The Abominable Man

Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

Hugely acclaimed, the Martin Beck series were the original Scandinavian crime novels and have inspired the writings of Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell and Jo Nesbo.

On a quiet night a high-ranking police officer, Nyland, is slaughtered in his hospital bed, brutally massacred with a bayonet. It’s not hard to find people with a motive to kill him; in fact the problem for Detective Inspector Martin Beck is how to narrow the list down to one suspect. But as he investigates Nyland’s murder he must confront whether he is willing to risk his life for his job.

Reviews of The Abominable Man

  • ‘If you haven’t come across Beck before, you’re in for a treat.’ Guardian

    ‘Pick up one book…and you become unhinged. You want to block out a week of your life, lie to your boss, and stay in bed, gorging on one after another.’ Observer

    ‘I have never read a finer police story.’ Los Angeles Times
    ‘The godparents of Scandinavian crime fiction’ Jo Nesbo

    ‘Some of the most gripping crime fiction ever written’ Michael Connelly

    ‘If you haven’t read Sjowall/Wahloo, start now.’ Sunday Telegraph

    ‘Their mysteries don’t just read well; they reread even better. Witness, wife, petty cop or crook – they’re all real characters even if they get just a few sentences. The plots hold, because they’re ingenious but never inhuman.’ New York Times

    ‘They changed the genre. Whoever is writing crime fiction after these novels is inspired by them in one way or another.’ Henning Mankell