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Roseanna by Maj Sjöwall
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Apr 05, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: thriller-mystery-suspense
Read in April, 2010

Thank you to Kat for recommending this Swedish mystery series, of which this is the first in order. The story begins with a naked female corpse being pulled from a canal lock in process of being dredged, and then moves on to introduce us to inspector Martin Beck and others as they attempt to solve the twin mysteries of who the woman is and who killed her. My hat is off to translator Lois Roth, who preserves the husband and wife authors' non-flashy, almost spare writing style - what appears to be terrific writing has been thoughtfully and seamlessly translated to non-clunky English. Since the plot occurs in the mid-60's, the 1967 pub date would have made this an up-to-date police procedural - it's still a hugely enjoyable and gripping book in 2010, but the story really highlights the major technological changes between now and then (faxes, attachments to email, cell phones, forensics - no telegrams!).

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message 1: by Kat (new) - rated it 4 stars

Kat Hagedorn So glad you liked this! The spareness of the writing is what makes it so powerful, and you're right, the translator had a ton to do with that.

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