Wednesday, April 11, 2012
#14: "The Man Who Went Up In Smoke" by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
I read the first book in this series earlier this year and was sorta intrigued -- this one grabbed me thoroughly and I'm not sure how. There's not a lot of action -- one scene, and main character Martin Beck acknowledges that the action takes 3 1/2 minutes of book-time. But I read the whole thing almost straight through, which I rarely do any more. The plot falls neatly into place. I didn't see the wrap-up coming but it was a pleasure to watch it unfold. I'm starting to see why so many people speak highly of the series and I'll get the third volume as soon as I can justify it.