The Laughing Policeman

The Laughing Policeman

By Maj Sjowall; Per Wahloo; Alan Blair (Translator)

Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, Paperback, 9780307390509, 211pp.

Publication Date: February 10, 2009

The incredible fourth novel in the Martin Beck mystery series by the internationally renowned crime writing duo Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, finds Martin Beck heading a major manhunt in pursuit of a mass-murderer.
On a cold and rainy Stockholm night, nine bus riders are gunned down by a mysterious assassin. The press portrays it as a freak attack and dubs the killer a madman. But Superintendent Martin Beck thinks otherwise one of his most ambitious young detectives was among those killed and he suspects it was more than coincidence. Working on a hunch, Beck seeks out the girlfriend of the murdered detective, and with her help Beck reconstructs the steps that led to his murder. The police comb the country for the killer, only to find that this attack may be connected to a case that has been unsolved for years.

About the Author
Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, wife and husband team, wrote ten Martin Beck mysteries, virtually creating the modern police procedural. In addition to the many short stories and novels he wrote, Mr. Wahloo, who died in 1975, wrote numerous radio and television plays and was a reporter for several Swedish newspapers and magazines. Maj Sjowall is also a journalist and poet. She lives in Sweden.

Praise For The Laughing Policeman

“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

"A tantalizing, intricate tale."
The New York Times Book Review

“Sjöwall and Wahlöö write unsparingly and unswervingly. . . . Their plots are second to none.”
—Val McDermid

“Lively and stylistically taut. . . . Sjöwall and Wahlöö changed the genre.”
—Henning Mankell