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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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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. ( )
1 vote thorold | Oct 30, 2015 |
Book Description: adapted from Amazon.ca
Beck’s summer vacation is 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.

My Review:
There are lots of twists and turns here, and definitely something rotten! Matsson, who Beck will discover was well-dressed but a boor and a nasty drunk, had been seen in Budapest by five people: a passport officer, two taxi drivers and two hotel receptionists. However, he has seemingly went up in smoke. He did leave one single clue behind: the key to his hotel room, found on the steps outside the police station. What? Beck is on the case and on the move – and he’ll have an interesting time losing the predatory nymphet on his tail. There was some interesting reading!

Didn’t enjoy this one as much as Roseanna, but I do very much like the character, Martin Beck. He’s smart, professional, and a straight shooter. Will read more! ( )
  lit_chick | Oct 17, 2015 |
This book came as rather a disappointment. I had read numerous critical appraisals of the series of ten novels by Swedish husband and wife team, Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, featuring the reserved Inspector Martin Beck, and had also enjoyed the first instalment in the series, 'Roseanna'.

Here, however, Sjowall and Wahloo seemed to lose their way, being bogged down in laconic observations about the perceived quaintness of Budapest in the late 1960s, to the detriment of the plot development and characterisation. It is, of course, always difficult to establish to what extent any such shortcomings are the fault of the original book or inadequate translation. Such divination is, however, rather academic - I didn't enjoy the book and won't trouble myself with any of the others in the series. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Oct 26, 2014 |
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Maj Sjöwallprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wahlöö, Permain authorall editionsconfirmed
Absalom, ChristineActresssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Alexander, SamActorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Beadsmore, RichardSMsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Binder, Hedwig M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bjarne NielsenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Black, LucyActresssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blythe, RobertActorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brennan, PatrickActorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Craig, AlisonSMsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Deutsch, MichelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Engen, BodilTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gilet, DonActorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gleaves, NicholasNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Hims, KatieDramatizersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holt, Heleen tenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Mendez, JennyPCsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Obregón, Enrique deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Okafor, AmakaActresssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Orrock, SallyActresssecondary 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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