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    • The Martin Beck Stories

    • 10 BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations
    • By: Per Wahlöö, Maj Sjöwall
    • Narrated by: Neil Pearson, full cast, Steven Mackintosh
    • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54

    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 and 1975, the 10-book series set a gold standard for all subsequent Scandinavian crime fiction. Long before Kurt Wallander or Harry Hole, Beck was the original flawed policeman, working with a motley collection of colleagues to uncover the cruelty and injustice lurking beneath the surface of Sweden's liberal society.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding

    • By Anniebligh on 09-27-17

    Regular price: $22.71

    • Roseanna

    • A Martin Beck Mystery
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 344
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 220
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 222

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Skip the audiobook and read the book...

    • By Patty B on 12-30-09

    Regular price: $13.96

    • The Laughing Policeman

    • A Martin Beck Police Mystery
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 206
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 118
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 121

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable

    • By Meg on 07-12-09

    Regular price: $13.96

    • The Man Who Went Up in Smoke (Dramatised)

    • Martin Beck, Book 2
    • By: Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo
    • Narrated by: Steven Mackintosh
    • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 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....

    Regular price: $10.33

    • Murder at the Savoy

    • A Martin Beck Police Mystery
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 88
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 56

    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.

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Man Who Went Up in Smoke

    • A Martin Beck Mystery
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 129
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 81

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Minor, uneventful police procedural

    • By Mark on 08-25-13

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Cop Killer

    • Martin Beck Series, Book 9
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 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.

    Regular price: $15.98

    • The Laughing Policeman (Dramatised)

    • Martin Beck, Book 4
    • By: Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo
    • Narrated by: Steven Mackintosh
    • Length: 56 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 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 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great series

    • By JHR - Washington DC on 06-14-15

    Regular price: $8.26

    • The Man on the Balcony

    • A Martin Beck Police Mystery
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 133
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 69

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Part of an Extra-Ordinary Series

    • By Lawrence on 09-23-10

    Regular price: $13.96

    • The Fire Engine That Disappeared

    • A Martin Beck Police Mystery
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 131
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 85

    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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • police procedural

    • By robert on 09-03-12

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Roseanna

    • Martin Beck Series, Book 1
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 19

    On a July afternoon, the body of a young woman is dredged from Sweden's beautiful 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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A real find

    • By Pocket Empire on 06-06-12

    Regular price: $15.98

    • The Locked Room

    • A Martin Beck Police Mystery
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 86
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great puzzler, another good Nordic noir tale!

    • By Old Hippy on 11-26-13

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Terrorists

    • A Martin Beck Police Mystery
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • All Swedish. Martin Beck is my hero

    • By Susan on 08-10-10

    Regular price: $19.56

    • Cop Killer

    • A Martin Beck Police Mystery
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 125
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 61

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • How many people live in Sweden?

    • By Jami E. Nettles on 04-24-11

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Die Tote im Götakanal

    • Kommissar Martin Beck 1
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Matthias Ponnier, Christian Brückner
    • Length: 57 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Als in einem Schleusenbecken am Götakanal eine Frauenleiche gefunden wird, tappen Kommissar Beck und seine Kollegen zunächst im Dunkeln. Wer ist die Unbekannte? Wer hat ihr das angetan? Schon bald stoßen die Ermittler auf entscheidende Hinweise, die ihnen erlauben, dem Täter eine Falle zu stellen - ein gefährliches Unterfangen.

    Regular price: $6.22

    • Das Ekel aus Säffle

    • Kommissar Martin Beck 7
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Charles Wirths, Horst Frank, Christian Brückner
    • Length: 50 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Polizist Stig Nyman wird bestialisch abgeschlachtet. Die Stockholmer Kriminalpolizei steht unter Schock: Wer kann einen Menschen so sehr hassen? Und vor allem: Warum? Kommissar Beck macht sich gemeinsam mit seinen Kollegen auf die Suche nach dem Täter und deckt ein dunkles Geheimnis auf.

    Regular price: $6.22

    • Der Polizistenmörder

    • Kommissar Martin Beck 9
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Charles Wirths, Christian Brückner, Hannelore Hoger
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Eine Frau ist verschwunden. Ist Folke Bengtsson, ein entlassener Sexualverbrecher, der Täter? Die Polizei gräbt sein Grundstück komplett um - ohne Ergebnis. Hat Bengtsson sie woanders verscharrt? Martin Beck zweifelt immer mehr an Bengtssons Schuld. Dann stirbt nach einer Schießerei ein Polizist, ein jugendlicher Dieb entkommt.

    Regular price: $6.43

    • Alarm in Sköldgatan

    • Kommissar Martin Beck 5
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Matthias Ponnier
    • Length: 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In der Sköldgatan explodiert ein Haus. Unter den Trümmern findet die Polizei die Leiche des Autodiebes Göran Malm; offenbar hatte er den Gashahn aufgedreht, um sich das Leben zu nehmen. Doch Martin Beck glaubt nicht an die Selbstmord-Theorie: Malm hatte sich ihm als Zeuge gegen eine Autoschieber-Bande angeboten. Dann werden in Malms Matratze die Reste eines Zeitzünders gefunden. Beck und sein Kollege Gunvald Larsson laufen zur Hochform auf.

    Regular price: $6.22

    • Die Terroristen

    • Kommissar Martin Beck 10
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Charles Wirths
    • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In Schwedens Hauptstadt ist die internationale Terroristenorganisation ULAG aktiv. Ihr Kennzeichen: Eine ungeheuerliche Brutalität, die schon viele unschuldige Menschen das Leben gekostet hat. Doch ist bei ihren Aktionen keine politische Zielrichtung erkennbar - die Opfer waren bisher Liberale und Konservative, Faschisten und Kommunisten. Planen die Terroristen jetzt einen Anschlag auf den amerikanischen Senator, der in Stockholm zu einem Kurzbesuch erwartet wird?

    Regular price: $6.22

    • Verschlossen und verriegelt

    • Kommissar Martin Beck 8
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Charles Wirths, Christian Brückner
    • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Ein Rentner wird tot in seiner Wohnung aufgefunden. Die Tür ist mehrfach von innen verriegelt, die Fenster sind verschlossen. Eindeutig Selbstmord. Was Kommissar Beck jedoch verwundert: Es befindet sich keine Waffe in der Wohnung des Toten.

    Regular price: $6.43

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