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The Man on the Balcony: A Martin Beck Police Mystery | [Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö]

The Man on the Balcony: A Martin Beck Police Mystery

Someone is killing young girls in the once-peaceful parks of Stockholm - killing them after having his way. 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.
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Someone is killing young girls in the once-peaceful parks of Stockholm - killing them after having his way. 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.

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    Lawrence 09-23-10
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    "Part of an Extra-Ordinary Series"

    While not my favorite, all 10 novels in the Sjowall/Wahloo Martin Beck detective series are part of the exceptional ground-breaking evolution of police procedural s. As the current popular authors who do the intros for the audio versions all note, these novels, including The Man on the Balcony grow with time and have influenced and delighted at least two new generations of readers and writers.
    The Man on the Balcony may not stand on its own as an exciting or riveting novel, but in the context of the series it carries the main characters forward and supports a unique mood that is hard to characterize in a brief review. There is suspense, but it is muted by the irony, complex protagonist and crew of cronies and coworkers, subtle dialogue, descriptions of the pathetic state of affairs in the Swedish Police Force and society, struggles to find meaning, etc. All in all it is a work of art that may require some time for appreciation.
    I can fully understand why another reviewer only gave it one star. It is not surprising, that from the middle of the series, a seemingly weak and anti-climatic ending could be disappointing; actually, it was just part of the beautiful ,sad, sympathetic, unfulfilled, cathartic ‘not with a bang, but a whimper’- like point. One can certainly see many influences, from the detective series side, if you liked the Ed McBain 87th precinct novels, you will probably love this.

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    Ronald SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA, United States 01-17-12
    Ronald SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA, United States 01-17-12 Listener Since 2006
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Man on the Balcony to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Man on the Balcony?

    The entir book


    Which character – as performed by Tom Weiner – was your favorite?

    Martin beck


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    Tom Weiner gets you into the story, and keeps you there. He is a gifted
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    "Interesting, but poorly ended."

    This book began interestingly enough, with detailed information about all the characters which was unnecessary due to the fact that the ending of the book answered no questions about any of the character information given and was anticlimatic. I thought that the ending was going to be great and as drawn out as the rest of the book, but BOOM! It was over....just like that. Is there a sequel? Is there something I'm missing here?

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