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First edition (Swedish)
|Author||Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö|
|Original title||Polis, polis, potatismos!|
|Series||Martin Beck series|
|Publisher|| Norstedts Förlag (Swedish)|
Pantheon Books (English)
Published in English
|Preceded by||The Fire Engine That Disappeared|
|Followed by||The Abominable Man|
Murder at the Savoy (original title: Polis, polis, potatismos! literally "Police, Police, Mashed Potatoes!") is a 1970 crime novel by Swedish writers Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. It is the sixth book out of ten in the detective series by revolving around police detective Martin Beck.
Murder at the Savoy is the English title of the novel. The Swedish title of the book, meaning "Police, police, mashed potatoes", is explained in a scene where Gunvald Larsson is telling off the miserably lazy policemen Kristiansson and Kvant. The two policemen had, instead of obeying their orders to arrest a suspect at Arlanda Airport, been arguing with a man whose 3-year-old son had shouted "Police, police, mashed potatoes" at the two policemen while they were eating Hot Dog with mashed potatoes at a grill bar. This refers to the common rhyme "polis polis potatisgris" ("police, police, potato pig").
Martin Beck has to search through the high powered business man Viktor Palmgren's many enemies when the business man is shot in front of a dozen witnesses at a high-end restaurant. Behind the facade of legal transactions he finds out that Palmgren had earned most of his money with illegal arms deals.
During the investigation it turns out that Bertil Svensson shot Palmgren because he had caused his unemployment, the loss of his home and, ultimately, the loss of his family. Svensson confesses and is arrested while Palmgren's unscrupulous business partners remain largely undisturbed.
The novel has been adapted to film twice. The 1979 Latvian film Unfinished Supper , directed by Jānis Streičs, was based on the book. Romualds Ancāns played the role of Martin Beck.
A Swedish adaption of the novel was released in 1993, directed by Pelle Berglund. Gösta Ekman played the role of Martin Beck and Rolf Lassgård played Gunvald Larsson.
The Fire Engine That Disappeared
|"Martin Beck" timeline, part 6 of 10||Succeeded by|
The Abominable Man
Martin Beck is a fictional Swedish police detective who is the main character in a series of ten novels by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, collectively titled The Story of a Crime. The stories are frequently referred to as the Martin Beck stories. All of the novels have been adapted into films between 1967 and 1994, six of which featured Gösta Ekman as Martin Beck. Between 1997 and 2018 there have also been 38 films based on the characters, with Peter Haber as Martin Beck.
The Locked Room is a mystery novel by Swedish writers Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, published in 1972. It is part of their detective series revolving around Martin Beck and his team.
The Man on the Roof is a 1976 Swedish police procedural-thriller film directed by Bo Widerberg. It is based on the 1971 novel The Abominable Man by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. The film stars Carl-Gustaf Lindstedt, Sven Wollter, Thomas Hellberg and Håkan Serner.
The Man on the Balcony is a mystery novel by Swedish writer Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, originally published as Mannen på balkongen in 1967. It is the third novel in the detective series revolving around Swedish police detective Martin Beck.
The Fire Engine That Disappeared is a mystery novel by Swedish writers Sjöwall and Wahlöö, published in 1969. It is the fifth book in the Martin Beck detective series.
The Terrorists is a crime novel by Swedish writers Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö; it is the final book in their 10-part detective series revolving around Martin Beck and his team. The Terrorists was unfinished at the time of Per Wahlöö's death in June 1975; the last few chapters were completed by Maj Sjöwall alone.
Beck – The Money Man is a 1998 television crime thriller about the Swedish police detective Martin Beck directed by Harald Hamrell.
Beck – Hämndens pris is a Swedish police film about Martin Beck, directed by Kjell Sundvall and released in June 2001.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a psychological thriller novel by Swedish author and journalist Stieg Larsson (1954–2004), which was published posthumously in 2005 to become an international bestseller. It is the first book of the Millennium series.
The Girl Who Played with Fire is the second novel in the best-selling Millennium series by Swedish writer Stieg Larsson. It was published posthumously in Swedish in 2006 and in English in January 2009.
Beck – Levande begravd is a 2009 film about the Swedish police detective Martin Beck directed by Harald Hamrell.
Beck: The Eye of the Storm is a 2009 film about the Swedish police detective Martin Beck, directed by Harald Hamrell. It is the 25th film in the series of chief inspector Martin Beck with Peter Haber in the role of Beck and Mikael Persbrandt as Gunvald Larsson. The producer is Lars Blomgren and production company is Filmlance.
Beck – Mannen med ikonerna is a 1997 film about the Swedish police detective Martin Beck directed by Pelle Seth.
Beck – Vita nätter is a 1998 Swedish police film about Martin Beck, directed by Kjell Sundvall.
Beck – Spår i mörker is a 1997 film about the Swedish police detective Martin Beck directed by Morten Arnfred. It is the eighth film about Martin Beck with Peter Haber as Martin Beck and Mikael Persbrandt as Gunvald Larsson.
Stockholm Marathon is a 1994 film directed by Peter Keglevic about the Swedish police detective Martin Beck, loosely based on the last Martin Beck novel, The Terrorists (1975). The title song for the film, "Marathon of Life", was written by Ralf Stemmann and performed by Thomas Anders.
Beck – Pojken i glaskulan is a 2002 film about the Swedish police detective Martin Beck directed by Daniel Lind Lagerlöf.
Beck – Den svaga länken is a 2007 film about the Swedish police detective Martin Beck directed by Harald Hamrell. Police investigates rapes and murders that occur at night in park.
Beck – Det tysta skriket is a 2007 film about the Swedish police detective Martin Beck directed by Harald Hamrell.
Murder at the Savoy is a Swedish/German film from 1993, based on the 1970 book Murder at the Savoy.