Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (1935 – 2020 / 1926 – 1975)

kctfodfesvccvydbfohnIf any crime novels deserve to be called modern classics, it is the ten police procedurals about Martin Beck and his colleagues. With them, the Swedish author duo Maj Sjöwall (1935-2020) and Per Wahlöö (1926-1975), virtually created the modern detective novel. Written in the 60s and 70s, the decalogue is nothing short of a national literary treasure, with countless contemporary imitators across the world. Together, the ten books chronicle the painful creation of modern society. (Salomonsson Agency)

Maj Sjöwall (25 September 1935 – 29 April 2020) was a Swedish author and translator. She is best known for her books about inspector Martin Beck. She wrote the books in collaborative work with her partner Per Wahlöö on a series of ten novels collectively titled The Story of a Crime, published between 1965 and 1975. After the death of Per Wahlöö, she continued working amongst other things as a translator, small work in writing columns for magazines and her work as an author. Sjöwall had a 13-year relationship with Wahlöö which lasted until his death in 1975. Sjöwall died on 29 April 2020 at the age of 84 after a prolonged illness.

Per Fredrik Wahlöö (5 August 1926 – 22 June 1975) was a Swedish author. He is perhaps best known for the collaborative work with his partner Maj Sjöwall on a series of ten novels collectively titled The Story of a Crime, published between 1965 and 1975. Following school, he worked as a crime reporter from 1946 onwards. After long trips around the world he returned to Sweden and started working as a journalist again. He had a thirteen-year relationship with his colleague Maj Sjöwall but never married her, as he already was married. Per Wahlöö died in Malmö in 1975, after an unsuccessful operation on the pancreas (necessitated by cancer).

During the 1960s and 1970s Sjöwall and Wahlöö conceived and wrote a series of ten police procedural novels about the exploits of detectives from the special homicide commission of the Swedish national police; in these the character of Martin Beck was the protagonist. Both authors also wrote novels separately. For the Martin Beck series, they plotted and researched each book together, and then wrote alternate chapters simultaneously. The books cover ten years and are renowned for extensive character and setting development throughout the series. This is in part due to careful planning by Sjöwall and Wahlöö. In 1971, the fourth of the Beck books, The Laughing Policeman (a translation of Den skrattande polisen, originally published in 1968) won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Novel, the book was also adapted into the film The Laughing Policeman starring Walter Matthau. All of the novels have been adapted into films between 1967 and 1994, six of which featured Gösta Ekman as Martin Beck. Between 1997 and 2018 there have also been 38 films (some only broadcast on television) based on the characters, with Peter Haber as Martin Beck.

The Story of a Crime series: Roseanna (Roseanna, 1965); The Man Who Went Up in Smoke (Mannen som gick upp i rök, 1966); The Man on the Balcony (Mannen på balkongen, 1967); The Laughing Policeman (Den skrattande polisen, 1968) (Edgar Award, Best Novel, 1971); The Fire Engine That Disappeared (Brandbilen som försvann, 1969); Murder at the Savoy (Polis, polis, potatismos!, 1970); The Abominable Man (Den vedervärdige mannen från Säffle, 1971); The Locked Room (Det slutna rummet, 1972); Cop Killer (Polismördaren, 1974); and The Terrorists (Terroristerna, 1975).

‘Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö were truly innovative writers of detective fiction. Their books are lean and compelling crime novels but at the same time they function as unforgiving left-wing critique of Swedish society. The authors wanted to show the reader that under the official image of welfare-state Sweden there was another layer of poverty, criminality and brutality. Their mission and way of writing received a great deal of attention and they are often regarded as the founders of  modern Scandinavian crime fiction. Their concept was updated in the 1990s with Henning Mankell´s detective character Kurt Wallander and in the 2000s with Stieg Larsson´s Millennium trilogy featuring Lisbeth Salander. According to Henning Mankell, the couple were pioneers of realism and political engagement in the detective story: “I think that anyone who writes about crime as a reflection of society has been inspired to some extent by what they wrote,” Mankell has said.’ (Source: Nordic Noir)

‘The Story of a Crime, the collective title for ten perfectly formed books by Sjöwall & Wahlöö, hardly seems dated at all when read in the twenty-first century. The duo allowed their detective Martin Beck to investigate a variety of crimes (in their range) cast a spotlight on many aspects of Scandinavian society. And the plot potentialities afforded the duo were considerable.’ (Nordic Noir: The Pocket Essential Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction, Film & TV, by Barry Forshaw, Pocket Essentials an imprint of Oldcastle Books, 2013).

