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Murder at the Savoy ✻ Murder at the Savoy Epub ✾ Author Maj Sjöwall – Thomashillier.co.uk The shocking sixth novel in the Martin Beck mystery series by the internationally renowned crime writing duo by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo finds Beck investigating a brutal assassination When Viktor P The shocking sixth novel in the Martin Beck mystery series by the internationally renowned crime writing duo by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo finds Beck investigating a brutal assassination When Viktor Palmgren, a powerful Swedish industrialist is shot Murder at PDF/EPUB ² during his after dinner speech in the luxurious Hotel Savoy, it sends a shiver down the spine of the international money markets and terrifies the tiny town of Malmo No one in the restaurant can identify the gunman, and local police are sheepishly baffled That s when Beck takes over the scene and quickly picks through Palmgren s background What he finds is a web of vice so despicable that it s hard for him to imagine who wouldn t want Palmgren dead, but that doesn t stop him and his team of dedicated detectives from tackling one of their most intriguing cases yet.


10 thoughts on “Murder at the Savoy

  1. Brad Brad says:

    All six forewords for all six Martin Beck books I ve read in order have made much of the authors Marxist backgrounds I can t remember who wrote what and what they wrote exactly, but most of them are quick to warn readers of Maj Sj wall Per Wahl politics, then most times they are just as quick to let us know that those politics rarely intrude on on their writing, so we readers shouldn t have any problem enjoying their mysteries The writers of the forewords talk a lot about their lo All six forewords for all six Martin Beck books I ve read in order have made much of the authors Marxist backgrounds I can t remember who wrote what and what they wrote exactly, but most of them are quick to warn readers of Maj Sj wall Per Wahl politics, then most times they are just as quick to let us know that those politics rarely intrude on on their writing, so we readers shouldn t have any problem enjoying their mysteries The writers of the forewords talk a lot about their love of the police procedural as a form, of Sj wall Wahl s impact on the writers who ve followed them and their relevance today, of how well the books hold up forty years on and how much fun they are to read Then they remind us, once again, not to worry about the authors Socialist ideals, as though they are apologizing for Sj wall Wahl , or are ashamed to admit they love the work of a pair of pinko Swedes I have no such shame If anything, I ve been disappointed throughout the series that Sj wall Wahl s politics haven t beenobvious in their books I wantsocio economic criticism from the radical left although their brand of Marxism is hardly radical , so I am thrilled that Polis, polis, potatismosthe original Swedish title of Murder at the Savoy and its Marxist ending finally satisfied my craving for .The criticism is expressed in a feeling Martin Beck has while walking home after solving the murder of industrialist Viktor Palmgren It s a feeling he can t shake because a poor man, a beaten man, a useless man waits to spend his life in prison for killing Palmgren, and Palmgren was the man who kept the poor man poor by making him poorer still, beat him into submission through the bludgeon of greed and made him useless to himself and everyone around him It s Beck s sadness that carries the Marxist opinions of Sj wall Wahl , and in this series that I have thoroughly enjoyed, I have finally found a moment I can also love Beck walking home is my favourite moment so far I m not expecting to see much overt Marxism in the rest of the books Sj wall Wahl tend to be too subtle for that but that will simply make me savour this book s chapter all the .third reading a listen, actually I was going to sit down and write well, basically what I had written before but there is no need What I wrote before remains true All the Marxist reasons I had for loving Polis, polis, potatismosremain, and all my feelings are still there the third time through If I need to add anything, it is simply that the Martin Beck books hold up In fact, they get better and better theI listen to them There is little better in the world of the police procedural than Martin Beck and his crew no, nothing better


