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The Terrorists (Martin Beck Police Mystery #10)

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An 18-year-old woman is accused of a bank robbery she never intended to commit. Later, a producer of pornographic films is found murdered at the home of his mistress. Meanwhile, Martin Beck is placed in charge of Swedish security ahead of the visit of a US senator whom a group of international terrorists is determined to assassinate.
Paperback, 324 pages
Published August 12th 1977 (first published 1975)
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Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
rating for the series as a whole, now that I'm finished with the last installment,

Over the years, more than one person had wondered what it was that made Martin Beck such a good policeman.

A legitimate question, given the enduring popularity of this series of ten police procedural novels written 50 years ago and still considered among the best in the field. For the authors, it is a rhetorical question, aboundantly answered in the actions of their lead character:

"... a systematic mind, common s
May 21, 2016 rated it liked it
The Martin Beck saga ends with Sjowall and Wahloo’s 1975 novel The Terrorists.

Swedish police inspector Martin Beck’s career began to be chronicled by the talented pair of writers in the 1965 novel Roseanna. The Terrorists was not complete when Per Wahloo died in 1975 and Maj Sjowall finished the last few chapters alone.

Quirky and with a personality all its own, this follows a meandering path between loosely connected sub-plots with the main plot following Beck and his team assigned to protect a
Nov 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ki hope, amber
Written in 1975 by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, The Terrorists A Martin Beck Police Mystery is about us right now.

It is about the homegrown terrorists we make through our capitalist greed, our ever increasing inequality, our casting aside of those who don't fit into our neat ideas of a "normal" society.

It is about the ideological terrorists who fight for a cause that isn't ours with whatever tools are at their disposal, tearing apart flesh and bone with bombs, blasting holes into skulls with bul
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Sjöwall and Wahlöö were lovers. And they wrote books together. Apparently, during their collaboration, they always worked by writing alternate chapters -- and then corrected each other's chapters.

Wahlöö developed cancer and died in 1975, in Malmö, at the age of 48. The Terrorists was the final book of a projected 10 book series. Sjöwall has said that this volume was written almost entirely by Wahlöö, as he was dying -- in a race to the finish line. It is one of the better ones of this outstandi
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery, sweden
I have not read from this classic series from the 70’s that pioneers what we now call Nordic Noir. I have been collecting them over the years for just the right mood to take the plunge with Stockholm police inspector Martin Beck. A crazy impulse led me to check out the library audiobook version of this last one of the series of ten. I didn’t suffer from getting a mature version of Beck, who has a largely administrative post with the homicide branch. The crime he faces here is a potential one. He ...more
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really needed to finally finish this series. The intended sense of despair and despondency of society going straight to hell that slowly grows from Roseanna through ten books in ten years until this point where people have finally decided to make a stand against the leaders who have brought this upon us was starting to make me feel like not bothering.

As Sjowall was dying of cancer during the writing of this entry the plot takes an even more melancholy tone, the idealism of the political protes
Nancy Oakes
The Terrorists is the tenth and final book in Sjöwall and Wahlöö's series featuring Martin Beck. In this installment, an unpopular American senator has planned a visit to Sweden, and Beck is chosen as head of the security team for the duration. The biggest worry is terrorist activity, and as Gunvald Larsson finds out while observing in a Latin American country, the terrorists do not play nice. While Beck is busy with trying to keep the would-be assassins from killing the Senator, he is also inve ...more
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
La stazione di metropolitana di Midsommarkransen con un bellissimo mosaico che ne riproduceva l'appellativo, attigua a Vattenledningsvagen e da cui ogni giorno mi muovevo, Sergels Torg, il Pendeltag - anche se allora non si chiamava così, il sole che d'estate sorge alle tre del mattino e l'imbrunire verso le due del pomeriggio, case e ville costruite sulle tante isolette dell'acrcipelago stoccolmese: un libro su una città che amo per se stessa e per i tanti ricordi che vi sono legati.
Molto diver
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in 1975, the primary plot follows the assassinations of high-profile political leaders around the world by an impenetrable organization of highly trained killers. Martin Beck reluctantly accepts the job of managing an inter-agency group to protect a visiting U.S. warmonging senator. There are two other plots, all of which are well orchestrated: a wealthy pornographer has been murdered in his mistresses' apartment and a young homeless, somewhat addled waif of a girl has been charged with bank ...more
Dave Riley
Apr 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Superb and a fitting ending the the Wahloo/Sjowall series of Martin Beck novels. Published after Wahloo's death from cancer in 1975 -- this novel is sharper than the earlier ones in its critique of Swedish society. It also templates the 1986 assassination of the Swedish prime minister Olof Palme.

