A young blonde in sunglasses robs a bank and kills a hapless citizen. Across town, a corpse with a bullet shot through its heart is found in a locked room - with no gun at the scene. The crimes seem disparate, but to Martin Beck, they are two pieces of the same puzzle, and solving it becomes the one way he can escape the pains of his failed marriage and the lingering effects of a near-fatal bullet wound.Exploring the ramifications of egotism and intellect, luck and accident, this tour de force of detection bears the unmistakable substance and gravity of real life.More
"Admirers of the series - and who is not an admirer? - will find the usual deftness, the fine shades of characters." (The New York Times)
"The Swedish husband and wife team who have yet to write a dull book - and have the prizes to prove it - again provide supercop Martin Beck with an impossible murder to solve.... Don't miss any of it." (Chicago Tribune)
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Great puzzler, another good Nordic noir tale!
No. Never re-listen to books.
Sjowall & Wahloo wrote some really fine Nordic noir procedurals, and this is another one.
- Old Hippy
I already listened to this twice, it is so dense with characters, humor, plot details, environment, and commentary on the Swedish state. I will definitely listen to this again in a year or two because it is so great.
This is one of the best of the series by the authors. If you like Michael Connelly or Ed McBain, you will love this!
- Jane "Erstwhile librarian and tech salesperson. Favorite genres - history, biography, and mystery."