  2. Algernon (Darth Anyan) Algernon (Darth Anyan) says:

    7 10Viktor Palmgren died at seven thirty three on Thursday evening As recently as half an hour before the official declaration of death, the doctors involved in his case said that his constitution was strong and the much discussed general condition not so serious.On the whole, the only thing wrong with him was that he had a bullet in his head Those Swedes Their reputation as dour, gloomy, manic depressive only serves to hide a wicked sense of humour, a deadpan delivery that hits you usuall 7 10Viktor Palmgren died at seven thirty three on Thursday evening As recently as half an hour before the official declaration of death, the doctors involved in his case said that his constitution was strong and the much discussed general condition not so serious.On the whole, the only thing wrong with him was that he had a bullet in his head Those Swedes Their reputation as dour, gloomy, manic depressive only serves to hide a wicked sense of humour, a deadpan delivery that hits you usually just as you turn to the next paragraph There s even a place for a running gag involving Kristiansson and Kvant, the two hulking, golden haired, blue eyed and inept patrolmen that make blonde jokes seem tame by comparison Incidentally, the are responsible for the Swedish title of this sixth Martin Beck book Polis Polis Potatismos which is another way of saying policemen are dunderheads.The premise of the crime is quite simple a wealthy businessman is shot in front of dozens of witnesses as he had dinner at the most luxurious restaurant in Malmo, the internationally renowned Savoy The mysterious perpetrator then jumps through an open window and disappears into the night As Viktor Palmgren, the victim, is famous or infamous at the highest levels of Swedish industry and politics, Martin Beck is dispatched from Stockholm to Malmo, where he gets reunited with Per Mansson, his friend and local chief crime investigator.In the absence of the main suspect, the two detectives start to interview the witnesses, in particular the guests of Palmgren s dinner party, building up the profile of the victim and hoping to identify the motive behind the crime A parallel investigation is developing in Stockholm as Gunnar Larsson and Martin Kollberg follow up on two of these guests Other recurring characters are the keen, ambitious rookie Benny Skacke, the young widow turned policewoman Asa Torrell and Zachrisson another bumbling officer.Best part of the novel consists not with the actual crime investigation, but in spending time with these regular characters and see their interractions, their developments, their easy companionship There is a holiday spirit to the text, despite the frantic telephones from the chiefs of police in Stockholm asking for immediate results It s summertime, Beck and Mansson sleep late, eat long dinners, go to the beach, drink up in the evening Beck himself is unwounding, taking it easy, getting back in the saddle view spoiler literally with Asa, in one of the most heartwarming scenes in the book hide spoiler after taking the plunge and ending his disfunctional marriage There s a good scene, totally unrelated to the investigation, where Martin invites his friends to his brand new bachelor pad after deciding to live separately from his wife.This is not my favorite book in the series, but only because I have come to have very high expectations after Roseanna or The Laughing Policeman Most of my issues come from a lack of balance when it comes to politics I position myself consistently to the left of the political spectrum on most issues, and I was well aware of Sjowall and Wahloo own convictions, but until now their ideology was confined to brief diatribes on corruption, urban decay, morality In telling the story of Viktor Palmgren the class struggle becomes the dominant aspect of the narrative and I had the feeling the authors got carried away in their portrayal of the less savoury parts of consummerism As we discoverandabout his business deals and his personality, Viktor Palmgren morphs from victim into culpritthe bloodsucker, who lined his purse at the expense of other human beings, the big shot, who didn t give a damn about the welfare of his employees or tenantsThis is not an isolated case, as the same unflattering light is cast on the rest of Palmgren s anturage his vacuous fashion model wife, his shady accountant, his arrivist right hand man, a partner from Denmark who flies illegal cargo for him, a high priced call girl all are presented as venal and self serving While I agree that success in the business world is often accompanied by ruthlessness and a flexible atitude towards law and ethics, I believe Wahloo and Sjowall missed an opportunity to convince by making these rich people too much a caricature of the evils of capitalism.The crime is solved, as usual, not by a brilliant flash of insight on the part of the investigators, but by a lucky incident that points them in the right direction when the murder weapon is discovered by chance on an empty beach As I already mentioned, by this time I minterested in the characters than in the actual police work, so I look forward to the next book New readers should start with one of the earlier books.As a side note, the debate about who popularizedthe police procedural genre is settled in this sixth book, as one of the characters is shown reading an EdMcBain thriller Till Death , so I guess the Swedes acknowledged the inspiration from across the ocean


