Martin Beck by Maj Sjowall Per Wahloo
Martin Beck is the lead character in a series of Scandinavian crime fiction novels by Swedish novelists Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo. Martin Beck is a Stockholm police detective. Martin is described as a tall smoker and has a weak immune system. He has two teenage sons. Al of the novels have been adapted to film and/or television in various languages, most notably by Walter Matthau in the 1973 film The Laughing Policeman. The series is also known as The Story of a Crime.

Sjowall and Wahloo started their Martin Beck series in 1965 with the novel Roseanna. The series lasted ten novels, concluding in 1976 with the novel The Terrorists. Below is a list of Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo’s Martin Beck books in order of when they were originally released (which is the same as their chronological order):

Publication Order of Martin Beck Books

(By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö)

Roseanna(1965)Description / Buy at
The Man Who Went Up in Smoke(1966)Description / Buy at
The Man on the Balcony(1967)Description / Buy at
The Laughing Policeman / Investigation of Murder(1968)Description / Buy at
The Fire Engine that Disappeared(1969)Description / Buy at
Murder at the Savoy(1970)Description / Buy at
The Abominable Man(1971)Description / Buy at
The Locked Room(1972)Description / Buy at
Cop Killer(1974)Description / Buy at
The Terrorists(1975)Description / Buy at

Note: The Laughing Policeman was also published under the title of Investigation of Murder.

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Martin Beck/The Story of a Crime Synopsis: The Laughing Policeman is the fourth novel featuring Martin Beck by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo. The book starts off on a cold and rainy night in Stockholm, when nine people on a bus are shot and killed. The press has a theory that it’s an attack by a lunatic, but Superintendent Beck has his own theory, citing that one of his young detectives was one of the victims. Beck doesn’t believe this to be a coincidence.

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One Response to “Order of Martin Beck Books”

  1. jimbobadger: 4 years ago

    Wonderful series. Set mostly in the 50’s and 60’s Stockholm. Police procedurals, but highly entertaining. The world before cell phones and


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