Police procedural meets novel of manners.


Martin Beck is a fictional Swedish detective who is the main character in a series of ten novels by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo. The novels are seen largely from his perspective.  Often, very little happens but somehow it’s gripping. Each book is a Marxist critique of society and amazingly they haven’t dated at all.

These books are now available on our Overdrive service.

Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, both left-wing journalists, met in 1961 while working for magazines published by the same company. They married the next year and created the books famously writing alternate chapters at night after putting their children to bed. Read more here.


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