Synopses & Reviews
The incredible first novel in the Martin Beck series of mysteries by the international renowned crime writing duo Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, finds Martin Beck heading the manhunt to track down the killer who gunned down nine people on a Stockholm bus. 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.
In this classic police procedural, the ever-dyspeptic Martin Beck has nothing to be amused about, even though it's Christmastime. ke Stenstrom, a young detective in Beck's squad, has just been killed in an unprecedented mass murder aboard a Stockholm city bus. Was he just in the wrong place at the wrong time, or did he push a murderer too far in his efforts to make a name for himself on the force?