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El hombre del balcón (Martin Beck Police Mystery #3)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  3,722 Ratings  ·  220 Reviews
Esta es la turbadora tercera entrega de la serie detectivesca protagonizada por Martin Beck, serie iniciada en los años sesenta e inspiradora de gran parte de la novela negra escrita a partir de entonces. Alguien se dedica a asesinar niñas en los ya no tan pacíficos parques de Estocolmo: las asesina después de haber abusado de ellas. Los ciudadanos están preocupados y teme ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published 2009 by Rba Libros (first published 1967)
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Brad
Feb 03, 2012 Brad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves good characters
I am a big fan of multi-multi-part series. Series that follow the same character(s) for eight, nine, ten or even dozens of books have an ability to play with characters and let them grow and breathe that one shots or even trilogies don't.

The best, like Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey Maturin Series, do such a fine job that their characters become members of the family. People you know intimately and love despite all their flaws. The worst, like most of the Fantasy and Sci-Fi series that have multiple a
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Thomas Strömquist
The third book in the 10-book series has Beck and his colleagues chasing a horrible sexual predator. The characters, which were fully formed to begin with, undergo further development in each book and that's just one on the things that makes this series such good reading. I would not put this in the absolute top and I did give it 4 stars, but it should be noted that, fair or not, this is compared to the other books in the series and that sets a very high standard.
Ray
Jan 23, 2017 Ray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Two young girls are brutally raped and murdered. The only witness is a three year old boy. How will the police catch the killer before he kills again?

This is a standard crime novel. What sets it apart is the attention to detail and the immediacy of the action, and this in a mere 200 pages. We get to see the slog as hundreds of leads come in - most being blind alleyways of course. We see the toll the case takes on the policemen and their families. We see the hunches and moments of intuition that
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Tfitoby
Part three of The Story of a Crime sequence sees the series really take off.

Martin Beck is back in Stockholm and has been promoted to Detective Inspector, a year after the events in The Man Who Went Up In Smoke and it is The Summer of Love as seen through the eyes of a tired and stressed Homicide Department.

This time Beck and his colleagues are trying catch two criminals, a mugger and a murderer who preys on very young girls, violating and then killing them. With the summer sun baking the city a
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Nancy Oakes
catching up on unreviewed books (from 2011)

According to author Jo Nesbø, who wrote the introduction to this edition of the novel (third in the Martin Beck series), Man on the Balcony found its inspiration in an actual case that occurred in Stockholm in 1963. At that time, two little girls were sexually abused and then murdered by someone who lured them away from the park where they were playing. Man on the Balcony imagines a similar case and its authors deliver it into the hands of Martin Beck a
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Rachel Hall
Aug 17, 2016 Rachel Hall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Published in 1967 this third instalment sees a newly promoted Detective Superintendent Martin Beck setting a much darker tone than precious books. The opening description of a nondescript, forty-year old man sitting on his apartment balcony and watching Stockholm waking up brings shivers to the spine as the traffic builds and children make their way to school feeling fairly ambivalent about the whole scene playing out under his watchful eye.

Tempers amongst the police force are frayed as a serio
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Ben Thurley
May 23, 2014 Ben Thurley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm enjoying Sjöwall and Wahlöö's series of police procedurals more and more – they're consistently good, but each book seems better than the last.

The Man on the Balcony opens with a snapshot of a fervid Stockholm, sweltering on the brink of a hot summer. The disquieting tone is intensified as the narrative focuses on a man standing on his balcony, observing the goings-on in the street below as the summer sun rises in the early hours of the morning. His obsessive voyeurism is signalled starkly
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Richard
May 22, 2013 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Sjowall & Wahloo come of age with this clever police procedural. I really liked the sense of action but frustration of the police as they fail to find their man or build a picture of the assailant. There is tension among the officers, they are exhausted and have little time for their own lives; this is done in a fresh way and despite the novel being over 45 old it strikes you as being a clear and unique voice in terms of personal relationships; contrast to Maigret's faithful spouse.
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Harry
Book Review

