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September Afternoon "Bokprat" (Book Chat)

  • Norway House 913 E Franklin Ave Minneapolis (map)

Join Norway House staff member, Rachael Barnes, as she leads the second book discussion of “The Laughing Policeman” by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. With similar subjects to our first evening discussion, this session gives those interested another opportunity to participate.

If you plan to join the discussion, please click on the button below to email Rachael and share the number of attendees in your group. We appreciate the advance notice!


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Book Description

On a cold and rainy Stockholm night, nine bus riders are gunned down by a mysterious assassin. The press portrays it as a freak attack and dubs the killer a madman. But Superintendent Martin Beck thinks otherwise--one of his most ambitious young detectives was among those killed--and he suspects it was more than coincidence. Working on a hunch, Beck seeks out the girlfriend of the murdered detective, and with her help Beck reconstructs the steps that led to his murder. The police comb the country for the killer, only to find that this attack may be connected to a case that has been unsolved for years. 


Author Bio

Writer and journalist Maj Sjöwall was born in Sweden in 1935. She was a reporter and art director at several newspapers and magazines. From 1959 to 1961, she was an editor with the publishing house Wahlström and Widstrad. She met Per Wahlöö in 1961 and they married the following year. Together they wrote all ten novels in the Martin Beck Police Mystery series from 1965 to 1975. In 1971, The Laughing Policeman (a translation of Den Skrattande Polisen) won an Edgar Award for Best Novel.


Learn more about the Lending Library here or stop by Norway House to check it out!