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.
Crack another case with Martin Beck.
©1997 Random House, Inc.; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I listened to about 3/4 of this and finally gave up. A dull translation of a dated book.
The Martin Beck series has all the elements of the newer Scandinavian
crime stories. Well written and very interesting tales.
The authors give enough details of the crimes to hook you, and keep
Minor Swedish police procedural from 1969 about a journalist who disappears. Largely set in Hungary. Downbeat, uneventful but pleasant enough if you’re a fan of the genre. I wouldn't recommend it to any friends. Narration was excellent.
The cynical view of Sweden, it's people and its politics is both amusing and entertaining. There is still enough caring and thought among the the committed cops of the homicide department to make this a fun listen.
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