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Publisher Comments:

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 him 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 — and he, surely, would not have been riding that lethal bus without a reason.

With its wonderfully observed lawmen (including the inimitable Martin Beck), its brilliantly rendered felons and their murky Stockholm underworld, and its deftly engineered plot, The Laughing Policeman is a classic of the police procedural and "must reading for anyone who claims to be [a student] of the best detective fiction" (Saturday Review).

Review:

"Tantalizing...the splendid story of an apparently clueless crime." New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Martin Beck is a hero whose everyday humanity is unique in detective fiction." National Observer

Synopsis:

Nine people are brutally murdered on a double-decker bus. The clues suggest a motiveless crime of violence. Voted best mystery novel of 1970.

Synopsis:

The incredible fourth novel in the Martin Beck mystery series by the internationally renowned crime writing duo Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, finds Martin Beck heading a major manhunt in pursuit of a mass-murderer.

On a cold and rainy Stockholm night, nine bus riders are gunned down by a mysterious assassin. The press portrays it as a freak attack and dubs the killer a madman. But Superintendent Martin Beck thinks otherwiseone of his most ambitious young detectives was among those killedand he suspects it was more than coincidence. Working on a hunch, Beck seeks out the girlfriend of the murdered detective, and with her help Beck reconstructs the steps that led to his murder. The police comb the country for the killer, only to find that this attack may be connected to a case that has been unsolved for years.

Synopsis:

With its wonderfully observed lawmen (including the inimitable Martin Beck), its brilliantly rendered felons and their murky Stockholm underworld, and its deftly engineered plot, The Laughing Policeman is a classic of the police procedural and "must reading for anyone who claims to be [a student] of the best detective fiction" (Saturday Review).

About the Author

Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, her husband and coauthor, wrote ten Martin Beck mysteries. Mr. Wahloo, 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. Maj Sjowall was also a poet.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679742234
Author:
Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo
Publisher:
Vintage
Author:
Sjowall, Maj
Author:
Wahloo, Per
Location:
New York City :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Police procedural
Subject:
Sweden
Subject:
Beck, martin (fictitious character)
Subject:
Police -- Sweden -- Stockholm -- Fiction.
Subject:
Beck, Martin
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Ed
Series Volume:
169
Publication Date:
19921201
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1 x .65 in .55 lb

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Product details 224 pages Vintage - English 9780679742234 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Tantalizing...the splendid story of an apparently clueless crime."
"Review" by , "Martin Beck is a hero whose everyday humanity is unique in detective fiction."
"Synopsis" by , Nine people are brutally murdered on a double-decker bus. The clues suggest a motiveless crime of violence. Voted best mystery novel of 1970.
"Synopsis" by , The incredible fourth novel in the Martin Beck mystery series by the internationally renowned crime writing duo Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, finds Martin Beck heading a major manhunt in pursuit of a mass-murderer.

On a cold and rainy Stockholm night, nine bus riders are gunned down by a mysterious assassin. The press portrays it as a freak attack and dubs the killer a madman. But Superintendent Martin Beck thinks otherwiseone of his most ambitious young detectives was among those killedand he suspects it was more than coincidence. Working on a hunch, Beck seeks out the girlfriend of the murdered detective, and with her help Beck reconstructs the steps that led to his murder. The police comb the country for the killer, only to find that this attack may be connected to a case that has been unsolved for years.

"Synopsis" by , With its wonderfully observed lawmen (including the inimitable Martin Beck), its brilliantly rendered felons and their murky Stockholm underworld, and its deftly engineered plot, The Laughing Policeman is a classic of the police procedural and "must reading for anyone who claims to be [a student] of the best detective fiction" (Saturday Review).
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