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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), Paperback, 288 pages
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Rating:***1/2
Tags:crime fiction, Inspector Beck, Sweden

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Roseanna by Maj Sjöwall (1965)

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Ok. Must have been more shocking when it was published in 1965. ( )
  gpaisley | Jun 18, 2016 |
I think I would have liked this book a lot more if I had read the print copy instead of listening to the audio version. A lot seemed to get lost in the narrator's reading of this translation. The book was a police procedural that read like an actual police manual. But I felt there was a lot behind the character of Martin Beck that I was missing. He seemed to be a very complex man that never gave up on a case, but a lot of that was lost in the audio recording. I'll continue the series, but I think I'm going to try to get a copy of the printed translations. ( )
  jguidry | May 31, 2016 |
Very well written and paced thriller/police procedural/hard boiled mystery. Not really a mystery, all is made obvious, but very enjoyable. The authors set out to write a set of ten of these and did exactly that...I will likely read them all. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Feb 1, 2016 |
This is the first book in a series by by Sjöwall and Wahlöö about a Swedish detective called Martin Beck, who looks into the murder of a young woman who is dredged out of a canal. The book was written back in the 60s, so doesn't rely on all the modern techniques we've become so used to on television.
It follow the investigation step by step and seems to be a very realistic look at a very determined man who doesn't like to leave things lie.
Not a bad read. ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
Beck a the rest of the team in these Swedish police procedurals come across as nice people, but the stories tend to be grim and depressing . This one is about a young woman named Roseanna whose bdy is found naked and dead in a Swedish lake. It turns out she liked to take lovers, and the last one was a bad choice. Part of this story was used as material for a Chinese mystery. ( )
  antiquary | Jan 10, 2016 |
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Maj Sjöwallprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wahlöö, Permain authorall editionsconfirmed
Mankell, HenningIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Polet, CoraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Roth, LoisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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