The Man on the Balcony: A Martin Beck Police Mystery

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

The Martin Beck Police Mysteries: Book 3

5.55 Hours 02/10/2009 unabridged
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Someone is killing young girls in the once peaceful parks of Stockholm—killing them after “having his way” with them. The people of Stockholm are tense and fearful. Police Superintendent Martin Beck has two witnesses: a cold-blooded mugger who won’t say much and a three-year-old boy who can’t say much. The dedicated work of the police force seems to be leading nowhere, and with each passing day, the likelihood of another murder grows. But then Beck remembers someone—or something—he overheard… A quietly relentless thriller, The Man on the Balcony juxtaposes the most inhuman of crimes with the humanity of the men who must solve it—their perseverance, frustration, and horror—resulting in a police procedural that is as moving and credible as it is enthralling.

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Summary

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Edgar Allan Poe Award

Someone is killing young girls in the once peaceful parks of Stockholm—killing them after “having his way” with them. The people of Stockholm are tense and fearful. Police Superintendent Martin Beck has two witnesses: a cold-blooded mugger who won’t say much and a three-year-old boy who can’t say much. The dedicated work of the police force seems to be leading nowhere, and with each passing day, the likelihood of another murder grows. But then Beck remembers someone—or something—he overheard…

A quietly relentless thriller, The Man on the Balcony juxtaposes the most inhuman of crimes with the humanity of the men who must solve it—their perseverance, frustration, and horror—resulting in a police procedural that is as moving and credible as it is enthralling.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Hauntingly effective storytelling.” New York Times Book Review
“Written 40 years ago by husband-and-wife team Sjöwall and Wahlöö, this third in the Martin Beck mystery series remains timely and relevant. Tom Weiner recounts the gruesome crimes in this canny police procedural without making them sensational. Weiner’s rendition of Beck and his assortment of overworked, underpaid colleagues is colorful and understated. His intelligent, objective narration details the seemingly disparate puzzle pieces until they make a terrible sense. A real treat for mystery lovers.” AudioFile
“A superb speciment of the roman policier at its relentless best.” Kirkus Reviews
“A masterpiece: the society formed by the people of the town and the police force is almost a single character—insignificant events are interconnected so that when pieced together in a dovetailed whole, everything makes perfect sense.” Eurocrime.co.uk
“[The Man on the Balcony] is a book that succeeds on every parameter a crime fiction novel can be measured upon.” ScandanavianCrimeFiction.wordpress.com

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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: 5.55
Audience: Adult
Language: English