The Man Who Went Up in Smoke: A Martin Beck Police Mystery

By Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
Translated by Joan Tate
Read by Tom Weiner

The Martin Beck Police Mysteries: Book 2

5.58 Hours 09/17/2008 unabridged
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His holiday with his family has just begun, but a phone call sends Martin Beck packing off to Budapest, where a boorish journalist has vanished without a trace. With the aid of the coolly efficient local police, who do business while soaking at the public baths, Beck must troll about in the Eastern Europe underworld for a man nobody knows—while he is at the risk of vanishing along with his quarry. The Man Who Went Up in Smoke gives us the dedicated Beck at his most engaging: indulging in the sumptuous Hungarian cuisine, longing for a decent cigarette, and evading a predatory nymphet, even as he pursues a case whose international boundaries grow with every new clue.

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Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Mystery

His holiday with his family has just begun, but a phone call sends Martin Beck packing off to Budapest, where a boorish journalist has vanished without a trace. With the aid of the coolly efficient local police, who do business while soaking at the public baths, Beck must troll about in the Eastern Europe underworld for a man nobody knows—while he is at the risk of vanishing along with his quarry.

The Man Who Went Up in Smoke gives us the dedicated Beck at his most engaging: indulging in the sumptuous Hungarian cuisine, longing for a decent cigarette, and evading a predatory nymphet, even as he pursues a case whose international boundaries grow with every new clue.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Martin Beck is a man driven to solve puzzles, with a small tragic intuition swimming deep in his mental waters that will surface suddenly to give a muted howl and then dive down again.” New York Times
“They changed the genre. Whoever is writing crime fiction after these novels is inspired by them in one way or another.” Henning Mankell, author of Firewall
“Enormously satisfying.” Washington Post Book World
“If you haven’t read Sjowall/Wahloo, start now.” Sunday Telegraph
“The depth of Tom Weiner’s masculine timbre accurately brings the flawed, depressed Beck to the mind’s eye. Weiner’s oft-used monotone is reminiscent of early noir cinema, and he skillfully employs a lightness of tone when vocalizing women’s voices.” 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: 5.58
Audience: Adult
Language: English