A Guide to the Martin Beck Series 

CrimeFest 2015: legendary crime writer Maj Sjöwall in interview with Lee Child 

Maj Sjowall at ‘Do You Write Under Your Own Name?’


(Facsimile Dust Jacket, V. G. Gollancz (UK), 1968)

From Wikipedia: Roseanna is a mystery novel by Swedish writers Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, first published in 1965. It is the first novel in their detective series revolving around Martin Beck and his team.

Book Description: The first 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 Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö – 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. ‘Roseanna’ begins 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. With its authentically rendered settings and vividly realized characters, and its command over the intricately woven details of police detection, ‘Roseanna’ is a masterpiece of suspense and sadness. (Source: HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd)

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From the Introduction by Henning Mankell: Now I’m rereading the novel Roseanna on a December day forty years after its first publication. I’ve forgotten a great deal, of course, but the novel still stands strong. It’s well thought-out, well structured. It’s evident that Sjöwall and Wahlöö had carefully laid the groundwork for their plan to write ten books about the National Homicide Bureau – in fictional form but based on reality. (2006)

Roseanna has been reviewed, among others, at The Complete Review, The View from the Blue House, Crimepieces, Reviewing the Evidence, Reactions to Reading, Detectives Beyond Borders, Ms. Wordopolis Reads, Mysteries in Paradise, and DJ´s Krimiblog.

Back in 2009 my review in Spanish come and say as follows: Roseanna begins one afternoon in July when, accidentally, the body of a young woman shows up during the dredging works in one of the locks on Lake Vattern in Sweden. Her naked body makes the identification difficult. The police in Motala, the nearest town, does not manage to find anything. Deputy Inspector Martin Beck and his colleagues Kollberg and Melander are dispatched from Stockholm to investigate the case. The process is slow but with determination Beck and his colleagues try to find the missing pieces. Who that young woman was? How she ended up there? Who killed her? The book’s pace follows the investigation tempo. The case proceeds very slowly at first, allowing the reader to become familiar with the different characters, their characteristics and their personality. Then the pace begins to increase and it grows as the pieces of the puzzle begin to come together.

Roseanna, perhaps, is not the best novel in the series, but  it is sufficiently attractive as to read it in one sitting, besides being the first in the series. This is important since the authors originally planned the series as a sequence of novels under a common title and, reading them in its chronological order will allow us to better appreciate the evolution of every character.  

Review: The Terrorists by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

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Translated from the Swedish by Joan Tate, 1976. Original title: Terroristerna, 1975. Fourth Estate; (Reissue) edition (5 Jan 2012). 288 pages. ISBN: 978-0-00-743920-1

The Terrorists is the tenth and final book in the mystery series featuring detective Martin Beck and his police team. According to some sources when Per Wahlöö died the manuscript was still unfinished and was completed by Maj Sjöwall alone. Other sources suggest that it was finished a couple of weeks prior to his death. In 1994 it was adapted ​​into a film titled Stockholm Marathon, but the plot was much altered.

The main story revolves around the preparations to ensure the safety of a U.S. Senator during his coming visit to Stockholm. There are fears of an attack by an international terrorist organization called ULAG that has been behind several terrorist actions in different parts of the world, using methods previously unknown. Martin Beck, chief of the National Homicide Squad, has been appointed to coordinate the work of the different forces involved to address this threat. Meanwhile Martin Beck is called by the defence counsellor to testify at the trial of a young woman suspected in an attempted bank robbery. Almost simultaneously, Beck investigates the murder of Walter Petrus, a well-known millionaire and porno film producer. His mistress has found him dead in her bathroom with his skull crushed as a result of a powerful blow to the back of his head. With these three apparently unrelated stories, Sjöwall and Wahlöö completed a superb series of ten books collectively titled The Story of a Crime.

