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)
Release DateDec 1st, 2007
PublisherHarper Perennial
GenreMystery, Fiction, Crime, European Literature, Scandinavian Literature, Cultural, Sweden

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...
  • Ray
    A woman goes missing in rural southern Sweden and Martin Beck is sent down to find out what has happened to her. An old adversary and convicted sex offender just happens to be the woman's next door neighbour and was the last person seen talking to her. Surely he has been up to his old tricks.As ever Beck grinds his way to a result, clue by painstaking clue. I liked the way that he warmed to the pace of life in the Skane region.In parallel a shoot...
  • 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 (Darth Anyan)
    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...
  • Tittirossa
    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...
  • Vanja Bolme
  • 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...
  • Gary
    The title has a double meaning, which you will guess if you read the series. Again, as in the previous two, social critique is as important as the murder mysteries, but the sustained critique and theory doesn’t interfere too much with the story. Only one book more to go, and I will miss all these characters, places, and stories.
  • Mobyskine
    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
    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
    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
    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.
  • cloudyskye
    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
    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
    "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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  • David
    4.5 stars.Another great effort from this pair. This one snapped something into place for me, one of the things I really love about this series: it already does most of the things that should be done in these sorts of crime novels to radically undermine the lazy, proto-fascist, reactionary aspects of most police-based procedural novels. We get the pleasures of the chase, but at every turn we are also treated to examples of the many idiotic and dow...
  • sergevernaillen
    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...
  • Bill Kelly
    Typically fine effort by this team. The depth in this book lies in the perceptions offered of the Swedish police whose behavior is alternately clever, humane, thuggish, incompetent and hilarious, depending of course on the individuals. As in previous books the "heroism" of individuals such as Martin Beck and Lennert Kollberg asserts itself in their grim determination to do their job to the best of their ability amidst the downward spiraling of a ...
  • 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 ...
  • Dominga D
    Un po' lento. Ma dopo le prime pagine ci si abitua all'andamento della narrazione. Esemplare la critica così odierna, sebbenw scritta 40anni fa, alla società contemporanea e alla politica in generale.
  • Trish
    Very good, as are the rest of the series. Sadly, I only have one left now.
  • 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...
  • 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.