- Cop Killer (novel)
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
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.
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