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- DescriptionSteven Mackintosh stars as Martin Beck, with Neil Pearson as Lennart Kollberg, in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of The Laughing Policeman. The Martin Beck books are widely ackwledged as some of the most influential detective vels ever written. Written by Swedish husband and wife team Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, the series set a gold standard for all subsequent Scandanavian crime fiction. Before Kurt Wallander or Harry Hole, Beck was the original flawed policeman, working alongside his colleagues to uncover the cruelty and injustice lurking beneath the surface of Sweden's seemingly liberal, democratic society. In The Laughing Policeman, adapted from the fourth book in the series, the killing of 9 passengers on a Stockholm bus (including one of Beck's most promising young detectives) sets off a murder hunt that leads Beck and his team back to an unsolved case in the past. Translated by Alan Blair and dramatised by Jennifer Howarth.
- Author BiographyMaj Sjowall (Author) Maj Sjowall and her late partner Per Wahloo created the acclaimed Swedish crime novels featuring Martin Beck. The ten books in the series, written between 1965 and 1975, became international bestsellers and have sold over 10 million copies.Per Wahloo (Author) Born in 1926, Per Wahloo was a Swedish writer and journalist who, alongside his own novels, collaborated with his wife, Maj Sjowall, on the bestselling Martin Beck crime series which are credited as inspiring writers as varied as Agatha Christie, Henning Mankell and Jonathan Franzen. In 1971 the fourth novel in the series, The Laughing Policeman, won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. Per Wahloo died in 1975.
- Author(s)Alan Blair,Maj Sjowall,Per Wahloo
- PublisherBBC Audio, A Division Of Random House
- Date of Publication06/12/2012
- SubjectCrime, Thriller & Adventure
- Series TitleA Martin Beck Mystery
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBBC Physical Audio
- Weight88 g
- Width125 mm
- Height140 mm
- Spine11 mm
- Translated byAlan Blair,Full Cast
- Read byNeil Pearson,Steven Mackintosh
- Format DetailsCD standard audio format
- Running Time56
- Edition StatementA&M
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