The Fire Engine that Disappeared by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo

Two and a half years after reading no 4 in the Martin Beck series, I have read the 5th instalment.

As before, I find that these books are less about the actual crimes than Swedish society at the time. Sweden in the late 1960s was a very different place: Culture and attitudes have changed considerably.

After finishing this novel I have immediately begun the next (almost finished at the time of writing this post), as I have realised that the development of the characters of the central police officers needs to be followed more closely. As with all these novels (so far) the police work is slow and painstaking, and the final pieces of the jigsaw fall into place some considerable time after the initial crimes.

As I said last time, I think that I will really need to rate the series as a whole, but I will give this 8 out of 10.

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