Cop Killer (Martin Beck, #9) by Maj Sjöwall

Cop Killer (Martin Beck, #9)

A woman is found dead in Anderslo]v, a small village in southern Sweden. While Martin Beck investigates her murder, his colleague Larsson becomes embroiled in the hunt for two men responsible for the death of a policeman during a shoot out on the open road. Are the two cases related?"

Details Cop Killer (Martin Beck, #9)

TitleCop Killer (Martin Beck, #9)
Release DateDec 1st, 2007
PublisherHarper Perennial
Number of pages288 pages
GenreMystery, Crime, Fiction, European Literature, Scandinavian Literature, Detective, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Cultural, Sweden, Swedish Literature, Scandinavian Lite..., Nordic Noir

Reviews Cop Killer (Martin Beck, #9)

  • Brad
    Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö wrote their Martin Beck series in the sixties and seventies. They wrote ten novels in ten years. They wrote about a time without computers and modern gadgets, but apart from those conveniences themselves, the books could have been written yesterday.These books are about everything that continues to be wrong in our societies. They are about carceration, misplaced conceptions of justice and the omnipresence of injustic...
  • Nancy Oakes
    My first thought: oh no, there's only one more book left! It's been about a year now since the events of The Locked Room. Martin Beck's life has gained some stability since he met Rhea Nielsen, the landlady of the victim in the previous novel. Now he's called to the small rural town of Anderslöv, where a young woman, Sigbrit Mård, has gone missing. Described as a "highly normal" person, Sigbrit isn't the type to just up and wander off into anot...
  • Algernon
    I started book nine (out of ten) in the series with some trepidation, hoping nothing terminal will happen to Martin Beck or one of his colleagues. (view spoiler)[ Beck already came pretty close to snuffing it in book 7 - "The Abominable Man (hide spoiler)]. For more than half of the novel I was then baffled about the title, as the ongoing investigation was about the disappearance, possibly murder, of a divorced single woman from a small village n...
  • Dorothy
    I can't help noting the similarity in titles between this book and the first of the Ed McBain books that I read earlier this month. McBain's book was Cop Hater. Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo stated that McBain's work was an inspiration and model for their Martin Beck series, so was this title an homage to McBain? Whether it was or not, Sjowall/Wahloo's writing style continues to owe much to that established by McBain in his police procedurals. The w...
  • Leslie
    I was a bit taken aback when the book seemed to leave the main mystery about two-thirds of the way through to tackle the case of the 'cop killer' but the two cases do connect up in the end. The name is a bit misleading as the 'cop killer' case is clearly the secondary mystery; however, it does illustrate the authors' point about the police & government bureaucracy perfectly. This 1973 Swedish book and what the authors are trying to say about rela...
  • Skip
    The story begins with a young woman, Sigbrit Mård, picked up and murdered on the outskirts of a small town by someone she knows. Martin Beck arrives in Anderslöv to help with the disappearance, with suspicion pointing to her ex-husband, a violent, sea-faring drunk, and Folke Bengtsson, a paroled sex-murderer from an earlier novel. The book is a bit slow though, with the second plot emerging mid-way involving a shooting that is arguably police-t...
  • Jim Coughenour
    I'm in the position of looking at that box of candy, when only one piece is left. Cop Killer was number nine, a bit slower than the last few, but at this point Martin Beck & company are like an old group of friends whom I'm just happy to hang out with. As is their habit, Sjöwall and Wahlöö throw in plenty of wry laughs along the way.
  • Maria João Fernandes
    "This isn't a Sherlock Holmes movie."O nono livro da série do Inspetor Martin Beck teve o mesmo impacto em mim que os oito que o antecederam. A qualidade nas obras do casal de escritores suecos mantém-se no nível mais elevado e, apesar de terem sido escritas na década de setenta não perderam a relevância e os temas abordados continuam atuais."The best part of Murder was that it got you out of the city now and then."O cenário é a cidade de...
  • Jim
    The 9th in Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö's series of police procedural novels featuring Stockholm homicide detective Martin Beck is faster paced than some of the previous entries, which is not to diminish those prior books in any way. This one revolves around the disappearance of a woman in southern Sweden, the likelihood that the killer is a man Beck knows from a previous case (depicted in the first Beck novel, ROSEANNA), and Beck's increasing r...
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  • Mark Walker
    One of the best of the 10, having now read them all. A couple of crimes, and a fair bit of humour. The title is ironic. This book takes pleasure in showing the self serving and incompetence of senior officers, which is heightened by the shoot out with three policemen. Sweden, at the time, is painted as run by impatient idiots who are happy to quickly lock up suspects, and are disinterested in any proper investigation. As left wingers the writers ...
  • Dave Riley
    Is this the best of the 10 written by Sjöwall and Wahloo? Ironic, more bitter and cynical than its predecessors (it is the second last novel published), more than any other it is sharply critical of Swedish society of the mid 70s. If there is a Martin Beck world view, and Martin is no ideologue, this is it. Separated from Stockholm and working a case in Skane there's more opportunity for reflection and for the plot to explore a wry satirical loo...
  • Roderick Hart
    This is the ninth book in the Martin Beck series. As before, the authors use the book to criticise Sweden from a Marxist perspective, including the inadequacies of its welfare state model as they perceived it in 1973. They are also concerned that the Swedish police have gradually become more military in the way they operate and their hostile view of much of the public.Apart from many incidental comments throughout the book, two examples of this s...
