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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (718 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: October 2009 ISBN: 9781455192441
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Martin Beck faces one of the greatest challenges of his professional life when his investigation unearths evidence of police corruption and brutality in this incredible seventh novel in the Martin Beck mystery series.

The bloody murder of a police captain in his hospital room exposes the particularly unsavory history of a man who spent forty years practicing a horribly brutal brand of strong-arm police work. Nonetheless, Martin Beck and his colleagues scour Stockholm for the murderer, a demented and deadly rifleman. As Beck is gripped by an increasing feeling of impending danger, his investigation unearths evidence of police corruption. That's when an even stronger sense of responsibility, and something like shame, urges him into taking a series of drastic steps, which lead to a shocking disaster.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The first great series of police thrillers…they caught the color of the political times and are above all truly exciting.”

    Michael Ondaatje, New York Times Bestselling author

  • “The Martin Beck books are exemplary police procedurals…The Abominable Man is worthy of its predecessors in this much admired series.”

    Washington Post

  • “A taut, gripping narrative…A book you won't—easily—put down.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Tom Weiner perfects the gravelly rumble of the hard-boiled but intellectual Beck as he makes his way through the dangerous case. Sjöwall’s and Wahlöö's descriptive prose, in tandem with Weiner’s narration, enlivens the Scandinavian imagery, as well as the characters’ often-sordid surroundings…Gripping tension leads to a bleak and horrifying disaster but leaves us awaiting more from this crime series.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Inge Wijnen wijtenburg | 1/31/2014

    " alltough it seems that this case doesn't get solved and that isn't because he had not any enemies but just the other way a round . in this book is the murderd person and the murder gets you sympathie for the first murder . but when you become to know who the murder is you almost are at the end of the book . I know I repeat myself but I really like this serie . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emu | 1/11/2014

    " I liked the plot - though no happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 nina | 1/4/2014

    " I like this series of books, but this one stands out, perhaps because the Sandy Hook killings happened while I was reading it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephen Lawton | 1/3/2014

    " This was one tough read, despite a dramatic beginning and ending. Very, very little happens which I guess reflects a lot of police work. I guess police corruption and lack of responsibility also happens. Any organization will have those who do more than their fair share and those who do the absolute minimum. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 12/29/2013

    " Perhaps the best in the series. I loved this mystery and am so impressed with this duo and their writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kenneth Fredette | 12/17/2013

    " I can believe that this is the way it would go down. It's realistic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 12/10/2013

    " The Martin Beck series is a rare gem in police procedural writing and this book is one of the best in the series so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick Duretta | 12/7/2013

    " Spare, taut police procedural, but the culprit is revealed without too much real detection, more like putting two plus two together. Still, protagonist Martin Beck is complex and interesting, and the descriptions of the Stockholm police are rather frightening. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 11/23/2013

    " This was my favorite so far of the series...gripping from start to finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alissa | 11/3/2013

    " Very exciting - the first one I read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanne | 10/5/2013

    " Fairly fast paced story of murder set in 1970's sweden. The sort of crime story which has the focus on the crime, and the circumstances and characters surrounding the actual act. Have to see about reading more of the Beck series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alp Eren | 8/6/2013

    " One of the best in the series, and definitely the most explicitly political one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan Hayes | 11/23/2012

    " Interesting story. Sad comment on Swedish police. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaye | 1/4/2012

    " I would definitely read more of this series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Ford | 6/24/2011

    " Five stars for the whole series. One of the best ever. Can't read any crime series without comparing it to these. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Randy | 3/12/2011

    " Unsatisfying and confusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/4/2011

    " another damn fine Martin Beck mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ingrid Verschelling | 12/19/2010

    " DE VERSCHRIKKELIJKE MAN UIT SAFFLE "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianita talavera | 8/20/2010

    " que le pasa a estos suecos como saben escribir!!!! "

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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.