You can just click on the titles to find out my previous posts in the other books in the series: Roseanna**** (in Spanish); El hombre que se esfumó**** (in Spanish English title: The Man Who Went Up in Smoke); El hombre del balcón**** (in Spanish, English title: The Man on the Balcony); El policía que ríe**** (in Spanish, English title: The Laughing Policeman); The Fire Engine that Disappeared***** (in English); Murder at the Savoy***** (in English); The Abominable Man**** (in English and in Spanish); The Locked Room***** (in English and in Spanish); Cop Killer**** (in English and in Spanish).

I strongly recommend reading this series to everyone, in particular to all crime fiction fans and, if possible, in chronological order. It’s a highly rewarding read.

In this book in particular I would like to highlight that, unfortunately, it has not lost its relevance, despite the time elapsed since first published, and is ahead of its time when addressing some of the threats that hang over our society today. As in the last books in the series the tone of social criticism has increased. We may disagree with their ideas, but their comments are always interesting. It also contains a sharp criticism of a judicial system that favours those who have more. However, we can not forget that their main intention was to write a crime novel, and this is an excellent piece of detective fiction. For my taste, an enjoyable and entertaining read with large amounts of irony and humour.

My rating: 4/5.

The Terrorists has been reviewed by Maxine at Euro Crime and NancyO at the crime segments, among others.

Los terroristas de Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

Los terroristas es el décimo y último libro de la serie de misterio protagonizada por el detective Martin Beck y su equipo de policías. Según algunas fuentes, cuando Per Wahlöö murió el manuscrito estaba aún sin terminar y fue completada por Maj Sjöwall en solitario. Otras fuentes sugieren que lo habian terminado un par de semanas antes de su muerte. En 1994 fue llevado al cine con el título de Maratón de Estocolmo, pero con la trama muy modificada.

La historia principal gira en torno a los preparativos para garantizar la seguridad de un Senador de los EE.UU. durante su próxima visita a Estocolmo. Existe el temor de un atentado por parte de una organización terrorista internacional llamada ULAG que ha estado detrás de varias acciones terroristas en diferentes partes del mundo, usando métodos desconocidos hasta ese momento. Martin Beck, jefe de la Brigada Nacional de homicidios, ha sido designado para coordinar el trabajo de las distintas fuerzas que intervienen para hacer frente a esta amenaza. Mientras tanto, Martin Beck es llamado por el abogado de la defensa para declarar en el juicio de una mujer joven sospechosa de un intento de robo en un banco. Casi al mismo tiempo, Beck investiga el asesinato de Walter Petrus, un millonario muy conocido, productor de cine porno. Su amante lo ha encontrado muerto en su cuarto de baño con el cráneo aplastado a consecuencia de un fuerte golpe en la parte posterior de su cabeza. Con estas tres historias aparentemente sin ninguna relación entre si, Sjöwall y Wahlöö completan una magnífica serie de diez libros tituladas colectivamente La historia de un crimen.

Puede hacer clic en los títulos para ver mis entradas anteriores en el resto de los libros de la serie: Roseanna (en español); El hombre que se esfumó (en español); El hombre del balcón (en español); El policía que ríe (en español); The Fire Engine that Disappeared (en inglés, título en español: El coche de bomberos que desapareció); Murder at the Savoy (en inglés, título en español; Asesinato en el Savoy); The Abominable Man (en inglés, título en español: El abominable hombre de Säffle); The Locked Room (en inglés y en español, título en español: La casa cerrada); Cop Killer (en inglés y en español, título en español: Muerte de un policía).

Recomiendo la lectura de esta serie a todo el mundo, en particular, a todos los aficionados a la novela negra y, si es posible, por orden cronológico. Es una lectura muy gratificante.

En este libro, en particular, me gustaría destacar que, por desgracia, no ha perdido su relevancia, a pesar del tiempo transcurrido desde que se publicó por primera vez, y se adelanta a su tiempo la hora de abordar algunas de las amenazas que se ciernen sobre nuestra sociedad en la actualidad. Al igual que en los últimos libros de la serie el tono de la crítica social se ha incrementado. Podemos estar en desacuerdo con sus ideas, pero sus comentarios son siempre interesantes. También contiene una aguda crítica de un sistema judicial que favorece a los que más tienen. Sin embargo, no podemos olvidar que su principal intención era escribir una novela policíaca, y ésta es una excelente novela policíaca. Para mi gusto, una lectura amena y entretenida con grandes cantidades de ironía y de humor.

