Martin Beck

20 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,462 ratings

Roseanna Publisher's Summary

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.

As the melancholic Beck narrows down the list of likely suspects, he is drawn increasingly to the enigma of the victim, a free-spirited traveller with a penchant for the casual sexual encounter, and to the psychopathology of a murderer with a distinctive - indeed, terrifying - sense of propriety.

With its authentically rendered settings, vividly realized characters, and command over the intricately interwoven details of police detection, Roseanna is a masterpiece of suspense and sadness.

©1967 Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (P)2011 Audible Ltd
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  • Book 1

    • 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

    • 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

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  • Book 2

    • The Man Who Went Up in Smoke

    • Martin Beck Series, Book 2
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    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.

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    • 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

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  • Book 3

    • The Man on the Balcony

    • Martin Beck Series, Book 3
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    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. The dedicated work of the police force seems to be leading nowhere, and with each passing day, the likelihood of another murder grows. But then Beck remembers someone - or something - he overheard.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good book in a great series

    • By nokbee on 01-07-13

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    • 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

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  • Book 4

    • The Laughing Policeman

    • Martin Beck Series, Book 4
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fast moving and easy to listen to

    • By Pat on 11-12-12

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    • 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

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  • Book 5

    • The Fire Engine That Disappeared

    • Martin Beck Series, Book 5
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5

    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?

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Good Grief. Narration of characters IS dreadfull

    • By Anniebligh on 03-29-17

    Regular price: $11.35

    • 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

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  • Book 6

    • Murder at the Savoy

    • Martin Beck Series, Book 6
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    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.

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    • 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.

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  • Book 7

    • 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

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    • The Abominable Man

    • Martin Beck Series, Book 7
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    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.

    Regular price: $20.38

  • Book 8

    • 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

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    • The Locked Room

    • Martin Beck Series, Book 8
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book in a great series

    • By nokbee on 01-07-13

    Regular price: $15.48

  • Book 9

    • 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

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    • 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.

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  • Book 10

    • 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

    • The Terrorists

    • Martin Beck Series, Book 10
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 5 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

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