The Terrorists: 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 10

9.00 Hours 04/21/2010 unabridged
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The Terrorists is the last Martin Beck mystery, finished just a few weeks before Per Wahlöö’s death. The book is, in effect, a marvelous summing up of the series. The story centers on the visit of an American senator to Stockholm. Martin Beck tries to protect him from an international gang of terrorists, while they decide that Beck too should be removed from the scene. Interwoven with this basic story are two fascinating subplots. One, a classic mini-mystery, is the story of a millionaire pornographer bludgeoned to death in his own bathtub. The other is the story of a young girl, a Swedish hippie caught up unexpectedly in the maze of police bureaucracy. As in other Martin Beck books, the plot comes together in a totally unexpected climax.

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The Terrorists is the last Martin Beck mystery, finished just a few weeks before Per Wahlöö’s death. The book is, in effect, a marvelous summing up of the series. The story centers on the visit of an American senator to Stockholm. Martin Beck tries to protect him from an international gang of terrorists, while they decide that Beck too should be removed from the scene. Interwoven with this basic story are two fascinating subplots. One, a classic mini-mystery, is the story of a millionaire pornographer bludgeoned to death in his own bathtub. The other is the story of a young girl, a Swedish hippie caught up unexpectedly in the maze of police bureaucracy. As in other Martin Beck books, the plot comes together in a totally unexpected climax.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Of all the Sjöwall/Wahlöö books, The Terrorists may be the tightest in organization and the most suspenseful.” New York Times
“Martin Beck’s last case is a clever mixture of the best elements of escape fiction—a two-way chase, a puzzling mystery and edge-of-the-seat suspense—along with some stinging social comments.” San Francisco Examiner
“One of the most authentic, gripping, and profound collections of police procedurals ever accomplished…Beautifully structured, textured, and rendered.” Michael Connelly
“Lively, stylistically taut…Sjöwall and Wahlöö changed the genre.” Henning Mankell
“The Sjöwall-Wahlöö style and stories are dramas that expose fascinating truths about modern life.” Chicago Tribune
“The series of detective stories by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, starring Martin Beck, has maintained such a degree of excellence that comparisons are near impossible.” Minneapolis Tribune
“The whole series has an immediacy to it that is both honest and awesome. These are the kind of books you can’t help but read in one sitting.” Minnesota Daily
“No one is more convincing than [Sjöwall and Wahlöö] in transmitting the actual shock of brutal murder.” Buffalo News

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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: 9.00
Audience: Adult
Language: English