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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.

Exploring the ramifications of egotism and intellect, luck and accident, this tour de force of detection bears the unmistakable substance and gravity of real life.

Crack another case with Martin Beck.
©1972 Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö; Translation copyright © 1973 by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Admirers of the series - and who is not an admirer? - will find the usual deftness, the fine shades of characters." (The New York Times)
"The Swedish husband and wife team who have yet to write a dull book - and have the prizes to prove it - again provide supercop Martin Beck with an impossible murder to solve.... Don't miss any of it." (Chicago Tribune)

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Great puzzler, another good Nordic noir tale!

Would you listen to The Locked Room again? Why?

No. Never re-listen to books.

Any additional comments?

Sjowall & Wahloo wrote some really fine Nordic noir procedurals, and this is another one.

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  • Jane
  • Minneapolis, MN, United States
  • 07-11-12

A classic!

Would you listen to The Locked Room again? Why?

I already listened to this twice, it is so dense with characters, humor, plot details, environment, and commentary on the Swedish state. I will definitely listen to this again in a year or two because it is so great.

What other book might you compare The Locked Room to and why?

This is one of the best of the series by the authors. If you like Michael Connelly or Ed McBain, you will love this! <br/><br/>

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  • Keith
  • Gilford, NH USA
  • 11-26-10

Wonderful, but better in print

These are very short concise books. Per and his wife Maj, wrote a series of ten, one a year in the late sixties and seventies. They are absolutely the best procedurals ever written. They capture a time of cynicism and doubt in the so-called Swedish society perfectly. They are best savored in print, the read version is too quick and does not well translate the atmosphere of these books.

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  • BDHumbert
  • Fort Pierce, FL, United States
  • 04-26-17

Best

So far - have liked them all. But thought this was great. Well plotted and nice balanced use of characters