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

Cop Killer (Martin Beck, #9)

A woman is found dead in Anderslöv, 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)
ISBN9780007242993
Author
Release DateDec 1st, 2007
PublisherHarper Perennial
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Crime, Fiction, European Literature, Scandinavian Literature, Cultural, Sweden, Detective
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Reviews Cop Killer (Martin Beck, #9)

  • Brad
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Tittirossa
    1970-01-01
    Questo giallo pochissimo giallo e molto romanzo a tesi è coinvolgente più che avvincente, ed anche abbastanza straniante per chi, come me, ha della Svezia un'idea di socialdemocrazia avanzata, di società garantista, di stato illuminato. Infatti, rispetto ai due libri precedenti, gli autori delineano una critica feroce verso la società ed il gruppo di potere che governa la Svezia (le loro opere risalgono agli anni '70). Questo però senza inta...
  • Leslie
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Mobyskine
    1970-01-01
    This book caught my attention at the very first chapter-- a woman was murdered and dumped in a swamp. And Folke Bengtsson is back after the Roseanna's incident. I really love the plot this time, Herrgott Allwright was a lovely policeman and Beck and Kollberg doing great like usual. Love on how the book shows me about the crime and given me few suspects but with no how and whom exactly. Giving me so much chills and nervousness, guessing and assump...
  • M.J. Johnson
    1970-01-01
    The only bad thing about the Martin Beck series is the fact that there are only ten stories and this is the ninth! The only consolation is the possibility of reading and enjoying them all over again! Excellent.
  • Timothy
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Skip
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • cloudyskye
    1970-01-01
    Another really good one set in Skåne (southern Sweden) and Stockholm in 1973. The story is well-told, both the crime and its solution and our protagonists and their development. We have a return of the criminal from book 1, and Martin Beck's Skåne colleague answers to the - for Germans - hilarious sounding name of Herrgott Nöjd.As an aside: Much as I enjoy reading this series, I'm part amused, part exasperated by the authors' attitude througho...
  • Jaret
    1970-01-01
    This was a typical police procedural in the Martin Beck series. I liked how the authors brought back suspects from previous books in the series into this one. They were woven into this storyline in a well-thought out way. It was very natural and didn't seemed forced. The sudden plot turn during the story was confusing at first, but they tied it together nicely eventually. The ending was a slight let down, but it did make sense. Overall, I enjoyed...
  • Maria João Fernandes
    1970-01-01
    "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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Bettie☯
    1970-01-01
    Bettie's Books
  • sergevernaillen
    1970-01-01
    De Sjöwall & Wahlöö-fans zullen het niet zo graag horen maar ik vond dit niet zo goed.Het boek combineert 2 mysteries: enerzijds de verdwijning van de gescheiden Sigbrit Mård die later vermoord blijkt te zijn en anderzijds de klopjacht op een dief wiens kompaan 3 agenten heeft neergeschoten.Het begint met de verdwijning van Sigbrit en daardoor ben je als lezer snel geïntrigeerd en wil je snel lezen. Maar het tempo vertraagt steeds omdat Sjö...
  • Mark Walker
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Gail
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    Publicado en http://lecturaylocura.com/la-serie-de...Han 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...
  • Elizabeth Sulzby
    1970-01-01
    Am I the only one that finds this book hilarious, great satire? The first interrogation of Folke Bengtsson by Beck and Kollberg is just a hoot and the following ones get even kookier, with their "words evaporating" before they reach Bengtsson and Beck second-guessing his crazy questions.I thought I had read all the Martin Beck series and definitely I have liked them very much but this one takes the prize. Now I think I have to reread others to se...
  • Mike Cuthbert
    1970-01-01
    In my continuing quest to read the best in Scandinavian mystery and suspense, I took a trip back to 1975 and the work of these two authors, one of them, Per Wahloo, now departed. I had read them years ago and had apparently forgotten how terrific they are. They are among the best ever at portraying the distaste many, in this case, Swedish, cops have for their supervisors and higher ups of any sort. In general, all Scandinavian police stories invo...
  • Mike Alexander
    1970-01-01
    Another strong addition to the Martin Beck canon, this one continues the dark humour of its predecessors. The criticism of the direction of Swedish society, and the Swedish police force in particular, is even more marked than in the preceding book. In one hilarious scene, a self-important career cop makes a complete balls-up of what should be a straightforward raid, having opted to use a sledgehammer to crack a nut, as it were. I should emphasise...
  • Brian
    1970-01-01
    This was easily my favorite book in the series. Not because the story itself was more riveting than the others, but because of the social aspects of the book. This series was written in 1973 by Swedish Marxists. The book deals with the helplessness and hopelessness caused by the Swedish welfare state and how it contributes to drug addition and crime. It also deals with the subject of how nationalizing the police and arming them like soldiers caus...