Murder on the the Thirty-First Floor

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Vintage Books, Feb 26, 2013 - Fiction - 215 pages
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In an unnamed country, in an unnamed year sometime in the future, Chief Inspector Jensen of the Sixteenth Division is called in after the publishers controlling the entire country's newspapers and magazines receive a threat to blow up their building, in retaliation for a murder they are accused of committing. The building is evacuated, but the bomb fails to explode and Jensen is given seven days in which to track down the letter writer.
 
Jensen has never had a case he could not solve before, but as his investigation into the identity of the letter writer begins it soon becomes clear that the directors of the publishers have their own secrets, not least the identity of the 'Special Department' on the thirty first floor; the only department not permitted to be evacuated after the bomb threat.
 

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User Review  - PaulBaldowski - LibraryThing

Strangely compelling. A stark writing style that nevertheless kept me enthralled and engaged right down to the last page. Reminded me a little of the likes of Graham Greene or Franz Kafka - the grey ... Read full review

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User Review  - smik - LibraryThing

This novel comes before THE STEEL SPRING which I reviewed recently. Again it is a dystopian novel. In the unnamed country crime rates are falling and so are birth rates, but the government has ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
21
Section 4
25
Section 5
31
Section 6
33
Section 7
43
Section 8
47
Section 16
95
Section 17
109
Section 18
113
Section 19
125
Section 20
133
Section 21
145
Section 22
151
Section 23
155

Section 9
57
Section 10
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Section 11
73
Section 12
75
Section 13
79
Section 14
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Section 15
87
Section 24
159
Section 25
173
Section 26
195
Section 27
203
Section 28
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Born in 1926, Per Wahlöö was a Swedish writer and journalist who, alongside his own novels, collaborated with his wife, Maj Sjöwall, on the bestselling Martin Beck crime series which are credited as inspiring writers as varied as Agatha Christie, Henning Mankell and Jonathan Franzen. In 1971 the fourth novel in the series, The Laughing Policeman, won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. Per Wahlöö died in 1975.

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