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The masterful second novel in the Martin Beck series of mysteries by the internationally renowned crime writing duo, Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, finds Beck searching Budapest for a well-known Swedish journalist who has disappeared without a trace. With an introduction by Val McDermid: "So many of the elements that have become integral...in the police procedural subgenre started life in these ten novels....Their plots are second to none." Inspector Martin Beck of the Stockholm Homicide Squad has his summer vacation abruptly terminated when the top brass at the foreign office pack him off to Budapest to search for Alf Matsson, a well-known Swedish journalist who has vanished. Beck investigates viperous Eastern European underworld figures and--at the risk of his life--stumbles upon the international racket in which Matsson was involved. With the coolly efficient local police on his side and a predatory nymphet on his tail, Beck pursues a case whose international implications grow with each new clue. "

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780307390486
ISBN-10: 0307390489
Format: Paperback / softback
(201mm x 160mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Random House Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Major Maj Sjowall

Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, 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 Sjowall is also a poet. "

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