Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö: Roseanna


Blurb:

On a July afternoon, the body of a young woman is dredged from Sweden’s beautiful Lake Vättern. Three months later, all that Police Inspector Martin Beck knows is that her name is Roseanna, that she came from Lincoln, Nebraska, and that she could have been strangled by any one of 85 people.

As the melancholic Beck narrows down the list of likely suspects, he is drawn increasingly to the enigma of the victim, a free-spirited traveller with a penchant for the casual sexual encounter, and to the psychopathology of a murderer with a distinctive — indeed, terrifying — sense of propriety.

The mother of all Scandi-noir series (Martin Beck); a(nother) series I wish I had started to read much earlier.

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