When the naked, raped body of a woman is dredged up from the bottom of a Swedish lake, the police do not even know her nationality Detective inspector Beck of the Stockholm Homicide Squad painstakingly begins an investigation that takes six months and involved hundreds of people, including the American police Out of it slowly emerges a full portrait of not only the dead woman but also her psychopathic killer And even after the identity of the latter is clear, he must still be trapped into a confession, for the evidence has long since vanished This is sort of like a police procedural version of John La Carre s Smiley novels They aren t jargon littered like Le Carre s novels but the hero, Martin Beck, is sort of a non traditional hero of the same ilk of George Smiley Beck is a depressed middle aged man, his only real quirk is that he likes building model boats, he doesn t like being around groups of people, coffee makes him feel sick, he s resigned to having to deal with his family who he doesn t seem to have enough energy to really This is sort of like a police procedural version of John La Carre s Smiley novels They aren t jargon littered like Le Carre s novels but the hero, Martin Beck, is sort of a non traditional hero of the same ilk of George Smiley Beck is a depressed middle aged man, his only real quirk is that he likes building model boats, he doesn t like being around groups of people, coffee makes him feel sick, he s resigned to having to deal with his family who he doesn t seem to have enough energy to really like or dislike He s a good detective but he goes about his job as if it s something of a chore that he likes doing but can t get excited at all about I have a soft spot for people who go through life feeling resigned and depressed but are actually really good at what they do, for example my favorite fighter comes across that way in almost every picture you see of him where he isn t eating ice cream As my friend Tony describes him he looks depressed about the idea that he s going to have to go and beat someone up, but he s going to go do it and get it over with so he can go back to listening to depressing Russian religious music and training so he can go beat up another person for money Anyway, besides the wonderfully depressed main character this book is great for it s darkness and pacing It s also great because unlike most American novels of the same genre the characters aren t all semi annoying stereotypes, or if they are they are Swedish stereotypes that I know nothing about There is also a refreshing lack of quirkiness and machismo I have little else to say This might fit for my next crime mystery series to read while I slowly read the last remaining Parker novels So first off, this has nothing to do with that Toto song Just thought I d get that out of the way right off the bat.This was published in 1965 and was the first in a series of ten books about Swedish police investigator Martin Beck When the body of a woman who was raped and murdered is pulled out of a Swedish canal, Beck is called in to investigate, and he ll spend months pulling together the facts he ll need to solve it This has an interesting introduction by the Swedish crime writer Henning So first off, this has nothing to do with that Toto song Just thought I d get that out of the way right off the bat.This was published in 1965 and was the first in a series of ten books about Swedish police investigator Martin Beck When the body of a woman who was raped and murdered is pulled out of a Swedish canal, Beck is called in to investigate, and he ll spend months pulling together the facts he ll need to solve it This has an interesting introduction by the Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell who recounts reading this as a teenager and being hugely influenced by it, and that makes sense considering that his creation Wallander almost seems like a direct descendent of Beck It seems to be a forerunner to a lot of the Swedish crime fiction that has gotten so popular in America lately.I liked the realistic depiction of an overworked and sickly detective with an unsatisfying home life patiently working his way through an investigation I especially enjoyed a section where the police gather photos from all the tourists on a cruise ship to build a timeline of the victim s last hours.Like the best procedurals, it avoids histrionics and patiently sucks you into the story which eventually reveals the nature of the victim, the detective and the killer I m interested in checking out how this series developed through the rest of the books I liked it a lot Very Scandinavian I say this because like other Scandinavian books they treat crime as something done by insane people who are to be pitied, not loathed or hated They also are very methodical and relentless in their pursuit of criminals This took place in the sixties, and that was very interesting Beatles, no cell phones, telegraphs, etc Since the villain is a rapist and murderer, some things get disgusting at times Not description wise, the Scandinavians are very good I liked it a lot Very Scandinavian I say this because like other Scandinavian books they treat crime as something done by insane people who are to be pitied, not loathed or hated They also are very methodical and