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Wednesday, 29 June 2005


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Nothing wrong with pulp fiction. I love a good page turner. Can I recommend Henning Mankel? Excellent crime thrillers from Sweden (in translation, obviously).

Yes, thanks, Jez, I have read him. For me, it was good, in a rather old-fashioned, Maigret sort of way, but not exactly gripping. I do have vague memories of a pair of Swedish thriller writers whose names are lost in the 'mists of Glennfidich'. They wrote a police procedural starting rather well with a bus-load of dead people! I think a Hollywood film was made of it. Perhaps some-one will remind me of their names.

Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo (pace diacritics). They wrote a series of police procedurals featuring the unglamorous Martin Beck and his colleagues. The one with the busload of corpses at the start is called The Laughing Policeman, and was filmed starring Walter Matthau, under the imaginative title An Investigation of Murder.

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