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La habitación cerrada (Martin Beck Police Mystery #8)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  2,538 Ratings  ·  166 Reviews
Dos casos sin resolver, tres policías en apuros y un asesino suelto dispuesto a matar de nuevo. El comisario Martin Beck y su equipo se hallan en una encrucijada en que nada parece tener relación en sí, pese a que todo apunta a lo contrario: un banco ha sido atracado en una parte de la ciudad, mientas que en otra se ha encontrado un cadáver en una habitación cerrada a cal ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 2012 by RBA (first published 1972)
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Aug 09, 2008 Bob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A naked woman was dredged up from the bottom of Sweden's beautiful Lake Vattern one July day. Where had she come from? How had she got there? And why? . . . a rash of brutal muggings and child sex-murders with the elusive mugger perhaps the only person in Stockholm to have seen the murderer . . . the search for a hard-drinking well-known Swedish journalist in Budapest, who has vanished without a trace . . . eight people were shot to death in a Stockholm bus, with one of the dead being an ambitio ...more
Kathleen Hagen
The Locked Room: A Martin Beck Mystery, by Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö, narrated by tom Weiner, produced by Blackstone Audio, downloaded from

This is no. 8 in the series. Martin Beck is returning to work after having been on leave for over a year because of the bullet wound he received at the end of Book 7. While he was given a hero’s welcome back, he believes that the feat that led to his being shot was extremely foolhardy. Right after he comes back, there is a bank robbery. It seems to
Jim Coughenour
Once again (by now I'm a broken record) I enjoyed every bit of The Locked Room, the eighth in this series. Sjöwall and Wahlöö resurrect one of the deadest tropes in detective fiction (this one goes all the way back to Poe) to weave a wry tale of murder and melancholy mayhem. It's almost as if they're playing the form for laughs this time around, even, darkly, in the acerbic commentary on the sad state of 70s Sweden – "…the fact of the matter is that the so-called Welfare State abounds with sick, ...more
Nancy Oakes
Some fifteen months have passed since the events of The Abominable Man, and Martin Beck is still recovering from a bullet wound that almost killed him. As the novel opens, he's going back to work, and upon his return, Kollberg hands him a case file. He notes to Martin Beck that it was too bad Beck didn't read detective stories, because if he did, he'd probably appreciate the case even more. As it turns out, what he's handed over is the case of Karl Edvin Svard, who died from a gunshot in a locke ...more
Sep 01, 2011 Jake rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Jul 23, 2015 F.R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of the two Martin Beck novels I’ve now read, I far preferred ‘The Laughing Policeman’. This volume, despite the classic but still intriguing premise, is just too slight a tale with far too much inconsequential padding.

The title of course says it all. This is the traditional story of a man found murdered in a room which no one could have got into or out of – so what the hell happened? It’s up to Martin Beck to find out. Unfortunately Sjőwall and Wahlőő are unable to make this tale fill an entire
Nov 04, 2013 Palmreader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this series changed the police procedural genre forever. Taut, crisp writing, intriguing plots and flawed characters all combined with social commentary to make the memorable series as relevant today as it was in the 60s and 70s. Especially interesting was the forward to this edition written by Michael Connelly, another of my favourite authors. Connelly tells of his introduction to this series through the movies and relevant the insights were to his own writing. It would seem that the social unr ...more
Jun 03, 2014 Tfitoby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Martin Beck returns to work for the first time in fifteen months since getting shot in the line of duty, in his absence a spate of bank robberies have captured the public imagination and the focus of the abominable National Police Commissioner causing half of his team seem to be seconded to the Bank Robbery Squad and somewhere across town a pensioner is found murdered in his apartment, all doors and windows locked from the inside. The mystery unfolds against the backdrop of Sjowall & Wahloo' ...more
I could plot out the book and discuss all that action rot, but what really matters in this eighth book in Sjowall and Wahloo’s masterwork can be boiled down to two points: 1. Martin Beck; and 2. the illusions of justice.

