Per Wahlöö

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Per Fredrik Wahlöö
Born (1926-08-05)5 August 1926
Kungsbacka Municipality, Sweden
Died 22 June 1975(1975-06-22) (aged 48)
Malmö, Sweden
Pen name Peter Wahloo
Occupation Novelist, crime reporter
Nationality Swedish
Genre Crime fiction

Per Fredrik Wahlöö (5 August 1926 – 22 June 1975) - in English translations often identified as Peter Wahloo - was a Swedish author. He is perhaps best known for the collaborative work with his partner Maj Sjöwall on a series of ten novels about the exploits of Martin Beck, a police detective in Stockholm, published between 1965 and 1975. In 1971, 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. Wahlöö and Sjöwall also wrote novels separately.

Wahlöö was born in Tölö parish, Kungsbacka Municipality, Halland. Following school, he worked as a crime reporter from 1946 onwards. After long trips around the world he returned to Sweden and started working as a journalist again.

He had a thirteen year relationship with his colleague Maj Sjöwall but never married her.[1] Both were Marxists.

He was married to Inger Wahlöö, née Andersson. He was brother to Claes Wahlöö.

He died of cancer in Malmö in 1975, aged 48.


Novels written by Per Wahlöö alone (see below for joint collaboration)

  • The Assignment (1963)
  • Murder on the Thirty-First Floor (1966)
  • A Necessary Action (1969)
  • The Steel Spring (1970)
  • The Generals (1974)

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