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Beck, Martin (Fictitious character)

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Works: 104 works in 383 publications in 9 languages and 14,455 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery stories  Radio plays  Drama 
Classifications: PT9876.29.J63, 839.7374
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Publications about Martin (Fictitious character) Beck
Most widely held works about Martin (Fictitious character) Beck
    The laughing policeman by Maj Sjöwall( Book )
    23 editions published between 1970 and 2011 in English and held by 1,501 libraries worldwide
    The incredible fourth novel in the Martin Beck mystery series finds Beck heading a major manhunt in pursuit of a mass murderer
    Cop killer : the story of a crime by Maj Sjöwall( Book )
    20 editions published between 1975 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,209 libraries worldwide
    The ninth novel in the Martin Beck mystery series finds Martin and his partner investigating the murder and swamp burial of a woman, and a midnight shootout between three police officers and two teenage boys
    Roseanna by Maj Sjöwall( Book )
    23 editions published between 1967 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,184 libraries worldwide
    "The masterful first novel in the Martin Beck series of mysteries ... 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 muderer with a distinctive -- indeed, terrifying -- sense of propriety"--Page 4 of cover
    The fire engine that disappeared by Maj Sjöwall( Book )
    22 editions published between 1970 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,164 libraries worldwide
    Martin Beck must solve a murder involving an accidental explosion - or was it?
    Murder at the Savoy by Maj Sjöwall( Book )
    13 editions published between 1971 and 2011 in English and Chinese and held by 1,099 libraries worldwide
    When Viktor Palmgren, a powerful Swedish industrialist is shot during his after-dinner speech in the luxurious Hotel Savoy, it sends a shiver down the spine of the international money markets and puts the tiny town of Malmo on edge. However, no one in the restaurant, not even the victim before his death, was able to identify the gunman, and local police were sheepishly baffled. Beck takes over the scene and finds a web of vice so despicable that it's hard to imagine who "wouldn't "want Palmgren dead, but that doesn't stop him and his team of dedicated detectives from tackling one of their most intriguing cases yet
    The terrorists by Maj Sjöwall( Book )
    14 editions published between 1976 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,070 libraries worldwide
    "The final novel in the Martin Beck mystery series by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö is a masterful, all consuming tale that rushes toward a thrilling, unexpected climax. An American senator is visiting Stockholm and Martin Beck must lead a team to protect him from an international gang of terrorists. However, in the midst of the fervor created by the diplomatic visit, a young, peace-loving woman is accused of robbing a bank. Beck is determined to prove her innocence, but gets trapped in the maze of police bureaucracy. To complicate matters a millionaire pornographer has been bludgeoned to death in his own bathtub. Filled with the twists and turns and the pulse pounding excitement that are the hallmarks of the Martin Beck novels, The Terrorists is the stunning conclusion to the incredible series that changed crime fiction forever"--Page 4 of cover
    The abominable man by Maj Sjöwall( Book )
    16 editions published between 1971 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,030 libraries worldwide
    "Seventh novel in the Martin Beck mystery series," together known as "The story of crime." "The gruesome murder of a police captain in his hospital room reveals the unsavory history of a man who spent forty years practicing a horrible blend of strongarm police work and sheer brutality. Martin Beck and his colleagues feverishly comb Stockholm for the murderer, a demented and deadly rifleman, who has plans for even more chaos. As the tension builds and a feeling of imminent danger grips Bec, his investigation unearths evidence of police corruption."
