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 Sj÷wall and Per Wahl÷÷, 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
Good police procedural. - Goodreads
Superb characterization. - Goodreads
It made it difficult to read and understand at times! - Goodreads
Simple, straightforward mystery writing. - Goodreads
Good police procedural set in Sweden. - Goodreads

Review: The Laughing Policeman (Martin Beck #4)

User Review  - Rick Meyer - Goodreads

hard to read as its in foreign country and names hard to pronounce. just ok Read full review

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User Review  - Ron - Goodreads

Police teamwork solves the crime. "The paradox that the police profession in itself calls for the highest intelligence and exceptional mental, physical and moral qualities in its staff, but has nothing to attract persons who posses them" Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Maj Sj÷wall and Per Wahl÷÷, her husband and coauthor, wrote ten Martin Beck mysteries. Mr Wahl÷÷, 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 Sj÷wall is also a poet.

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