Monday, November 12, 2007

OCTOBER'S QUIRKY QUIZ: THE ELUCIDATION




When Kollberg was ready, he looked at Martin Beck and said,




"The trouble with you, Martin, is just that you've got the wrong job. At the wrong time. In the wrong part of the world. In the wrong system."
"Is that all?"


"Roughly," said Kollberg, "My turn to start? Then I say X-X as in Marx."


Of course I could not have put in the last sentence as knowing the politics of Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo you would have got it too easily.


The answer then , Martin Beck and the end of The Terrorists [1975] the last in the ten book masterwork, The Story of a Crime.
The November Quirky Quiz will be posted in a few days.

4 Comments:

Blogger Peter said...

Hmm, was Martin Beck the first of the world-weary detectives?
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12:26 PM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

No,I think there have been world weary detectives almost as long as there have been world-weary dentists, and newspapermen.

12:54 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

I thought dentists would be more nervous than world-weary, though the difference might escape some.

In fact, though, an article in the very issue of Mystery Readers Journal with which you illustrate this comment makes the point that, except for the absence of details such as cellular phones, the Martin Beck books could have been written today, so fresh is their attitude.
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Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"
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11:49 PM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Thanks Peter, I subscribed to Mystery Readers Journal after you posted about your article, but I haven't had time to read this issue yet.

3:49 AM  

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