Friday, July 24, 2015

Story of a Crime Series (Martin Beck) (Book Review)

The Fire Engine That Disappeared  (Martin Beck #5)The Fire Engine That Disappeared by Maj Sjöwall
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

"So we find ourselves in the strange position of not knowing what happened? said Hammar severely.

"Not all that strange," said Kollberg.  "I personally hardly ever know what's happened."

There are actually two fire engines that disappear, but that title wouldn't be quite as catchy.  This is another delightful Story of a Crime mystery from the Swedish husband and wife writers Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö.  Infinitely readable. I can go through one of these books in a single lazy day, but they are not easy so much as they are compact.  Words are not wasted in these novels.  The humor is wry; the action moved briskly along; our hero detective squad peopled by cops whose personalities are finely sketched and not always likable.  My favorite in the series is still "The Laughing Policeman," but don't pass this one by.

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