Tuesday, May 25, 2010
ROSEANNA by Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo
This book has a chilling ending. The ending was so intense for me that I had to scan the ending and then go back and read it.
It all begins when dredgers find a body in a canal. And then it goes from there.
This is a true police procedural with all the slow downs and struggles which police investigations face. It involves many levels of several police departments, including one in the USA. Martin Beck is the hinge of the investigation as we see it.
Beck is truly human, struggling with his health and marriage, subject to ups and downs of all sorts, but tenacious through it all. He works with other continuing characters who shore up his weaknesses.
And the murderer is truly horrifying. The murderer is more than psychopathic, really.
There's no doubt why this book is a classic, along with the whole Martin Beck series.
When Mystery Guild reprinted the first two Beck books as a Lost Classic Omnibus, I knew I had to go back and read these two books again. Now I've reread Roseanna after more than forty years, and I'm glad I did.