  3. Toby Toby says:

    The husband and wife team of political activists turned mystery writers, Sjowall this time the spoiling of nature by commerce, the government approval of an illegal arms trade, the inferior quality of The husband and wife team of political activists turned mystery writers, Sjowall Wahloo, really crank up the social commentary in this sixth chapter in their The Story of a Crime series featuring Martin Beck It s noticeable because there s very little in the way of crime or police procedural writing anddiscussion on the failings of Swedish society in the late 1960 s this time the spoiling of nature by commerce, the government approval of an illegal arms trade, the inferior quality of housing for the poor and the huge profits it created for slum landlords and unconscionable loan sharks and the general filth that was allowed to spread on the streets of Stockholm.The murder that occurs in the dining room of The Savoy Hotel in Malmo is central to the discussion, how a man can walk in to a room in front of dozens of witnesses, shoot a prominent business man in cold blood and calmly escape leaving the combined efforts of a multi national police force struggling for leads allows the authors to uncover several unsavoury details as part of the investigation The heroes of this series are painted as bureaucrats and fools pushed around by political men intent on hiding anything incriminating under the carpet, the incompetent state of the police force is highlighted by the blundering buffoonery of the copper on the street and Martin Beck all the while plods onwards now shorn of marital responsibility and happier for it.There s a lack of enthusiasm for this case from Beck, Kollberg, Larsen et al that caries through to the reader, they hold the victim and the potential perpetrators in equal contempt and seem to be going through the motions simply because their bosses insist upon a speedy resolution Whilst there s a lot to be said for the way the authors utilised the formula of a police procedural to make political statements, the real pleasure taken from the series is in seeing the journey the protagonists take both in solving the case and their personal lives, the very nature of this novel removes that aspect and in shifting focus further towards the social commentary made Murder at the Savoy the most dated read of the six so far.Part 1 RoseannaPart 2 The Man Who Went Up In SmokePart 3 The Man On The BalconyPart 4 The Laughing PolicemanPart 5 The Fire Engine That Disappeared


  4. Ray Ray says:

    A businessman is shot dead during a dinner at a swanky hotel The murderer gets away and disappears into the night.Who could have killed the tycoon The trophy wife Her lover A dodgy business associate several candidates fit this bill Beck follows the case to a conclusion, with the doggedness we have seen before, ably assisted by a wonderful supporting cast of oddballs and curmudgeons This book is set in the Sixties and it is a little dated in the detail everyone smokes incessantly for in A businessman is shot dead during a dinner at a swanky hotel The murderer gets away and disappears into the night.Who could have killed the tycoon The trophy wife Her lover A dodgy business associate several candidates fit this bill Beck follows the case to a conclusion, with the doggedness we have seen before, ably assisted by a wonderful supporting cast of oddballs and curmudgeons This book is set in the Sixties and it is a little dated in the detail everyone smokes incessantly for instance but it is a good read


  5. Thomas Strömquist Thomas Strömquist says:

    The investigation in Malm this time of the murder a shooting in full restaurant of a wealthy entrepreneur brings out a lot of the social conscience of Martin Beck and his creators This is very much Sweden of the times 60s 70s , but still, at a quite reasonable level and not really interfering with the story being told.


