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The Laughing Policeman. Maj Sjwall and Per Wahl
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'I've read "The Laughing Policeman" six or eight times. Each time I reach the final twist on the final page, I shiver afresh.' Jonathan Franzen 'Tantalizing!the splendid story of an apparently motiveless crime.' New York Times Book Review 'An influential police procedural with a precision-engineered plot that can grip and shock a reader!the plotting, pacing and characterisation are all exquisite: and the halting translation and the dated, just plain weird sexual politics somehow seem only to make it more compelling.' Independent on Sunday 'For Beck, as with Maigret, each investigation is less a riddle to be answered than a human situation to be understood!it's all done with immense accomplishment. A welcome addition to the Martin Beck casebook.' Matthew Coady, Guardian 'They changed the genre. Whoever is writing crime fiction after these novels is inspired by them in one way or another.' Henning Mankell 'If you haven't read Sjowall/Wahloo, start now.' Sunday Telegraph 'Pick up one book!and you become unhinged. You want to block out a week of your life, lie to your boss, and stay in bed, gorging on one after another.' Observer

About the Author

Maj Sjoewall and Per Wahloeoe, both left-wing journalists and politically radical, met in 1961 while working for magazines published by the same company. They married the next year and together created the Martin Beck crime series, famously writing alternate chapters at night after putting their children to bed. Wahloeoe died at the age of 49 just as their 10th book was going to press. Sjoewall currently lives in Sweden and continues to work as a writer and translator. They won the esteemed Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Crime Fiction Book in 1971.

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'I've read "The Laughing Policeman" six or eight times. Each time I reach the final twist on the final page, I shiver afresh.' Jonathan Franzen

'Tantalizing...the splendid story of an apparently motiveless crime.' New York Times Book Review

'An influential police procedural with a precision-engineered plot that can grip and shock a reader...the plotting, pacing and characterisation are all exquisite: and the halting translation and the dated, just plain weird sexual politics somehow seem only to make it more compelling.' Independent on Sunday

'For Beck, as with Maigret, each investigation is less a riddle to be answered than a human situation to be understood...it's all done with immense accomplishment. A welcome addition to the Martin Beck casebook.' Matthew Coady, Guardian

'They changed the genre. Whoever is writing crime fiction after these novels is inspired by them in one way or another.' Henning Mankell

'If you haven't read Sjoewall/Wahloeoe, start now.' Sunday Telegraph

'Pick up one book...and you become unhinged. You want to block out a week of your life, lie to your boss, and stay in bed, gorging on one after another.' Observer

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