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  • The Laughing Policeman: A Martin Beck Police Mystery | Maj Sjöwall,Per Wahlöö

    The Laughing Policeman: A Martin Beck Police Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (107)

    On a cold and rainy Stockholm night, nine bus riders are gunned down by an unknown assassin. The press, anxious for an explanation for the seemingly random crime, quickly dubs him a madman. But Superintendent Martin Beck of the Stockholm Homicide Squad suspects otherwise. This apparently motiveless killer has managed to target one of Beck's best detectives - and he, surely, would not have been riding that lethal bus without a reason.

    Meg says: "Enjoyable"
  • Roseanna: A Martin Beck Mystery | Maj Sjöwall,Per Wahlöö

    Roseanna: A Martin Beck Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (195)

    On a July afternoon, the body of a young woman is dredged from Sweden's Lake Vättern. Three months later, all that Police Inspector Martin Beck knows is that her name is Roseanna, that she came from Lincoln, Nebraska, and that she could have been strangled by any one of 85 people. As Beck narrows down the list of likely suspects, he is drawn increasingly to the enigma of the victim, a free-spirited traveler with a penchant for the casual sexual encounter.

    chris says: "Surprisingly Good"
  • The Locked Room: A Martin Beck Police Mystery | Maj Sjöwall,Per Wahlöö

    The Locked Room: A Martin Beck Police Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    A young blonde in sunglasses robs a bank and kills a hapless citizen. Across town, a corpse with a bullet shot through its heart is found in a locked room - with no gun at the scene. The crimes seem disparate, but to Martin Beck they are two pieces of the same puzzle, and solving it becomes the one way he can escape the pains of his failed marriage and the lingering effects of a near-fatal bullet wound.

    Old Hippy says: "Great puzzler, another good Nordic noir tale!"
  • The Terrorists: A Martin Beck Police Mystery | Maj Sjöwall,Per Wahlöö

    The Terrorists: A Martin Beck Police Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    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.

    Susan says: "All Swedish. Martin Beck is my hero"
  • The Man Who Went Up in Smoke: A Martin Beck Mystery | Maj Sjöwall,Per Wahlöö

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

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    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.

    Mark says: "Minor, uneventful police procedural"
  • The Man on the Balcony: A Martin Beck Police Mystery | Maj Sjöwall,Per Wahlöö

    The Man on the Balcony: A Martin Beck Police Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (65)

    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.

    Lawrence says: "Part of an Extra-Ordinary Series"
  • Murder at the Savoy: A Martin Beck Police Mystery | Maj Sjöwall,Per Wahlöö

    Murder at the Savoy: A Martin Beck Police Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    When Viktor Palmgren, a powerful Swedish industrialist, is shot during his after-dinner speech in the luxurious Hotel Savoy, it sends a shiver down the spine of the international money markets and puts the tiny town of Malmö on edge. No one can identify the gunman when Martin Beck takes over the scene and finds a web so despicable that it's hard to imagine who wouldn't want Palmgren dead.

  • The Fire Engine That Disappeared: A Martin Beck Police Mystery | Maj Sjöwall,Per Wahlöö

    The Fire Engine That Disappeared: A Martin Beck Police Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    The cunning incendiary device that blew the roof off a Stockholm apartment not only interrupted the small, peaceful orgy underway inside, it nearly took the lives of the building's 11 occupants. And if one of Martin Beck's colleagues hadn't been on the scene, the explosion would have led to a major catastrophe because, for reasons nobody could satisfactorily explain, a regulation fire truck has vanished. Was it terrorism, suicide, or simply a gas leak?

    robert says: "police procedural"
  • Cop Killer: A Martin Beck Police Mystery | Maj Sjöwall,Per Wahlöö

    Cop Killer: A Martin Beck Police Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    Now head of the National Murder Squad, Martin Beck is called in to a sleepy Swedish town to investigate a woman's disappearance. When she is found already murdered, her body dredged from the bottom of a lake, suspicions swirl around arrest Folke Bengtsson, the killer Beck caught in the first novel of the series for committing a similar murder, and who has since been released. But Beck is beginning to doubt that Bengtsson is guilty of any murder at all.

    Jami E. Nettles says: "How many people live in Sweden?"
  • The Abominable Man: A Martin Beck Police Mystery | Maj Sjöwall,Per Wahlöö

    The Abominable Man: A Martin Beck Police Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    The bloody murder of a police captain in his hospital room exposes the particularly unsavory history of a man who spent 40 years practicing a horrible blend of strong-arm police work and shear brutality. Nonetheless, Martin Beck and his colleagues scour Stockholm for the murderer, a demented and deadly rifleman. As the tension builds and a feeling of impending danger grips Beck, his investigation unearths evidence of police corruption.

    Bruce says: "Hmmmm"
  • The Man Who Went Up in Smoke (Dramatised): Martin Beck, Book 2 | Maj Sjowall,Per Wahloo

    The Man Who Went Up in Smoke (Dramatised): Martin Beck, Book 2

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo
    • Narrated By Steven Mackintosh
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The Martin Beck books are widely acknowledged as some of the most influential detective novels ever written. Written by Swedish husband and wife team Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, the series set a gold standard for all subsequent Scandanavian crime fiction. In The Man Who Went Up in Smoke, adapted from the second book, a journalist has vanished in Budapest. When Beck arrives in the city to investigate, he is drawn into the Eastern European underworld. Before long his team back in Sweden begin to make some connections....

