The third book in the classic Martin Beck detective series from the 1960s – 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.
Written in the 1960s, 10 books completed in 10 years, they are the work of Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö – a husband and wife team from Sweden. They follow the fortunes of the detective Martin Beck, whose enigmatic, taciturn character has inspired countless other policemen in crime fiction; without his creation Ian Rankin’s John Rebus or Henning Mankell’s Kurt Wallander may never have been conceived. The novels can be read separately, but are best read in chronological order, so the reader can follow the characters’ development and get drawn into the series as a whole.
‘The Man on the Balcony’ balances the most inhuman of crimes with the humanity of the men who must solve it – resulting in a police procedural that is as moving and credible as it is enthralling.
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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.’ ObserverAbout 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.
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Book Description Blackstone Audiobooks, United States, 2009. CD-Audio. Book Condition: New. Unabridged. 147 x 132 mm. Language: English . Brand New. Someone is killing young girls in the once peaceful parks of Stockholm--killing them after having his way with them. The people of Stockholm are tense and fearful. Police Superintendent Martin Beck has two witnesses: a cold-blooded mugger who won t say much and a three-year-old boy who can t say much. The dedicated work of the police force seems to be leading nowhere, and with each passing day, the likelihood of another murder grows. But then Beck remembers someone--or something--he overheard. A quietly relentless thriller, The Man on the Balcony juxtaposes the most inhuman of crimes with the humanity of the men who must solve it--their perseverance, frustration, and horror--resulting in a police procedural that is as moving and credible as it is enthralling. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9781433260544
Book Description Blackstone Audiobooks, United States, 2009. CD-Audio. Book Condition: New. Unabridged. 147 x 132 mm. Language: English . Brand New. The Man on the Balcony balances the most inhuman of crimes with the humanity of the men who must solve it, resulting in a police procedural that is as moving and credible as it is enthralling. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9781433260544
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Book Description 2009. Compact Disc. Book Condition: New. 145mm x 18mm x 132mm. Compact Disc. The chilling third novel in the Martin Beck series of mysteries by the internationally renowned crime writing duo Maj Sjwall and Per Wahl, finds Martin Beck, now a superin.Shipping may be from our Sydney, NSW warehouse or from our UK or US warehouse, depending on stock availability. 5 pages. 0.136. Bookseller Inventory # 9781433260544