That may be ironic -- but then that future conjuncture fostered Mankell's Wallander into existence.

Swedish crime fiction rocks!

Of all the crime fiction I've read these ten by Wahloo/Sjowall are the the
Maria João Fernandes
Apesar de o último livro da série do Martin Beck ter sido publicado, pela primeira vez, em 1974, é tão inteligente e atual como os nove que o antecedem. O tema principal é o terrorismo, tal como o título indica, mas a história vai muito além disso, sendo as personagens e as suas ideias o mais importante.

O enredo divide-se em três partes distintas.

Primeira parte: uma jovem mulher é acusada de roubar um banco e Martin Beck é chamado como testemunha de defesa no seu julgamento.

Segunda parte: um hom
The last one...

Sat Drama

This could be the best of them all, and sadly, the end. Just goes to prove that a series needn't deteriorate into dross. *looks pointedly at Cornwell's Scarpetta*

3* Roseanna (Martin Beck #1)
3* The Man Who Went Up in Smoke (Martin Beck #2)
3* The Man on the Balcony (Martin Beck, #3)
3* The Laughing Policeman (Martin Beck #4)
3* The Fire Engine That Disappeared (Martin Beck #5)
#6 MISSING! Oh Noes!!
3* The Abominable Man (Martin Beck #7)
3* The Locked Room (Martin Beck #8)
2* Cop
Thomas Strömquist
I know that many hold the final book of the Sjöwall/Wahlöö 'Beck'-series in the highest regard, but for me, the book was (in light of the preceding 9(!)) a bit of an anti-climax. No, I don't think that Maj Sjöwall writing a much larger part of this due to the illness and subsequent demise of her life- and author-partner Per was the reason for the book dropping a notch. I do think that Per's illness did. Please note that nothing about the final offering does not shame the series at all, but, alas ...more
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Ben Thurley
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fitting end to the excellent Martin Beck series, The Terrorists perfectly blends human-scale story-telling, suspense and action, and social commentary.

Gunvald Larsson, for whom readers now have a measure of respect and sympathy, takes centre stage as he travels overseas to learn about security measures to help Sweden prepare for a state visit by a controversial US Senator. The outcome of the trip is both grisly and grimly comic and introduces us to the terrorist group ULAG who will become the
Dec 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
It's quite sad to read the last of the Martin Beck series and to farewell the weary policeman and his idiosyncratic crew. Did Sjowall and Wahloo foresee the role terrorism would play in today's world? Or did they just recognise that terrorism would overshadow other crimes and would become increasingly important as a threat to modern society?