1. Martin Beck is in less than half of this eighth book. While his friends and colleagues are seconded to the Robbery department trying to solve a murder in a recent bank robbery, and to end a seemingly linked rash of bank robberies entirely, Beck has been handed a case (sort of
Jan 03, 2013 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A terrific book that encompasses two who-done-it’s. A man, Karl Edvin Svard, is found shot to death in his apartment. A suicide? A murder? Two problems. One, there is no gun in the apartment. Two, the apartment is locked from the inside. The other is a bank robbery, during the course of which an innocent bystander is shot and killed. An enhanced special bank robbery squad was set up to investigate that. The enhanced squad was led by a memorable character, Bulldozer Ollson. He has the nickname Bu ...more
Mark Walker
Jul 10, 2016 Mark Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genius
This is the one of the best Beck books. The plotting is clear, and the sections where Beck is coming back to work are well done. The politics is a touch heavy handed, but it very usefully sets the writers philosophy out in way that explains the approach taken in the books. The writers are saying that the police are an organ of the capitalist state and their work is driven to particular types of crimes that offend capitalism, and deliberately ignores, in fact encourages the crimes of the wealthy ...more
Maria João Fernandes
"You can't start playing at Sherlock Holmes every time you come across a dead tramp"

O oitavo livro da série do Inspector Martin Beck é mais longo, obscuro e tem um enredo muito mais complexo que os anteriores.

Com 49 anos, quase 50, Martin Beck volta ao seu trabalho como Inspector Chefe da Policia de Estocolmo após 15 meses de convalescência. Depois de recuperar de um tiro nos pulmões que quase lhe tirou a vida, o nosso protagonista aparenta ter menos idade.

Para começar com calma, Beck investiga
May 09, 2013 Souvik rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Souvik by: Santosh
First of all, this not your usual detective story. An old man was killed in a locked room and a bank was robbed. During the robbery, a man was killed. How these separate crimes are connected? To know that, you have to read the book. But beware, this book is slow, horribly, terribly and excruciatingly so. I used this as my bedtime reading, and it gave me guaranteed slumber before I moved on to third or fourth page, everyday.

That being said, one would also notice that this is a pleasant reading. T
Roderick Hart
Nov 26, 2013 Roderick Hart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A woman dons a disguise and robs a bank, so naturally we expect the story to develop from this incident. Which it does, but in such a circuitous manner you don’t realise where the book is taking you and may feel the authors have lost the plot. In fact, this is one of best of the ten novels in the Martin Beck series and, unlike some, features Beck quite a lot.

It is well known that the writers were left wing tending to Marxist in their view of society, and while this is implied more than stated in
Julian King
So: the famous Martin Beck series.

Hmm. Well, I must say it starts well, and when Beck himself's on stage, especially when he's actually doing something, this hums along quite nicely.

The problem with the book, though, is that it's far too often used as a soap box for pseudo-political passages on, say, the Swedish welfare system, problems facing police recruitment, etc. etc.

And the heavy-handed keystone kops style humour in places, while not unamusing, might find a more comfortable home in another
Peter Herrmann
The story seemed to lack focus (basically 2 actual crimes, a potential future crime, and the psychological issues of some of the characters [including protagonist Beck]). But the various stories ultimately came together. The psychology of some characters is dealt with realistically, but with other characters shallowly. Also there's a lot of rather heavy-handed political proselytism. So the whole story comes across a bit disjointed. Also, the dialogue often seems stilted - or perhaps oblique. Not ...more
Jun 06, 2014 AC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
This is a little hard to rate. In some ways - quite a few, in fact -- this is their (Sjöwall and Wahlöö's) most accomplished book. The characterization is rich. But there were certain elements of the plot that I didn't like. For the longest time, for example, I thought that the whole section of the bank business was a false lead, which it is not.

So..., 4- stars. A somewhat ironic rating decision, I realize... penalizing the book for being *more* tightly plotted than it seemed to be. But the *se
Each of these reissues of the 1960s-70s Swedish crimes series by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo has an introduction by a current-day crime fiction writer. This eighth in the ten-part series is introduced by Michael Connelly. In his opening paragraph, he assures readers that, if they are about to "hop aboard" and read this book, they are in for a great ride. He did not lie. This is my favorite Martin Beck book so far.

