Maj Sjöwall

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Maj Sjöwall
Sjöwall in 2009
Sjöwall in 2009
Born (1935-09-25) September 25, 1935 (age 83)
Stockholm, Sweden
OccupationNovelist, Translator
GenreCrime fiction

Maj Sjöwall (born September 25, 1935 in Stockholm) is a Swedish author and translator. She is best known for the collaborative work with her partner Per Wahlöö on a series of ten novels about the exploits of Martin Beck, a police detective in Stockholm. They also wrote novels separately. In 1971, the fourth of the Beck books, The Laughing Policeman (a translation of Den skrattande polisen, originally published in 1968) won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Novel and was adapted into the film The Laughing Policeman starring Walter Matthau.

Sjöwall had a 13-year relationship with Wahlöö which lasted until his death in 1975.[1]

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  1. ^ The queen of crime, The Observer Sunday 22 November 2009

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