Mi calificación: 4/5.

Review: Cop Killer – Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö

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Translated from the Swedish by Thomas Teal. Original title Polismördaren, 1974. This translation first published by Random House Inc. New York, 1973. Harper Perennial 2007. 308 pages. ISBN: 978-0-00-724299-3.

A divorced woman, Sigbrid Mård, has gone missing in Anderslöv, Southern Sweden. Bertil, her former husband has an alibi the day of her disappearance. The main suspect is Folke Bengtsson. Martin Beck had arrested him before (see Roseanna), reason why Beck and his right-hand man Lennart Kollberg are sent to investigate. Beck also runs into an old acquaintance, a local newspaper journalist who calls himself now Ake Boman, although Beck knows him as Ake Gunnarson (see The Man Who Went Up in Smoke). Under media pressure Bengtsson is arrested, the order given directly by the National Police Commissioner, Stig Malm. Beck knows the evidence against him is circumstantial and the charges are feeble. No one can assume a crime has been committed. But the case takes an unexpected turn. Sigbrit Mård is no longer missing, her corpse has been found buried in the woods, in a marshy area. Meanwhile in Malmö a shootout between three policemen and two teenage boys is settled with two dead and two wounded, thus triggering the chase of one of the boys.

Cop Killer is the ninth book in the series featuring Martin Beck and his team. A series that I have thoroughly enjoyed so far and I highly recommend. In Cop Killer, Sjöwall and Wahlöö offer, among other things, a sharp reflection about the role of the police in our society and the use of force. Despite having been written almost thirty years ago is worth reading. Other aspects of this stimulating and thought-provoking book, such as media pressure and public opinion, can be highlighted as well. But above all it provides some hours of a very rewarding reading and has a fine sense of humour.

My rating a 4 out of 5.

Cop Killer has been reviewed by Maxine at Euro Crime, NacyO at the crime segments, Simon Quicke at inside books, Shane Richmond at 26 books.

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Muerte de un policía – Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö

Una mujer divorciada, Sigbrid Mård, ha desaparecido en Anderslöv, al sur de Suecia. Bertil, su ex marido tiene una coartada el día de su desaparición. El principal sospechoso es Folke Bengtsson. Martin Beck le había detenido antes (ver Roseanna), razón por la que Beck y su mano derecha Lennart Kollberg son enviados a investigar. Beck también se encuentra con un viejo conocido, un periodista local que se hace llamar ahora Ake Boman, aunque Beck le conoce como Ake Gunnarson (ver El hombre que se esfumó). Bajo presión de los medios de comunicación Bengtsson es arrestado, la órden dada directamente por el Inspector Jefe de la Policía Nacional, Stig Malm. Beck sabe que las pruebas contra él son circunstanciales y los cargos son débiles. Nadie puede asumir que se haya cometido un crimen. Pero el caso toma un giro inesperado. Sigbrit Mård ya no está desaparecida, su cadáver ha sido encontrado enterrado en el bosque, en una zona pantanosa. Mientras tanto, en Malmö un tiroteo entre tres policías y dos adolescentes se salda con dos muertos y dos heridos, lo que desencadena la persecución de uno de los muchachos.

Muerte de un policía (Editorial Noguer, 1979) es el noveno libro de la serie protagonizada por Martin Beck y su equipo. Una serie que he disfrutado mucho hasta ahora y que recomiendo encarecidamente. En Muerte de un policía, Sjöwall y Wahlöö ofrecen, entre otras cosas, una aguda reflexión sobre el papel de la policía en nuestra sociedad y sobre el uso de la fuerza. A pesar de haber sido escrito hace casi treinta años vale la pena leerlo. Otros aspectos de este estimulante y provocador libro, como  la presión de los medios de comunicación y de la opinión pública también se pueden destacar también. Pero sobre todo, nos ofrece algunas horas de lectura muy gratificantes y tiene un fino sentido del humor.

