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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (676 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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The Terrorists is the last Martin Beck mystery, finished just a few weeks before Per Wahlöö’s death. The book is, in effect, a marvelous summing up of the series. The story centers on the visit of an American senator to Stockholm. Martin Beck tries to protect him from an international gang of terrorists, while they decide that Beck too should be removed from the scene. Interwoven with this basic story are two fascinating subplots. One, a classic mini-mystery, is the story of a millionaire pornographer bludgeoned to death in his own bathtub. The other is the story of a young girl, a Swedish hippie caught up unexpectedly in the maze of police bureaucracy. As in other Martin Beck books, the plot comes together in a totally unexpected climax.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Of all the Sjöwall/Wahlöö books, The Terrorists may be the tightest in organization and the most suspenseful.”

    New York Times

  • “Martin Beck’s last case is a clever mixture of the best elements of escape fiction—a two-way chase, a puzzling mystery and edge-of-the-seat suspense—along with some stinging social comments.”

    San Francisco Examiner

  • “One of the most authentic, gripping, and profound collections of police procedurals ever accomplished…Beautifully structured, textured, and rendered.”

    Michael Connelly

  • “Lively, stylistically taut…Sjöwall and Wahlöö changed the genre.”

    Henning Mankell

  • “The Sjöwall-Wahlöö style and stories are dramas that expose fascinating truths about modern life.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “The series of detective stories by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, starring Martin Beck, has maintained such a degree of excellence that comparisons are near impossible.”

    Minneapolis Tribune

  • “The whole series has an immediacy to it that is both honest and awesome. These are the kind of books you can’t help but read in one sitting.”

    Minnesota Daily

  • “No one is more convincing than [Sjöwall and Wahlöö] in transmitting the actual shock of brutal murder.”

    Buffalo News

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joanray04 | 2/11/2014

    " I like these writers. It was a good story, with interesting characters and pace. Besides being a detective story, they put in a good amount of humor, which I enjoy. I'm reading these out of sequence, but still enjoying them. "

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

    " Martin Beck is an early avatar of the more famous Wallander - that is, he's a gloomy Swedish policeman, solving murders and having a complicated personal life (but in the early 1970s). This is the last in the series, and, if typical, encourages me to read the others - it is very much of its time, with a liberal sprinkling of 1970s leftish politics and attitudinising about 'capitalism' and 'imperialism', and so on, but it has strong characterisations and good plot lines, with an unembellished prose style, a long way from the slightly romantic style of much of American noir. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Maria | 2/4/2014

    " A great end to the ten-book series. Martin Beck and four of his colleagues take on an international terrorist ring, but terrorists are not their biggest worry. A fantastic critique of society and the sociological forces that lead to crime, these books should be required reading for anyone who thinks they know what mystery novels are all about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chris Ford | 2/3/2014

    " Very sad to finish off this series. My vote for the best start to finish series of the genre. Loved these books. "

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