Synopses & Reviews
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.
“Sjöwall and Wahlöö write unsparingly and unswervingly....Their plots are second to none.” Val McDermid
“Lively and stylistically taut....Sjöwall and Wahlöö changed the genre.” Henning Mankell
"I've read The Laughing Policeman six or eight times. Each time I reach the final twist on the final page, I shiver afresh." Jonathan Franzen
"A tantalizing, intricate tale." The New York Times Book Review
The incredible fourth novel in the Martin Beck mystery series finds Beck heading a major manhunt in pursuit of a mass murderer.
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 Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, her husband and coauthor, wrote ten Martin Beck mysteries. Mr 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. Maj Sjöwall is also a poet.