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The Laughing Policeman (Martin Beck Mysteries)

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ISBN 10: 1471325636 / ISBN 13: 9781471325632
Published by BBC Books, 2012
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Title: The Laughing Policeman (Martin Beck ...

Publisher: BBC Books

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Audio CD

Book Condition:Good

Edition: Unabridged.

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Steven Mackintosh stars as Martin Beck, with Neil Pearson as Lennart Kollberg, in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of The Laughing Policeman. The Martin Beck books are widely acknowledged as some of the most influential detective novels ever written. Written by Swedish husband and wife team Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, the series set a gold standard for all subsequent Scandanavian crime fiction. Before Kurt Wallander or Harry Hole, Beck was the original flawed policeman, working alongside his colleagues to uncover the cruelty and injustice lurking beneath the surface of Sweden's seemingly liberal, democratic society. In The Laughing Policeman, adapted from the fourth book in the series, the killing of 9 passengers on a Stockholm bus (including one of Beck's most promising young detectives) sets off a murder hunt that leads Beck and his team back to an unsolved case in the past. Translated by Alan Blair and dramatised by Jennifer Howarth.

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‘An influential police procedural with a precision-engineered plot that can grip and shock a reader...the plotting, pacing and characterisation are all exquisite: and the halting translation and the dated, just plain weird sexual politics somehow seem only to make it more compelling.’ Independent on Sunday

‘For Beck, as with Maigret, each investigation is less a riddle to be answered than a human situation to be understood...it's all done with immense accomplishment. A welcome addition to the Martin Beck casebook.’ Matthew Coady, Guardian

‘If you haven’t read Sjowall/Wahloo, start now.’ Sunday Telegraph

‘I’ve read “The Laughing Policeman” six or eight times. Each time I reach the final twist on the final page, I shiver afresh.’ Jonathan Franzen

‘Tantalizing...the splendid story of an apparently motiveless crime.’ New York Times Book Review

‘The decalogue about the Swedish Chief Inspector Martin Beck created by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo during the 1960s and 1970s are indeed classic police fiction. They changed the genre. Whoever is writing crime fiction after these novels is inspired by them in one way or another.’ Henning Mankell

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