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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (581 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Martin Beck Police Mysteries Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781455192434
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In the penultimate installment of this masterful crime-fiction series, Martin Beck, now head of the National Murder Squad, is called in to a sleepy part of the countryside to investigate a woman’s disappearance. What Beck doesn’t know is that the woman has already been murdered, her body dumped in a swamp. At the same time, a midnight shoot-out between three cops and two teenage boys ends with one policeman dead.

As Beck and his partner, Lennart Kollberg, investigate both cases, they encounter two figures from their earlier cases. Folke Bengtsson, the convicted killer from the first novel of the series (Roseanna), has been recently released. Since that murder shared many characteristics with Beck’s present case, Beck comes under pressure to arrest Bengtsson. But Beck has begun to doubt that Bengtsson was guilty of any murder at all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lively, stylistically taut…Sjöwall and Wahlöö changed the genre.”

    Henning Mankell

  • “One of the most authentic, gripping, and profound collections of police procedurals ever accomplished…Beautifully structured, textured, and rendered.”

    Michael Connelly

  • “Ingenious…Their mysteries don’t just read well; they reread even better…The writing is lean, with mournful undertones.”

    New York Times

  • “Tom Weiner sets the proper pace in covering the authors’ typically well-constructed, lively story, but he’s also very careful to complement the authenticity and dimension of their character portrayals, specifically that of Beck. Weiner adds a sadness and some edgy impatience to the inspector’s world-weariness, as well as a palpable longing for the woman waiting at home in Stockholm. But he makes smart audio choices for all of the characters, from the excessively jovial local lawman to the glum main suspect, a convicted killer whose capture formed the basis for Beck’s first recorded case, Roseanne.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Veteran voice artist Tom Weiner does his usual excellent job narrating this series, the entirety of which is available from Blackstone Audio. Highly recommended."

    Library Journal (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 2/2/2014

    " A great series. Long before The Girl Who books, this couple wrote this wonderful series. I have enjoyed every one of them and sadly only have one left. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 1/28/2014

    " This books seem to get less tight as they go on...this is good...but it wanders around a bit...classic scand crime "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mitch | 1/28/2014

    " With a number of characters returning from past novels and some climactic decisions at the end of the book, this really felt like the series was coming to an end. I am very curious to see how The Terrorists goes. Sjowall and Wahloo use the same device of tying up two apparently different strands with one nice coincidence as we saw in The Locked Room, which is a bit disappointing from the authors who won praise for novels about nothing happening for days or weeks or even months (e.g. Roseanna). But, as other reviewers have written, at this point it's just a pleasure to spend some time with Martin and Lennart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed Napiorkowski | 12/24/2013

    " Enjoyed returning to this series. I like the main characters, believable & down to earth. Story line consistent with the earlier novels in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 12/1/2013

    " Not one of the strongest books in the series but still interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Agnes | 10/28/2013

    " Beck shows how continued delving into motive and alibis can solve a murder; gets two with one solution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 10/28/2013

    " Fascinating. Truly enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/27/2013

    " Pretty good. Can see that these were a precursor to the Stieg Larsson books. Boy those Swedes sure are weird. Guess it's the cold, long nights. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Lawton | 8/21/2013

    " The second last installment with stories in one. The pinnacle of all police procedurals. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Tash | 8/20/2013

    " I love the Martin Beck series - this one is great... I do not like that I only have 1 more left in the series. Would love to have 1st editions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bebe | 7/29/2013

    " A bit on the dull side, seems that in Swedish thrillers the cops are stupid and bad and the criminal is kind and misunderstood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret Chamberlain | 6/8/2013

    " I loved this book, I'm so relieved that Martin Beck is starting to feel a bit happier, I am reading the books in sequence, this is the penultimate one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisbeth Solberg | 6/4/2013

    " Good one, with very satisfactory last few chapters (whew). I'm especially happy for Kollberg for extricating himself. Only one more book to go, alas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barb Breger | 8/7/2010

    " This is number 9 in an extremely intelligent, well written series. I really like this series and have ordered a third book. Great character development and interesting to read about Swedish society. It's an easy, fast, smart and most enjoyable reading experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alp Eren | 5/18/2010

    " With this book the political commentary, welfare state and police criticism gets really finley mixed with the mystery. It really does get better with each book in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wilma Rebstock | 2/4/2010

    " I enjoyed this book. I especially like the atmosphere created by the Swedish writers. "

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About the Author

Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, wife and husband team, wrote ten Martin Beck mysteries, virtually creating the modern police procedural. In addition to the many short stories and novels he wrote, Mr. Wahlöö, who died in 1975, wrote numerous radio and television plays and was a reporter for several Swedish newspapers and magazines. Maj Sjöwall is also a journalist and poet. She lives in Sweden.

About the Narrator

Tom Weiner, a dialogue director and voice artist best known for his roles in video games and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Transformers, is the winner of eight Earphones Awards and Audie Award finalist. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.