The novel begins as Martin Beck is called as a witness for the legal defence of Rebecka Lund, an 18 year old single mother charged with robbing a bank. The p
Mariano Hortal
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Han tenido que pasar casi 250 novelas de la excelente colección de novela negra de RBA en su Serie Negra para poder tener publicada, en su totalidad, las diez novelas que componen la serie del comisario Martin Beck; perpetradas por el comprometido matrimonio sueco Maj Sjöwall y Per Wahlöö, posiblemente nos encontremos ante una de las series más influyentes en el género europeo, no sólo para los nórdicos, punto de obligada referencia para enten
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good final entry in the Martin Beck series. I wish there were a few more of these to read!
Rafa Sánchez
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crimen
Entrega final de la serie Martin Beck y una magnífica novela policíaca. En este caso la trama evoluciona en un clímax similar al de Chacal (F. Forsyth) con la que tiene muchos paralelismos, la diferencia está en que los personajes de Sjowall-Wahloo son de carne y hueso, perfectamente reconocibles, antihéroes abrumados por las contradicciones entre su vida y su trabajo, en una sociedad despiadada y enloquecida, donde nadie dice la verdad fuera del ámbito privado y criminales que son unos pobres i ...more
Procyon Lotor
Critica sociale a Bengodi nei bifidi '70. Ultimo giallo di Sj�wall & Wahl�� col commissario Beck, senza l'usuale senso d'addio in quanto la serie s'interruppe per la morte di un autore. Si ironizza molto, si ideologizza assai - al punto che se non si conosce bene la Svezia (io: unico romagnolo assieme al parroco di San Pietro in Vincoli e ad un vegetariano ciclista astemio di Mondaino, a non aver mai avuto una relazione con una svedese) non si riesce a capire se certi personaggi siano boutad ...more
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read all 10 books in this wonderful series, one after the other. What a joy to read. A police procedural set in 1960's Sweden, this has become the basis of modern police fiction. Martin Beck is not your typical 'cop'. He's miserable, has an ulcer, is unhappily married, with kids who don't understand him. The detective mysteries he's engaged in are varied and interesting - and (gasp) are not always solved with Beck in the lead -a real tribute to teamwork and the well-defined characters who are ...more
El isnpector Martin Beck se despide con una novela coral en la que están presentes la mayoría de los personajes que forman parte de ese universo creado por los autores: Gunvald Larsson, Einar Ronh, Lennart Kolbert, Fredrik Melander entre otros…una trama que involucra la resolución de mas de un caso y en la que como siempre esta presente el humor negro y la crítica social, esta vez dirigida sobre todo al sistema judicial y al estamento político sueco. Beck se despide de sus lectores tranquilo y s ...more
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I laughed out loud several times during this, the last of Martin Beck novels. Perhaps it is because I have come to know the personalities and quirks of the men who make up the homicide division, including their pompous managers and higher-ups.

One refreshing element in these novels is the depiction of tense confrontational scenes filled with bravery, luck, error and confusion. Often, even talented detectives miss clues and in turn are maddened by bumbling cops who simply aren't up to the task.
Jan 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last of the superb Martin Beck novels, about a methodical police detective in Stockholm. Every one of the books has been wonderful, and Beck has come to be a beloved figure in my collection of crime fiction. This one deals primarily with the threatened assassination of an American politician on a visit to Sweden, but as always, the deeply felt concerns of the authors about social and political matters is at the heart of their story.
Kent Monken
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the tenth in a great series years before Steig Larson. it's a lot like the Swedish Ed McBain. You grow to know and sympathize with Beck one of the all time great detectives. Read all ten starting with Rosanna. I loved the series. I recommend this book to anyone who loves police procedural novels. Great characters and interesting plots. It's a very small world and we're doomed to repeat the same mistakes.
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Y leí en 3 meses todos los libros de Martin Beck, que droga útil para poner la mente en blanco que son los policiales.
Aquí hay una parte de sátira sobre el sistema judicial, muchas críticas a la decadencia de toda la sociedad, y un caso lleno de violencia y tensión como no habían escrito ni una vez.
Toda la policía sueca intenta detener un atentado terrorista preparado por especialistas sin piedad, casi robóticos. Gustav Larsson se lleva los honores.
Ken Fredette
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a good way to end a series. Solving all their mysteries. Having a good woman to be with in your old age. It can't get much better.
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final book in this notable Swedish series, since co-author Per Wahloo died just a few weeks after the books was published. Martin Beck, now the head of the National Murder Squad, has been conscripted, along with a few other higher-ranking police officers, to plan security for an upcoming visit from a well-known US Senator. An international terrorist group has recently been attacking diplomats and heads of state as they visit foreign lands and Beck and his cohort must try to learn from the fa ...more
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Final book (number 10) in the Martin Beck series. This book departs in the main from the earlier ones, in that the murder is solved fairly early on, then Beck and his crew become heavily involved in prevention of an international terrorism incident. This account seems very innocent now, but as usually is told in cold detail, with a degree of cynicism. I was trying to work out the identity of the unnamed American politician, and I have my suspicions, but no matter. The identity isn't important to ...more
Brian Fackler
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the last book written by this pair of authors -- they are the best of the best -- I can not recommend this series of books anything less than they are essential to read
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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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Martin Beck Police Mystery (10 books)
  • Roseanna (Martin Beck, #1)
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  • The Man on the Balcony (Martin Beck, #3)
  • The Laughing Policeman (Martin Beck, #4)
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