Murder at the Savoy
Murder at the Savoy is a crime novel by Swedish writers Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. It is the sixth book out of ten in the detective series by revolving around police detective Martin Beck. Murder at the Savoy is the English title of the novel; the Swedish title of the book, meaning "Police, mashed potatoes", is explained in a scene where Gunvald Larsson is telling off the miserably lazy policemen Kristiansson and Kvant. The two policemen had, instead of obeying their orders to arrest a suspect at Arlanda Airport, been arguing with a man whose 3-year-old son had shouted "Police, mashed potatoes" at the two policemen while they were eating Hot Dog with mashed potatoes at a grill bar; this refers to the common rhyme "polis polis potatisgris". Martin Beck has to search through the high powered business man Viktor Palmgren's many enemies when the business man is shot in front of a dozen witnesses at a high-end restaurant. Behind the facade of legal transactions he finds out that Palmgren had earned most of his money with illegal arms deals.
During the investigation it turns out that Bertil Svensson shot Palmgren because he had caused his unemployment, the loss of his home and the loss of his family. Svensson confesses and is arrested while Palmgren's unscrupulous business partners remain undisturbed; the novel has been adapted to film twice. The 1979 Latvian film Unfinished Supper, directed by Jānis Streičs, was based on the book. Romualds Ancāns played the role of Martin Beck. A Swedish adaption of the novel was released in 1993, directed by Pelle Berglund. Gösta Ekman played the role of Martin Beck and Rolf Lassgård played Gunvald Larsson
The Man on the Balcony
The Man on the Balcony is a mystery novel by Swedish writer Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö published as Mannen på balkongen in 1967. It is the third novel in the detective series revolving around Swedish police detective Martin Beck. In the novel, Martin Beck and his team realize that a paedophilic murderer may have been seen by an unidentified serial robber, watching for prey in the area, at the time; the pressure is turned up. At the beginning of the book Beck goes to a peaceful mission with colleague Ahlberg in Motala, his colleagues are meanwhile looking for a handbag robber. In the same park, which hosted his last robbery, a child's body is discovered soon after by two tramps; the 9-year-old girl has been strangled. Shortly thereafter, another child befalls the same fate; as Beck returns, the machinery of the police investigation is running. The police are lacking any clues as the abduction of the second girl was only viewed by a three-year-old boy. Only an elderly exhibitionist is detained, but has nothing to do with the murders.
Only a coincidence brings the investigation continues: Gunvald Larsson, who first appears in this novel, has telephoned at the beginning of the investigation with an elderly lady who complained about a man in an opposite flat, standing all day on his balcony and looking at the road and playing with the children, among others. After Martin Beck recalled this call; the boorish detective Gunvald Larsson is introduced, as is Einar Rönn, who comes from a rural part of the country and likes his life quiet. Larsson was Sjöwall's favourite character. Two regular street cops are introduced and Kvant, who will provide some of the comic relief throughout the rest of the series. On 26 November 1993 the film with the same name premiered in Sweden; the film starred Gösta Ekman as Rolf Lassgård as Gunvald Larsson. It was a great success and won the Swedish Guldbagge Award for Best Actor, Best Screenplay and Best Film
Per Fredrik Wahlöö - in English translations identified as Peter Wahloo - was a Swedish author. He is best known for the collaborative work with his partner Maj Sjöwall on a series of ten novels about the exploits of Martin Beck, a police detective in Stockholm, published between 1965 and 1975. In 1971, The Laughing Policeman won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Novel. Wahlöö and Sjöwall wrote novels separately. Wahlöö was born in Kungsbacka Municipality, Halland. Following school, he worked as a crime reporter from 1946 onwards. After long trips around the world he started working as a journalist again, he had a thirteen-year relationship with his colleague Maj Sjöwall but never married her, as he was married. Both were Marxists. Wahlöö's career in journalism started in 1947 in Sydsvenskan in Malmö and continued in 1949 at the new Evening Post, where he was a permanent employee, to 1953, he moved onto freelance work in the 1950s, writing theater reviews and film articles for various newspapers including for the newspapers in Norrköping before moving to Stockholm.
By May 1964 Per Wahlöö's journalistic path was said to be complete. Subsequently, he was involved in the New Left journal Tidsignal where he was part of the editorial board, among others including the writer Kurt Salomonson. A leftist tendency and a effective narrative distinguished Wahlöö's early novels about power and the right, for example A Necessary Action from 1962, which depicts Franco's Spain, his Dictatorship series. From the mid-1960s, he wrote together with life companion Maj Sjöwall a series of detective novels with criminal investigator Martin Beck as protagonist. Several of them have been filmed, a Swedish TV film series ran from 1997 to 2015, with Peter Haber as Martin Beck; the series was bought by the BBC in 2015, shown in the United Kingdom with English subtitles. Per Wahlöö died in Malmö after an unsuccessful operation on the pancreas, he is buried in the memorial garden at Malmo Sankt Pauli's central cemetery. Novels written by Per Wahlöö alone The Chief The Wind and Rain A Necessary Action The Assignment No Roses Grow on Odenplan Murder on the Thirty-First Floor The Steel Spring A Necessary Action The Generals He has been described as a part of "the couple who invented Nordic noir", he is credited as one of the main inspirations for the acclaimed Norwegian writer Jo Nesbø.
