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The Abominable Man by Maj Sjöwall
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Jan 03, 11

bookshelves: classics, fiction, mysteries, one-for-the-ages, scandinavian
Read in January, 2011

It is positively reassuring to have the authors create a group of police detectives so distinct that we pale at the thought that they may be injured, or worse, cut from the next volume in the series. The language is so fresh and without accent, the only thing preventing us from imagining it happening today is that there are no cell phones to clutter the action. It is painful to see something happening in slow motion in these pages, all the while knowing this could never happen anywhere in the world today. The authors are so dry in their humor and restrained in their expression, that I have definitely developed a warm spot for criminal investigator Martin Beck. This gives us a hint at the authors' characterization:
Martin Beck said nothing. He'd never been awfully impressed with Rönn, but it had never occurred to him that the feeling might be mutual.
The ending of this book is perfect understatement in every way.

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