The Fire Engine that Disappeared by Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö

By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö

The lightning-paced 5th novel within the Martin Beck secret sequence by means of the across the world well known crime writing duo, Maj Sj?wall and in keeping with Wahl??, reveals Beck investigating one of many strangest, such a lot violent, and unforgettable crimes of his career.The incendiary machine that blew the roof off a Stockholm house not just interrupted the small, peaceable orgy underway inside of, it approximately took the lives of the building's 11 occupants. And if one among Martin Beck's colleagues hadn't been at the scene, the explosion may have ended in an immense disaster simply because by some means a legislation fire-truck has vanished. used to be it terrorism, suicide, or just a gasoline leak? And what if, something, did the explosion need to do with the extraordinary loss of life past that day of a 46-year-old bachelor whose cryptic suicide notice consisted of merely phrases: "Martin Beck"?

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There were also some bruises and contusions, presumably from falling beams and other objects, and his skull had burst from inside due to the heat' Martin Beck nodded. He had seen fire victims before and knew how easy it was for a layman to think that injuries had occurred before death. ' he said. 'First there was no sign that his circulation was functioning when the body was first exposed to the fire. Then there was no trace whatsoever of either soot or smoke in his lungs and bronchial passages.

I was the one who got them out. If I hadn't happened to have been standing there, not a damned one of them would have got clear. And second, I didn't write down their names. ' Martin Beck looked thoughtfully at the big man in bandages. Gunvald Larsson often behaved badly, but to be offensive to Hammar must be due to either megalomania or a stroke. Hammar frowned. Martin Beck shuffled through his papers and said as a diversion: 'I've at least got the names here. Agnes and Herman Söderberg. They are married, sixty-eight and sixty-seven years old Anna-Kajsa Modig and her two children, Kent and Clary.

Martin Beck walked towards the door. Kollberg shrugged his shoulders, rose and followed him. 'It must simply be an ordinary fire,' said Hammar stubbornly, and to himself. 5 The scene of the fire was now barricaded off to such an extent that no ordinary mortal could catch a glimpse of anything more than a cordon of uniformed police. The moment Martin Beck and Kollberg got out of the car, they were accosted by two of them. ' said one of them pompously. 'Don't you see you can't park there like that,' said the other.

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