I would agree and disagree, thereby offending everyone.
The Beck books were seen by Maj Sj÷wall and Per Wahl÷÷ as a tool for
moral and social criticism.
They were both Marxists.
They can certainly be seen as procedurals, but there is a bite to them
I don't think is particularly mainstream.
As such, they at times have a bit of a hard boiled/noir feel to my
ears, although I wouldn't consider them either.
Something, I remember discussing years ago on this list, was that
while HB/N writers have been all over the place politically, many of
them seem to share an awareness of class and a sense that society is
On Apr 17, 2009, at 4:09 PM, Stewart Wilson wrote:
> Hi Harry,
> They are mainstream procedurals. I don't think of them as noir.
> Unless the larger story is something like "Beck's career", that title
> is definitely symbolic.
> On Fri, Apr 17, 2009 at 2:07 PM, Harry Joseph Lerner
> <email@example.com> wrote:
> > Hello Everyone,
> > Is anyone familiar with Maj Sj÷wall and Per Wahl÷÷'s Martin Beck
> series? Are they at all noirish, or are they more mainstream
> mystery? I know there are 10 novels in the series collectively
> titled THE STORY OF A CRIME. Does this mean that the individual
> novels are part of a larger single story arc or is the series title
> more symbolic than literal?
> > Thanks!
> > Harry
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