As each Martin Beck novel in this series is presented with a foreword by a Scandinavian writer, and to have this novel's first gasp of breath written by none other than Jo Nesbo...well, it had to happen sooner orlater. It is fascinating to unravel the threads that tie authors to each other; tethered by influential strands like sticky spider webs authors learn from other authors. Through reading they learn to stand on their own; through writing they gain strength and conviction and as
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Anna
Jun 13, 2011 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stieg Larsson (The Girl With Dragon Tattoo trilogy) was inspired by Henning Mankell, who is nearly as famous as Larsson. And Mankell was inspired by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, or rather, Martin Beck, the detective they created. And Sjöwall and Wahlöö were inspired by Simenon's Maigret...
The books in this series were published in the 1960s-1970s, and now one would have to define these stories as vintage police procedurals. Martin Beck was apparently Maigret for the Scandinavian crime. The Man on
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Seth
Start reading Man on the Balcony and then just try to put down this breakthrough murder-mystery by the author couple Maj Sjövall and Per Wahlöö. With masterful pacing, noir atmosphere, and a minimalist writing style, they relate the story of how detective Martin Beck and his colleagues confront an excruciatingly difficult investigative challenge. As the stakes grow, so does the tension not only for the police but also for the reader. Social cohesion itself is in jeopardy as the number of victims ...more
Algernon
Aug 03, 2011 Algernon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Every bit as powerful and disturbing as the first Martin Beck criminal investigation. "Good" is not an adjective to be used when describing a novel about a psychopat molesting and killing children. Grief, anger, despair and exhaustion are on the daily menu for the police force. Long hours of combing through irrelevant information, following misleading tips, waiting almost helpless for the killer to strike again and maybe make a mistake. But never giving up.

This series should be a model to follow
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Jaret
Mar 08, 2017 Jaret rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-1000
Another book in the Swedish series starring Martin Beck. The central mystery was tough to read about because it involved the murder and rape of children. The synopsis said "young girls". In my head, I thought that meant late teens or early twenties. In the story, though, it was children. The authors handled it rather well, and mostly realistic-feeling. The ending seemed to let me down in this one. There was a huge build-up to the capture of the killer that kept me on pins and needles. However, w ...more
F.R.
Jul 26, 2016 F.R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We’re back in late sixties Sweden and, as always in Beck novels, there’s a culture clash going on. Hippie-dom is on the rise and the police just haven’t got their heads around the drugs and the sex and the values they don’t recognise and cannot fathom. What makes this particularly interesting though, is that often when crime fiction finds itself unable to grasp the modern world, it becomes quite reactionary (I’m looking at you, Mike Hammer). The killer will come from this new hated group. Indeed ...more
George
Jun 21, 2016 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Τρίτο βιβλίο των Σγιεβάλ και Βαλέε που διαβάζω, μου φάνηκε το ίδιο ψυχαγωγικό, καλογραμμένο και ενδιαφέρον με τα προηγούμενα δυο. Ιούνιος του 1967 στην Στοκχόλμη, θα περίμενε κανείς ότι τόσο οι αστυνομικοί όσο και οι κάτοικοι θα πέρναγαν ένα ήσυχο καλοκαίρι στην πόλη. Όμως όχι, ένας ληστής που σπέρνει τον τρόμο στα πάρκα, παραμένει ασύλληπτος. Χώρια όμως τον ληστή, υπάρχει και ένας μανιακός που σκοτώνει μικρά κοριτσάκια -επίσης στα πάρκα-, αφού έχει ασελγήσει πάνω τους. Ο Μάρτιν Μπεκ και οι συνά ...more
Guillermo
Aug 14, 2016 Guillermo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Policial sueco de investigación, muchos años antes del descubrimiento del adn, de la invención de las computadoras y la telefonía móvil. Con paciencia Martin Beck y otros policías desentrañan el caso. Y con un poco de suerte. No hay inteligencias iluminadas ni hombres de acero; casi no hay violencia. Pero tiene su encanto esta serie: quizás en la poca vida que tiene Beck, o en la violencia que transmite Gunvald Larsson. Además hay un momento clave, en clave de humor: (view spoiler) ...more
Laura
Nov 09, 2012 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bettie, Carey
From BBC Radio 4 - Saturday Drama:
Someone is assaulting and killing young girls in the parks of Stockholm. With only a brutal mugger and a three year-old boy for witnesses, the investigation is stalling. It's only a tiny detail surfacing in Beck's mind that puts the murder squad on the trail of the killer, but will they get him before he strikes again?
Maria João Fernandes
"This isn't an investigation, it's a guessing game."

