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Roseanna by Maj Sjöwall
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A detailed and down to earth police procedural. Set in Sweden in the 1960's, a routine dredging uncovers a dead body in a lake. Martin Beck and his colleagues undertake a long and frustrating investigation. Through dedication, patience and attention to detail they seek to catch the killer.

Solving the crime takes determination. There are many times in the investigation where the work is not glamourous. Whittling down long lists of suspects. Relying on witness reports long after the murder took place. Engaging in costly long-term surviellance with no obvious outcome. The team survives these challenges through solidarity and dedication.

The characters have flaws. Beck is a depressive loner and a workaholic. His marriage is hollow and he doesn't have many friends. He is obsessive over his work to the exclusion of everything else. The other detectives have less depth, but develop their own idiosyncracies over time.

Finding the killer takes team work. The detectives work together on the case, no one person steals the show. Although Beck is the main point of view, the other members of the team are crucial to the outcome. No one has the blessing of superhuman skills or insight. Everyone is capable but also fallible.
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Reading Progress

September 13, 2017 – Started Reading
September 13, 2017 – Shelved
September 20, 2017 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Adina (new) - added it

Adina great review. i am planning to read this one soon as well.

DomoKete Adina wrote: "great review. i am planning to read this one soon as well." Thanks. I really liked this one. I prefer the lower stakes and realism over more ridiculous style thrillers. The next two are already on order!

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