Per Wahloo
Per Wahloo (1926-1975) was a Swedish author of crime fiction. He is sometimes referred to as “Peter” in English. Per is best known for his work as one half of the writing team of Sjowall and Wahloo along with common law partner and fellow Marxist Maj Sjowall. Together, they wrote the Martin Beck series. Their novel The Laughing Policeman won the Edgar Award for Best Novel in 1971. Before becoming an author, Per worked as a crime reporter. He died at age 48 of cancer in Malmo, Sweden.

Per Wahloo made his debut as a novelist in 1962 with The Lorry (aka A Necessary Action). His final novel was The Terrorists, published in 1976, which was co-authored by Sjowall. Below is a list of Per Wahloo’s books in order of when they were originally released:

Publication Order of Martin Beck Books


Roseanna(1965) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Man Who Went Up in Smoke(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Man on the Balcony(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Laughing Policeman(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Fire Engine That Disappeared(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder at the Savoy(1970) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Abominable Man(1972) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Locked Room(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cop Killer(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Terrorists(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


A Necessary Action(1962) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Assignment(1963) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder on the Thirty-First Floor(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Generals(1965) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Steel Spring(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: The Martin Beck series was co-authored by Maj Sjowall. The Laughing Policeman was also published as Investigation of Murder. The Lorry was also titled A Necessary Action.

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Per Wahloo Synopsis: In A Necessary Action by Per Wahloo, Willi Mohr is a former soldier in the German army, a starving artist and a drifter. He has been arrested and interrogated about the time he recently spent in Spain, including the deaths of a Norwegian couple he shared a house with. He soon realizes that he himself has implicated himself in something much bigger than he is.

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