By Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo
With its splendidly saw lawmen (including the inimitable Martin Beck), its brilliantly rendered felons and their murky Stockholm underworld, and its deftly engineered plot, The giggling Policeman is a vintage of the police procedural and "must examining for somebody who claims to be [a pupil] of the easiest detective fiction" (Saturday Review).
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When will I be home? I haven't the vaguest idea,' said Martin Beck into the telephone. 'Hell,' Kollberg exclaimed as the strip of tape got tangled up between his fat fingers. 'Take it easy’ Melander said. Martin Beck turned back to the man in the doorway. ' Ek shut the door behind him and studied his notes. 'It's built by the Leyland factories in England,' he said. 'It's an Atlantean model, but here it's called Type H35. It holds seventy-five seated passengers. The odd thing is -' The door was flung open.
A: A man in the street who then stopped a radio patrol car. q: How many were in the bus? a: Eight q: Were they all dead? a: Yes. q: How had they died? a: It's too soon yet to say. q: Was their death caused by external violence? a: Probably. Q: What do you mean by probably? a: Exactly what I say. q: Were there any signs of shooting? a: Yes. q: So all these people had been shot dead? a: Probably. q: So it's really a question of mass murder? a: Yes. q: Have you found the murder weapon? a: No. q: Have the police detained anyone yet?
A: All dues and suggestions are being followed. q: How many of the victims are women? a: Two. q: So six of the victims are men? a: Yes. q: Including the bus driver and Inspector Stenström? a: Yes. q: Just a minute, now. We've been told that one of the people in the bus survived and was taken away in an ambulance that arrived on the scene before the police had had time to cordon off the area. a: Oh? q: Is this true? a: Next question. q: Apparently you were one of the first policemen to arrive on the scene?