RARA-AVIS: Re: The Laughing Policeman

From: jxshannon2@aol.com
Date: 25 Apr 2008

In my opinion, the Sjowall-Wahloo series is one of the great classics of using a police procedural to draw a fascinating portrait of the social history of an area and an era (Southern Sweden from Stockholm to Malmo, and the 60s-70s), and the characters of the cops are well-drawn and grow and change over the series. How many writers had a hard-bitten communist cop?
  I can't say I'm a fan of moving it to San Francisco. It kind of misses the point (or most of the point)--like the silliness of Philip Marlowe in London.

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