Roseanna (Martin Beck Series #1)

Roseanna (Martin Beck Series #1)

by Maj Sjöwall
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Roseanna (Martin Beck Series #1) by Maj Sjöwall

With a New Introduction by Henning Mankell. The masterful first novel in the Martin Beck series of mysteries by the internationally renowned crime writing duo Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö ("the best writers of police procedurals in the world"), finds Beck hunting for the murderer of a lonely traveler.
On a July afternoon, a young woman's body is dredged from Sweden's beautiful Lake Vattern. With no clues Beck begins an investigation not only to uncover a murderer but also to discover who the victim was. Three months later, all Beck knows is that her name was Roseanna and that she could have been strangled by any one of eighty-five people on a cruise. As the melancholic Beck narrows the list of suspects, he is drawn increasingly to the enigma of the victim, a free-spirited traveler with a penchant for casual sex, and to the psychopathology of a murderer with a distinctive--indeed, terrifying--sense of propriety.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307390462
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/30/2008
Series: Martin Beck Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 222,878
Product dimensions: 7.94(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, her husband and coauthor, wrote ten Martin Beck mysteries. They plotted and researched each book together then wrote alternate chapters. The books were written over a ten year period and carefully planned to allow for gradual character development and evolving social commentary as the series continued. Mr Wahloo, who died in 1975, was a reporter for several Swedish newspapers and magazines and wrote numerous radio and television plays, film scripts, short stories, and novels. Maj Sjöwall is also a poet.

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Roseanna 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Mary Fabricius More than 1 year ago
My first introduction to Swedish authors was through Stieg Larsson's Trilogy Series. Hungry for more Swedish mystery/crime novels, I discovered Henning Mankell's Wallander Series. Since the introduction to this first in the Martin Beck novels was written so compellingly by Mankell, I decided to read ROSEANNA. I must say that it is a gripping read that is difficult to put down. It also provides insight to both the lives of those on the police force and the procedurals they must contend with.
cdavies More than 1 year ago
To me I picked up this book because one it was a series and two was a mystery with a good idea. So I gave it a read and overall I did enjoy the read, but at the same time felt like it didn't give me what other mystery novels i read gave. First off the main character never really felt he was distinguishing himself from the other cast of characters. You typically have a lead act that has a great intelligence like it Sherlock Holmes or just other things that makes the lead character standout. Next off it felt like at times it jumped around so quickly. You get to one point and instead of some transition details it just jumps to another point consistently. Finally the overall detective work was somewhat boring. Yes I understand that this is typical detective work and I actually enjoyed it, but for other readers you really never got that building moment or those series of events that had you jumping for the next sentence. Overall it is a good mystery novel. To me though it would be hard to say I recommend mystery lovers to read this since it never really made me want to read the second book.
TheReadingWriter More than 1 year ago
The clarity of the writing and translation held me in thrall. In Henning Mankell's introduction to the reprint out in late 2008, he mentions that his husband and wife team inspired the new breed of police procedurals by the greats we read now. The view of the cop as a flawed individual with physical and personal issues was a new concept when they began. The slow, solid build-up of tension in Roseanna was so subtle that the denouement, when it came, had me actually gasping for breath. A resounding five stars for this series, for by now I have read several. Get them all. This is classic.
ruthrichmond More than 1 year ago
This is first of 10 books set in 60's and 70's following same group of homicide detectives. Social commentary as well as murders to be solved. Read all 10 in order.
Cyrus1 More than 1 year ago
I have read Stig Larsson, Henning Mankell, Karin Fossum and others. I love the Scandanavian authors and the translations have been excellent. Not this. AM and PM were mixed up, phrases seemed out of context and some were translated far too literally. I ordered several Martin beck books, I hope the others have better translators.
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Both of the versions available on B&N appear to be in Spanish, or at least when I go to buy, they are. This one has the sample in English, and the overview in Spanish, so I am afraid to buy. This happened to me before with a translation of a different book, and I was treated very badly by B&N when I tried to fix the problem. BE CAREFUL BEFORE YOU BUY THIS!
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My dog could write a better book!!!!!!!!!!!