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ISBN13: 9780307390462
ISBN10: 0307390462
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The masterful first novel in the Martin Beck series of mysteries by the internationally renowned crime writing duo Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, finds Beck hunting for the murderer of a lonely traveler. On a July afternoon, a young woman's body is dredged from Sweden's beautiful Lake Vattern. With no clues Beck begins an investigation not only to uncover a murderer but also to discover who the victim was. Three months later, all Beck knows is that her name was Roseanna and that she could have been strangled by any one of eighty-five people on a cruise. As the melancholic Beck narrows the list of suspects, he is drawn increasingly to the enigma of the victim, a free-spirited traveler with a penchant for casual sex, and to the psychopathology of a murderer with a distinctive — indeed, terrifying — sense of propriety...

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"A wonderfully tough and pleasantly chilling tale...told without a wasted word." Harper's

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“Superb suspense....Let no mystery authority worth the appellation miss Roseanna....I have never read a finer police story.” Dorothy B. Hughes, Los Angeles Times

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“Sjöwall and Wahlöö are the best writers of police procedural in the world.” Birmingham Post

Synopsis:

On a July afternoon, the body of a young woman is dredged from Sweden's beautiful Lake Vattern. Three months later, all that Police Inspector Martin Beck knows is that her name is Roseanna, that she came from Lincoln, Nebraska, and that she could have been strangled by any one of eighty-five people. With its authentically rendered settings and vividly realized characters, and its command over the intricately woven details of police detection, Roseanna is a masterpiece of suspense and sadness.

About the Author

Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, 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 Sjöwall is also a poet.

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hsangeria, August 11, 2014 (view all comments by hsangeria)
What a delight to find a new series that is so well written. The husband-wife duo of Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö have written a really top notch police procedural. I was surprised to learn that Roseanna was actually written in the 1970s, which somehow made it even more appealing. The appeal is due to the fact that this is perhaps one of the earliest of the Scandinavian crime genre and is it ever good. Characters are well developed and there is a real appreciation for the slowness that, in reality, is probably what police work is more often like. Martin Beck and his colleagues are trying to solve the murder of an unidentified woman found in a lake. There is a really wonderful introduction written by Henning Mankell, which added something quite special to my experience. The second book in the series has an introduction from Val McDermid, and it is also terrific. Roseanna is a gem which I am glad to have discovered!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307390462
Author:
Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo
Publisher:
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Translator:
Roth, Lois
Introduction:
Mankell, Henning
Author:
Wahloo, Per
Author:
Sjowall, Maj
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Murder -- Investigation.
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.94x5.28x.63 in. .53 lbs.

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Product details 224 pages Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - English 9780307390462 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A wonderfully tough and pleasantly chilling tale...told without a wasted word."
"Review" by , “Superb suspense....Let no mystery authority worth the appellation miss Roseanna....I have never read a finer police story.”
"Review" by , “Sjöwall and Wahlöö are the best writers of police procedural in the world.”
"Synopsis" by , On a July afternoon, the body of a young woman is dredged from Sweden's beautiful Lake Vattern. Three months later, all that Police Inspector Martin Beck knows is that her name is Roseanna, that she came from Lincoln, Nebraska, and that she could have been strangled by any one of eighty-five people. With its authentically rendered settings and vividly realized characters, and its command over the intricately woven details of police detection, Roseanna is a masterpiece of suspense and sadness.
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