will love this book.

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2 Responses to “Martin Beck”

  1. Mary Sheldon: 2 years ago

    Just by chance, I started reading the Martin Beck series with Roseanna which I found in Jackson Street Booksellers, my favorite Omaha, Nebraska bookstore, while on vacation. The last two novels still await my reading, but what a grand series! The development of the police characters’ is as engaging as the mysteries themselves! A great preparation for Henning Mankell’s Wallander series, which I had read earlier, and Jo Nesbø Hole series, which I started after The Fire Engine and completed before moving forward with Murder at the Savoy. The Wallander series and Hole series are enriched by familiarity with the social concerns, police detectives’ personal relationships and aging processes, and imagery (e.g. cross) originating in the Beck series.

  2. Beverley: 2 years ago

    Have only read one book of the series, Roseanne. This review is a welcome insight to this series.


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