The Locked Room

The Locked Room

The Story of A Crime

Book - 1973
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The stunning eighth installment in the Martin Beck mystery series by the renowned Swedish crime writing duo is a masterful take on a classic locked room mystery. With an introduction by Michael Connelly: "One of the most authentic, gripping, and profound collections of police procedurals ever accomplished."

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.
Publisher: New York, Pantheon Books [1973]
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780307390493
Characteristics: 311 p.,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Wahlöö, Per 1926-1975


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Feb 18, 2018

This series is a favorite of mine-the characters are well developed and the mysteries are interesting.
This one was quite a surprise: the humor throughout, especially the Great Battle of Danvik Cliffs was howlingly funny- best slapstick/satire I've ever read.
It's great from beginning to end.

Feb 25, 2012


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