Mi valoración un 4 de 5.

The Locked Room by Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö

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Translated from the Swedish by Paul Britten Austin. Introduction from Michael Connelly. Original title Det slutna rummet, 1972. This translation first published by Random House Inc. New York, 1973. Third edition published by Harper Perennial 2007. 303 pages. ISBN: 978-0-00-724298-6.

The Locked Room is the eighth book in the Martin Beck mystery series. Beck, while still recovering from the gunshot wounds received at the end of the previous book, returns to his job as head of the National Murder Squad and receives a case file to look into. It happens to be an unsolved case. A man was found shot to death in a room locked from the inside. It could have been a suicide, except for a minor detail, “to shoot yourself without a gun – that’s not easy”. No weapon has been found in the room.

Meanwhile Kollberg, and Larsson have been assigned to a special squad headed by a district attorney, the incompetent Sten “Bulldozer” Olsson, to investigate a bank robbery in which a customer was killed. The two cases seem unrelated and both investigations will run in parallel through the book.

I have very much enjoyed reading The Locked Room. The story did captured my attention from the first pages. It is peppered with some doses of humour and the plot is clever and nicely woven.

‘…. Among other things, an Australian cavalryman gave a million to a kid who held his horse for him when he took a piss.’
‘Does a horse have to be held while it pisses?’

It is also interesting to contrast how each, Beck and Olsson, manages their case. Besides Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö address social and political issues, and offer a critical view of the Welfare State. This is Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö at their very best. 

‘Stockholm has one of the highest suicide rates in the world……For the fact of the matter is that the so-called Welfare Sate abounds with sick, poor, and lonely people, leaving at best on dog food, who are left uncared for until they waste away and die in their rat-hole tenements.’

The Locked Room has been reviewed by Maxine at Euro Crime, NacyO at the crime segments, Norman at Crime Scraps, Terry Halligan at Euro Crime (2), Simon Quicke at inside books,   

La habitación cerrada de Maj Sjöwall y Per Wahlöö

La habitación cerrada es el octavo libro de la serie de misterio protagonizada por Martin Beck. Beck, mientras se recupera de las heridas de bala recibidas al finalizar el libro anterior, regresa a su puesto como Jefe de la brigada nacional de homicidios y recibe un expediente para echarle un vistazo. Resulta ser un caso sin resolver. Un hombre fue encontrado muerto a tiros en una habitación cerrada con llave desde el interior. Podría haber sido un suicidio, a no ser por  un detalle insignificante,  “pegarse un tiro, sin un arma de fuego – no resulta fácil“. No se ha encontrado ningún arma en la habitación.

Mientras tanto Kollberg y Larsson han sido asignados a un escuadrón especial encabezado por un fiscal de distrito, el incompetente Sten “Bulldozer” Olsson, para investigar el robo de un banco en el que murió uno de los clientes. Los dos casos parecen no estar relacionados. Ambas investigaciones se desarrollarán en paralelo a lo largo del libro.

He disfrutado mucho con la lectura de La habitación cerrada. El relato ha captado mi atención desde las primeras páginas, Está sazonado con algunas dosis de humor y la trama es inteligente y está muy bien entrelazada.

“…. Entre otras cosas, un soldado de caballería australiano le dio un millón a un niño para que sujetara a su caballo mientras hacía pis. “
“¿Hay que sujetar a un caballo cuando mea?

También es interesante contrastar cómo cada uno, Beck y Olsson, dirige su caso. Además Maj Sjöwall y Per Wahlöö abordan cuestiones sociales y políticas, y nos ofrecen una visión crítica del Estado del Bienestar. Se trata de Maj Sjöwall y Per Wahlöö en su mejor momento.

“Estocolmo tiene uno de los mayores índices de suicidio en el mundo … … El hecho es que en el ‘llamado’ Estado del Bienestar proliferan las personas enfermas, pobres y solitarias, viviendo en el mejor de los casos a base de comida para perros, que han quedado desamparadas hasta que se consumen y mueren en casas de vecinos que son como ratoneras.”

