Thursday, August 18, 2016

Favorite Authors: Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö are Swedish authors who collaborated on a series of crime novels featuring homicide detective Martin Beck. They wrote the books in the 1960s and '70s, until Wahlöö's death in 1975.

So far, I haven't read any of the Martin Beck books. But it has lured me in because I'm working my way through the Edgar Award winners and The Laughing Policeman won the award in 1971; the books count for my European Reading Challenge; the Vintage Mystery Challenge has me hooked on "Silver Age" vintage mysteries; and all the Nordic Noir I'm watching on Netflix puts me in the mood for Swedish mysteries.

I can't wait to start!

Roseanna (1965)
The Man Who Went Up in Smoke (1966)
The Man on the Balcony (1967)
The Laughing Policeman (1968) (Edgar Award, Best Novel, 1971)
The Fire Engine That Disappeared (1969)
Murder at the Savoy (1970)
The Abominable Man (1971)
The Locked Room (1972)
Cop Killer (1974)
The Terrorists (1975)

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