  • Karmologyclinic
    Random thoughts. This is how a crime novel would look like, if Bertolt Brecht ever wrote one. He didn't (at least I think he didn't) and so Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo wrote it for him.They use crime novel format to make their point, yet they take it and flip it over to show you how it looks like underneath. They use cliches as bricks and build tension, only to pull it down in the end in a small pathetic debris. The term "real life" is inserted ba...
  • Timothy
    1 1/2 stars.Personally, I'm scratching my head over all of the great reviews for this book. I admit that it starts off fairly well with the murder of a divorced woman who's body is hidden in the woods and the subsequent search for her killer. Unfortunately, about half way through the book the authors suddenly start up an, apparently, completely different story about two youths involved in a shoot-out with police and the search for one of the surv...
  • Gail
    Now reading The Locked Room. One more to go, The Terrorists, and I'll have read all the Martin Beck books, by one of the earliest Swedish mystery genre writers, a husband and wife team. Each book deals as a subplot with the growing ills of Sweden, especially policing. The writing is relevant today and sometimes hard to believe that the series was written in the 60s—70s. The writing is spare, and nuanced, often showcasing truly goofy characters....
  • AC
    Excellent. As good as any in the series. The politics in ##8 & 9 gets a little heavy handed and ham handed and, worse, is 1970's dated. But while the authors take that stuff seriously, the characters don't, and so it doesn't impede much.
  • Erin L
    Review of the audiobook.I thought it was interesting that this book took us back to Roseanna - the first book in the series and brought up questions about the arrest and conviction in that book. Another well done police procedural.
  • Mariano Hortal
    Publicado en tenido que pasar casi 250 novelas de la excelente colección de novela negra de RBA en su Serie Negra para poder tener publicada, en su totalidad, las diez novelas que componen la serie del comisario Martin Beck; perpetradas por el comprometido matrimonio sueco Maj Sjöwall y Per Wahlöö, posiblemente nos encontremos ante una de las series más influyentes en el género europeo, no sólo p...
  • Madhav Sinha
    As usual, very enjoyable MB story. Good read.
  • Jake
    Book Nine of The Martin Beck series takes us out of the city and into the foggy countryside of southern Sweden. A divorcee has disappeared. There are two suspects: her alcoholic sea captain ex-husband, and a paroled sex killer who lived in the house up the road. Martin Beck is called in because he had previously arrested the sex killer, in "Roseanna", which was Book 1 of the series. Kollberg, Martin Beck's trusted associate, is initially tasked t...
  • Lukasz Pruski
    "Sergeant Gustav Borglund, thirty-seven, died this morning of injuries received in connection with an exchange of fire between policemen and two armed men in Ljunghusen. Two other policemen were seriously wounded in the same gun battle."Cop Killer (1974) is the ninth novel in the legendary series of Swedish police procedurals with strong social issues component - the so-called Martin Beck series by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. I have been re-re...
  • Bob
    A naked woman was dredged up from the bottom of Sweden's beautiful Lake Vattern one July day. Where had she come from? How had she got there? And why? . . . a rash of brutal muggings and child sex-murders with the elusive mugger perhaps the only person in Stockholm to have seen the murderer . . . the search for a hard-drinking well-known Swedish journalist in Budapest, who has vanished without a trace . . . eight people were shot to death in a St...
  • Jeff
    The first time I heard of Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo books, I was recently reading a list of vintage crime novels. Their series, Martin Beck police mysteries(10 of them) were all listed there. Being unfamiliar with them I kept their names in the back of my mind noting the titles of their police procedurals, a genre I am especially fond of having read all of Ed McBain's 87th Precinct books (which I consider to be the best of the genre). These book...
  • Ben Thurley
    Cop Killer represents Sjöwall and Wahlöö not quite at the top at the top of their game, but still a good read. The story begins with a crisp and disturbing immediacy, as a young woman, Sigbrit Mård, is picked up and murdered on the outskirts of a small country town by someone known to her. When Martin Beck arrives in Anderslöv to help with the case, it quickly becomes apparent that the two main suspects are her ex-husband, a violent drunk, a...
  • Rog Harrison
    "This is actually written by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo. I first came across this series over thirty years ago and I think I have read this one twice before. I don't often see their books in the library these days so I was really pleased to see this one. In fact I am seriously thinking of buying all ten books in the series as I am sure I will want to re-read them all several times.As this book is set in southern Sweden for a lot of the time rathe...
  • Sun
    When a woman is reported missing in the small town of Anderslöv, Martin Beck, Chief of Sweden's National Homicide Squad is summoned. There's no indication the woman is even dead, but for the fact that convicted sex killer Folke Bengtsson is her closest neighbour. While in Skåne, Martin Beck and Lennart Kollberg are aided by sanguine and oddly-named local policeman Herrgott Allwright. But their investigation is interrupted by a shootout between ...
  • Jesus Flores
    Cop killerThis one was an interesting one, the case was kind of solved because of luck, but all the detective work Beck did to find the hints and evidence that would help them capture the killer was very interesting. Also one mayor character makes a big decision, unfortunately only one book left.4 starsBeck goes to some small town where a woman is missing, they have an immediate suspect, the woman’s neighbor is the guy Beck captured as the murd...