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. In 1971, the fourth of these books, (a translation of The Laughing Policeman 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 starring The Laughing Policeman Walter Matthau. They also wrote novels separately.
Sjöwall had a 13-year relationship with Wahlöö which lasted until his death in 1975.
She is a former [1 ] Marxist, as was Wahlöö: the last Martin Beck novel, , ends with the phrase, "X as in Marx." The Terrorists [2 ]
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