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Scan Lit: He may be laughing, but there is no joke!: “The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjöwall My rating: 4 of 5 stars ‘The Laughing Policeman’ is a gripping ride from start to finish. Because it …”

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On Fame

I never wanted to be famous, is that what some of you were thinking?
If chance should land me in the limelight, I fear I’d have to take up drinking,
To keep the pretence of my romance with being in the public eye;
If truth be told, I’ve just no interest; in fact, I’m sure I’d rather die.

Kat Mortensen©2011 Protected by Copyscape DMCA Takedown Notice Checker

ON FAME

I never wanted to be famous, is that what some of you were thinking?
If chance should land me in the limelight, I fear I’d have to take up drinking,
To keep the pretence of my romance with being in the public eye;
If truth be told, I’ve just no interest; in fact, I’m sure I’d rather die.

Kat Mortensen©2011 Protected by Copyscape DMCA Takedown Notice Checker

Beck in Budapest

The Man Who Went Up in SmokeThe Man Who Went Up in Smoke by Maj Sjowall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another top-notch book from my favourite pair of Scandinavian writers. There are so many subtle elements of humour in this one that I was quite frequently (to coin a well-used phrase), laughing out loud.

This is also a fascinating depiction of the city of Budapest in the 1960s – with quite a droll and quirky police character who ends up collaborating with Martin Beck on the disappearance of a Swedish man.

Again, I am somewhat stunned by the sexual liberalism that is prevalent in the attitudes of Swedes. One scene in particular was quite surprising in this regard. (Or maybe it’s just me?)

The plodding nature of solving crime is made palatable with deft and often comical descriptions of people, food and the environs in which the book takes place. The narration, Beck’s asides (in parentheses) and the dialogues between policemen are highly entertaining. In this book, we even have Martin Beck in a fight for his life.

As an example of the authors’ humour, I give you this gem:

“It was a superb dinner, but it did not gladden him, and the waiters swarmed around their lugubrious guest like medical experts around a dictator’s sickbed.”

Genius. As ever.

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