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The Man Who Went up in Smoke by Maj Sjöwall

The Man Who Went up in Smoke (1966)

by Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö

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Series: Martin Beck (2)

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I'm starting to get used to the audio narration on this series, but I wish I could read the print versions. I really think I'd like them better. A lot was lost in translation for me in this book in the series, and it was important stuff apparently. I understood the ending of the story and the wrap up, but I have no earthly clue how Martin Beck ended up at the killer's house. I mean, what made the light bulb go on and say, "That's who did it!" But, I still like the characters of Martin Beck and his cohorts in the Swedish police department so I'll try again. ( )
  jguidry | Dec 12, 2016 |
2nd read: part of my 12x10 challenge, to read all of this series in order. Here I feel I got deeper into the story and characters, Martin Beck's peevishness at being called away from his holiday and his settling in to an investigation in Budapest, where he doesn't speak the local language. Despite that, his keen observation and methodical thinking take in enough information to make progress when he returns to Sweden. While he doesn't come over as a particularly likeable or brilliant man, a more steady respect for him is building.

1st read:
Interesting enough, but I read the blurb saying unputdownable, and that I will want to rush out & buy/read the decalogue... not so much. I read that Martin Beck's character develops over the books, which is good because at the moment he's a bit blank, dull.
Coincidence time, I recently saw a tv show in Budapest, and the May picture in the calendar in the office is Budapest also... ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
My local library has several BBC radio dramatizations and I usually enjoy them. This one was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on November 3, 2012. The Man Who Went Up In Smoke is one of the only two Martin Beck mysteries I have, but it's been more than two years since I read the book. The mystery itself involves a Swedish journalist who vanished without a trace while visiting Budapest, Hungary. Martin Beck is called away from his family holiday to make some discreet inquiries. (Mrs. Inga Beck obviously believes that a policeman's wife's lot is not a happy one. Her role is to complain over the phone.)

Back in Sweden, Kollberg, Beck's partner does some research on his own initiative and calls Martin about the results. Martin is being followed, which has him wondering, especially after he meets Szluka, a Hungarian policeman. I

Happily, I'd forgotten the solution, so I got to enjoy being surprised all over again. If you enjoy radio drama mysteries, are a Beck fan, or just like police procedurals, you might like this one. If you're not sure you want to make time to listen to this, it's only 75 minutes long.

If you wish to know who played which character, this is the cast list from the back of the case:

Martin Beck: Steven Mackintosh / Lennart Kollberg: Neil Pearson / Narrator 1: Lesley Sharp / Narrator 2: Nicholas Gleaves / Gunnarson: Justin Salinger / Ari Boek: Georgia Groome / Szluka: Patrick Brennan / Fröbe: Joe Sims / Inga Beck: Lucy Black / Molin: Robert Blythe / Foreign Office Man: Sam Alexander / Embassy Man: Harry Livingstone / Frau Boek: Christine Absalom / Steffi: Amaka Okafor / Radeberger: Don Gilet, and Sally Orrock as Gun Kollberg. ( )
  JalenV | Mar 11, 2016 |
Enjoyed this, but not as much as the first one in the series. Will definitely read number three though... the reviews of the series are always great and they all seem to clock in at 200 or so pages, so it's certainly worth it to give the next couple a shot. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Jan 27, 2016 |
Another early Beck story, and the only one where the authors resort to the characteristic Simenon dodge of sending their detective off to investigate a possible crime in an exotic foreign location on a flimsy pretext. Beck is sent to Budapest to look into the disappearance of a Swedish journalist, and Sjöwall and Wahlöö take the opportunity to show us an efficient, modern socialist state being subverted by evil capitalist criminals. The story is engaging and ingenious and the tour of Budapest's most famous tourist spots is fun, but for once the political propaganda comes over as a bit too heavy-handed. Sjöwall and Wahlöö seem to be blithely oblivious to the fact that they are writing less than ten years after the brutal repression of 1956. ( )
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Maj Sjöwallprimary authorall editionscalculated
Wahlöö, Permain authorall editionsconfirmed
Absalom, ChristineActorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Alexander, SamActorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Beadsmore, RichardSMsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Binder, Hedwig M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bjarne NielsenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Black, Lucysecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blythe, RobertActorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brennan, PatrickActorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
British Broadcasting CorporationCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Craig, AlisonSMsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Deutsch, MichelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Engen, BodilTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gilet, DonActorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gleaves, NicholasNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Groome, GeorgiaActorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hims, KatieDramatistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holt, Heleen tenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jehnich, Dagmar-RenateTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Knightley, CalebSound designer & SMsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Livingstone, HarryActorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maas, Hans-JoachimTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mackintosh, StevenActorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McDermid, ValIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mendez, JennyPCsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Obregón, Enrique deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Okafor, Amakasecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Orrock, Sallysecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pearson, NeilActorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Purnell, ElizabethComposersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Robins, HannahPCsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Salinger, JustinActorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sharp, LesleyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sims, JoeActorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The masterful second novel in the Martin Beck series of mysteries by the internationally renowned crime writing duo Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, finds Beck searching for a well-known Swedish journalist who has disappeared without a trace.Inspector Martin Beck of the Stockholm Homicide Squad has his summer vacation abruptly terminated when the top brass at the foreign office pack him off to Budapest to search for Alf Matsson, a well-known Swedish journalist who has vanished. Beck investigates viperous Eastern European underworld figures and--at the risk of his life--stumbles upon the international racket in which Matsson was involved. With the coolly efficient local police on his side and a predatory nymphet on his tail, Beck pursues a case whose international implications grow with each new clue.

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Stockholm Homicide Squad's Inspector Martin Beck is assigned to search for Alf Matsson, a vanished Swedish journalist, and finds himself becoming involved in an international racket that leads him to some enigmatic Eastern European underworld figures.… (more)

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