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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.

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.

©1975 Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (P)2011 Audible Ltd

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"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 great one

This series of ten novels is excellent: cleverly plotted and constructed; not lame in any of the characterizations or subplots, often unexpectedly hilarious and intelligently written. Highly recommended.