Roseanna: A Martin Beck Police Mystery

By Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
Introduction by Henning Mankell
Translated by Lois Roth
Read by Tom Weiner

The Martin Beck Police Mysteries: Book 1

6.60 Hours 09/10/2008 unabridged
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On a July afternoon, the body of a young woman is dredged from Sweden’s beautiful Lake Vättern. Three months later, all that Police Inspector Martin Beck knows is that her name is Roseanna, that she came from Lincoln, Nebraska, and that she could have been strangled by any one of eighty-five people. As the melancholic Beck narrows down the list of likely suspects, he is drawn increasingly to the enigma of the victim, a free-spirited traveler with a penchant for the casual sexual encounter, and to the psychopathology of a murderer with a distinctive—indeed, terrifying—sense of propriety. With its authentically rendered settings, vividly realized characters, and command over the intricately interwoven details of police detection, Roseanna is a masterpiece of suspense and sadness.

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Summary

Summary

On a July afternoon, the body of a young woman is dredged from Sweden’s beautiful Lake Vättern. Three months later, all that Police Inspector Martin Beck knows is that her name is Roseanna, that she came from Lincoln, Nebraska, and that she could have been strangled by any one of eighty-five people. As the melancholic Beck narrows down the list of likely suspects, he is drawn increasingly to the enigma of the victim, a free-spirited traveler with a penchant for the casual sexual encounter, and to the psychopathology of a murderer with a distinctive—indeed, terrifying—sense of propriety.

With its authentically rendered settings, vividly realized characters, and command over the intricately interwoven details of police detection, Roseanna is a masterpiece of suspense and sadness.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Listening to Tom Weiner’s narration of Roseanna, one can easily believe one is hearing a gaggle of Swedish policemen…The story, setting, and characters have a noir quality, and the clipped rhythms of Weiner’s reading are just right. In his Everyman baritone, we hear the frustrations of a case for which no solutions can be found for months. When the action heats up, listeners feel the tension rise as the police work round the clock to bring the case to a close. As the story comes to an end, the ragged edge in Weiner's voice helps listeners feel the detectives’ mix of sadness and triumph.” AudioFile
“What fascinates is the mechanism itself, and the characters who analyse and try to understand the motivation for the brutal crime and, in doing so, expose the cracks in the complacency of Swedish society…The writing is elegant and surprisingly humorous—if you haven’t come across Beck before, you’re in for a treat.”  Guardian (London)
“Superb suspense…Let no mystery authority worth the appellation miss Roseanna…I have never read a finer police story.” Los Angeles Times
“A wonderfully tough and pleasantly chilling tale…told without a wasted word.” Harper’s

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Author Bio: Maj Sjöwall

Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, wife and husband team, wrote ten Martin Beck mysteries, virtually creating the modern police procedural. In addition to the many short stories and novels he wrote, Mr. Wahlöö, who died in 1975, wrote numerous radio and television plays and was a reporter for several Swedish newspapers and magazines. Maj Sjöwall is also a journalist and poet. She lives in Sweden.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 6.60
Audience: Adult
Language: English