Category Archives: Classic

Still Murder by Finola Moorhead

Still Murder by Finola Moorhead Spinifex press, 1991; reprinted 2002 with introduction by Marion Campbell. Reviewed at Petrona, December 2011. Advertisements

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A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes

A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes Reviewed at Petrona, June 2011 See here for review.

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Smiley’s People by John Le Carre

Smiley’s People by John Le Carre. Reviewed at Petrona, January 2011. See here for review.

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Cop Killer, by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo

  Cop Killer (The Martin Beck Series) translated by Thomas Teal   Although written in the 1970s, this ninth volume in the Martin Beck series remains a strong, relevant novel today. Two stories are told, both sent in the Malmo … Continue reading

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The Locked Room, by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo

  The Locked Room (The Martin Beck) Translated by Paul Brittan Austin. Introduction by Michael Connelly. THE LOCKED ROOM, the eighth book in the Martin Beck series, is darker and longer than its predecessors, and has a more complex plot. … Continue reading

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Thumbprint, by Friedrich Glauser

  Thumbprint Translated by Mike Martin. Thumbprint is the first novel in a series written in the 1930s by Friedrich Glauser; a series so influential that Germany‚Äôs main crime-fiction award is the Glauser prize. The novel is a highly readable … Continue reading

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The Abominable Man, by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo

  The Abominable Man (The Martin Beck) THE ABOMINABLE MAN is the seventh in the Martin Beck series, and continues the bleak, downbeat trend of these superb novels. A man is gravely ill in hospital, but before the results of … Continue reading

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Murder at the Savoy, by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo

  Murder at the Savoy (The Martin Beck) The sixth book in the Martin Beck series follows the same lean, sardonic and insightful formula as the previous volumes. It is summer, and most of the events take place in Malmo, … Continue reading

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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 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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