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

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

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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
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Tags:Sweden, fiction, crime

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Roseanna by Maj Sjöwall (1965)

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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 |
The first of the ten Martin Beck police procedurals concerns the rape and murder of a woman whose body is dredged up from the Göta Canal at Motala. Before the age of the fax machine and the mobile phone, the investigation proceeds at a slow pace, with information from other European countries and the States taking days if not weeks to reach the Stockholm police.

The book mentioned Söderköping a few times (a small town on the canal where I holidayed a few years ago), and reminded me that I would like to do the Göta Canal boat trip someday, although I would hope to make it all the way to Gothenburg, unlike Roseanna. ( )
  isabelx | Dec 19, 2013 |
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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..

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"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)

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