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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (933 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:
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Gunvald Larsson sits carefully observing the dingy Stockholm apartment of a man under police surveillance. He looks at his watch: nine minutes past eleven in the evening. At that same moment, the house explodes, killing at least three people. Chief Inspector Martin Beck and his men don’t suspect arson or murder until they discover a peculiar circumstance linking the explosion to a suicide committed that same day. The dead man left a note consisting of just two words: Martin Beck.

This is the excellent next installment of the genre-pioneering Martin Beck detective series from the 1960s, widely recognized as the greatest masterpieces of crime fiction ever written.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “For me, the best criterion of a good read is to wish that it had gone on a bit longer. I felt that here…This is a ‘police procedural’ from the top drawer.”

    Colin Dexter, from the introduction

  • “A gripping read, brilliantly plotted and with frequent moments of hilarity or tenderness.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Narrator Tom Weiner expertly captures Beck, who’s always referred to as Martin Beck, and his cohorts and criminals. Weiner’s best portrayals are those of Beck himself and Gunwald Larsson, a character who provides a bit of comedy. A glimpse into family life is provided when Beck visits his mother in a nursing home. Weiner captures her perfectly, and it’s fun to see how much Beck is like her. An added bonus is the introduction, which discusses the authors, their humor, and their politics. This is perfect for the discerning audience.”


  • “The novel is narrated by Tom Weiner, a dialogue director and voice artist best known for his voice roles in CD-ROM games and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Transformers. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. An Audie Award nominee, he has narrated more than one hundred books for Blackstone. His female characterizations are convincing and the others are given the full-voice treatment. Highly recommended to fans of vintage crime fiction.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Margaret | 1/30/2014

    " This is the 5th in the 10 book series of police procedurals, primarily featuring Det. Martin Beck, but as the series develops, featuring more of the other police detectives as well. I find these books interesting and satisfying: First, the mystery and plotting in each book are good, and the books are written in tight, use every page to its fullest (including the last one...), fashion. The characters are not warm, fuzzy types - these are police officers with edges, flaws, and dislikes, often of each other. So while they can work as a team, and pairs of them do so well, it really isn't a unified whole - you know, kind of like real life work. The plots are tight and the writing is excellent; I totally admire these translations (from the original Swedish). There's a unique tone and voice that I can't recall encountering elsewhere - frequent irony and tongue in cheek, but never goofy. Very adult. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rachel Hirstwood | 1/20/2014

    " The Martin Beck series keeps getting better and better. For me, this one had a ring of familiarity about it. I'm sure I've not read it before, maybe it reminded me of Wallander's Dogs of Riga. However, that didn't stop me enjoying this every page of the way. And it succeeded in gripping.g my attention at a time when not a lot else is managing to. Brilliant. Now please may I have the next one??? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amy | 1/15/2014

    " Another amazing entry in this superb series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kris | 11/2/2013

    " The Martin Beck series is to me the best of the crop of Scandanavian mysteries. Intriguing crimes, good character development, social issues, and humor make this series great. This book did not disappoint. "

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