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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,279 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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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”


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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Msatyakima | 2/18/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patsy | 2/17/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stephanie Moseley | 2/12/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leigh | 2/4/2014

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

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