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The Laughing Policeman (1968)

by Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö

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Series: Martin Beck (4)

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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 Beckb2ss best detectives--and he, surely, would not have been riding that lethal bus without a reason.… (more)

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This is the first book I read by these authors, a married couple, and although it came out (I think) in 1968, it feels remarkably modern. The crime in question, who killed 9 people on a bus, one of the a police officer? The answer leads them to a very cold case and the realization that the officer killed was close to solving it. More about considence that police work, I liked the characters and the mystery. I will be reading more of these two. ( )
  Colleen5096 | Oct 29, 2020 |
De boeken van Sjöwall en Wahlöö zijn ook bij tweede keer lezen onovertroffen. Een goed verhaal, mooie karakters en fraaie psychologie. Er staan nog vier delen in de boekenkast! ( )
  elsmvst | Apr 13, 2020 |
Mystery set in Stockholm, about a policeman that is killed on a bus, along with 6 other people, by an unknown gunman. This murder and an earlier dead case is eventually solved. The policeman in charge is Martin Beck, but the rest of the characters have Swedish names that make the story hard to follow. ( )
  Pmaurer | Apr 17, 2019 |
A nicely thought out puzzle of a crime, but I was not keen on the portrayal of "nymphomaniacs." It seems such a dated concept, one from earlier than the year 1968 which is the year the book is set in. ( )
  PatsyMurray | Aug 16, 2018 |
Lievemente piu' interessante dei precedenti, ne mantiene tutti i pregi e ne lima qualche difetto. Tra i primi quattro romanzi e' probabile che sia la trama meglio congegnata e meno forzata. Appare piu' in risalto anche la psicologia dei personaggi. ( )
  Mlvtrglvn | Jan 5, 2018 |
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Sjöwall, Majprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wahlöö, Permain authorall editionsconfirmed
Abella, ManuelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Arıt, AydınTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Berf, PaulTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blair, AlanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Čemerinskogo, GennadijaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Deutsch, MichelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ding, ShijiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Font i Mateu, LaiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Franzen, JonathanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Hoff, TrulsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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 Beckb2ss best detectives--and he, surely, would not have been riding that lethal bus without a reason.

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