  6. Dorothy Dorothy says:

    I have tremendously enjoyed reading the books in this series Up until now I have to say that this sixth entry in the ten book series left me scratching my head as to why they even bothered It seemed as though the authors were simply phoning it in and were not really engaged by the story they were telling.The mystery took a back seat to Sjowall s and Wahloo s exploration of Swedish society and all that they felt was wrong with it back in the 1960s when they were writing Reading about the I have tremendously enjoyed reading the books in this series Up until now I have to say that this sixth entry in the ten book series left me scratching my head as to why they even bothered It seemed as though the authors were simply phoning it in and were not really engaged by the story they were telling.The mystery took a back seat to Sjowall s and Wahloo s exploration of Swedish society and all that they felt was wrong with it back in the 1960s when they were writing Reading about the evils of the welfare state that was Sweden was interesting, at least historically, up to a point, but past that point, I frankly just felt that the writers were beating a dead horse They were definitely beating a reader who had lost interest.The mystery involves who shot Viktor Palmgren, a powerful Swedish industrialist, while he was making an after dinner speech in the restaurant of the luxurious Hotel Savoy He had just stood up to start his speech when a man walked into the restaurant and right up behind Palmgren and shot him in the head with a.22 caliber revolver The other people around the dinner table were so shocked that they didn t realize at first what had happened and the assassin made his escape before anyone could react.Initially, the victim survives, but then within a few hours his condition deteriorates and he dies And so it becomes a case not just of assault but of murder.This all happens in the southern town of Malmo The police there are baffled and are getting nowhere with their investigation Since Palmgren was a very big deal as a captain of industry and a major player in the international money markets, the powers that be in Stockholm are eager for an early solution to the murder They send their main man, Martin Beck, to take over the investigation and find the culprit.In reviewing Palmgren s background and his life, Beck finds that he was not a nice man and that there are probably any number of people who would have been happy to have him dead But which one of them did it As usual, Beck is coming down with a cold and feeling miserable, and his detectives are just about the most reluctant group of investigators that you will ever find in the pages of a mystery novel Still they all trudge on, doing their job, however grudgingly, and, finally, they do reach a conclusion and get their man Frankly, by this point, I had a lot of sympathy for the murderer and I was sort of hoping he would get away That s really not the reaction that a reader of a murder mystery should have.One of the things that I have enjoyed so much in the previous books in the series has been the sly humor which the authors have slipped into the narrative from time to time, often to drive home a point This book had very little of that Early in the book, there was one bit that gave me a chuckle, but after that it was mostly sheer, boring routine and much attention paid to each detective s complaints about the society, about life, and about his job But perhaps that is just true to life and that s what the detective s lot is all about It may be realistic, but it doesn t make for very compelling reading


  7. Nancy Oakes Nancy Oakes says:

    In the city of Malmo, which lies across the Baltic from the coast of Denmark, a group of people are having dinner together at the Savoy hotel A man enters the dining room and shoots one of them, a wealthy industrialist who promptly falls into a plate of mashed potatoes that surround a fish casserole The shooter leaves through a window and he s gone With very little clues as to the killer s identity, the police begin to focus on the dead man, Victor Palmgren, and his associates Things become In the city of Malmo, which lies across the Baltic from the coast of Denmark, a group of people are having dinner together at the Savoy hotel A man enters the dining room and shoots one of them, a wealthy industrialist who promptly falls into a plate of mashed potatoes that surround a fish casserole The shooter leaves through a window and he s gone With very little clues as to the killer s identity, the police begin to focus on the dead man, Victor Palmgren, and his associates Things become rather complicated when Martin Beck, Chief Inspector of the National Homicide Squad is told to move quickly on the case and get it closed, because Palmgren has been involved in some shady transactions abroad which might cause some embarrassment to some in the upper echelons of Swedish politics.Murder at the Savoy is the sixth book and doesn t have the intensity of some of its predecessors in the series, but it s still a great read As always, Wahloo and Sjowall take their opportunity to voice their opinions about the social problems in Sweden of the time This time, though, the authors also ask their readers to consider the very nature of crime itself, and the question of justice, for that matter While most people consider crime to be under the purview of the police and the legal system, there are those for whom there is no recourse, especially when one is at the mercy of the whims of the rich and famous This is one of those issues that is never pertinent only to a time or a place it is an ongoing reality of life This is one of the characteristics of the series as a whole the books may have been written decades ago, but the authors observations remain appropriate in the present time As with the other books, there are memorable moments of humor during a serious investigation, and the characters continue to grow and change, acting very human all of the time And another hallmark of this series continues here the crime, the investigation, the characters lives and the social commentary all occur succinctly within a relatively short amount of space with no superfluous distractions I am loving this series and have the final four stacked up, ready to read I can t think of another author or pair of authors who have done what Wahloo and Sjowall have accomplished here in the realm of crime fiction Just because these books were written some time ago, they re not antiquated they ve still got a lot to offer readers who are either just entering the genre or those who ve been in it a while and have only focused on current offerings Again, you can read this as a standalone, but to get the most out of the series, I would suggest starting with the first book, Roseanna


