“A modern classic. . . . Lively, stylistically taut . . . Sjöwall and Wahlöö changed the genre.”
—Henning Mankell, from the introduction
"A wonderfully tough and pleasantly chilling tale . . . told without a wasted word."
“Superb suspense. . . . Let no mystery authority worth the appellation miss Roseanna. . . . I have never read a finer police story.” —Dorothy B. Hughes, Los Angeles Times
“Sjöwall and Wahlöö are the best writers of police procedural in the world.”
Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, her husband and coauthor, wrote ten Martin Beck mysteries. Mr Wahloo, who died in 1975, was a reporter for several Swedish newspapers and magazines and wrote numerous radio and television plays, film scripts, short stories, and novels. Maj Sjöwall is also a poet.See all Editorial Reviews
I finally got round to reading this after seeing it appear in several “best of” type lists. I found this to be a very good, slow burner, police procedural. Read morePublished 7 days ago by JB
I I were to be rating this in its' genre..i.e. mystery/detective, I would give it 5 stars. There's real sense of the individuals in the team and not the cliche of the... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Civis Americanus Sum
I picked this book because it was a Swedish mystery and I am from Sweden even though it was written in EnglishPublished 1 month ago by Lisbeth Giroux
slow going with this book. I am a fast reader but seemed to get nowhere reading this book. I had high hopes for this writing team and this book was recommended by a well-known book... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Maria M
Wow! This had many twists and kept me riveted! It always amazes me when a authors are so clever! I'll sure read the rest of the Martin Beck series....he's real!Published 3 months ago by Bruce W. Ewing
As good as all the Martin Beck books. I just wish Martin could be happy once in a while. Solid.Published 3 months ago by Anna Redsand
This is a good story and the authors do a great job demonstrating police procedure and government bureacracy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stella B.