Roseanne – by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

Well, I finally read a Sjöwall and Wahlöö crime novel after all these years of hearing how great they were.  It is a bit dated, for instance the detectives seem to be talking on cell phones in 1965 (Huh!?!) but there were no cell phones in 1965 – not even close! It took me awhile but I finally realized the pair were using walkie-talkies, and then I saw where that was mentioned, but … it took me back.  There is also a lot of talk about “fem jeop” (female jeopardy) and apparently unethical cops unless entrapment was okay in some circumstances.   

By Maj Sjöwall , Per Wahlöö (Norway)
1965 / 
Read by Tom Weiner 6h 36m
Rating:  A / Classic procedural / Norway Book 1 in Martin Beck series

These books are dark, kind of like reading a very gritty and sexist Dragnet, imo.  “just the facts, Ma’am,” And then there areöwall

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1 Response to Roseanne – by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

  1. I used to love the Martin Beck books. I haven’t set eyes on them since probably the 70s — I’m sure they seem very dated now.


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