HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Roseanna (The Martin Beck series) by Maj…
Loading...

Roseanna (The Martin Beck series) (original 1965; edition 2011)

by Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo, Henning Mankell (Introduction)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
1,309415,950 (3.78)87
Member:pussy_galore_
Title:Roseanna (The Martin Beck series)
Authors:Maj Sjowall
Other authors:Per Wahloo, Henning Mankell (Introduction)
Info:Fourth Estate (2011), Edition: (Reissue), Paperback, 288 pages
Collections:My Books, Your library
Rating:***1/2
Tags:Sweden, fiction, crime

Work details

Roseanna by Maj Sjöwall (1965)

Recently added bymhnadel, paternof, ex--libris, private library, carofi, pgsola
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 87 mentions

English (35)  French (2)  Italian (1)  Danish (1)  Spanish (1)  Dutch (1)  All languages (41)
Showing 1-5 of 35 (next | show all)
This first book in the Martin Beck series may have suffered from being read out of order. It was interesting to read the descriptions of Melander and Kollberg in particular, as these colleagues of Beck's recur in most of the books. The mystery itself is in some ways straightforward -- this is much more of a police procedural and less of a 'whodunit'. This is not a mystery in which the reader can solve the case first - information comes to the reader as it comes to the detectives & they find the killer together. While not as tense as some of the later books in the series, I think that this one gives a good feeling for police routine. ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 20, 2014 |
First published in 1965, Roseanna is the first in the Martin Beck series by the Swedish writers Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. This is a solid, detailed police procedural which introduces many of the series characters. The book is not without humour at times although overall Beck is a rather dour character. The plot is rather thin and we learn the identity of the likely perpetrator long before the end, so the interest is in watching the Swedish police at work – they never give up. The perpetrator is an interesting character study, being unconventional for his time and place. The plot has international connections and as it was published in 1965, the communications are slow and tedious compared to the contemporary era. Even making an international phone call was a significant task! The main sub-plot concerns Beck’s relationship with his wife and family and one can see already how they are slipping away from him under the realities of police work. How many books will it take before Beck is living alone? His only significant relationships are with fellow officers and as for many other later detectives in fiction, his work is his life. The Harper Perennial edition has an absorbing introduction by Henning Mankell who is a disciple of Sjöwall and Wahlöö. Richard Shepherd’s article and interview with Sjöwall are also wroth reading as they throw light on the origins and development of the Beck series. ( )
  DavidKilner | Apr 7, 2014 |
Su consiglio di un caro amico, ho provato il primo libro della saga dell'ispettore Beck e il piatto è risultato gradito al mio palato: un'indagine umana, fatta di duro lavoro e un po' d'intuito, protagonista un ispettore tenace e dispeptico, con una vita familiare sfiorita da anni. Belli i dialoghi, verosimili. ( )
  gfonte | Mar 15, 2014 |
I wanted to find something similar to the Millennium Trilogy. This just didn't do it for me. ( )
  lizzyg | Mar 10, 2014 |
Martin Beck leads an investigation of the murder of a woman found in a lake. She had been a passenger on a cruise. There appears to be evidence of a possible sexual assault as well. This book was written in the 1960s, and the police techniques definitely correspond to that era rather than the present-day era when the Internet and digital photography would have radically altered some of the things in the investigation. I really enjoyed this mystery and will probably look for others in this series. It is not as dark as much of the present-day Scandi-crime. ( )
  thornton37814 | Dec 27, 2013 |
Showing 1-5 of 35 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (26 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Maj Sjöwallprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wahlöö, Permain authorall editionsconfirmed
Mankell, HenningIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Polet, CoraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Roth, LoisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
They found the corpse on the eighth of July just after three o'clock in the afternoon.
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307390462, Paperback)

The masterful first novel in the Martin Beck series of mysteries by the internationally renowned crime writing duo Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, finds Beck hunting for the murderer of a lonely traveler.On a July afternoon, a young woman's body is dredged from Sweden's beautiful Lake Vattern. With no clues Beck begins an investigation not only to uncover a murderer but also to discover who the victim was. Three months later, all Beck knows is that her name was Roseanna and that she could have been strangled by any one of eighty-five people on a cruise. As the melancholic Beck narrows the list of suspects, he is drawn increasingly to the enigma of the victim, a free-spirited traveler with a penchant for casual sex, and to the psychopathology of a murderer with a distinctive--indeed, terrifying--sense of propriety..

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:31:00 -0400)

(see all 5 descriptions)

"The masterful first novel in the Martin Beck series of mysteries ... finds Beck hunting for the murderer of a lonely traveler. On a July afternoon, a young woman's body is dredged from Sweden's beautiful Lake Vattern. With no clues, Beck begins an investigation not only to uncover a murderer but also to discover who the victim was. Three months later, all Beck knows is that her name was Roseanna and that she could have been strangled by any one of eighty-five people on a cruise. As the melancholic Beck narrows the list of suspects, he is drawn increasingly to the enigma of the victim, a free-spirited traveler with a penchant for casual sex, and to the psychopathology of a muderer with a distinctive -- indeed, terrifying -- sense of propriety"--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

(summary from another edition)

» see all 9 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
2 avail.
99 wanted
7 pay11 pay

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.78)
0.5 1
1 2
1.5
2 13
2.5 10
3 69
3.5 29
4 138
4.5 14
5 55

Audible.com

Three editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 94,054,684 books! | Top bar: Always visible