Monthly Archives: September 2008

The Fire Engine that Disappeared, by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo

The Fire Engine That Disappeared (The Martin Beck) At the risk of sounding overenthusiastic, here is another superb outing in the Martin Beck series. The first few chapters, which describe a stakeout in which Gunvald Larsson of the homicide squad … Continue reading

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The Slaughter Pavilion, by Catherine Sampson

The Slaughter Pavilion I've enjoyed Catherine Sampson's three previous novels very much, but with THE SLAUGHTER PAVILION she truly comes into her own. The main character from the first three books, Robin Ballantyne, appears only briefly. Here, the setting is … Continue reading

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The Laughing Policeman, by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo

The Laughing Policeman (The Martin Beck) Fourth in the acclaimed Martin Beck series, THE LAUGHING POLICEMAN is another example of the controlled brilliance of this superb set of novels. The book (first published in 1967) opens with a description of … Continue reading

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Stratton’s War by Laura Wilson

Stratton's War STRATTON'S WAR is an excellent book: a fully rounded novel of London in the Blitz in the summer of 1940. There are two main protagonists, both outsiders as far as the Establishment is concerned – one is a … Continue reading

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