The Laughing Policeman: A Martin Beck Police Mystery (4)

byMaj Sjowall, Per WahlooIntroduction byJonathan Franzen

February 10, 2009|
The Laughing Policeman: A Martin Beck Police Mystery (4) by Maj Sjowall
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The incredible fourth novel in the Martin Beck mystery series by the internationally renowned crime writing duo Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, finds Martin Beck heading a major manhunt in pursuit of a mass-murderer. With a new introduction by Jonathan Franzen: "I''ve read The Laughing Policeman six or eight times. Each time I reach the final twist on the final page, I shiver afresh."

On a cold and rainy Stockholm night, nine bus riders are gunned down by a mysterious assassin. The press portrays it as a freak attack and dubs the killer a madman. But Superintendent Martin Beck thinks otherwise—one of his most ambitious young detectives was among those killed—and he suspects it was more than coincidence. Working on a hunch, Beck seeks out the girlfriend of the murdered detective, and with her help Beck reconstructs the steps that led to his murder. The police comb the country for the killer, only to find that this attack may be connected to a case that has been unsolved for years.
Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, her husband and coauthor, wrote ten Martin Beck mysteries.  They plotted and researched each book together then wrote alternate chapters. The books were written over a ten year period and carefully planned to allow for gradual character development and evolving social commentary as the se...
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Title:The Laughing Policeman: A Martin Beck Police Mystery (4)
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:224 pages, 8 X 5.22 X 0.58 in
Shipping dimensions:224 pages, 8 X 5.22 X 0.58 in
Published:February 10, 2009
Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780307390509

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