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By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö

The stunning 9th novel within the Martin Beck secret sequence by means of Maj Sj?wall and consistent with Wahl?? unearths Beck investigating parallel situations that experience stunned a small rural community. In a rustic city, a girl is brutally murdered and left buried in a swamp. There are major suspects: her closest neighbor and her ex-husband. in the meantime, on a quiet suburban road a dead night shootout happens among 3 police officers and teenage boys. useless, one cop and one child. Wounded, police officers. Escaped, one child. Martin Beck and his associate Lenart Kollberg are known as in to enquire. As Beck digs deeper into the murky waters of the younger girl’s homicide, Kollberg scours town for the teen, and jointly they're compelled to ascertain the altering face of crime.  

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That cop in Anderslöv told you I beat her up a few times. Did you know he once punched me? I never would have thought he had the guts. I've only lost one fight in my whole life, and that was four against one. In Antwerp. But he was right, and I was wrong and I knew it' Martin Beck looked at Mård thoughtfully. It was possible the man was trying to present himself in some sort of better light 'You were married for a long time,' said Martin Beck. ‘Yes. Sigbrit was only eighteen when we got hitched.

If Martin Beck had expected the other man to break down, he was mistaken. Mård took a swallow of his drink, with a very steady hand. 'You're just trying to draw me into some sort of a trap,' he said calmly. 'But it won't work. ' 'I don't know. ' 'Sigbrit's some kind of snob. She thought it was terrific being the wife of a sea captain and having that nice house. And that worked fine on her own salary plus mine. Plus which, I always had a little money of my own. So then we separated, okay, but I didn't see why she should get any money after kicking me out, so I didn't give her any alimony or anything like that.

I'll be driving through Källstorp to pick up some eggs from my brother. ' The Fiat followed them and supervised the egg pickup. 'They clearly don't trust the police,' Allwright said. happened that day, which was Friday, 2 November. Martin Beck made his obligatory visit to Trelleborg and met the Commissioner and the Superintendent who was head of the criminal division. He envied the police chief his office, because it had a view of the harbour. No one had anything to say about the case. Sigbrit Mård had been missing for seventeen days, and all anyone knew was the gossip doing the rounds in Anderslöv.

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