The Man on the Balcony, Paperback Book
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The third book in the classic Martin Beck detective series from the 1960s - the novels that shaped the future of Scandinavian crime writing.Hugely acclaimed, the Martin Beck series were the original Scandinavian crime novels and have inspired the writings of Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell and Jo Nesbo.Written in the 1960s, 10 books completed in 10 years, they are the work of Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo - a husband and wife team from Sweden.

They follow the fortunes of the detective Martin Beck, whose enigmatic, taciturn character has inspired countless other policemen in crime fiction; without his creation Ian Rankin's John Rebus or Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander may never have been conceived.

The novels can be read separately, but are best read in chronological order, so the reader can follow the characters' development and get drawn into the series as a whole.`The Man on the Balcony' balances the most inhuman of crimes with the humanity of the men who must solve it - resulting in a police procedural that is as moving and credible as it is enthralling.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780007439133

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The third in the Martin Beck series sees the Swedish Detective Inspector and his team investigating a serial killer who targets young girls. There’s also a series of muggings in parks across the city with ever increasing amounts of violence attached. When one of these muggings occurs around the location and time of a young girls murder can they if they catch one also get the other?Another excellent police procedural where you are dragged along on each step as they meticulously follow each and every lead thrown up in the investigation as well as delving further into each of the lives of the surrounding characters as well as Martin Beck himself. This latest entry to the series also continues to provide insight of the socio- and political ideology of the time.As with the last book in the series there are again extras this time around. An introduction by Jo Nesbo, an <I>about the book</I> feature, continuing the author Q&amp;A and an <I>if you liked this then you might like...</I> to explore as well.

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