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The Abominable Man

Martin Beck Series, Book 7
Narrated by: Tom Weiner
Series: Martin Beck, Book 7
Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
4 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Summary

The bloody murder of a police captain in his hospital room exposes the particularly unsavory history of a man who spent 40 years practicing a horrible blend of strong-arm police work and shear brutality. Nonetheless, Martin Beck and his colleagues scour Stockholm for the murderer, a demented and deadly rifleman.

As the tension builds and a feeling of impending danger grips Beck, his investigation unearths evidence of police corruption. That's when an even stronger sense of responsibility and something like shame urge him into taking a series of drastic steps, which lead to a shocking disaster.

©1971 Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (P)2011 Audible Ltd

Critic reviews

"A taut, gripping narrative....A book you won't easily put down." (Chicago Tribune)
"The Martin Beck books are exemplary police procedurals.... The Abominable Man is worthy of its predecessors in this much admired series." (Washington Post)

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Not as good a story as books 1to 6.

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I thought the story was rather flat.

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I have always overlooked the very flat narration because the story carried me along but it was noticeable in this one

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I am hoping that number 8 will be back up to the usual standard

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  • peter
  • 25-09-19

Another great story

All these novels by Sjowall and Wahloo are excellent and easily heads and shoulders above the usual entry in this overworked genre. These authors keep it simple, keep the characters alive and realistic without resort to lame domestic subplots and politically correct interactions. It's really too bad there cannot be any more of these but one can always listen more than once.