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Author: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Series:The Martin Beck Police Mysteries Release Date: January 2009 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781455192472

Publisher Description

On a cold and rainy Stockholm night, nine bus riders are gunned down by an unknown assassin. The press, anxious for an explanation for the seemingly random crime, quickly dubs the killer a madman. But Superintendent Martin Beck of the Stockholm Homicide Squad suspects otherwise: this apparently motiveless killer has managed to target one of Beck’s best detectives, young Åke Stenström. Reasoning that Stenström would not have been riding that lethal bus without a reason, Beck retraces his steps and chases year-old clues to a crime long thought unsolvable.

With its wonderfully observed lawmen (including the inimitable Martin Beck), its brilliantly rendered felons and their murky Stockholm underworld, and its deftly engineered plot, this is another incredible installment in the acclaimed Martin Beck mystery series.

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  • “A tantalizing, intricate tale.”

    - New York Times Book Review
  • “A top-notch example of the police procedural school of mystery.”

    - Chicago Sun-Times
  •  “I’ve read The Laughing Policeman six or eight times. Each time I reach the final twist on the final page, I shiver afresh.”

    - Jonathan Franzen
  • “Must reading for anyone who claims to be [a student] of the best detective fiction.”

    - Saturday Review
  • “Must reading for [students] of the best detective fiction.”

    - Saturday Review
  • “Another excellent police procedural about Martin Beck and his colleagues of the Stockholm Homicide Squad. Once again, Tom Weiner gives a performance that is pitch-perfect for the material. The very different personalities of the squad members are beautifully rendered, as are characters we meet only once or twice—in particular, a detective’s wife and the girlfriend of one of the victims. The plot takes several unexpected turns, but Weiner’s sure narration is always on key with what is happening. The result is that while we are lost in the emotion of the story, we are never lost amid the action.”

    - AudioFile

Awards

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2009 AudioFile Best Voice • Police Procedural
  • Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel

Customer Reviews

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  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A classic in the Scandinavian mystery field. One of the first international mysteries I read and loved it. "

    - Msatyakima, 2/18/2014
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    " Recommended by local librarian who knows I like the Swedish mystery genre. A delight to discover. More about the process, often inept, of police work than a horrific mass killing. Witty, intelligent, and honorable. "

    - Patsy, 2/17/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " It was a terrific mystery, tighly constructed, well written and keep the tension the entire book. Very entertaining. I would definatly read another in the series. "

    - Stephanie, 2/12/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Great great fun. Sjowall and Wahloo write fantastic detective mysteries. "

    - Leigh, 2/4/2014
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    " This was the best thriller so far that Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo have written. It shows that each man contributes differently. They describe each person individually. It makes much more sense now. "

    - Kenneth, 1/30/2014
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    " Each book in this series, so far, has been better than the last. "

    - Barbara, 1/1/2014
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    " These Martin Beck mysteries are earning a very special place in my heart, which is reserved for books that I think everyone should read. "

    - Maria, 12/27/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys police detective novels. The books belongs the best of Ed McBain. "

    - John, 12/26/2013
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    " Could never get into murder mysteries before but literally could not put this one down. A great read. "

    - Paul, 12/26/2013
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    " Scandinavian crime fiction class here I come! "

    - Kim, 11/28/2013
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    " A good police procedural novel. Reocommended. "

    - Rick, 11/8/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I'm just enjoying making my way through this series! "

    - Hollis, 10/2/2013
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    " Good basic police who dunnit. "

    - Tfalcone, 7/16/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I loved this novel. it was fast paced and kept me guessing until within a whisker of a satisfactory ending. martin beck keeps on getting better! "

    - Rachel, 5/29/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A weird mixture of violence, the mundane minutia of a police procedural and the comic. "

    - Jeffrey, 4/26/2013
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    " Enjoyable mystery with a decidedly European feel. The names are a bit distracting to an English ear but the characterizations are strong enough to help overcome this; the period details also pique ones historical curiosity. "

    - Robert, 6/25/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is part of the series by Stockholm crime reporters Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo. Recently released they are to 70s Swedish police procedural writing what Dragon Tatoo series is today. Gloomy, leftie - Wahloo committed suicide - but brilliant Hammett style prose. Read them all! "

    - Robin, 6/23/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Another excellent crime procedural. Compact yet deep, plenty of characterisation and a detailed, believable plot. Good bedtime reading... Looking forward to the next one, which I shall start tonight! "

    - Mike, 8/30/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Squarehead crime fiction. I'll have to read some more from this series. (Thanks, Mom!) "

    - Eric, 8/17/2011
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    " My favorite of the Martin Beck series. "

    - Joell, 8/15/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is a splendid novel, elegant and economical. Martin Beck is the perfect antidote for those of us left cold by The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, etc.. Yes, we do exist. The story isn't the least bit dated. Give it a try. "

    - T.R., 6/2/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys police detective novels. The books belongs the best of Ed McBain. "

    - John, 1/22/2011

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.