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Murder at the Savoy (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) (original 1970; edition 2009)

by Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö

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Title:Murder at the Savoy (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
Authors:Maj Sjöwall
Other authors:Per Wahlöö
Info:Vintage (2009), Paperback, 240 pages
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Murder at the Savoy by Maj Sjöwall (1970)

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The introduction to this audio book (and the Kindle version) was written by Michael Carlson, book reviewer and film critic. In it he talks about what ground breakers Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö were, how they paved the way not only for today's Scandinavian writers but how they changed the conventions and direction of crime fiction forever, particularly that of the police procedural.

The thing that strikes you about MURDER AT THE SAVOY is how much detail there is, whether it is description of the main players, police procedures, settings, and interview transcripts.

In the introduction Carlson alerts you to look out for reflection of the authors' socialist views as well as how Sweden's economy is being manipulated by industrialists and magnates. Martin Beck is told to tread carefully in this case because Viktor Palmgren is so powerful, influential with members of the government. There is pressure on Beck and his team to not only catch the murderer quickly but also to avoid releasing any details that might reflect badly on the Swedish government.

In the long run, when the murderer is charged Beck feels that while justice appears to have been served the real criminals have remained free. ( )
  smik | Jan 11, 2012 |
Another installment from the Martin Beck series and this one I found equally gripping. The murder of a wealthy businessman proves tricky to solve one hot summer in Malmo. ( )
  tixylix | Nov 24, 2011 |
Un giallo classico, ben scritto . Interessante la descrizione della societa' svedese della fine anni 60 ( )
  mara4m | Jun 8, 2011 |
Nice storytelling, but somewhat sexist sometimes. ( )
  updraught | Jul 4, 2010 |
A rather odd mystery. A rich industrialist is shot while making a dinner speech. The case is of urgent interest because of possible links between the deceased and several governments. The case proceeds slowly; a collection of detectives smoke cigarettes, make phone calls, and complain about the heat.

The mystery was poor and banal, the style compatible with the overall sense of lethargy and lack of focus. I don't understand what the author meant to accomplish. ( )
  Jim53 | Jun 27, 2009 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Maj Sjöwallprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wahloo, Permain authorall editionsconfirmed
Arnald, JanForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Binder, Hedwig M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bruna, DickCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dahl, ArnePréfacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Engen, BodilTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ipsen, HenningTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maass, Hans-JoachimTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mackintosh, StevenReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nielsen, BjarneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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With a New Introduction by Arne Dahl When Viktor Palmgren, a powerful Swedish industrialist is shot during his after-dinner speech in the luxurious Hotel Savoy, it sends a shiver down the spine of the international money markets and puts the tiny town of Malmo on edge. However, no one in the restaurant, not even the victim before his death, was able to identify the gunman, and local police were sheepishly baffled. Beck takes over the scene and finds a web of vice so despicable that it's hard to imagine who "wouldn't "want Palmgren dead, but that doesn't stop him and his team of dedicated detectives from tackling one of their most intriguing cases yet.… (more)

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