Den vedervärdige mannen från Säffle The Abominable Man
Story of a Crime #7
A police captain is murdered in his hospital room and Martin Beck faces one of the greatest challenges in his professional life when his investigation unearths evidence of police corruption and brutality.
Critics have called the ten Martin Beck novels among the best in modern crime fiction. Translated into 35 languages, they have sold an estimated ten million copies. The Edgar Award-winning husband and wife team had an ambitious goal: to capture and minutely emulate the zeitgeist and development of an entire decade. Beginning in 1965, they wrote an annual 30-chapter mystery for ten consecutive years. The books were meant to be read as a single, long 300-chapter novel – a vast, trenchant dissection of Swedish society.
The Abominable Man, first published in 1971, is the seventh installment in the Martin Beck series.
In 1976, The Abominable Man was turned into a Swedish motion picture directed by Bo Wideberg and starring Carl Gustav Lindstedt as Martin Beck.
“It is a pleasure to report that Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo are in peak form with The Abominable Man. … The Abominable Man is a superb rendering of the police force within a decaying society, and a frightening portrait of madness rooted in respectability.”
“They have produced another of their best-of-year in The Abominable Man.”
“Perhaps the best is Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo’s new thriller, The Abominable Man.”
“The Wahlöö’s, gentle, deeply absorbed in one another with bright flashes of humor, are the best-selling man-and-wife writing team who have glued audience in England and America among readers who crave their novels, with a Dostoevskian eve for the complicity of all society in crime.”
“The Martin Beck books are exemplary police procedurals …The Abominable Man is worthy of its predecessors in this much-admired series.”
“One of the most exciting Martin Beck mysteries yet. … The characterizations are excellent, the dogged police work convincingly realistic and the outcome a real shocker. Not to be missed by any connoisseur of the best in detective fiction.”
“The Abominable Man is an unflinching, disturbing novel, one of the very best by two of the best.”
“A nicely paced police procedural novel which has the authentic police station smell.”
“Tense and gripping.”
“Another profusely exciting crime novel with a generous dose of social criticism, by Sjöwall/Wahlöö.”
“A bullseye hit once again! /…/ Just as harshly realistic, unbearably exciting and skilfully constructed as The Laughing Policeman.”
“The leading crime authors in the world.”
“An explosive detective novel.”
- Sjöwall & Wahlöö
- Reading material
- Rights sold
UK, Fourth Estate
- Film rights sold
US, Endeavor Content