The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjowall, Per Whaloo

The Laughing Policeman
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The Laughing Policeman (Martin Beck Police Mystery #4)

byMaj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö, Alain Blair(Translator), Nicci French(Introduction)
One blustery November evening someone guns down nine occupants of a Stockholm bus, one of them a colleague of Martin Beck. It appeared to be a random killing, but Beck’s investigation would lead him to a different conclusion.
My Thoughts:
This was a good short read. Having said that as it was written nearly 40 years ago was a bit dated. But that didn’t detract from the enjoyment of the read. After all people still enjoy Agatha Christie.
Martin Beck and his squad are to busy in fighting it is any wonder they manage to sove crimes. But they do. It was refreshing to read a book with no internet,Facebook, Twitter and mobile phones etc.
Old school but enjoyable.

About the Author:

Maj Sjöwall

Maj Sjöwall


in Stockholm, Sweden

September 25, 1935


Maj Sjöwall is a Swedish author and translator. She is best known for the collaborative work with her partner Per Wahlöö on a series of ten novels about the exploits of Martin Beck, a police detective in Stockholm. In 1971, the fourth of these books, The Laughing Policeman (a translation of Den skrattande polisen, originally published in 1968) won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Novel.They also wrote novels separately.

Sjöwall had a 13 year relationship with Wahlöö which lasted until his death in 1975.


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