Roseanna: A Martin Beck Police Mystery (1) (Martin Beck Police Mystery Series #1) (Paperback)

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Roseanna: A Martin Beck Police Mystery (1) (Martin Beck Police Mystery Series #1) By Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo, Henning Mankell (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo, Henning Mankell (Introduction by)
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First book in a series of ten written by the husband and wife duo, journalists turned crime writers.  

Written in the 1960-70s, these books  feature detective Martin Beck and his team at Stockholm Homicide as they unravel suspicious murders and disappearances.  The series is known, and beloved, for excellent plotting and fully realized characters among the cops on the team. Roseanna  follows the investigation of a naked body dredged up from a Swedish Lake, an auspicious beginning.

— Fay


With a New Introduction by Henning Mankell. The masterful first novel in the Martin Beck series of mysteries by the internationally renowned crime writing duo Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö ("the best writers of police procedurals in the world"), finds Beck hunting for the murderer of a lonely traveler.
On a July afternoon, a young woman's body is dredged from Sweden's beautiful Lake Vattern. With no clues Beck begins an investigation not only to uncover a murderer but also to discover who the victim was. Three months later, all Beck knows is that her name was Roseanna and that she could have been strangled by any one of eighty-five people on a cruise. As the melancholic Beck narrows the list of suspects, he is drawn increasingly to the enigma of the victim, a free-spirited traveler with a penchant for casual sex, and to the psychopathology of a murderer with a distinctive--indeed, terrifying--sense of propriety.

About the Author

Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, her husband and coauthor, wrote ten Martin Beck mysteries. They plotted and researched each book together then wrote alternate chapters. The books were written over a ten year period and carefully planned to allow for gradual character development and evolving social commentary as the series continued. Mr Wahloo, who died in 1975, was a reporter for several Swedish newspapers and magazines and wrote numerous radio and television plays, film scripts, short stories, and novels. Maj Sjöwall is also a poet.

Praise For…

“A modern classic. . . . Lively, stylistically taut . . . Sjöwall and Wahlöö changed the genre.” —Henning Mankell, from the introduction

"A wonderfully tough and pleasantly chilling tale . . . told without a wasted word."—Harper's

"One of the most authentic, gripping and profound collections of police procedurals ever accomplished."—Michael Connelly

“Superb suspense. . . . Let no mystery authority worth the appellation miss Roseanna. . . . I have never read a finer police story.” —Dorothy B. Hughes, Los Angeles Times

"The first great series of police thriller....Truly exciting."—Michael Ondaatje

“Sjöwall and Wahlöö are the best writers of police procedural in the world.”—Birmingham Post
Product Details
ISBN: 9780307390462
ISBN-10: 0307390462
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Publication Date: September 30th, 2008
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Martin Beck Police Mystery Series