My first Sjowall/Wahlöö Martin Beck mystery. I'm hooked. Going now to read all 10.
They read a bit like proto-"Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
," and are perhaps where Stieg Larsson lifted the conceit of having a 10-year, 10-novel (in his case, sadly unfinished) arc, with each novel describing a different year in the life of Sweden?
But these are better than Larsson, I think, at least by virtue of their brevity, and focus. And what's remarkable is how modern they still "sound." The clothes, the scenes, the attitudes are of an era, but at least this in this translation, the writing is quite tight.