    The man on the balcony; the story of a crime by Maj Sjöwall( Book )
    18 editions published between 1968 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,023 libraries worldwide
    Swedish police superintendent Martin Beck conducts a thorough investigation of a series of brutal muggings and child sex murders
    The man who went up in smoke by Maj Sjöwall( Book )
    16 editions published between 1969 and 2011 in English and held by 992 libraries worldwide
    Stockholm Homicide Squad's Inspector Martin Beck is assigned to search for Alf Matsson, a vanished Swedish journalist, and finds himself becoming involved in an international racket that leads him to some enigmatic Eastern European underworld figures
    The locked room; the story of a crime by Maj Sjöwall( Book )
    8 editions published between 1973 and 1992 in English and French and held by 883 libraries worldwide
    The mysterious shooting of a man found dead in a locked room sends Martin Beck searching for clues through Sweden
    The locked room by Maj Sjöwall( Book )
    10 editions published between 1976 and 2013 in English and held by 362 libraries worldwide
    When a young, unidentified blonde robs a bank and kills an innocent citizen, Martin Beck investigates--as a way to escape the turmoil of his failed marriage--and attempts to connect the crime with the mystery of a corpse with a bullet in its heart that was found in a locked room with no gun present
    The laughing policeman a Martin Beck police mystery by Maj Sjöwall( Sound Recording )
    10 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 325 libraries worldwide
    On a cold and rainy Stockholm night, nine bus riders are gunned down by an unknown assassin. The press, anxious for an explanation for the seemingly random crime, quickly dubs the killer a madman. But Superintendent Martin Beck of the Stockholm Homicide Squad suspects otherwise: this apparently motiveless killer has managed to target one of Beck's best detectives, young Åke Stenström. Reasoning that Stenstrom would not have been riding that lethal bus without a reason, Beck retraces his steps and chases year-old clues to a crime long thought unsolvable
    Roseanna by Maj Sjöwall( Sound Recording )
    11 editions published between 1967 and 2013 in English and held by 260 libraries worldwide
    On a July afternoon, the body of a young woman is dredged from Sweden's beautiful Lake Vattern. 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 eighty-five people
    The man on the balcony by Maj Sjöwall( Sound Recording )
    11 editions published between 1976 and 2013 in English and held by 215 libraries worldwide
    Swedish police superintendent Martin Beck conducts a thorough investigation of a series of brutal muggings and child sex murders
    The man who went up in smoke by Maj Sjöwall( Sound Recording )
    10 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in English and held by 198 libraries worldwide
    Martin Beck's holiday has just begun with his family on a small island off the coast of Sweden. But when a neighbor gets a phone call, Martin Beck finds himself packed off to Budapest, where a boorish journalist has vanished without a trace. Instead of passing leisurely sun-filled days with his children, Beck must troll about in the Eastern Europe underworld for a man nobody knows
    Murder at the Savoy by Maj Sjöwall( Sound Recording )
    12 editions published between 1977 and 2013 in English and held by 189 libraries worldwide
    When Viktor Palmgren, a powerful industrialist, is casually shot during an after-dinner speech, the repurcussions -- both on the international money markets and on the residents of the small coastal town of Malmo -- are widespread. Chief Inspector Martin Beck is called in to help catch a killer nobody, not even the victim, was able to identify. He begins a systemic search for the friends, enemies, business associates and call girls who may have wanted Palmgren dead -- but in the process he finds to his dismay that he has nothing but contempt for the victim and sympathy for the murderer!
    The abominable man by Maj Sjöwall( Sound Recording )
    11 editions published between 1980 and 2013 in English and held by 185 libraries worldwide
    The bloody murder of a police captain in his hospital room exposes the particularly unsavory history of a man who spent forty years practicing a horribly brutal brand of strong-arm police work. Nonetheless, Martin Beck and his colleagues scour Stockholm for the murderer, a demented and deadly rifleman. As Beck is gripped by an increasing feeling of impending danger, his investigation unearths evidence of police corruption. That's when an even stronger sense of responsibility, and something like shame, urges him to take a series of drastic steps, which lead to a shocking disaster
    The locked room [a Martin Beck police mystery] by Maj Sjöwall( file )
    9 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 160 libraries worldwide
    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
    The fire engine that disappeared by Maj Sjöwall( file )
    8 editions published between 1977 and 2009 in English and held by 158 libraries worldwide
    Gunvald Larsson sits carefully observing the dingy Stockholm apartment of a man under police surveillance. He looks at his watch: nine minutes past eleven in the evening. At that same moment, the house explodes, killing at least three people. Chief Inspector Martin Beck and his men don't suspect arson or murder until they discover a peculiar circumstance linking the explosion to a suicide committed that same day. The dead man left a note consisting of just two words: Martin Beck
    The terrorists by Maj Sjöwall( Sound Recording )
    6 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 128 libraries worldwide
    The Terrorists is the last Martin Beck mystery, tragically finished just a few weeks before Per Wahloo's death. The book is, in effect, a marvelous summing up of the series. The story centers on the visit of an American senator to Stockholm. Martin Beck tries to protect him from an international gang of terrorists, while they decide that Beck too should be removed from the scene. Interwoven with this basic story are two fascinating subplots. One, a classic mini-mystery, is the story of a millionaire pornographer bludgeoned to death in his own bathtub. The other is the story of a young girl, a Swedish hippie caught up unexpectedly in the maze of police bureaucracy. As in other Martin Beck books, the plot comes together in a totally unexpected climax
 
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English (250)
Chinese (8)
Polish (4)
Russian (3)
Swedish (2)
German (1)
French (1)
Portuguese (1)
Spanish (1)
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