The Steel Spring

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Vintage Books, 2013 - Fiction - 200 pages
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Chief Inspector Jensen is a policeman in an unnamed European country where the government has criminalized being drunk, where newspapers are designed for reassurance, and where the city centers have been demolished to devote more space to gleaming new highways.
 
Recovering in a hospital room abroad after a liver transplant, Jensen receives a note instructing him to return home immediately, but when he reaches the airport he discovers that all flights home have been cancelled and all communication from within his homeland has ceased. One of the last messages sent requested urgent medical help from abroad. But what has happen? Has an epidemic taken hold? And why has the government fled the capital? To penetrate the silence and mystery that has fallen over the country and its people, Jensen returns only to discover the unthinkable.
 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
13
Section 4
21
Section 5
25
Section 6
29
Section 7
33
Section 8
41
Section 17
105
Section 18
113
Section 19
121
Section 20
137
Section 21
141
Section 22
153
Section 23
159
Section 24
165

Section 9
45
Section 10
49
Section 11
55
Section 12
63
Section 13
71
Section 14
75
Section 15
89
Section 16
97
Section 25
169
Section 26
175
Section 27
179
Section 28
185
Section 29
191
Section 30
196
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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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