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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,245 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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Someone is killing young girls in the once peaceful parks of Stockholm—killing them after “having his way” with them. The people of Stockholm are tense and fearful. Police Superintendent Martin Beck has two witnesses: a cold-blooded mugger who won’t say much and a three-year-old boy who can’t say much. The dedicated work of the police force seems to be leading nowhere, and with each passing day, the likelihood of another murder grows. But then Beck remembers someone—or something—he overheard…

A quietly relentless thriller, The Man on the Balcony juxtaposes the most inhuman of crimes with the humanity of the men who must solve it—their perseverance, frustration, and horror—resulting in a police procedural that is as moving and credible as it is enthralling.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hauntingly effective storytelling.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Written 40 years ago by husband-and-wife team Sjöwall and Wahlöö, this third in the Martin Beck mystery series remains timely and relevant. Tom Weiner recounts the gruesome crimes in this canny police procedural without making them sensational. Weiner’s rendition of Beck and his assortment of overworked, underpaid colleagues is colorful and understated. His intelligent, objective narration details the seemingly disparate puzzle pieces until they make a terrible sense. A real treat for mystery lovers.”


  • “A superb speciment of the roman policier at its relentless best.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A masterpiece: the society formed by the people of the town and the police force is almost a single character—insignificant events are interconnected so that when pieced together in a dovetailed whole, everything makes perfect sense.”


  • “[The Man on the Balcony] is a book that succeeds on every parameter a crime fiction novel can be measured upon.”


  • Edgar Allan Poe Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bart Everson | 2/6/2014

    " A satisfactory novel, rather short. Satisfactory... Yes, that word suits it quite well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lyn O'Brien | 1/28/2014

    " A beautifully written detective/murder mystery. The Swedish setting adds to the uniqueness of this story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sharon | 1/21/2014

    " Martin Beck is growing on me. He's a difficult man to like but somehow you feel like you're right in side his thoughts and you begin to understand why he is and does what he does. A man totally dedicated to police work. The books stand alone though he did make reference to past murders and victims but not to the point that it would have detracted if you'd not read the previous books. An excellent collaboration "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Andrew Hecht | 1/20/2014

    " I'm finding these Martin Beck books fascinating. On the one hand, the language is so crisp (at least in translation) that they seem thoroughly modern, as if they were written today as period pieces of life in Sweden in 1960s. On the other hand, they are like time capsules of a life without cellphones, where computers are just starting to arrive on the scene, where it's ok to smoke on an airplane. The only real crime is that there is only 10 of these gems. "

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