The Fire Engine That Disappeared: The Story of a Crime | A Martin Beck Police Story

By Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
With an introduction by Colin Dexter
Translated by Joan Tate
Read by Tom Weiner

The Martin Beck Police Mysteries: Book 5

7.18 Hours 06/02/2009 unabridged
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Gunvald Larsson sits carefully observing the dingy Stockholm apartment of a man under police surveillance. He looks at his watch: nine minutes past eleven in the evening. At that same moment, the house explodes, killing at least three people. Chief Inspector Martin Beck and his men don’t suspect arson or murder until they discover a peculiar circumstance linking the explosion to a suicide committed that same day. The dead man left a note consisting of just two words: Martin Beck. This is the excellent next installment of the genre-pioneering Martin Beck detective series from the 1960s, widely recognized as the greatest masterpieces of crime fiction ever written.

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Summary

Summary

Gunvald Larsson sits carefully observing the dingy Stockholm apartment of a man under police surveillance. He looks at his watch: nine minutes past eleven in the evening. At that same moment, the house explodes, killing at least three people. Chief Inspector Martin Beck and his men don’t suspect arson or murder until they discover a peculiar circumstance linking the explosion to a suicide committed that same day. The dead man left a note consisting of just two words: Martin Beck.

This is the excellent next installment of the genre-pioneering Martin Beck detective series from the 1960s, widely recognized as the greatest masterpieces of crime fiction ever written.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“For me, the best criterion of a good read is to wish that it had gone on a bit longer. I felt that here…This is a ‘police procedural’ from the top drawer.” Colin Dexter, from the introduction
“A gripping read, brilliantly plotted and with frequent moments of hilarity or tenderness.” Guardian (London)
“Narrator Tom Weiner expertly captures Beck, who’s always referred to as Martin Beck, and his cohorts and criminals. Weiner’s best portrayals are those of Beck himself and Gunwald Larsson, a character who provides a bit of comedy. A glimpse into family life is provided when Beck visits his mother in a nursing home. Weiner captures her perfectly, and it’s fun to see how much Beck is like her. An added bonus is the introduction, which discusses the authors, their humor, and their politics. This is perfect for the discerning audience.” AudioFile
“The novel is narrated by Tom Weiner, a dialogue director and voice artist best known for his voice roles in CD-ROM games and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Transformers. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. An Audie Award nominee, he has narrated more than one hundred books for Blackstone. His female characterizations are convincing and the others are given the full-voice treatment. Highly recommended to fans of vintage crime fiction.” SoundCommentary.com

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Author

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: 7.18
Audience: Adult
Language: English