Maj Sjoewall and Per Wahloeoe, her husband and coauthor, wrote ten Martin Beck mysteries. They plotted and researched each book together then wrote alternate chapters. The books were written over a ten year period and carefully planned to allow for gradual character development and evolving social commentary as the series continued. Mr Wahloo, who died in 1975, was a reporter for several Swedish newspapers and magazines and wrote numerous radio and television plays, film scripts, short stories, and novels. Maj Sjoewall is also a poet.
"Sjoewall and Wahloeoe write unsparingly and unswervingly. . . . Fast moving storytelling. . . . Their plots are second to none." --Val McDermid, from the introduction "Enormously satisfying. . . . Terse, tense and eminently readable." --Chicago Tribune"Ingenious. . . . Their mysteries don't just read well; they reread even better. . . . The writing is lean, with mournful undertones."--The New York Times"The husband-wife combination forms a superb story-telling team."--El Paso Times