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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
      5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61

    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

    • 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 207
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 119
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 122

    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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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 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

    • 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 345
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 221
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 223

    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 Locked Room

    • A Martin Beck Police Mystery
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54

    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

    • 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 Abominable Man

    • 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 78
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 48

    The bloody murder of a police captain in his hospital room exposes the particularly unsavory history of a man who spent 40 years practicing a horrible blend of strong-arm police work and shear brutality. Nonetheless, Martin Beck and his colleagues scour Stockholm for the murderer, a demented and deadly rifleman. As the tension builds and a feeling of impending danger grips Beck, his investigation unearths evidence of police corruption.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Hmmmm

    • By BDHumbert on 04-03-15

    Regular price: $17.47

    • 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 Terrorists

    • Martin Beck Series, Book 10
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Police work & procedures

    • By EDGARDO E. on 05-08-12

    Regular price: $16.35

    • The Fire Engine that Disappeared (Dramatised)

    • Martin Beck, Book 5
    • By: Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo
    • Narrated by: Steven Mackintosh
    • Length: 57 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    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 Fire Engine that Disappeared, adapted from the fifth book, the apartment of a suspect being staked out by Beck's team explodes, killing three people. Arson and murder isn't at first suspected, but it soon becomes clear that the fire was started on purpose....

    Regular price: $8.26

    • Murder at the Savoy

    • A Martin Beck Police Mystery
    • By: Maj Sjöwall
    • Narrated by: Neil Pearson
    • Length: 53 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Steven Mackintosh stars as Martin Beck, with Neil Pearson as his friend and colleague Lennart Kollberg, in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Murder at the Savoy. The Martin Beck books, written by Swedish husband and wife team Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö between 1965-1975, set a gold standard for all subsequent Scandanavian crime fiction.

    Regular price: $8.26

    • Martin Beck: The Locked Room

    • By: Maj Sjöwall
    • Narrated by: Neil Pearson, Steven Mackintosh
    • Length: 57 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    The eighth book in the classic Martin Beck detective series. The Martin Beck series has inspired the writings of Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell and Jo Nesbo. In one part of town, a woman robs a bank. In another, a corpse is found shot through the heart in a room locked from within, with no firearm in sight... Starring Steven Mackintosh and Neil Pearson.

    Regular price: $8.26

    • 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

    • Martin Beck: Roseanna (Dramatised)

    • By: Maj Sjowall, Lois Roth (translator)
    • Narrated by: Neil Pearson
    • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Steven Mackintosh stars as Martin Beck, with Neil Pearson as Lennart Kollberg, in this BBC Radio 4 dramatization of Roseanna. 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. Before Kurt Wallander or Harry Hole, Beck was the original flawed policeman, working alongside his colleagues to uncover the cruelty and injustice lurking beneath the surface of Sweden's seemingly liberal, democratic society.

    Regular price: $10.33

    • Martin Beck: The Terrorists

    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Steven Mackintosh, Neil Pearson, Katie Hims
    • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Steven Mackintosh stars as Martin Beck, with Neil Pearson as Lennart Kollberg, in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of The Terrorists. 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 1965-1975, the 10-book series set a gold standard for all subsequent Scandanavian crime fiction.

    Regular price: $10.33

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