Maj Sjöwall


Born
in Stockholm, Sweden
September 25, 1935

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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 for Best Novel.They also wrote novels separately.

Sjöwall had a 13 year relationship with Wahlöö which lasted until his death in 1975.

Average rating: 3.91 · 45,217 ratings · 3,230 reviews · 50 distinct worksSimilar authors
Roseanna (Martin Beck, #1)

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3.77 avg rating — 10,408 ratings — published 1965 — 95 editions
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The Laughing Policeman (Mar...

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4.01 avg rating — 6,322 ratings — published 1968 — 83 editions
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The Man Who Went Up in Smok...

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3.84 avg rating — 5,591 ratings — published 1966 — 69 editions
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The Man on the Balcony (Mar...

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3.93 avg rating — 4,381 ratings — published 1967 — 71 editions
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The Locked Room (Martin Bec...

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3.96 avg rating — 3,281 ratings — published 1972 — 64 editions
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The Fire Engine That Disapp...

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3.98 avg rating — 3,377 ratings — published 1969 — 60 editions
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The Abominable Man (Martin ...

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4.03 avg rating — 3,179 ratings — published 1971 — 66 editions
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Murder at the Savoy (Martin...

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3.88 avg rating — 2,989 ratings — published 1970 — 63 editions
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The Terrorists (Martin Beck...

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4.07 avg rating — 2,490 ratings — published 1975 — 61 editions
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Cop Killer (Martin Beck, #9)

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4.03 avg rating — 2,203 ratings — published 1974 — 24 editions
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Roseanna The Man Who Went Up in Smoke The Man on the Balcony The Laughing Policeman The Fire Engine That Disapp... Murder at the Savoy The Abominable Man
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“Rather free than rich”
Maj Sjöwall

“Throughout the film the reporter kept up a ceaseless commentary in that eager, exalted tone that only American news reporters seem to achieve. It was as if he had - with enormous pleasure - just witnessed the end of the world.”
Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö, The Terrorists

“This is a foul thing that shouldn’t be allowed to exist. No firearms should exist. The fact that they are still made and that all sorts of people have them lying about in drawers or carry them around in the street just shows that the whole system is perverted and crazy. Some bastard makes a fat profit by making and selling arms, just the way other people make a fat profit on factories that make narcotics and deadly pills. Do you get it?”
Maj Sjöwall, The Laughing Policeman

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