Steven Mackintosh stars as Martin Beck, with Neil Pearson as his friend and colleague Lennart Kollberg, in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Murder at the Savoy.
The Martin Beck books, written by Swedish husband and wife team Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö between 1965-1975, set a gold standard for all subsequent Scandanavian crime fiction. Beck was the original flawed policeman, working with a motley collection of colleagues to uncover the cruelty and injustice lurking beneath the surface of Sweden's seemingly liberal, democratic society.
In Murder at the Savoy, adapted from the sixth book in the series, Martin Beck and Lennart Kollberg are called to Malmö in southern Sweden when an industrialist is shot whilst having dinner at the city's best hotel. People in high places want the case cleared up quietly and quickly, but Beck refuses to give way to pressure. Translated by Amy and Ken Knoespel and dramatised by Jennifer Howarth.
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A Profiteer has a unwanted guest for dinner
The charactors and acting gave me the whole scene in my imagination
Beck long suffering but does never fails to see the hipocracy of his superiors but appreciates the skills of his team who contribute to his sucesses
Neil Pearson Colbert is sympathetic charactor who cares too much but his inteligence is often the key to the element in solving tricky cases
The hidden dark side of swedish society
If you enjoy inteligent and realistic drama without the modern trend for voyerism like in CSI
- K. Spraggs
Not the best example of a Martin Beck story.
- critical friend