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Publisher's Summary

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 installment of the series, Beck is drawn into a case that turns up mysterious echoes of his past cases.

Now head of the National Murder Squad, 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.

Crack another case with Martin Beck.
©1975 Random House, Inc. (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"They changed the genre. Whoever is writing crime fiction after these novels [was] inspired by them in one way or another." (Henning Mankell)
"If you haven't read Sjowall/Wahloo, start now." (Sunday Telegraph)

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Another

Chapter in the Martin Beck stories. This one was a bit more straightforward than some of the others

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How many people live in Sweden?

If there are only a dozen people in Sweden then I take back this review, but otherwise this was an awful book. I felt nothing at all for most of the characters, and the ending was very unsatisfying and unbelievable. No matter how much you like Nordic crime, don't waste your money or time on this.

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A good book for those who love the Scandinavian school of mystery/detective writers. A good introduction if you are curious about the fuss. Slow and creaky, it takes off, explores rural policing... put your feet up time. Then we ride along on an urban takedown of "gangsters" - hope you like HUMOR - Then a quiet return to pastoral Sweden. This is a welcome antidote to way too much smiling of Christmas 2020.

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Sooo Slowww

To me- a slow book and it makes the Swedish Police force sound like a bungling batch of dim wits. I just couldn't finish it.

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Slow and Mundane

What disappointed you about Cop Killer?

It it so slow to develop. I finally quit after about 2 hours. I really tried to persevere and listen to the book. It is just plain boring.

What do you think your next listen will be?

James R Benn - Billie Boyle series: Evil for Evil

How could the performance have been better?

Someone who could actually speak with something other than a monotone voice. It was like listening to a chemistry lecture in college.

Any additional comments?

If you think you have an interest, make sure to get the money back guarantee.

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Great listen

What made the experience of listening to Cop Killer the most enjoyable?

If you are a fan of Martin Beck, you will enjoy this!

What about Tom Weiner???s performance did you like?

Very good, doesn't over do it.

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World's worst book, really

Don't waste a credit or $$...not funny, not interesting, a pain all around. Perhaps something was lost in translation.