The Abominable Man

By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö

The amazing 7th novel within the Martin Beck secret sequence by way of Maj Sjöwall and in keeping with Wahlöö, reveals Beck dealing with one of many maximum demanding situations in his specialist career.

The ugly homicide of a police captain in his health center room finds the unsavory background of a guy who spent 40 years working towards a terrible mix of strong-arm police paintings and shear brutality. Martin Beck and his colleagues feverishly comb Stockholm for the assassin, a demented and lethal rifleman, who has plans for much more chaos. because the rigidity builds and a sense of drawing close hazard grips Beck, his research finds proof of police corruption. That’s whilst an excellent more advantageous feel of accountability and anything like disgrace urge him into taking a sequence of drastic steps, which result in a surprising catastrophe.

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He himself used to be nonetheless maintaining his Walther pointed up and to at least one facet, stuck in the course of a circulate. What did he have time to imagine? That it was once too past due. That he famous Eriksson extra conveniently than he’d anticipated to—the blond moustache, the combed-back hair. The gasoline masks driven round to the again of his neck. That’s what he had time to determine. Plus the oddly formed Hammerli with its large grip and the steel-blue fabric of the sq. barrel. The pistol looking at him with death’s small black eye. He’d learn that someplace. so much of all, that it used to be too past due. Eriksson shot. He observed the blue eyes simply in that hundredth of a moment. And the flash from the muzzle. The bullet struck him in the course of the chest. Like a sledgehammer. 29 The little balcony used to be approximately six ft deep and ten toes lengthy. A slender iron ladder was once firmly bolted to the interior wall, and led as much as the black sheet-iron roof. at the brief partitions there have been closed doorways into the construction, whereas at the facet towards the backyard was once a excessive railing of thick opaque glass plates, and above it an iron beam that ran among the surface corners of the 2 aspect partitions. at the glazed brick tiles of the balcony ground stood a collapsible rack for beating carpets. Martin Beck lay on his again in this sparse community of galvanized iron pipes. His head used to be bent again and his neck rested opposed to the heavy pipe that constituted the body of the carpet rack. He slowly regained realization, opened his eyes and seemed up into the transparent blue sky. His imaginative and prescient started to swim and he closed his eyes back. He remembered, or quite might be nonetheless felt, the poor effect opposed to his chest and the way he had fallen. yet he had no reminiscence of touchdown. Had he plunged down into the backyard, the complete peak of the development? may well a guy continue to exist a fall like that? Martin Beck attempted to raise his head to go searching, but if he tensed his muscle mass the discomfort used to be so piercing that for a second he handed out back. He didn’t repeat the try out, yet regarded round from less than half-closed lids in addition to he may well with out relocating his head. He might see the ladder and the black fringe of the roof, and discovered that his fall hadn’t been greater than a number of yards. He closed his eyes. Then he attempted to maneuver his legs and arms one by one, however the soreness stabbed at him once he moved a muscle at any place. He learned he’d been hit by way of a minimum of one shot within the chest, and he was once mildly stunned to be alive. He used to be now not, notwithstanding, gripped by way of the dizzying pleasure that the folks in novels appeared to consider in those events. Nor, oddly adequate, was once he afraid. He questioned how a lot time had handed considering that he’d been hit, and no matter if he’d been hit back after wasting awareness. was once the fellow nonetheless up there at the roof? He didn’t listen any pictures. Martin Beck had noticeable his face, instantaneously the face of a kid and of an previous guy. How was once that attainable? And his eyes—insane with worry or hate or desperation, or even simply completely vacant. Martin Beck had by some means imagined that he understood this guy, a part of the fault was once his personal, that he needs to support, however the guy at the roof was once past all support.

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