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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: August 2009 ISBN: 9781455191239
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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.”

    AudioFile

  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 1/24/2014

    " I love Scandanavian mystery writers. Their books grasp me from the first page and don't let go until the last, but for some reason, I can't get into Maj Sjowall. I leave his books less than thrilled yet I keep trying with other books of his. Hmmmm. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephen Lawton | 1/10/2014

    " I didn't find this as engaging as Roseanna perhaps because the body doesn't show up until the end. Also the differences between the two writers began to show and I developed a preference. Will persevere with the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maarten Mathijssen | 12/30/2013

    " Surprisingly good novel, one would expect after more then 40 years this would be outdated, well apparently this Swedish couple was ahead of their time. Will read them all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kenneth Fredette | 12/28/2013

    " This shows how Martin Beck keeps plugging away at how things happen. If he keeps plugging away he will eventually figure it out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arianna | 12/24/2013

    " Avvincente e un po' anomalo questo giallo che vede Martin Beck varcare i confini della Svezia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 12/22/2013

    " Perfect police procedure, like many Swedish crime novels. Martin Beck is just a real person doing a real job, and the book is ultimately satisfying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenine | 11/10/2013

    " Good but I was as frustrated as the protagonist that he didn't get to enjoy his family vacation camping on a little Swedish island. I guess I want to find a book about that. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paulette | 10/5/2013

    " I had planned to read the ten mysteries written by this pair of Swedes, but....I don't like this type of mystery--no women except patient or not patient wives, no story except the crime. I like broader mysteries. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tomi Larson | 11/9/2012

    " The story moved too slowly. I kept waiting for something good (or bad) to happen. Wouldn't recommend this book, but might try the author again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 4/17/2012

    " The ten book series written by this couple is a masterwork. Any masterpiece has its slight flaw. Unfortunately, this one is it. Read the others first, and then come back to this one if you need another fix. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/26/2011

    " Good read. Quick and easy to follow except for the Swedish names which I had trouble with...a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brook | 10/16/2011

    " pretty interesting. it's definitely more banal than most mystery/police/psychofcriminal novels... but there is something really endearing about martin beck and his coworkers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosemary | 8/2/2011

    " I enjoyed this second book but I felt that there was less interaction between the main characters in the book than in the first one "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stuart | 3/19/2011

    " I do like this series... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barrie | 11/21/2010

    " The Vintage editions have the best covers I've seen, with great introductions form a host of interesting writers. But the translations seem to be a bit lacking. I need to try another translation to compare, but not been impressed with the two Vintage translated Beck mysteries I've read so far. "

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About the Author

Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, wife and husband team, wrote ten Martin Beck mysteries. Maj Sjöwall, besides being a crime novelist, is also a poet. Per Wahlöö, who died in 1975, was a reporter for several Swedish newspapers and magazines and wrote numerous radio and television plays, film scripts, short stories, and novels.

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 an Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.