relentless in their pursuit of criminals This took place in the sixties, and that was very interesting Beatles, no cell phones, telegraphs, etc Since the villain is a rapist and murderer, some things get disgusting at times Not description wise, the Scandinavians are very good at being dry and vague, but police interviewing normal people about their private sexual lives and setting up a policewoman as bait for the rapist murderer 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 this 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 denoument, when it came, had me actually gasping for breath A resoundin 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 this 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 denoument, when it came, had me actually gasping for breath A resounding five stars for this series When I finished Roseanna again last night I thought I should write a review talking about how rare it is for me to reread a book, and how Sj wall Wahloo have conjured something exceptional from me as a reader When I started thinking about how rare it is for me to reread, however, I realized what a load of crap that is I am a rereader I reread quite often, actually Most of the books I reread, admittedly, are due to the classes I teach I ve read Hamlet and The Tempest and One Day in the Lif When I finished Roseanna again last night I thought I should write a review talking about how rare it is for me to reread a book, and how Sj wall Wahloo have conjured something exceptional from me as a reader When I started thinking about how rare it is for me to reread, however, I realized what a load of crap that is I am a rereader I reread quite often, actually Most of the books I reread, admittedly, are due to the classes I teach I ve read Hamlet and The Tempest and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich dozens of times, and to a lesser extent Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Wuthering Heights, To Have and Have Not, Pride and Prejudice and Left Hand of Darkness They re all books I love, but I reread them for practical purposesthan for pleasure Last night, I thought, I can ignore those They don t count I m not a rereader But that is crap too I reread The Sun Also Rises every year because it is my favourite I reread China Mieville s books whenever I feel the need to exercise my brain I reread Iain Banks and his twin brother Iain M Banks because their writing and vision blow me away I reread graphic novels like I eat MMs I reread Aubrey Maturin because they feel like old friends I reread Ursula K Leguin because she is the best I reread Dragonlance and Lord of the Rings because I am a geek Yep, I am a rereader So rereading Roseanna isn t so special after all It isn t some rare occurrence It s business as usual when I find something worth reading again and again And this book is that I have been listening to these books for my first reading and I recently reached the seventh book, The Abominable Man, wherein the interdependence of Sj wall Wahloo tales suddenly focused into a clear picture They wrote ten books in their Martin Beck series, and it struck me that it is one of the only series I ve read apart from Lord of the Rings where the authors had the entire series mapped out before they started.I decided to test that theory by actually reading Roseanna rather than listening , and it appears that I was correct Beck and Kollberg are fully conceived from the first moment There is no authorial searching for what these men will be, no feeling out their relationship and personalities Everything is there Everything is ready, and everything that is coming for these men the two constants in the series so far are there waiting for them I can see it in their decisions, their emotions, their concerns, their actions everything I gave this book four stars when I first read it, but loved it enough to pass it on to a good friend she loved it too Now I have to give it five stars I think the series itself constitutes a masterpiece, but as first chapters go, Roseanna is perfection I found out about this book through a recommendation for something similar the Henning Mankell, and it is revealing that Mankell is the one who writes the foreword of this true classic of police procedural novels.Indeed, Kurt Wallander and Martin Beck seem cut from the same cloth, 40 years apart middle aged, slightly depressive, with broken marriages, stubborn and unrelenting in the pursuit of justice I m not talking about any plagiarizing, each series stands on its own merits and has distinct I found out about this book through a recommendation for something similar the Henning Mankell, and it is revealing that Mankell is the one who writes the foreword of this true classic of police procedural novels.Indeed, Kurt Wallander and Martin Beck seem cut from the same cloth, 40 years apart middle aged, slightly depressive, with broken marriages, stubborn and unrelenting in the pursuit of justice I m not talking about any plagiarizing, each series stands on its own merits and has distinctive touches More likely Mankell recognizes the influence it had on him as a young reader and the enduring quality of the themes presented in Roseanna.One of the reasons I think this story has endured is its realism and no frills writing