By Per Wahlöö
The lovely 8th installment within the Martin Beck secret sequence by means of Maj Sjöwall and consistent with Wahlöö is a masterful tackle a vintage locked room mystery.
A younger blonde in sun shades robs a financial institution and kills a hapless citizen. throughout city, a corpse with a bullet shot via its middle is located in a locked room–with no gun on the scene. The crimes appear disparate, yet to Martin Beck they're items of an identical puzzle, and fixing it turns into the single means he can get away the trials of his failed marriage and the lingering results of a near-fatal bullet wound. Exploring the ramifications of egotism and mind, good fortune and coincidence, this journey de strength of detection bears the unmistakable substance and gravity of genuine existence.
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This unforeseen loss of any resistance brought on Gunvald Larsson to hurry directly during the front with none likelihood no matter what of braking. totally off stability and leaning ahead at an alarming perspective, he flew directly around the room like a bolting crane and struck his head not easy opposed to the window body contrary. the rest of his huge, immense mass of mortal clay, although, went on following the legislation of gravity. It swung round, regrettably within the mistaken path, in one of these demeanour that his bottom, forcing out the windowpane, fell backwards out of the window in a cloud of splintering glass. on the final moment he enable pass of his pistol and grabbed carry of the window ledge along with his large fist He used to be hence left dangling 5 storeys up from the floor with the bigger a part of his physique outdoor the window - to which he clung desperately together with his correct hand and the hole of his knee. Blood was once already gushing from deep cuts in his hand, and his trouser leg, too, was once commencing to flip purple. Rönn did not circulation particularly so speedy yet used to be nonetheless quickly adequate on his toes to get around the threshold the very moment the door slammed close back on its screeching hinges. It struck him with complete strength within the brow. He dropped his pistol and fell backwards out directly to the touchdown. whilst the door flew open for the second one time - after its collision with Rönn - Kollberg, too, succeeded in hurling himself into the house A hasty survey confirmed that the single lines of human existence within the room have been one among Gunvald Larsson's palms and his correct shank. Kollberg darted ahead and grabbed carry of the leg with either fingers. there has been drawing close probability of Gunvald Larsson falling to his loss of life. Kollberg leaned the massive weight of his physique opposed to the leg and together with his correct hand succeeded in clasping his colleague's wildly gesticulating left arm. For a number of seconds it appeared as if the load ratio used to be improper, and they may either be catapulted out of the window. yet Gunvald Larsson's lacerated correct hand didn't allow cross its grip, and, exerting all his power, Kollberg eventually succeeded in heaving up his distressed colleague to some degree the place he used to be at the least midway in back, torn to shreds and bleeding, yet virtually in security. by means of now Rönn, who had no longer misplaced cognizance, used to be crawling over the edge on all fours, fumbling as he did so for his pistol which he'd dropped as he fell. the following guy to seem at the scene used to be Zachrisson, instantly by means of the puppy, which bounded ahead. Zachrisson observed Rönn crawling round on all fours, blood dripping down from his head directly to the pistol, which used to be mendacity at the ground. He additionally observed Kollberg and Gunvald Larsson bloodily intertwined via the smashed window and clearly out of motion. Zachrisson yelled: 'Stop! Police! ' Then he cocked his pistol and fired off a shot which hit the ceiling mild. A white glass globe, it exploded with an ear-shattering file. Then, turning on his heel, he shot the puppy. The beast sank down directly to its hind legs and gave a howl of suffering, which pierced via bone and marrow.