The Abominable Man (Martin Beck, #7) by Maj Sjöwall

The Abominable Man (Martin Beck, #7)

On a quiet night a high-ranking police officer, Nyland, is slaughtered in his hospital bed, brutally massacred with a bayonet. It's not hard to find people with a motive to kill him - in fact, the problem for Detective Inspector Martin Beck is how to narrow the list down to just one suspect.

Details The Abominable Man (Martin Beck, #7)

TitleThe Abominable Man (Martin Beck, #7)
Release DateApr 16th, 2019
PublisherHarper Perennial
GenreMystery, Crime, Fiction, European Literature, Scandinavian Literature, Cultural, Sweden

Reviews The Abominable Man (Martin Beck, #7)

  • Brad
    I exhale my breath in a long deep sigh. I've just finished listening to what is probably the most cinematic of all the Sjowall and Wahloo Beck books (maybe not the best, but certainly the most evocative), and for the first time (despite the excellence of the entire series) I want to drop everything I'm doing and get started on the next book.I need to know how the serious cliffhanger resolves. I need to see the fallout of everything that's happene...
  • Algernon (Darth Anyan)
    [9/10]Five decades after initial publication, the Story of Crime sequence by Swedish authors Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo is still considered one of the best police procedurals ever written. Each book is introduced by a famous contemporary crime writer, and for this seventh episode it is the turn of local author Jens Lapidus to explain why and how it has marked his career: It was the feeling that someone had for the first time managed to describe ...
  • Paradoxe
    Σήμα κατατεθέν των συγγραφέων, η απέριττη, σχεδόν ωμή λεκτική αναπαράσταση των εγκλημάτων, που κάνει πολύ έντονη την αντίθεση στην ήπια, ομοιόμορφη κι ελαφρά παραιτημένη έκφραση των πραγμάτων, στο συρτάρι του νεκρού, όλα εκείνα τα καθημερινά που ...
  • Ray
    A policeman is butchered in his hospital bed. The policeman has a past, and many enemies. He had brutalized and bullied his way through a forty year career in the police and army. One of his many victims has exacted revenge, but which one?Enter Martin Beck and his supporting cast. Somehow they will find the killer. They find a list with Martin's name on it, as well as many other policemen. It seems that the killer has declared war on the police.A...
  • Maria João Fernandes
    "Maybe is the word.""The Abominable Man" é o sétimo livro da série do Inspector Martin Beck e mantém o tom sombrio tão característico destes policiais soberbos.É com a visão do assassino que somos introduzidos no enredo. Este, armado com uma baioneta, sai de casa em direcção Hospital Mount Sabbath, que numa questão de minutos se tornará no local do crime. O seu alvo é um homem gravemente doente, que por acaso é policia. Incompetente...
  • Thomas Strömquist
    By the time of book 7 of the final 10 of the "Novels about a crime", the writing couple of Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö had about nothing left to prove. This book, however, is one of the strongest of the series. Hard to compare to anything else, this is about crime in Stockholm in the 60's, but I think you won't need any prior knowledge to appreciate the mellow-paced and melancholic, only to be disrupted by brutality and violence, story.
  • Nancy Oakes
    Part the seventh of Sjöwall and Wahlöö's excellent 10-part series, The Abominable Man starts off in a hospital room where a man lays in a great deal of pain and anxiety due to his fear of death. To get his mind off his problems for a moment, he makes his way to the nurses' station and back, and is savagely attacked when he returns to his room. Martin Beck, who had just spent the evening with his daughter, has just gotten into bed at 2:30 a.m. ...
  • Mobyskine
    Quite a thrilling narrative. I seriously can't put this down. The nervousness and all the murder mess-- so intriguing. Dark and disturbing.Plot, structure and flows done perfectly. I like that authors giving different perspectives and views on certain scenes accordingly to each characters. Understandable, great story-telling, not bland and quite exciting. It was getting unsure in the middle, giving me so much assumptions and guessing game but for...
  • Dorothy
    I've come to the conclusion that this series should not be read so much as police procedural mysteries as social studies of Sweden at a particular point in time - the 1960s. So much of the narrative is taken up with the authors' observations about and critiques of the social welfare society that was that country at that time.The central point and organizational theory of this particular entry in the series is the consequence of police excesses. I...
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  • Gary
    Social critique of Sweden’s police power at the time, about 1970, and some heroic police work coupled with some administrative police boneheadedness - after this many in the series, you know the guys like characters in an ensemble police tv show.
  • Mitch
    One of the things that I enjoy about the Martin Beck series is that each book fits into a different archetype (if that's the right word): there's a sex fiend, there's an organized crime story, etc. Maybe almost all long series are like this, and we've just gotten too used to series that represent one epic story arc (a la Harry Potter). In any case, The Abominable Man centers around a madman and wins a fourth star from me for its high-tension conc...
  • Trish
