Maj Sjoewall and Per Wahloeoe, both left-wing journalists and politically radical, met in 1961 while working for magazines published by the same company. They married the next year and together created the Martin Beck crime series, famously writing alternate chapters at night after putting their children to bed. Wahloeoe died at the age of 49 just as their 10th book was going to press. Sjoewall currently lives in Sweden and continues to work as a writer and translator. They won the esteemed Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Crime Fiction Book in 1971.
`Authentic seeming, grim, but fascinating.' Sunday Telegraph
`A well-told, documentary-type tale of how the Stockholm police slog away...There is something of Ed McBain's "87th Precinct" novels about it, but with less of a factory finish.' Spectator
`They changed the genre. Whoever is writing crime fiction after these novels is inspired by them in one way or another.' Henning Mankell
`If you haven't read Sjoewall/Wahloeoe, start now.' Sunday Telegraph
`Pick up one book...and you become unhinged. You want to block out a week of your life, lie to your boss, and stay in bed, gorging on one after another.' Observer