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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,685 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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His holiday with his family has just begun, but a phone call sends Martin Beck packing off to Budapest, where a boorish journalist has vanished without a trace. With the aid of the coolly efficient local police, who do business while soaking at the public baths, Beck must troll about in the Eastern Europe underworld for a man nobody knows—while he is at the risk of vanishing along with his quarry.

The Man Who Went Up in Smoke gives us the dedicated Beck at his most engaging: indulging in the sumptuous Hungarian cuisine, longing for a decent cigarette, and evading a predatory nymphet, even as he pursues a case whose international boundaries grow with every new clue.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Martin Beck is a man driven to solve puzzles, with a small tragic intuition swimming deep in his mental waters that will surface suddenly to give a muted howl and then dive down again.”

    New York Times

  • “They changed the genre. Whoever is writing crime fiction after these novels is inspired by them in one way or another.”

    Henning Mankell, author of Firewall

  • “Enormously satisfying.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “If you haven’t read Sjowall/Wahloo, start now.”

    Sunday Telegraph

  • “The depth of Tom Weiner’s masculine timbre accurately brings the flawed, depressed Beck to the mind’s eye. Weiner’s oft-used monotone is reminiscent of early noir cinema, and he skillfully employs a lightness of tone when vocalizing women’s voices.”


  • Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Mystery

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gaile Wakeman | 2/5/2014

    " I have always enjoyed these authors (husband and wife). I read it long ago. "

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

    " Another Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo thriller starring Martin Beck. Scandanavian as can be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kate | 1/29/2014

    " Cripes, these are good. And good translations, too. This is the second one I've read by this married couple and they each had an inevitability about that that I really like. Like Inspector Maigret, Martin Beck is incredibly competent and the book follows him step-by-step as he solves this puzzle of a crime. I like knowing that the detective will solve the case rather than stumble on its solution by accident. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Russell L | 1/25/2014

    " Tried my best to like the book and it did have some qualities but lagged in the end and my attention waned. "

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