• Something quite special and fascinating: a use of the detective form to present a brooding and biting forecast of the future - or of a possible future

    New York Times Book Review
  • The godfather of Scandinavian crime fiction

    Jo Nesbo
  • [Sarah Death's translation] seems to catch the bleakness perfectly... Wahlöö's solo work deserves to be considered in the same context as Zamyatin, Capek, Orwell, or Durrenmatt...high praise indeed.

    Michael Carlson, Irresistible Targets
  • [His novels] are economical and move with great pace... [They] have been restored to the canon of European crime fiction in English. Don't miss

    Bob Cornwell, Crime Time
  • Wahlöö would prompt many writers to use crime fiction as a way of holding a mirror to social evils. Here the investigation is tense, the murder shocking, but at heart the crime is against journalism and intellectual freedom

    Public Sphere

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