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... Read more
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 ten-book series set a gold standard for all subsequent Scandanavian 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 seemingly liberal, democratic society. In The Locked Room, adapted from the eighth book in the series, Martin Beck has just returned to work after recuperating from being shot in the chest. His first case is a conundrum: the body of a man who has been shot dead is discovered in a sealed room, but there is no gun. While he tries to figure that case out, Kollberg and Larsson are on the trail of a pair of bank robbers. Translated by Paul Britten Austin. Dramatised by Katie Hims.
1 CD. 57 mins.
Martin Beck: The Locked Room CD-Audio edition by Maj Sjowall
Born in 1926, Per Wahloo was a Swedish writer and journalist who, alongside his own novels, collaborated with his wife, Maj Sjowall, on the bestselling Martin Beck crime series which are credited as inspiring writers as varied as Agatha Christie, Henning Mankell and Jonathan Franzen. In 1971 the fourth novel in the series, The Laughing Policeman, won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. Per Wahloo died in 1975.
The Martin Beck books are widely acknowledged as some of the most influential detective novels ever written. In The Terrorists, adapted from the final book in the series, Martin Beck leads a team trying to prevent a terrorist attack on a controversial American Senator paying an official visit to Sweden.
The Martin Beck books are widely acknowledged as some of the most influential detective novels ever written. In Murder at the Savoy, adapted from the sixth book in the series, Martin Beck and Lennart Kollberg are called to Malmoe in southern Sweden when an industrialist is shot whilst having dinner at the city's best hotel.
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