Synopses & Reviews
The chilling third novel in the Martin Beck mystery series by the internationally renowned crime writing duo Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, finds Martin Beck investigating a string of child murders.
In the once peaceful parks of Stockholm, a killer is stalking young girls and disposing their bodies. The city is on edge, and an undercurrent of fear has gripped its residents. Martin Beck, now a superintendent, has two possible witnesses: a silent, stone-cold mugger and a mute three year old boy. With the likelihood of another murder growing as each day passes, the police force work night and day. But their efforts have offered little insight into the methodology of the killer. Then a distant memory resurfaces in Beck's mind, and he may just have the break he needs.
"Hauntingly effective storytelling." The New York Times Book Review
“Sjöwall and Wahlöö write unsparingly and unswervingly....Their plots are second to none.” Val McDermid
“The first great series of police thrillers....Truly exciting.” Michael Ondaatje
Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Mystery, the chilling third novel in the Martin Beck series finds Beck investigating a string of brutal muggings and child murders.
Someone is killing young girls in the once-peaceful parks of Stockholm — killing them after having his way. The people of Stockholm are tense and fearful. Police Superintendent Martin Beck has two witnesses: a cold-blooded mugger who won't say much and a three-year-old boy who can't say much. The dedicated work of the police force seems to be leading nowhere, and with each passing day, the likelihood of another murder grows. But then Beck remembers someone — or something — he overheard.
A quietly relentless thriller, The Man on the Balcony juxtaposes the most inhuman of crimes with the humanity of the men who must solve it — their perseverance, frustration, and horror — resulting in a police procedural that is as moving and credible as it is enthralling.
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.