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Full cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo’s 10-book series featuring detective Martin Beck and his colleagues in the National Police Homicide Department in Stockholm in the 1960s and 70s.

The Martin Beck books are widely acknowledged as some of the most influential detective novels ever written. Written by Swedish husband and wife team Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö between 1965-1975, the ten-book series set a gold standard for all subsequent Scandanavian crime fiction. Long before Kurt Wallander or Harry Hole, Beck was the original flawed policeman, working with a motley collection of colleagues to uncover the cruelty and injustice lurking beneath the surface of Sweden’s seemingly liberal, democratic society.

Broadcast by BBC Radio 4 in 2014 in the ‘Saturday Play’ slot


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