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The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjöwall
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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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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 |
Un flop

L'introspezione psicologica di Mankell e la mancanza della stessa nei libri di Sjowall e Wahloo... non credevo di trovare così poco piacere nella lettura di un libro di questa casa editrice in genere molto selettiva ed attenta. Sarà che i capitoli sono scritti in maniera alternata dai due co-autori (e a mio modesto parere si sente!), sarà che la provenienza da altri scrittori svedesi che mi hanno appassionato ha provocato uno stridore ancora maggiore, ma questa storia scorre lenta e priva di suggestioni. Soltanto il finale accelera all'improvviso nello svelare tutto il mistero, ma oramai annoiata e priva di interesse, con una spiegazione altrettanto blanda e senza emotività, ho girato l'ultima pagina con la consapevolezza che sarà l'unico solitario volume dei due autori a trovar posto nella mia libreria. Peccato.
  Magrathea | Dec 30, 2017 |
Set on Stockholm in the 1960s, a Vietnam protest March as background, it ends up as a multiple murder of people on a bus, resonating today ( )
  jon1lambert | Jun 17, 2017 |
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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
Goos, MarluceTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hoff, TrulsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jalonen, KariTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jørgensen, Grete JuelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kosenko, NikolajaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Larsstuvold, RuneForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lexell, MartinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Olszańska, MariaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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On the evening of the thirteenth of November it was pouring in Stockholm.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0679742239, Paperback)

In this classic police procedural, the ever-dyspeptic Martin Beck has nothing to be amused about, even though it's Christmastime. Åke 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? Realizing that Stenstrom's presence on the bus was no mere coincidence, his compatriots retrace his steps and chase years-old clues to a crime long thought unsolvable. Along with Roseanna, this is one of the best of Sjöwall and Wahlöö's ten Martin Beck mysteries.

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The incredible fourth novel in the Martin Beck mystery series finds Beck heading a major manhunt in pursuit of a mass murderer.

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