  8. Larou Larou says:

    The introduction to this volume by Michael Carlson is one of the better ones in this edition finally someone who does not deem it necessary to a follow a mention of the authors Marxist leanings with a disclaimer that they are not preaching party politics Unlike communism or socialism, Marxism is not a political movement but a philosophy and an analysis of the workings of capitalist society which both communism and socialism claim to build on notice that there is a difference in fact M The introduction to this volume by Michael Carlson is one of the better ones in this edition finally someone who does not deem it necessary to a follow a mention of the authors Marxist leanings with a disclaimer that they are not preaching party politics Unlike communism or socialism, Marxism is not a political movement but a philosophy and an analysis of the workings of capitalist society which both communism and socialism claim to build on notice that there is a difference in fact Marxism is probably to this day the most nuanced and incisive analytical tool in existence if one tries to comprehend the forces driving economy and society And this is important for Murder at the Savoy, because while earlier novels in the series always had a strong element of social realism, it is here that Sj wall Wahl first attempt to tackle Swedish society as a whole rather than just certain localized aspects of it Depicting the whole of contemporary society as based on injustice, driven by corruption and held together by exploitation is of course quite ambitious for a police procedural, and while Murder at the Savoy is still clearly and unambiguously a crime novel, the authors just as clearly were not satisfied with the scope that following standard genre conventions offered them And I would argue that it s precisely an underlying Marxist analysis of Swedish society that allows Sj wall und Wahl to open up their perspective here, providing a foundation that grounds their criticism and lends it impetus beyond the range of a crime fiction plot Which does not mean that the authors are neglecting that aspect of the novel just like the previous installments in the series, Murder at the Savoy is an excellent police procedural, combining a compelling mystery with realistic descriptions of police work and plausible character portraits Interestingly, at the same time as the series begins to present a broader perspective on Swedish society at the time, it also spends increasinglytime filling out the smaller details in the lives of its protagonists, painting small pictures inside the big one In fact, it might even be the most admirable feature of this series how it manages to strike an almost perfect balance between prodesse and delectare indeed, there are few works in any genre that mix instruction and delight as well as Maj Sj wall s and Per Wahl s series


  9. Jenn Jenn says:

    I know that Sjowall and Wahloo pioneered the Swedish procedural, and I know, as well, that pioneers often work within a framework that s muchlimited than what we are used to As such, it s not hard to imagine that these mysteries were ground breaking at the time they came out They depict a society growing anxious about its own safety, about the efficacy of its police, and about the trust worthiness of its own home grown businesses and elite classes The clash between classes isappar I know that Sjowall and Wahloo pioneered the Swedish procedural, and I know, as well, that pioneers often work within a framework that s muchlimited than what we are used to As such, it s not hard to imagine that these mysteries were ground breaking at the time they came out They depict a society growing anxious about its own safety, about the efficacy of its police, and about the trust worthiness of its own home grown businesses and elite classes The clash between classes isapparently in this book than it was in the first Beck mystery I read, and to some extent, that helps propel the story along.The mystery, however, often gets obscured by the message Sjowall and Wahloo want to talk about this teeming, changing Sweden, and so they use every device and insignificant non suspect they can get their hands on to illustrate the possible changes Yet there isn t a character that they interview through the first 3 4 of the book that anyone including the lead detectives genuinely believe might have actually committed the crime So it feels like we re just going through the paces That s certainly an important part of the procedural form, and part of the ground breaking here was the invention of detectives who don t have action filled days and danger filled nights, certainly Still, I think the convention of having some suspense can t be discarded altogether without a great loss in reader interest, and since there s not even the opportunity for a reader to sympathize with the victim, well, it became difficult to continue this book about 1 3 of the way in


  10. M.J. Johnson M.J. Johnson says:

    Another thoroughly enjoyable, highly satisfying instalment in this fine series Recommended.


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