The Martin Beck series hits one of its peaks with the Man of the Balcony, the police procedural in perfect motion. A long hot summer in Stockholm, irritated policemen with failing relationships both amongst themselves and with their families. The frustration at the painstaking nature of policework is beautifully painted against the background of an undercurrent of social failure, molestation and the authors' perception of the breakdown of the core social values of Swedish society.
Read/Listen to all 10 of these novels, though 40 years or more old now they still set the bar for crime fiction today, they are lean and perfectly formed, the characters well sketched out and the storylines more believable for the stolid nature of the police work they engage in.
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