Cop Killer (novel)

Cop Killer (novel)
Cop Killer  
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Swedish edition.
Author(s) Sjöwall and Wahlöö
Original title Polismördaren
Country Sweden
Language Swedish
Series Martin Beck series
Publisher Norstedts Förlag
Publication date 1974
Pages 285 pp
ISBN 91-1-742201-9
OCLC Number 9759090
LC Classification PT9876.29.J63 P63
Preceded by The Locked Room
Followed by The Terrorists

Cop Killer (1973) is a novel by Sjöwall and Wahlöö in their detective series revolving around Martin Beck and his team. (Original Swedish title: Polismördaren.)


Plot summary

Martin Beck investigates the murder of a woman in Anderslöv in Southern Sweden, and begins by looking at the murderer he put away in "Roseanna". At the same time, Malm leads a manhunt for the surviving partner of a teenage criminal who killed a policeman during a gunfight.

Characters and their development

Folke Bengtsson, the killer from the first Sjöwall and Wahlöö novel Roseanna, returns as a suspect of the murder of the woman.

Hergott Nöjd is introduced as a character with a particularly appealing dry sort of humor. He and Martin Beck develop a friendship during the investigations. Nöjd returns in the next Sjöwall and Wahlöö book, The Terrorists.

Lennart Kollberg resigns from the police force by the end of this book.


The novel was used as the basis for a 1994 Swedish-German film, directed by Peter Keglevic. Titled Polismördaren in Sweden, it is known as The Police Murderer in the United States.[1]


Preceded by
The Locked Room
"Martin Beck" timeline, part 9 of 10 Succeeded by
The Terrorists

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