style a cold enumeration of facts and great dialogue that suggest rather than declame the human hearts behind the investigation The authors have avoided both the Agatha Christie style of intellectual detective exercises and the American flashier detectives with their racing cars and blazing guns What we have here is the banality of evil , not the evil masterminds or the gang lords but the persons living next door to us And the resolution will come not from the armchair deductions puffing a pipe or from a shootout, but the from the slow accumulation of facts and a lot of gumshoe The body of a young woman is found at the locks of Borenshult The local police call in Martin Beck and his team from Stockholm to help identify her and catch her killer Thorough and meticulous investigations follow There s a strong sense of patience and time in Roseanna, as in Sjowall Wahloo s The Laughing Policeman I like the reality of long stretches of time, the deliberate treatment of procedural details that, instead of being tedious, give a heightened sense of reality and show the pai The body of a young woman is found at the locks of Borenshult The local police call in Martin Beck and his team from Stockholm to help identify her and catch her killer Thorough and meticulous investigations follow There s a strong sense of patience and time in Roseanna, as in Sjowall Wahloo s The Laughing Policeman I like the reality of long stretches of time, the deliberate treatment of procedural details that, instead of being tedious, give a heightened sense of reality and show the painstaking tenacity of the police at work It all seemshuman somehow than the usually American drama of solving the case overnight and then swooping in in the nick of time and and nabbing the usually serial killer.There s also a strange sense of calm and lots of sitting and sleeping and waiting Heightened emotion is illustrated by action and by sweat It works and it makes for an especially turbulent climax I m still surprised at how such a candid story can have such startling impact First in the series and the best.. Synopsis blurbRoseanna is the first book in the hugely acclaimed Martin Beck series the novels that shaped the future of Scandinavian crime fiction and influenced writers from Stieg Larrson to Jo Nesbo, Henning Mankell to Lars Kepplar.On a July afternoon, the body of a young woman is dredged from a lake in southern Sweden Raped and murdered, she is naked, unmarked and carries no sign of her identity As Detective Inspector Martin Beck slowly begins to make the connections that will bring Synopsis blurbRoseanna is the first book in the hugely acclaimed Martin Beck series the novels that shaped the future of Scandinavian crime fiction and influenced writers from Stieg Larrson to Jo Nesbo, Henning Mankell to Lars Kepplar.On a July afternoon, the body of a young woman is dredged from a lake in southern Sweden Raped and murdered, she is naked, unmarked and carries no sign of her identity As Detective Inspector Martin Beck slowly begins to make the connections that will bring her identity to light, he uncovers a series of crimes further reaching than he ever would have imagined and a killer fardangerous How much will Beck be prepared to risk to catch him My take A re visit to a book I read many years ago and one I think I enjoyedsecond time around.We have a cradle to grave investigation into the murder of an unidentified woman I think what I liked about it was the depiction of the investigation where everything unfolds at a pedestrian pace as opposed to the turbo charged supercop energised and manically clearing the case with the suspect banged up before tea time.Identification takes time, as does building a picture of the victim s life and actions Eliminations, dead ends, frustration, cross Atlantic cooperation, fruitless interviews all have a place A line of investigation offers promise, another interview and a suspect emerges Background checks, history, gut feeling and instinct, surveillance, teamwork, patience, inertia, inaction, a honey trap and finally some impetus and a few scary moments along the way before the inevitable conclusion.I really enjoyed it I liked the portrayal of the lead detective, Martin Beck, his interactions with his colleagues There s a melancholy about him He s devoted to his job, he s serious and intelligent and you sense a chasm between himself and his family There s no real intimacy between him and his wife, despite her cheery efforts and desperation He can t be bothered to pretend otherwise Sadly, he seems to have no real affection or interest in his children Maybe for some detectives marriage and parenthood is best avoided.I liked the blend of the personal and professional and how one demandedattention from the main character I liked the realistic portrayal of a murder enquiry I liked the diligence and persistence applied, when to give up would have been an easier option.One down, nine to go Eight now as I ve subsequently read the second in the series 4 from 5Read listened to June, 2020Published 1965Page count 288 6 hrs 28 mins Source Audible narration on You TubeFormat a laptop listenI think most if not all of the series is narrated on You Tube I did enjoy the deadpan style of the storyteller.https col2910.blogspot.com 2020 06