The Crime Fiction Alphabet: W is for Wahlöö, Per Wahlöö

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The Alphabet in Crime Fiction, hosted by Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise, has arrived this week to letter W. You can click HERE to find out the contributions of other fellow participants, please do visit their blogs. I’m sure that you will find out some interesting books to read.

My W is for Wahlöö. Per Wahloo (1926 – 1975) was born in Goteborg. After graduating from the University of Lund, he worked as a journalist, covering criminal and social issues. In the 1950s Wahlöö was engaged in radical political causes, activities that resulted in his deportation from Franco’s Spain in 1957.  Upon his return to Sweden, he wrote a number of television and radio plays and became managing editor for several magazines before becoming a full-time writer of political and science fiction novels.

Per Wahlöö is the legendary author behind the acclaimed Dictatorship series. In this extraordinary series – a batch of seven novels and one collection of short stories created over a course of 20 years – Per Wahlöö makes fascinating and highly intelligent use of a ‘thriller-like’ framework to explore the relationship between the individuals and the State.

In 1961, he met Maj Sjowall (Stockholm, 1935). They married the next year and together they conceived and wrote a series of ten novels (police procedurals) collectively titled The Story of a Crime. The novels revolve around a team of police investigators led by Martin Beck at the Central Bureau of Investigation in Stockholm. In 1987, H.R.F. Keating, writer, reviewer and acknowledged detective fiction expert, included Roseanna (1965) in his list of what he considered to be The best 100 Crime & Mystery Books. Several of the books have also been adapted into screen. According to Wahlöö, their intention was to “use the crime novel as a scalpel cutting open the belly of the ideological pauperized and morally debatable so-called welfare state of the bourgeois type.”

Thus far, I have read 7 of the 10 books in the series. My first posts were published in Spanish only, you can notice that by the titles. I’m planning to read the rest of the series soon. Stay tuned.


El Alfabeto del Crimen: W es por Wahlöö, Per Wahlöö.

El alfabeto del crimen, organizado por Kerrie en Mysteries in Paradise,, ha llegado esta semana a la letra “W”. Puede hacer clic AQUÍ para ver las aportaciones del resto de participantes, por favor visite sus blogs. Estoy seguro de que usted encontrará algunas recomendaciones interesantes.

Mi W es por Wahlöö. Per Wahloo (1926 – 1975) nació en Goteborg. Después de graduarse de la Universidad de Lund, trabajó como periodista, cubriendo asuntos penales y sociales. En la década de 1950 Wahlöö se dedicó a defender causas políticas radicales, actividades que le llevaron a ser expulsado de España en 1957 durante la época de Franco. A su regreso a Suecia, escribió una serie de obras de teatro de radio y televisión y se convirtió en jefe de redacción de varias revistas antes de dedicarse a escribir a tiempo completo novelas de política ficción y de ciencia ficción.

Per Wahlöö es el legendario autor de la aclamada serie “Los Dictadores”. En esta extraordinaria serie- compuesta por siete novelas y una colección de historias cortas creadas durante el curso de 20 años – Per Wahlöö hace un uso fascinante y muy inteligente del ‘thriller, como “marco de referencia para explorar la relación entre los individuos y el Estado.

En 1961, conoció a Maj Sjöwall (Estocolmo, 1935). Se casaron al año siguiente, y juntos concibieron y escribieron una serie de diez novelas (procedimientos policíacos) tituladas colectivamente Historia de un crimen. Las novelas giran en torno a un equipo de investigadores policíacos, dirigidos por Martin Beck, de la Oficina Central de Investigación en Estocolmo. En 1987, H.R.F. Keating, escritor, crítico y reconocido experto en novelas policíacas, incluyó a Roseanna (1965) en su lista con los 100 mejores libros de crimen y misterio. Varios de estos libros también han sido adaptados a la gran pantalla. De acuerdo con Wahlöö, su intención era la de “utilizar la novela policíaca como un bisturí con el que diseccionar la ideología y la moral del llamado estado de bienestar burgués”.

Hasta ahora, he leído 7 de los 10 libros de la serie. Mis primeras entradas fueron escritas sólo en español, lo que se puede observar por los títulos de los libros. Pienso terminar de leer pronto el resto de la serie. Permanezcan sintonizados. 


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