The Laughing Policeman: A Martin Beck Police Mystery (4) (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 8, 2010 - Fiction - 215 pages
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The incredible fourth novel in the Martin Beck mystery series by the internationally renowned crime writing duo Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, finds Martin Beck heading a major manhunt in pursuit of a mass-murderer.

On a cold and rainy Stockholm night, nine bus riders are gunned down by a mysterious assassin. The press portrays it as a freak attack and dubs the killer a madman. But Superintendent Martin Beck thinks otherwise—one of his most ambitious young detectives was among those killed—and he suspects it was more than coincidence. Working on a hunch, Beck seeks out the girlfriend of the murdered detective, and with her help Beck reconstructs the steps that led to his murder. The police comb the country for the killer, only to find that this attack may be connected to a case that has been unsolved for years.

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A great book with a neat ending - Goodreads
Plot twist: the end was already in the beginning. - Goodreads
Good police procedural. - Goodreads
Superb characterization. - Goodreads
Simple, straightforward mystery writing. - Goodreads
Good police procedural set in Sweden. - Goodreads

Review: The Laughing Policeman (Martin Beck #4)

User Review  - Paul Haspel - Goodreads

Stockholm, a beautiful city, is also a city of extremes -- so warm and sunny in the summer, so dark and cold in the winter -- and therefore it is an eminently suitable setting for a murder mystery ... Read full review

Review: The Laughing Policeman (Martin Beck #4)

User Review  - Lucy Pollard-Gott - Goodreads

The Martin Beck series by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö changed the scope of detective fiction in Sweden, adding social criticism (of the 1960s and early 1970s, when these novels were written) to the ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, her husband and coauthor, wrote ten Martin Beck mysteries. Mr Wahlöö, 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.

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