The Fire Engine That Disappeared

Sjöwall, Maj & Wahlöö, Per

Published by Pantheon Books, 1971
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New York. 1971. Pantheon Books. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 75. 213 pages. January 1971. hardcover. Jacket illustration by James Barkley. 0394412087. keywords:. inventory # 6660. FROM THE PUBLISHER - The cunning incendiary device that blew the roof off a Stockholm apartment house one cold winter night not only interrupted the small, peaceful orgy underway inside, it nearly took the lives of the building’s eleven occupants. And if one of police commissioner Martin Beck’s colleagues hadn’t been on the scene, the explosion would have led to a major catastrophe since - for reasons nobody could satisfactorily explain - the fire department didn’t arrive until too late. How could a regulation-sized ladder truck vanish in the center of Stockholm? What, if anything, did the explosion have to do with the peculiar death earlier that day of a 46-year-old bachelor whose cryptic suicide note consisted of only two words: ‘Martin Beck’? Once again Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö bring to life the familiar team of grudgingly dedicated policemen who assist Martin Beck (now head of Sweden’s homicide bureau) in picking a trail through the intricate underground that connects Stockholm criminals to those on the Continent. No heroes. Beck’s men work hard just getting from one day to the next in a big-city world of evil on every scale. Beck himself, by this book, is a little more accustomed to the intolerable existence he faces: the ashes in his akvavit have settled a bit as his appreciation for the mysteries in his own life heightens, slightly. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: The lightning-paced fifth novel in the Martin Beck mystery series by the internationally renowned crime writing duo, Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, finds Beck investigating one of the strangest, most violent, and unforgettable crimes of his career.The incendiary device that blew the roof off a Stockholm apartment not only interrupted the small, peaceful orgy underway inside, it nearly took the lives of the building's eleven occupants. And if one of Martin Beck's colleagues hadn't been on the scene, the explosion would have led to a major catastrophe because somehow a regulation fire-truck has vanished. Was it terrorism, suicide, or simply a gas leak? And what if, anything, did the explosion have to do with the peculiar death earlier that day of a 46-year-old bachelor whose cryptic suicide note consisted of only two words: "Martin Beck"?

About the Author: MAJ SJOWALL AND PER WAHLOO, wife and husband team, wrote ten Martin Beck mysteries. Maj Sjowall, besides being a crime novelist, is also a poet. Per Wahloo, who died in 1975, was a reporter for several Swedish newspapers and magazines and wrote numerous radio and television plays, film scripts, short stories, and novels. Maj Sjowall is also a poet.

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Title: The Fire Engine That Disappeared
Publisher: Pantheon Books
Publication Date: 1971
Binding: hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.

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