  • Martin Beck: Roseanna (Dramatised) | Maj Sjowall,Lois Roth (translator)

    Martin Beck: Roseanna (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Maj Sjowall, Lois Roth (translator)
    • Narrated By Neil Pearson
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Steven Mackintosh stars as Martin Beck, with Neil Pearson as Lennart Kollberg, in this BBC Radio 4 dramatization of Roseanna. The Martin Beck books are widely acknowledged as some of the most influential detective novels ever written. Written by Swedish husband and wife team Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, the series set a gold standard for all subsequent Scandanavian crime fiction. Before Kurt Wallander or Harry Hole, Beck was the original flawed policeman, working alongside his colleagues to uncover the cruelty and injustice lurking beneath the surface of Sweden's seemingly liberal, democratic society.

  • The Laughing Policeman (Dramatised): Martin Beck, Book 4 | Maj Sjowall,Per Wahloo

    The Laughing Policeman (Dramatised): Martin Beck, Book 4

    • ORIGINAL (56 mins)
    • By Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo
    • Narrated By Steven Mackintosh
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The Martin Beck books are widely acknowledged as some of the most influential detective novels ever written. Written by Swedish husband and wife team Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, the series set a gold standard for all subsequent Scandanavian crime fiction. In The Laughing Policeman, adapted from the fourth book in the series, the killing of nine passengers on a Stockholm bus (including one of Beck's most promising young detectives) sets off a murder hunt that leads Beck and his team back to an unsolved case in the past.

    JHR - Washington DC says: "Great series"
  • The Terrorists: Martin Beck Series, Book 10 | Maj Sjöwall,Per Wahlöö

    The Terrorists: Martin Beck Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    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.

    EDGARDO E. says: "Good Police work & procedures"
  • Cop Killer: Martin Beck Series, Book 9 | Maj Sjöwall,Per Wahlöö

    Cop Killer: Martin Beck Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The thrilling ninth installment in the classic Martin Beck detective series from the 1960s - the novels that have inspired all crime fiction written ever since. In this penultimate instalment of the series, Beck is drawn into a case that turns up mysterious echoes of his past cases.

  • The Laughing Policeman: Martin Beck Series, Book 4 | Maj Sjöwall,Per Wahlöö

    The Laughing Policeman: Martin Beck Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    On a cold and rainy Stockholm night, nine bus riders are gunned down by an unknown assassin. The press, anxious for an explanation for the seemingly random crime, quickly dubs him a madman. But Superintendent Martin Beck of the Stockholm Homicide Squad suspects otherwise. This apparently motiveless killer has managed to target one of Beck's best detectives - and he, surely, would not have been riding that lethal bus without a reason.

    Pat says: "Fast moving and easy to listen to"
  • The Locked Room: Martin Beck Series, Book 8 | Maj Sjöwall,Per Wahlöö

    The Locked Room: Martin Beck Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    A young blonde in sunglasses robs a bank and kills a hapless citizen. Across town, a corpse with a bullet shot through its heart is found in a locked room - with no gun at the scene. The crimes seem disparate, but to Martin Beck, they are two pieces of the same puzzle, and solving it becomes the one way he can escape the pains of his failed marriage and the lingering effects of a near-fatal bullet wound.

    nokbee says: "Great book in a great series"
  • Martin Beck: Cop Killer | Maj Sjöwall

    Martin Beck: Cop Killer

    • ORIGINAL (55 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall
    • Narrated By Neil Pearson
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In the ninth book in the series, a woman is brutally murdered and left buried in a swamp. On a quiet suburban street a midnight shootout takes place between three cops and two teenage boys... Detective Inspector Martin Beck and his partner Lennart Kollberg are called in on both cases. In the unfamiliar small-town setting, they encounter figures from their earlier cases.

  • The Man on the Balcony (Dramatised): Martin Beck, Book 3 | Per Wahloo,Maj Sjowall

    The Man on the Balcony (Dramatised): Martin Beck, Book 3

    • ORIGINAL (57 mins)
    • By Per Wahloo, Maj Sjowall
    • Narrated By Steven Mackintosh
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    The Martin Beck books are widely acknowledged as some of the most influential detective novels ever written. Written by Swedish husband and wife team Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, the series set a gold standard for all subsequent Scandanavian crime fiction. In The Man on the Balcony, adapted from the third book, someone is killing young girls in the parks of Stockholm. Beck has two witnesses: a mugger who won't say much and a three-year-old boy who can't say much. Can he solve the mystery before the killer strikes again?

  • Martin Beck: The Terrorists | Maj Sjöwall,Per Wahlöö

    Martin Beck: The Terrorists

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 28 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Steven Mackintosh, Neil Pearson, Katie Hims
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Steven Mackintosh stars as Martin Beck, with Neil Pearson as Lennart Kollberg, in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of The Terrorists. The Martin Beck books are widely acknowledged as some of the most influential detective novels ever written. Written by Swedish husband and wife team Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö between 1965-1975, the 10-book series set a gold standard for all subsequent Scandanavian crime fiction.

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