The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo

This is my first book by the Swedish writing couple.

The book starts with a great opening: eight occupants of a bus are murdered. Among the dead is a colleague of police detective Martin Beck. The entire book is about how this crime is solved and for a long time there are no clues or motives. This is a pure police procedural with detectives working through masses of details until a link is found with a 16 year old unsolved murder case.

There were too many characters, both detectives and suspects or witnesses. This makes for realism but it was slow and rather boring reading as a result. The book does capture the atmosphere of the time and place, a 1968 Stockholm winter.

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One response to “The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo

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