The Man Who Went up in Smoke

The Man Who Went up in Smoke

A Martin Beck Mystery

Book - 2008
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The masterful second novel in the Martin Beck series of mysteries by the internationally renowned crime writing duo, Maj Sj#65533;wall and Per Wahl#65533;#65533;, finds Beck searching Budapest for a well-known Swedish journalist who has disappeared without a trace. With an introduction by Val McDermid: "So many of the elements that have become integral...in the police procedural subgenre started life in these ten novels....Their plots are second to none."

Inspector Martin Beck of the Stockholm Homicide Squad has his summer vacation abruptly terminated when the top brass at the foreign office pack him off to Budapest to search for Alf Matsson, a well-known Swedish journalist who has vanished. Beck investigates viperous Eastern European underworld figures and--at the risk of his life--stumbles upon the international racket in which Matsson was involved. With the coolly efficient local police on his side and a predatory nymphet on his tail, Beck pursues a case whose international implications grow with each new clue.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2008, c1997
Edition: 2nd Vintage crimeBlack Lizard ed. --
ISBN: 9780307390486
0307390489
Branch Call Number: FIC Sjowa 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xiii, 183 p. --
Additional Contributors: Wahlöö, Per 1926-1975
Tate, Joan

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jeanner222 Jul 10, 2013

In the second novel of the Martin Beck series, Inspector Beck is asked to abandon his plans for holiday and fly to Budapest. Once in Hungary, Martin is put on the case of a missing person. Alf Matsson, a Swedish journalist, is missing. In fact, he seems to have disappeared into thin air.

A little digging by Beck leads to a more sinister reality for Alf. The journalist has been involved in drug dealing.

Without help from anyone, Beck listens and observes, and, of course, solves the case. As in the first entry of the series, the prose is spare, the descriptions never exceed what is necessary, and an interesting plot is presented.

Quick reading!

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erinsnest
Feb 25, 2012

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reenamd
Mar 17, 2011

There are 10 Martin Beck mysteries. They were groundbreaking in their day, now since eclipsed by other writers with similar style (Kurt Wallander and Ruth Rendell come to mind). But these are still classics and well worth a read! They were written in the 60's and it sure shows (not in a bad way!!). At times the authors seem to take the piss out of Swedish society. Martin Beck and his colleagues are very humanly protrayed - no heroics here, just well-described police slogging. Minimal sex and violence.

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mariecam Dec 22, 2014

The masterful second novel in the Martin Beck series of mysteries by the internationally renowned crime writing duo Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, finds Beck searching for a well-known Swedish journalist who has disappeared without a trace.Inspector Martin Beck of the Stockholm Homicide Squad has his summer vacation abruptly terminated when the top brass at the foreign office pack him off to Budapest to search for Alf Matsson, a well-known Swedish journalist who has vanished. Beck investigates viperous Eastern European underworld figures and--at the risk of his life--stumbles upon the international racket in which Matsson was involved. With the coolly efficient local police on his side and a predatory nymphet on his tail, Beck pursues a case whose international implications grow with each new clue.

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