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    Roseanna (The Martin Beck Series) (Paperback) By (author) Maj Sjowall, By (author) Per Wahloo, Introduction by Henning Mankell

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    DescriptionThe 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 Sjowall and Per Wahloo - 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.


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    Title
    Roseanna
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Maj Sjowall, By (author) Per Wahloo, Introduction by Henning Mankell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 200 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780007439119
    ISBN 10: 0007439113
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: FF
    BIC E4L: CRI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.1
    BIC subject category V2: FYT
    BIC E4L: TRA
    DC22: 839.7374
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004170
    Thema V1.0: DS
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    FOURTH ESTATE LTD
    Publication date
    23 June 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, both left-wing journalists and politically radical, met in 1961 while working for magazines published by the same company. They married the next year and together created the Martin Beck crime series, famously writing alternate chapters at night after putting their children to bed. Wahloo died at the age of 49 just as their 10th book was going to press. Sjowall currently lives in Sweden and continues to work as a writer and translator. They won the esteemed Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Crime Fiction Book in 1971.
    Review quote
    'They changed the genre. Whoever is writing crime fiction after these novels is inspired by them in one way or another.' Henning Mankell 'If you haven't read Sjowall/Wahloo, start now.' Sunday Telegraph 'Pick up one book...and you become unhinged. You want to block out a week of your life, lie to your boss, and stay in bed, gorging on one after another.' Observer 'The writing is elegant and surprisingly humorous - if you haven't come across Beck before, you're in for a treat.' Guardian