    It is positively reassuring to have the authors create a group of police detectives so distinct that we pale at the thought that they may be injured, or worse, cut from the next volume in the series. The language is so fresh and without accent, the only thing preventing us from imagining it happening today is that there are no cell phones to clutter the action. It is painful to see something happening in slow motion in these pages, all the while ...
  • Skip
    Book 7 looks critically at the problem of police brutality and how it is covered up within the infamous code of blue, even in Sweden. A senior policeman is murdered in the hospital, and as Beck investigates, he learns that the policeman often took the law into his own hands, dispensing justice. Apparently the book was published in 1971, the same year that "Dirty Harry" was released in the U.S. The final 25% was action-packed, putting the reader i...
  • Deanne
    Fairly fast paced story of murder set in 1970's sweden. The sort of crime story which has the focus on the crime, and the circumstances and characters surrounding the actual act. Have to see about reading more of the Beck series.
  • cloudyskye
    It's 1971, and this one is unusually quick. We are used to Martin Beck and his colleagues busy for weeks and months when solving a crime. This time it's just 2 days, I think - at least two of them never even get to sleep. And there is quite a bit of action, a gruesome murder at first and a show-down on a roof in the centre of Stockholm. I liked the unusual pairings of Martin Beck-Einar Rönn and Lennart Kollberg-Gunvald Larsson. Thrown together n...
  • Michael
    The Beck novels are realistic in a way no other detective novels are. Or maybe I don't mean "realistic" so much as "true to life." I mean, I have no idea how well the world of Swedish law enforcement is depicted here. But I have an increasingly veteran experience of the way that life works, which is to say not according to plan. Martin Beck starts investigating crimes in a perfectly rational fashion, but he never follows a procedure or a chain of...
  • David
    Simply wonderful. This series succeeds on so many levels. This volume, though, really hammers home just how careful, skillful, and smart the authors are about how everything fits together. All of it, all the interlocking systems of control and corruption, the petty abuses of power that are almost indistinguishable from mere laziness on the part of the police, and the complicity of even good cops who choose the easy way of avoidance and looking th...
  • Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
    It's been months since I read any of Sjowall and Wahloo's Martin Beck series. Dave had bought this seventh story, The Abominable Man, through his Amazon account so I got to share it via Household. As the novel was first published some forty years ago, I am including The Abominable Man as my 1970s read for the Goodreads / Bookcrossing Decade Challenge.The tense thriller had me gripped from the start and I couldn't put it down so read the whole boo...
  • Steve
    Once again, as is their habit, the authors start with a murder. This time, it’s a hospitalized police inspector who, while in his hospital room, is brutally killed with a bayonet. The usual characters assemble to solve the mystery. The plot resolves in a much more straightforward way than Murder at the Savoy.The murder victim is the title character, “the abominable man.” He’s a sadistic, brutal guy who trained other cops in his ways. It m...
  • Jim Coughenour
    Another excellent entry in this 10-volume "story of a crime." This one ends as brutally as it begins. The more I read Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö, the more impressed I am with how solid this series is – characters, plot, social critique, atmosphere, even… its grim metaphysics. Compared to these decades-old police procedurals, most hard-boiled detective fiction seems hysterical, over-written, forced and fake. The first murder (of "the abominab...
  • Meredith
    These books are sparsely written, even for Swedish detective novels, and I find them somewhat unsatisfying as a consequence. This is the second one in this series that I have read, The Laughing Policeman being the first. This one had a plot so simplex and characters so one-dimensional that it may be the last one that I read. Can't believe this book got an average of nearly 4 stars - more highly rated than Last Night in Twisted River. Twisted rati...
  • Thomas Strömquist
    I read this as a kind of curiosity, since I normally do not see the point really to read a translation from my native language. Of course, I have happened upon translated books (into Swedish) where the translator really has added something, but I'm not sure I would appreciate this the the other way around. Anyway, this worked well in another language and it was a fun experience.
  • Rafa Sánchez
    Otra magnífica novela policíaca del personaje Martín Beck, en este caso ante un episodio de brutalidad policial. Sjowall no deja pasar un estamento sin crítica feroz, resignadamente admite que las sociedades burocratizadas no tienen remedio.
  • Jayne
    This series just gets better and better. Definitely a nail biter. I'm so glad I wasn't reading this in 1971...I'd hate to have to wait a year to read the next one!
  • AC
    I read this out of sequence (skipping over #6) -- and was fairly disappointed by it.
  • M.J. Johnson
    I simply adore this series and am dreading the harsh reality that I only have two left to read! The series seems to be getting darker and I seem to worry more about the characters. Wonderful!
  • John Cain
    This police procedural picks up the pace that was lost in the last one in the series.