- The Man on the Balcony
- See also The Man on the Balcony (film) for the film with the same name.
The Man on the Balcony
1st edition (Swedish)
Author(s) Sjöwall and Wahlöö Original title Mannen på balkongen Country Sweden Language Swedish Series Martin Beck series Publisher Norstedts Förlag Publication date 1967 Pages 199 pp Preceded by The Man Who Went Up in Smoke Followed by The Laughing Policeman
The Man on the Balcony is the third novel in the detective series revolving around Swedish police detective Martin Beck, and was written by Sjöwall and Wahlöö and originally published as Mannen på balkongen in 1967.
Martin Beck and his team realize that a pedosexual murderer may have been seen by an unidentified serial robber who was watching for prey in the area, at the time. The pressure is turned up when more child murders begin to occur.
Characters and their development
The boorish detective Gunvald Larsson is introduced, as is Einar Rönn, who comes from a rural part of the country and likes his life quiet. Larsson was Sjöwall's favourite character, whereas Rönn was Wahlöö's. Also, two regular street cops are introduced, Kristiansson and Kvant, who will provide some of the comic relief throughout the rest of the series.
On November 26, 1993 the film with the same name premiered at theatres/cinema in Sweden. The film starred Gösta Ekman as Martin Beck and Rolf Lassgård as Gunvald Larsson and was a great success. The film won the Swedish film prize Guldbaggen for Best Actor (Gösta Ekman), Best Screenplay (Daniel Alfredson & Jonas Cornell) and Best Film (Hans Lönnerheden, producer).
The Man Who Went Up in Smoke
"Martin Beck" timeline, part 3 of 10 Succeeded by
The Laughing Policeman
Martin Beck Sjöwall and Wahlöö · Maj Sjöwall · Per Wahlöö NovelsRoseanna · The Man Who Went Up in Smoke · The Man on the Balcony · The Laughing Policeman · The Fire Engine That Disappeared · Murder at the Savoy · The Abominable Man · The Locked Room · Cop Killer · The Terrorists Films based
on the novelsDer Mann, der sich in Luft auflöste · Beck - De gesloten kamer · Brandbilen som försvann · Polis polis potatismos! · Mannen på balkongen · Polismördaren · Stockholm Marathon
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