The Laughing Policeman (Paperback)

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By Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo, Jonathan Franzen (Introduction by)
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Description


The incredible fourth novel in the Martin Beck mystery series by the internationally renowned crime writing duo Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, finds Martin Beck heading a major manhunt in pursuit of a mass-murderer. With a new introduction by Jonathan Franzen: "I've read The Laughing Policeman six or eight times. Each time I reach the final twist on the final page, I shiver afresh."
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 otherwise one of his most ambitious young detectives was among those killed and 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.

About the Author


Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, her husband and coauthor, wrote ten Martin Beck mysteries. They plotted and researched each book together then wrote alternate chapters. The books were written over a ten year period and carefully planned to allow for gradual character development and evolving social commentary as the series continued.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 is also a poet."

Praise For…


“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

“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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780307390509
ISBN-10: 0307390500
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Publication Date: February 10th, 2009
Pages: 211
Language: English
Series: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard