Laughing Policeman Hardcover – Dec 1 1993
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In this classic police procedural, the ever-dyspeptic Martin Beck has nothing to be amused about, even though it's Christmastime. Åke Stenstrom, a young detective in Beck's squad, has just been killed in an unprecedented mass murder aboard a Stockholm city bus. Was he just in the wrong place at the wrong time, or did he push a murderer too far in his efforts to make a name for himself on the force? Realizing that Stenstrom's presence on the bus was no mere coincidence, his compatriots retrace his steps and chase years-old clues to a crime long thought unsolvable. Along with Roseanna, this is one of the best of Sjöwall and Wahlöö's ten Martin Beck mysteries. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“I've read The Laughing Policeman six or eight times. Each time I reach the final twist on the final page, I shiver afresh.”
"A tantalizing, intricate tale."
—The New York Times Book Review
“Sjöwall and Wahlöö write unsparingly and unswervingly. . . . Their plots are second to none.”
“Lively and stylistically taut. . . . Sjöwall and Wahlöö changed the genre.”
—Henning Mankell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
The scene is Stockholm, Sweden. ?The time was three minutes past eleven on the evening of the thirteenth of November, 1967? (8). And while hundreds of demonstrators and policemen were finally breaking up outside the American embassy in response to the War in Vietnam, on the other side of town, ?eight murders and one attempted murder were committed in Stockholm? (5).
With their straightforward, frank approach to the detective novel, Sjowall and Wahloo launch the reader into the thick of the homicide squad?s tangled investigation of the worst mass murder in Sweden?s history. The detectives, led by Superintendent Martin Beck, involve themselves in the painstaking and tedious tasks of detection in their concerted attempt to discover the perpetrator of such a heinous act. In doing so, the reader glimpses the emotional predicament that such a life and line of work at this contentious time in history created for these men. They match the brute strength of the police force against the mob of the underworld, straining to preserve humanity in the face of the awful charge of solving a terrible crime.
Though in the end, intelligence and a rough justice do prevail, the final twist of the novel does not come until the final pages. Anyone fan of detective fiction will find themselves entranced by the unique combination of detective procedure and dry, black humor that resonates throughout the pages of this engrossing detective thriller.
Most recent customer reviews
Typical of the authors. Perfect crime procedural novel in the vein of of Ed McBain and others. Timeless in the way that never gets old. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Alexander Smith
Another great book in the Martin Beck series. But don 't read the introduction before you read the book as Jonathan Franzen spoils three major plot points in his intro! Read morePublished on June 17 2013 by ScottMcDonnell
In this fourth Martin Beck mystery book, he laughs. The Laughing Policeman in the perfect mystery thriller. You are kept guessing right until the last page. A spectacular crime. Read morePublished on June 9 2010 by Dave and Joe
but this book just didn't float my boat. I like my books hard-boiled and/or noir and The Laughing Policeman failed on both counts; in fact to be honest I didn't even finish it... Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2004 by POP
I picked up "The Laughing Policeman" after seeing it recommended by both the Washington Post's very reliable Michael Dirda and by "The Corrections" author... Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2002
The fourth book in the Martin Beck series of novels, and one of the best. This is the first one that really begins to lay on the social and political commentary, but never loses... Read morePublished on Sept. 27 2002 by daveklein222
Welcome to Stockholm Sweden the home of vicious murder. The Laughing Policeman begins similarly to a James Patterson novel with a gruesome act of terror and human sacrifice as a... Read morePublished on April 8 2002 by Albert Chou
The Laughing Policeman, written by Swedish authors May Sjowall and Per Wahloo, is a fascinating journey into the minds and actions of a society built upon an idealist social... Read morePublished on March 25 2002 by Leya Speasmaker