The Laughing Policeman

By Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
Translated by Alan Blair
Read by Tom Weiner

The Martin Beck Police Mysteries: Book 4

6.70 Hours 01/30/2009 unabridged
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On a cold and rainy Stockholm night, nine bus riders are gunned down by an unknown assassin. The press, anxious for an explanation for the seemingly random crime, quickly dubs the killer a madman. But Superintendent Martin Beck of the Stockholm Homicide Squad suspects otherwise: this apparently motiveless killer has managed to target one of Beck’s best detectives, young Åke Stenström. Reasoning that Stenström would not have been riding that lethal bus without a reason, Beck retraces his steps and chases year-old clues to a crime long thought unsolvable. With its wonderfully observed lawmen (including the inimitable Martin Beck), its brilliantly rendered felons and their murky Stockholm underworld, and its deftly engineered plot, this is another incredible installment in the acclaimed Martin Beck mystery series.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel

A 2009 AudioFile Best Voice • Police Procedural

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

On a cold and rainy Stockholm night, nine bus riders are gunned down by an unknown assassin. The press, anxious for an explanation for the seemingly random crime, quickly dubs the killer a madman. But Superintendent Martin Beck of the Stockholm Homicide Squad suspects otherwise: this apparently motiveless killer has managed to target one of Beck’s best detectives, young Åke Stenström. Reasoning that Stenström would not have been riding that lethal bus without a reason, Beck retraces his steps and chases year-old clues to a crime long thought unsolvable.

With its wonderfully observed lawmen (including the inimitable Martin Beck), its brilliantly rendered felons and their murky Stockholm underworld, and its deftly engineered plot, this is another incredible installment in the acclaimed Martin Beck mystery series.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A tantalizing, intricate tale.” New York Times Book Review
“A top-notch example of the police procedural school of mystery.” Chicago Sun-Times
 “I’ve read The Laughing Policeman six or eight times. Each time I reach the final twist on the final page, I shiver afresh.” Jonathan Franzen
“Must reading for anyone who claims to be [a student] of the best detective fiction.” Saturday Review
“Must reading for [students] of the best detective fiction.” Saturday Review
“Another excellent police procedural about Martin Beck and his colleagues of the Stockholm Homicide Squad. Once again, Tom Weiner gives a performance that is pitch-perfect for the material. The very different personalities of the squad members are beautifully rendered, as are characters we meet only once or twice—in particular, a detective’s wife and the girlfriend of one of the victims. The plot takes several unexpected turns, but Weiner’s sure narration is always on key with what is happening. The result is that while we are lost in the emotion of the story, we are never lost amid the action.” AudioFile

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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: 6.70
Audience: Adult
Language: English