The Terrorists is a crime novel by Swedish writers Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. The Terrorists was unfinished at the time of Per Wahlöö's death in June 1975; the story opens with a trial where an eighteen-year-old woman is accused of a bank robbery she never intended to commit. A pornographic film producer is found murdered at the home of his mistress; the main plot of the book involves Martin Beck leading a team of policemen to prevent a presumed terrorist attack on a unpopular American senator, paying an official visit to Sweden. The attack is led by terrorist Reinhard Heydt, born by a Danish mother in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, part of the international terrorist organization Ulag which has carried out several exceedingly brutal attacks successfully. Beck is appointed head of the protection unit for the state visit and to plan the distance protection with four colleagues, they assume that the attack on a place will be that the convoy must pass, perpetrated in the same pattern as in a previous assassination of Ulag in a Latin American country.
The four terrorists of Ulag manage to place the bomb. However, they are deceived by a delayed television coverage when triggering the ignition and Einar Ronn, one of four commissioners to Beck manages to clear the square shortly before the explosion; the situation seems to be under control, but shortly afterwards there is a shot, but the victim is not the US Senator, but the Swedish Prime Minister. The perpetrator is a alienated young woman, known from another storyline earlier in the novel Two of the four terrorists are taken by surprise and arrested by the police in their hiding place; the third, Levallois has fled. The police seals off all roads across national borders; as the fourth terrorist Heydt encounters the police, there is an exchange of fire in which Heydtis killed and a policeman injured. The story, indeed the series, ends with the policemen able to go home to spend Christmas with their families, with the book ending with Beck partnered with Rhea, his girlfriend, enjoying New Year festivities with Kollberg and Gun, Kollberg's wife.
Lennart Kollberg plays only a minor role in this book. His absence is compensated by a more important role for Gunvald Larsson. In this last Sjöwall and Wahlöö book, Martin Beck admits to himself that he likes working with Larsson, although he misses Kollberg. Theobald Braxén, a defense attorney, is introduced as a rather comical and sympathetic character who loves taking up hopeless cases, his antagonist in court is Sten "Bulldozer" Olsson, first introduced in The Locked Room. In 1994 the novel was adapted for film under the title Stockholm Marathon, with its plot much altered. In the film, the intended victim is a man running the Stockholm Marathon and the motive is revenge; the film was directed by Peter Keglevic and Gösta Ekman played the role as Martin Beck. Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, trans. Joan Tate, The Terrorists, 1978 reprint, New York: Vintage, ISBN 0-394-72452-6. Stockholm Marathon on IMDb
Norstedts Förlag is a book publishing company in Sweden. Norstedt's is one of the largest in the country, it was founded in 1823 under the name P. A. Norstedt & Söner; the publishing company began by Per Adolf Norstedt purchasing J. P. Lindh's widow's printing company in 1821; this company had its roots in the Royal Printing firm, founded in 1526. Per Adolf Norstedt brought his sons Carl and Adolf into the business in 1823, the company took the name of P. A. Norstedt & Söner; the company became responsible for Royal publications ten years later. As neither son had an heir, the company was administered by Emilia Nostedt, a niece of Per Adolf, married to the wholesaler Gustaf Philip Laurin. After his passing, the company was managed by their sons Gösta Laurin, Carl Laurin and Albert Laurin. Carl Laurin, a civil engineer, developed the company's technical and printing capabilities and was the chief financial officer. Norstedt's Publishing Group consists of Norstedts, which publishes both fiction and non-fiction, since 1998, Rabén & Sjögren, which publishes children's books.
Several publishers such as Prisma, Nautiska Förlaget, Norstedts Akademiska, Eriksson & Lindgren and Gammafon, that joined the group through mergers, etc, operated under their own names until 2009. Some earlier trading names, such as AWE / Gebers and PAN, are now defunct; the Group has over 100 employees, published about 400 books in 2013 and has an annual turnover of approx 40 000 EUR. It is the owner and part-owner of a number of book clubs. Norstedt's Publishing Group was owned by the Cooperative Association, until June 2016 when Storytel, a digital subscription service acquired the Norstedts Publishing Group for 152 million SEK on 22 June 2016; the publishing house is based at Norstedtshuset at Riddarholmen in central Stockholm. Otto Sjöberg is the CEO since 1 August 2014. Swedish-language writers published by Norstedts Publishing Group include Hjalmar Gullberg, Maria Lang, Stig Dagerman, Birgitta Stenberg, Pär Rådström, Elsa Grave, Ingmar Bergman, Per Olov Enquist, Agneta Pleijel, Torgny Lindgren, Astrid Lindgren, Barbro Lindgren, August Strindberg, Henning Mankell, Sigrid Combüchen, Anders Ehnmark, Mikael Niemi, Majgull Axelsson, Torbjörn Flygt, Carl Henning Wijkmark, Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Frans G. Bengtsson, Kjell Espmark, Per Odensten, Jonas Gardell, Stieg Larsson.
Foreign authors include Nobel Prize laureates Mario Vargas Llosa, Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, Orhan Pamuk, Imre Kertész and Bob Dylan. Other authors include Graham Greene, EL James, Michael Connelly, Suzanne Brøgger, J. R. R. Tolkien, Isabel Allende and J. K. Rowling. Official website
The Fire Engine That Disappeared
The Fire Engine That Disappeared is a mystery novel by Swedish writers Sjöwall and Wahlöö, published in 1969. It is the fifth book in the'Martin Beck' detective series. In the novel a house fire, which kills three people, was about to be written off as the result of a tenant's gas suicide when a forensics officer discovers a firebomb in the rubble that would have killed the tenant had he not killed himself. Beck and his team launch a manhunt for the tenant's partner-in-crime, but are perplexed when the partner-in-crime is found dead at the bottom of the sea. Just as Gunvald Larsson arrives to replace a colleague, the apartment of a drug dealer in Stockholm, the house he is observing explodes into flames. Larsson tries to break into the house to rescue the residents, while an anonymous person alarmes the fire brigade from a payphone; the fire brigade arrives too late, with some residents killed. The investigation finds that the drug dealer under surveillance has committed suicide by gas poisoning and blocked all the openings of his room.