Em "The Man On The Balcony" Maj Sjöwall e Per Wahlöö agem de uma forma subtil e é com muita habilidade que, desde a primeira frase, plantam no subconsciente do leitor, um conjunto de informações que irá persistir no seu subconsciente ao longo da leitura. Esta permanecerá adormecida (mas não esquecida), como o casal bem planeou e só será despertada no momento definido. O incómodo que sentimos é o mesmo de Martin Beck e só iremos descobrir o que
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Dorothy
I'm reading my way through this iconic ten book series by Swedish duo Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo. The series was written in the 1960s and is the forerunner of much of modern popular Scandinavian thriller/mysteries. This is the third book in the series which features the morose policeman Martin Beck, now a superintendent in the Stockholm police.

This time, we find Martin Beck and his colleagues investigating some particularly heinous crimes. Young girls are being raped and killed, their bodies lef
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Seth Lynch
Feb 26, 2012 Seth Lynch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I read this not long after Unwanted. I didn’t realise that the themes were related until after I pulled it off the shelf and decided to read it. If I had I might have gone for something else – I can only stomach so much child killing in a month. Instead I read it over a weekend and “enjoyed” it. The first few pages sent shivers down my spine – not metaphorically but literally. I felt a surge of tingling energy as I read because I knew I was reading something special. This specialness had put me ...more
Bev
May 09, 2011 Bev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bev by: Ivan Kreilkamp
The Man on the Balcony by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö starts out with what seems to be a crank call. An elderly woman phones the police to complaining about a "nasty" man who stands on his own balcony for hours at a time--just staring at the traffic and the children at play in the streets below. Before long that call is forgotten as the Stockholm police are confronted with a child-killer. Someone is stalking young girls (average age of ten) and then molesting and killing them in the city's parks. ...more
Drayton Bird
Jun 06, 2012 Drayton Bird rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in a series of ten books which are generally agreed - by those who have written them - to be have inspired of the current wave of Scandinavian crime novels.

No heroics; a lot of very dry humour; a fair amount of squalor; remarkable detailed descriptions of people's looks and mannerisms quite reminiscent of writers like Tolstoy. Inspired by the Ed McBain books, apparently. I have now read three of them and am working my way through the lot, rather as I did with Patrick O'Brian y
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Rob Kitchin
Aug 17, 2012 Rob Kitchin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Man on the Balcony is the third instalment of the Martin Beck series of police procedurals written by the husband and wife team of Sjowall and Wahloo between 1965-75. The books are characterised by an understated social realism. Beck and his colleagues are normal, everyday people with differing egos, foibles, frailties, talents and opinions, trying to balance work with their home lives. The investigation unfolds in fits and starts, with painstaking footwork, frustrating interviews, and littl ...more
Jake
Aug 06, 2010 Jake rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Wahoo and Sjowall are consistently good- of the four Martin Beck mysteries I've read, all have been memorable page-turners, and one (#4, "The Laughing Policeman") was one of the best I've ever read. This book doesn't quite live up to that standard, but it is an enjoyable, fast-paced procedural that you'll want to finish in one sitting. Particularly interesting here was how the authors modified the typical police novel setup, by revealing the murderer in the title and first page of the book, then ...more
Eva
Liked it better than Roseanna. A much better plot and Gunvald Larsson's arrival (my favourite character in the Swedish series) but I cannot get rid of the feeling that I like films based on Sjöwall & Wahlöö's books better than the books themselves, which is usually very rare. I probably shouldn't read the introductions (Henning Mankell's in Roseanna and Andrew Taylor's in The Man on the Balcony) as I'm too influenced by them (in a negative way), e.g. learning about their political opinions m ...more
Karla Butler
Oct 26, 2011 Karla Butler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Martin Beck investigates a deeply disturbing case of 3 young girls found murdered in the parks of Stockholm. A spate of muggings is also taking place in the city and this time, the police conclude that the perpertrator must be the only person to have seen the child killer while lurking in the park bushes. Martin and his team are under immense public pressure to solve both crimes as quickly as possible. Nothing is known of the killer until Martin remembers something by chance from a former inquir ...more
Katie
Aug 15, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I usually avoid any book that deals with crimes against children, but this one was so well written, and I like this series so much, I took the chance. It was definitely worth it! I just skipped over the crime's details to save my sanity, and still really enjoyed this book. They remind me of the Maigret books - just love them!
Tim Freeman
subject matter was a little disturbing, but this short novel (by todays standards anyway) delivered the seemingly continuous doses of Nordic crime drama I crave. Number 3 in the Martin Beck series and I plan to read them all
Jane
Jun 21, 2012 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I actually thought this was better than the first book in this incomparable mystery series. As a side note, I am starting to get a kick out of droll, Swedish humor.
Bettie☯
Nov 08, 2012 Bettie☯ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: BBC listeners
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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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