It has all the elements that I find so interesting about the series. Sjowall and Wah
While I liked the two story lines, especially how they improbably tie together in the end, I found some of the political commentary about Sweden to be trying in the eighth book in this series. (Other readers have found this to be more bothersome in Book #6/Murder at the Savoy.) Martin Beck comes back from his convalescence, and is assigned a dead end case, where a retiree is found dead in his locked room and suicide is assumed until they find he has been shot and no gun or bullet casing can be f ...more
Ben Thurley
Jan 08, 2015 Ben Thurley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More than a year after the events of The Abominable Man, Martin Beck is recuperating from the gunshot wound which nearly killed him. The novel's title (the classic detective trope of the "locked room") refers to Beck's first case upon returning to work, a suspected suicide who has died from a gunshot to the heart. The only problem is that no weapon was found on the body or in the room and all the doors and windows were locked from the inside. Beck has to revisit a badly botched investigation in ...more
Oct 19, 2014 Mr_mck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is book #8 in the Martin Beck series, and it's fun to remember these books were written 40 years ago, and in another language. The translation is really good, and I have found all the books to be quite readable.

As often happens with me, I picked up a book in the middle of the series, then went back and started over with book 1. The first of these that I read, "The Laughing Policeman," introduced me to the character, Martin Beck, and one thing anyone who has read these books knows, h
Nov 02, 2014 Algernon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014

The Story of Crime can be read out of order. Crime is an ongoing process, it started with Cain and Abel and will continue for thea long time into the future. Likewise, Martin Beck started his police career many years before Roseanna, and will probably continue after the tenth book, if the authors don't plan to kill him off. Each novel is focused on one particular case, and there is no need to be familiar with the previous ones. But Sjowall and Wahloo did have the whole thing planned in advance a
By the time they reach the eighth volume of their run, most successful series will have found their rhythm and settled into their groove, chugging along at a comfortable speed along well-known rails. And there is nothing wrong with what, especially in genre literature which by definition exists to retread familiar ground and to provide its readers with the comfort of knowing what to expect – while, of course, still keeping things fresh and interesting; to achieve that balance is what makes good ...more
Thomas Strömquist
Book no 8 in the series has a convalescing Beck (after his ordeal in Den vedervärdige mannen från Säffle) investigating a classic-tinted "closed room"-mystery, while his colleagues hunt for bank robbers-cum-murderers in a seemingly unrelated case...
Mar 23, 2015 Iblena rated it it was amazing
Martin Beck se reincorpora al trabajo policial después de una prolongada baja por un disparo recibido en un pulmón…las cosas han cambiado su equipo de compañeros habituales se ha dispersado, Melander está en la patrulla de robos y Kollberg junto a Gunvald Larsson forman parte de un equipo encargado de capturar a los componentes de una banda de atracadores de bancos a las órdenes de un peculiar fiscal de distrito. Mientras él se encargará de un caso manejado negligentemente del que sospecha no se ...more
Apr 16, 2015 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was with some sadness that I finished the eighth book in the Martin Beck crime series by Sjöwall & Wahlöö. It wasn't because I was disappointed by the plot of The Locked Room. It was because it means there are only two books left in this excellent series. In fact, The Locked Room was one of the best novels I've read featuring Beck & his police colleagues based in Stockholm. As the title suggests, this story centres on one of detective fiction's earliest & most common plot devices: ...more
Erin L
Review of the audiobook.

This is the eighth book in one of the original police procedural series. I didn't expect this to be a surprise and in some ways it isn't. We have most of the same elements, but I was sad to see Melander not involved in this book - he is one of my favorite characters.

It's actually difficult to review this book without spoilers, but I'll try. In previous books, there have been moments where police officers are less than perfect. They make mistakes and that continues here an
Jul 22, 2016 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, policial, series
There is two crimes in this novel. First in the bank and the second a murder in a locked room as the title said. Have connection btw them? Well, as to know towards the end I find almost unpredictable sometinh like that happen and to why nothing was conclude here.

Don't expect arrest or a resolve. Nope. The authors were a lot courageous to lead the book that way. Beck is back yet not quite because he was shot in the chest almost die and is having dreamings/nightmares?
Lukasz Pruski
"She wanted her child to grow up in a warm, secure, humane environment - one where the rat race after power, money, and social status did not make everyone into an enemy, and where the word 'buy' and 'own' weren't regarded as synonyms with happiness."

While The Locked Room (1973), the eighth installment of Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö's extraordinary Martin Beck series of police procedurals based in Sweden in the 1960s and 1970s, is again heavy on social issues, this particular novel distinguishes
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Maj Sjöwall is a Swedish author and translator. She is best known for the collaborative work with her partner Per Wahlöö on a series of ten novels about the exploits of Martin Beck, a police detective in Stockholm. In 1971, the fourth of these books, The Laughing Policeman (a translation of Den skrattande polisen, originally published in 1968) won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America ...more
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