Maj Sjöwall

The Martin Beck Stories
  • The Martin Beck Stories

  • The Martin Beck books are widely acknowledged as some of the most influential detective novels ever written. Written by Swedish husband and wife team Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö between 1965-1975, the ten-book series set a gold standard for all subsequent Scandanavian crime fiction. Long before Kurt Wallander or Harry Hole, Beck was the original flawed policeman, working with a motley collection of colleagues to uncover the cruelty and injustice lurking beneath the surface of Sweden's seemingly liberal, democratic society.

    This complete collection includes:

    Roseanna (1965) - translated by Lois Roth and dramatised by Jennifer Howarth
    The Man Who Went Up in Smoke (1966) - translated by Joan Tate and dramatised by Katie Hims
    The Man on the Balcony (1967) - translated by Alan Blair and dramatised by Katie Hims
    The Laughing Policeman (1968) - translated by Alan Blair and dramatised by Jennifer Howarth
    The Fire Engine That Disappeared (1969) - translated by Joan Tate and dramatised by Katie Hims
    Murder at the Savoy (1970) - translated by Amy and Ken Knoespel and dramatised by Jennifer Howarth
    The Abominable Man (1971) - translated by Thomas Teal and dramatised by Katie Hims
    The Locked Room (1972) - translated by Alan Blair and dramatised by Jennifer Howarth
    Cop Killer (1974) - translated by Thomas Teal and dramatised by Jennifer Howarth
    The Terrorists (1975) - translated by Joan Tate and dramatised by Katie Hims

Maj Sjöwall and her late partner Per Wahlöö created the acclaimed Swedish crime novels featuring Martin Beck. The ten books in the series, written between 1965 and 1975, became international bestsellers and have sold over 10 million copies.

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