Beck still has doubts about this happening: where did the spark for the explosion come from and why did the fire department take so long to arrive? The doubts are justified, as it turns out according to the findings of the Crime Lab: the gas was lit by a hidden incendiary bomb in the mattress of the deceased; the suspect, who had placed the incendiary, was, as it turns out, a Lebanese professional killer entering the country to kill the drug dealer. He had himself called the firefighters as he wanted to avoid harming bystanders but accidentally due to lack of local knowledge he said the name of the wrong location. Beck's daughter Ingrid announces that she will leave home and encourages her father in secret to do the same. Benny Skacke is introduced as the ambitious detective to replace Stenström. Regular police officer Zachrisson is introduced; the novel was adopted to film in 1993 with Gösta Ekman as Martin Beck and Rolf Lassgård as Gunvald Larsson
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
Beck – Spår i mörker
Beck – Spår i mörker is a 1997 film about the Swedish police detective Martin Beck directed by Morten Arnfred. It is the eighth film about Martin Beck with Peter Haber as Martin Beck and Mikael Persbrandt as Gunvald Larsson. Martin Beck is on his way to a vacation with his colleague and girlfriend Lena Klingström when several gruesome murders in the Stockholm Metro force him to return. Without any kind of motivation, he is forced to lead the investigation of the strange murders. There are four things connecting the murders: they are all in the underground, they are all decapitations, a sign is left by the murderer/murderers; this sign is "X-(", which means "death" in 1337. The last connecting thing is; as the investigation progresses it becomes clear that Erik Lindgren, a man who works in the underground, has some kind of connection to the murderers. Once found, he explains that the murderers are youngsters that inhabit the tunnels, playing action games against "other fools around the globe", he suspects that his sister, Annika is part of the gang, explains how he's tried to "pull her out of the shit".
The group has written a letter to him stating that "You talk to the cops and Kickfoot dies". When Erik guides Beck to the entrance of the hideout of the gang, they are ambushed by the murderers, but the Swedish task force arrives just in time to save Beck, though too late for Erik. Beck finds Annika, who denies any knowledge about the murders, she proceeds to describe the whole truth: the group assumes their Final Doom characters in real life and plays the game by killing people in the underground in order to obtain so-called frags and thereby advance to new levels. This activity is not limited to Sweden, but shared with people around the world engaging in similar murders. Annika was not part of the actual killings, instead being in charge of technical areas. Beck manages to convince Annika to take Beck and the task force to the hideout, empty save for a single little boy Beck and Gunvald had met earlier, playing Final Doom, he tells Annika. By reading text files on one of the computers, Annika discovers that they are raiding the station underneath Odenplan.
Beck and the task force arrive just in time to arrest the murderers, who are armed with machetes and night vision goggles. Stefan, the leader, attempts to kill Annika upon finding out that she betrayed them, but Gunvald shoots him in the leg; when Beck arrives to the street, an American journalist asks him if there is a connection to some similar murders in New York and he tells Klingström that he may not be able to go on the planned vacation, because he may have to go to New York and assist with the investigation. Peter Haber as Martin Beck Mikael Persbrandt as Gunvald Larsson Stina Rautelin as Lena Klingström Cecilia Häll as Annika Lindgren Carlo Schmidt as Erik Lindgren Per Morberg as Joakim Wersén Kasper Lindström as Jens Ingvar Hirdwall as Martin Beck's neighbour Rebecka Hemse as Inger Fredrik Ultvedt as Jens Loftsgård Michael Nyqvist as John Banck Lasse Lindroth as Peter Staffan Göthe as Henrik Magnusson Margareta Niss as Elisabeth Ernström Ulf Eklund as Bengt Nihlfors Boman Oscarsson as a journalist Daniel Larsson as Stefan All the footage from "Final Doom" is taken from modified parts of Marathon 2: Durandal by Bungie.
The premier in Sweden was on 31 October 1997. It was released on VHS in February 1998 and on DVD 13 November 2002; the film had 1,595,000 viewers in Sweden when it was broadcast on TV4 in 2002. Beck – Spår i mörker on IMDb Beck – Spår i mörker at the Swedish Film Institute Database
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
Stockholm Marathon (film)
Stockholm Marathon is a 1994 film directed by Peter Keglevic about the Swedish police detective Martin Beck, loosely based on the last Martin Beck novel, The Terrorists. The title song for the film, "Marathon of Life", was written by Ralf Stemmann and performed by Thomas Anders. Gösta Ekman as Martin Beck Kjell Bergqvist as Lennart Kollberg Rolf Lassgård as Gunvald Larsson Niklas Hjulström as Benny Skacke Thomas Anders as Ypsilon "Stockholm Marathon". Swedish Film Institute. Retrieved 2009-07-14. Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, trans. Joan Tate, The Terrorists, 1978 reprint, New York: Vintage, ISBN 0-394-72452-6. Stockholm Marathon on IMDb Stockholm Marathon at the Swedish Film Institute Database