Maj Sjöwall Martin Beck Petri Liukkonen. "Per Wahlöö". Books and Writers Per Wahlöö at the Swedish Film Database
The Abominable Man
The Abominable Man is a 1971 police procedural novel by Swedish writers Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. It is the seventh book in their series about Martin Beck; the plot follows Martin Beck and his colleagues trying to solve a murder on a senior policeman, known for his brutality against others. While the investigation is ongoing, a well armed man climbs up on a roof in Stockholm. One of Donald Knuth's favourite novels, he described it as "one of Sjöwall and Wahlöö's brilliantly Swedish detective novels". A senior policeman known for brutality is violently knifed while in his hospital bed. Within a 24-hour period, Martin Beck investigates the policeman's many enemies in an attempt to identify the killer, for whom the murder was only a precursor to a Charles Whitman-style attack on Stockholm. Since they cannot find a starting clue, the police go in the archives of the police ombudsman where they find many old complaints about Nyman, they encounter the entry of their former colleague Åke Eriksson. On the roof of a skyscraper in downtown Stockholm, it comes to a showdown with Eriksson, who has lost everything, at which point the novel ends with Martin Beck injured by a gunshot.
Martin Beck and his now grown-up daughter Ingrid develop their friendship. Police officer Kurt Kvant is killed in this book by the crazed killer on the roof; the book was directed by Bo Widerberg. It was renamed The Man on the Roof, stars Carl-Gustaf Lindstedt, Sven Wollter, Thomas Hellberg and Håkan Serner, it was awarded with two Guldbagge Awards
Or see Roseanne. Roseanna is a mystery novel by Swedish writers Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, first published in 1965, it is his team. A young woman is found dead in the Göta Canal and murdered; the case is instantly cold: nobody can identify her and where and by whom she was killed. A stroke of luck: through Interpol her identity is ascertained. A meticulous investigation determines. Evidence is lacking, but after the suspect is observed at length, a sting operation of questionable ethical status results in the suspect, a sexual deviant, attacking a female police officer and being arrested. Martin Beck, Lennart Kollberg and Fredrik Melander are introduced. In the novel Åke Stenström makes an appearance in one of his trademark pursuits. Lesser characters who will make appearances in novels are detective Ahlberg of the Motala police force, detective Sonja Hansson of the Stockholm police force; the reader is introduced to Beck's wife and daughter. The novel has been adapted to film twice. In 1967 the film Roseanna became the first film with Keve Hjelm as Beck.
In 1993 a new film based on the novel and with the same name was released, this time with Gösta Ekman as Beck
Lars Ingvar Hirdwall, is a Swedish actor. Hirdwall was born in Stockholm, was educated at Gothenburg City Theatre stage school 1957-1960. Since the early 1960s he has been active as an actor in many films, TV series and on theatrical stages Stockholms stadsteater, he is well known in Sweden portraying obstinate or strange characters, like the eccentric neighbor in the many Swedish Martin Beck TV-movies made from 1997 on. He was often in director Lars Molin's productions. In December 1993, Hirdwall played the leading role in the Swedish TV company SVT's annual children's Christmas “Advent calendar” - Tomtemaskinen, one of the Pettson and Findus stories by Sven Nordqvist - with one 15-minute part shown each day until Christmas Eve. Hirdwall played the character of Pettson. Hirdwall received the Swedish Guldbagge Award for Best Actor at the 17th Guldbagge Awards for Barnens ö and the Thaliapriset prize in 1993. Hirdwall is married to the actress Marika Lindström, they have director Jacob Hirdwall and actress Agnes Hirdwall.
Ingvar Hirdwall on IMDb
Fredrik Olof Johan Norling is a Swedish actor and theatre director. He has been married to the actress Tova Magnusson Norling. Norling was educated at the Swedish National Academy of Acting in Stockholm, he has been engaged at the Royal Dramatic Theatre, the Boulevard Theatre and Intiman. His voice is best known from SR's program Clownen luktar bensin, where he was active as screenwriter. Wallander – Prästen 2008 – Skägget i brevlådan 2007 – Isprinsessan 2004 – Miss Sweden Puder The Emperor's New Groove Naken 1998 – Vita lögner Beck – Mannen med ikonerna Beck – Lockpojken 1996 – Anna Holt Drömprinsen - Filmen om Em 1995 – Radioskugga Svart Lucia 1990 – Apelsinmannen "Figge Norling". Swedish Film Institute. Retrieved 2010-02-07. Figge Norling on IMDb Figge Norling at the Swedish Film Database