Janet Martin | 2/13/2014
" Absolutely brilliant. It's hard to believe this book was published almost 40 years ago--it's a timeless investigation, perfectly written and wonderfully performed. Humor, intelligence and old fashioned detection. "
Jan | 2/12/2014
" The first in a series about Swedish detective Martin Beck. The authors were the frontrunners in the current Scandinavian crime wave and Roseanna got it off to an assured start. Themes that turn up in the books of Larsson and Mankell are rehearsed here. "
Bob | 2/11/2014
" A naked woman was dredged up from the bottom of Sweden's beautiful Lake Vattern one July day. Where had she come from? How had she got there? And why? . . . a rash of brutal muggings and child sex-murders with the elusive mugger perhaps the only person in Stockholm to have seen the murderer . . . the search for a hard-drinking well-known Swedish journalist in Budapest, who has vanished without a trace . . . eight people were shot to death in a Stockholm bus, with one of the dead being an ambitious young detective whose private life was both perverse and mysterious . . . an incendiary device blows the roof off a Stockholm apartment house one cold winter night interrupting the small, peaceful orgy underway inside, and for reasons nobody could satisfactorily explain - the fire department didn't arrive until too late. How could a regulation-sized ladder truck vanish in the center of Stockholm? . . . the peculiar death of a 46-year-old bachelor whose cryptic suicide note consisted of only two words: 'Martin Beck'? . . . the murder of a powerful Swedish industrialist during his after-dinner speech in the elegant Hotel Savoy with a shot in the head . . . the bloody murder of a police captain in his hospital room by a demented and deadly rifleman exposing the particularly unsavory history of a man who spent forty years practicing brutality and force . . . a decayed corpse with a bullet through its head is found inside a locked room. Suicide? Perhaps - but inside the locked room there is no gun. A young blonde in sunglasses holds up a bank and shoots the hapless citizen who moves to stop her . . . a blond woman in her middle thirties in a small Swedish town is brutally murdered and left buried in a swamp. Some weeks later her decomposing body is found accidentally by a group of hikers. Prime suspects are the convicted sex murderer who was her only neighbor on a lonely country road, and her former husband - a rough, drunken retired sailor. Meanwhile, on a quiet suburban street in another part of Sweden, a midnight shootout take place between three cops and two teenage boys. Dead: one cop and two teenage boys. Wounded: two cops. Escaped: one kid . . . an American senator visits Stockholm and Martin Beck tries to protect him from an international gang of terrorists, while they decide that Beck too should be removed from the scene . . . a millionaire pornographer bludgeoned to death in his own bathtub . . . a young girl, a Swedish hippie, caught up unexpectedly in the maze of police bureaucracy . . . and of course, a homicide detective who is a chain smoker with a graveyard cough and an abused stomach; a 'weekend' sailor who likes to spend what time he has making model ships, living in a gray suburban apartment with his once pretty wife and two children with whom he has few points of contact and little in common... These are the Martin Beck mysteries, a series of 10 police procedural novels set in Stockholm, Sweden that follow a group of police detectives over the course of a decade. Here are the titles in order --
MANNEN SOM GICK UPP I RÃ–K 1966
The Man Who Went Up in Smoke
MANNEN PÃ… BALKONGEN 1967
The Man on the Balcony
DEN SKRATTANDE POLISEN 1968
The Laughing Policeman
BRANDBILEN SOM FÃ–RSVANN 1969
The Fire Engine That Disappeared
POLIS, POLIS, POTATISMOS! 1970
Murder at the Savoy
DEN VEDERVÃ„RDIGE MANNEN FRÃ…N SÃ„FFLE 1971
The Abominable Man
DET SLUTNA RUMMET 1972
The Locked Room
The Terrorists "
charlie | 2/8/2014
" Excellent detective series from Sweden from the 60's. Here lies episode 1. "
Dave Johnson | 2/7/2014
" The first in an excellent series of 10, the original police procedurals. I enjoyed it more on re-reading it having worked through the series and having got to know the personalities much better...a real slow-burner. "
AC | 1/24/2014
" (I am lowering my rating on this to 3, to allow me to lower my rating on the second book, so that I can properly emphasis how good the third book actually is...) "
Judi | 1/22/2014
" My only experience with Scandinavian authors (Swedish, specifically) until now has been Henning Mankell, who wrote the foreword to this edition of Roseanna. I certainly see similarities between Sjowall/Wahloo and Mankell, but couldn't say if this is because Mankell was so influenced by S/W, or if this style of writing is endemic to all Swedish writers of "roman policiers". The book is austere in its descriptions, it is an ensemble piece (with Martin Beck as the protagonist here and Kurt Wallander in the Mankell books, and a strong and interesting supporting cast), and there are long periods of time when there is no action. I definitely liked it, but as a 21st century reader, it seems a bit naive -- policeman are always good, perps are always evil. I think, however, when it first came out in 1966, it probably was a little shocking, given the nature of the murder and some of the more salicious details. I wonder how this reflected Swedish society at the time? Oh, and it really jumped out at me that the protagonist was always referred to by both his first and last name: Martin Beck. It was never just "Beck" or "Martin". Hmm. "
Marie | 1/20/2014
" Translated from Swedish. Might not be at your library. "Roseanna" is the first in the 10-book series. Better to read them in order. Slow moving, like a real case would be (I assume). "
Matthew | 1/6/2014
" The first of the Martin Beck books is good. I was expecting it to either be a fantastically wonderful debut or else a so-so introduction to a police squad whose characters hadn't been fully formed yet. Surprisingly, it was neither. "
g | 11/16/2013
" You know, I was quite fond of this rather unassuming murder mystery before its contrived and embarrassing denouement. I've been told that the series gets better. "
Cinnie | 11/10/2013
" Not at all exciting -- but gripping nonetheless. "
Daphne Durham | 5/4/2013
" Slow start, but this sharp, Swedish mystery builds tension to a breathless (and satisfying) finish. "
Benjamin | 4/28/2013
" Taut start to a series that is not only a series of excellent crime stories, but a searing critique on the hell-on-earth that is postwar Swedish society. "
R. Z. | 10/20/2011
" A great police procedural mystery. Translated from Swedish. "
Susannah | 11/24/2010
" Will definitely read the rest of the series. This is more my type of book (relative to Tattoo series). "
Wil | 9/29/2010
" I was very pleased by how 'straight from an old movie' this narrative felt. It was solid and engaging- and I felt immersed in that time. It led nicely to viewings of old Agatha Christie movies. "
Malcolm Highfield | 11/18/2009
" One of the best police procedural novels I have ever read. The detectives aren't mere ciphers, they are gloriously human and like all of us don't always get it right. I was surprised to learn the authors were committed Marxists as their portrayal of the police is so sympathetic. "
Joelynn | 10/14/2009
" Well written. Depressed inspector. Dead body. "
Margo | 1/8/2009
" Slow, but apparently the Martin Becl series was an inspiration for Stig Larrson "