The seventh book in the classic Martin Beck detective series from the 1960s and 70s – the novels that shaped the future of Scandinavian crime writing.
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.
On a quiet night a high-ranking police officer, Nyland, is slaughtered in his hospital bed, brutally massacred with a bayonet. It's not hard to find people with a motive to kill him; in fact the problem for Detective Inspector Martin Beck is how to narrow the list down to one suspect. But as he investigates Nyland's murder he must confront whether he is willing to risk his life for his job.
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‘If you haven’t come across Beck before, you’re in for a treat.’ Guardian
‘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
‘I have never read a finer police story.’ Los Angeles Times
‘The godparents of Scandinavian crime fiction’ Jo Nesbo
'Some of the most gripping crime fiction ever written' Michael Connelly
‘If you haven’t read Sjowall/Wahloo, start now.’ Sunday Telegraph
‘Their mysteries don’t just read well; they reread even better. Witness, wife, petty cop or crook – they’re all real characters even if they get just a few sentences. The plots hold, because they’re ingenious but never inhuman.’ New York Times
‘They changed the genre. Whoever is writing crime fiction after these novels is inspired by them in one way or another.’ Henning MankellAbout the Author:
Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, 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. Wahloo died at the age of 49 just as their 10th book was going to press. Sjowall 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.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1975. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. In VERY GOOD condition, nice and clean overall, dispatched daily from the UK Daily dispatch from UK warehouse. This book is in VERY GOOD overall condition, showing only light signs of previous ownership. Bookseller Inventory # mon0002938288
Book Description Penguin, 1975. Book Condition: very good. mystery paperback. Bookseller Inventory # MPS4429
Book Description Penguin Books, 1975. Couverture souple. Book Condition: bon. In-12. RO60065319: 184 pages. Penguin Crime Fiction. Trans. from the Swedish by Thomas Teal. In-12 Broché. Bon état. Couv. convenable. Dos satisfaisant. Intérieur acceptable Classification Dewey : 420-Langue anglaise. Anglo-saxon. Bookseller Inventory # RO60065319
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