Roseanna : Martin Beck

  • by Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
  • Narrated by Tom Weiner
  • Series: Martin Beck
  • 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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A real find

Would you consider the audio edition of Roseanna to be better than the print version?

Detective fiction pared back to its simplest elements yet absolutely gripping plot. We have another depressed Scandinavian cop but this would be the original as it dates back to the mid 60s before mobile phones or any kind of modern technology. How refreshing!


What other book might you compare Roseanna to and why?

The girl with the dragon tattoo - similar methods used


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A good Listen

A sincere 'thank you' to Audible for producing this series and to who ever suggested they do so.
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What I like most about European Crime Writers starts here.

Personally I may have prefered a more neutral voice to Tom Weiner as the story is European and the 'American' voice jars a little at times. To his great credit though he does capture the mood very well. There is the dry intensity and routine of Crime Investigation that Weiner does capture while still giving glimpses of the investigators' humanity.

This was written before the mobile phone and the pc. People are still sending letters and using phone boxes.. Published in 1965. For a few hours I was a happy couch potato as I became immersed in the unfolding of this story and had the 'close the windows. lock the doors' response to a good thriller. This was the 1960's.

There does not seem to be a wasted word anywhere.

Hennig Mankell gives an excellent introduction to the authors, Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö and the relevance they have to the European Crime Writers who came after them.
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- Sandy "Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-13-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios