roseanna Author:maj sjowall Beck felt like a long-distance runner one second before the starting gun. There were two things that worried him: the murderer has jumped the gun and was three months ahead of him, and he didn't know in which direction to run. — On a July afternoon, the body of a young woman is dredged from Sweden's beautiful Lake Vattern. Three months later, ... more »all that Police Inspector Martin Beck knows is that her name is Roseanna, that she came from Lincoln, Nebraska, and that she could have been strangled by any one of eighty-five people. As the melancholic Beck narrows down the list of likely suspects, he is drawn increasingly to the enigma of the victim, a free-spirited traveler with a penchant for the casual sexual encounter, and to the psychopathology of a murderer with a distinctive--indeed, terrifying--sense of propriety.
With its authentically rendered settings and vividly realized characters, and its command over the intricately interwoven details of police detection, Roseanna is a masterpiece of suspense and sadness by the authors of The Laughing Policeman and The Locked Room.« less