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Publisher's Summary

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. The other is the story of a young girl, a Swedish hippie caught up unexpectedly in the maze of police bureaucracy. As in other Martin Beck books, the plot comes together in a totally unexpected climax.

Crack another case with Martin Beck.
©1976 Translation by Random House, Inc. (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Lively, stylistically taut….Sjöwall and Wahlöö changed the genre." ( Henning Mankell)
"One of the most authentic, gripping and profound collection of police procedurals ever accomplished...Beautifully structured, textured and rendered." (Michael Connelly)
"Ingenious…Their mysteries don't just read well; they reread even better…The writing is lean, with mournful undertones." ( New York Times)

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  • Susan
  • Boise, ID, United States
  • 08-10-10

All Swedish. Martin Beck is my hero

I now have the entire Martin Beck mystery collection. I will enjoy listening to the complete series for years to come. What can I say except every book in this series, including the "Terrorists" is the best mystery I have read or heard. I give 6 stars. Thank you, Audible, for intruducing me to Maj Stowall and Per Wahloo. This has given me the opportunity to explore all the wonderful Swedish mystery writers like Asa and Steig Larsson and Henning Mankell.

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Great final chapter to best police series ever

if you love the Martin Beck series this is a must read. It ties up the loose ends only as much as they need tying. if you're sad the series is over, good news is you can just start all over again with Roxana. perfect narration as always.

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  • BDHumbert
  • Fort Pierce, FL, United States
  • 04-19-15

Finished

All ten. This was a bit longer and more complex - but worked very well for me. If you love police procedurals you have to read all ten

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  • RBL
  • New Sharon, ME, United States
  • 07-15-13

too political for me

made a joke out of the police, too political. I wished they had spent more time with the police in a serious mode.

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  • Frank
  • Osprey, FL, United States
  • 08-16-10

A Mystery ???

What a terrible end to a great series. The only mystery about this book is why the publisher printed it and why it was recorded. I could overlook the authors' crackpot political views for a good mystery. This is nothing more than a polemic; and a poor one at that. If I could, I'd give it zero stars.

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Pre-Glasnost Claptrap

I found the plot uninteresting and excessively improbable, a poor framework to support the simple minded diatribe of the authors. If Sweden were as dreary and vile as portrayed here, I am sure the Swedes would have been clamoring to get out and to seek the comfort and joy of the Baltic states. As for that paradise, read Henning Mankell's "The Dogs of Riga."

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