by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
Translated by Thomas Teal
Dramatised for radio by Jennifer Howarth
The murder of a woman in a small village outside Malmö in Southern Sweden wouldn't normally warrant the attentions of Detective Inspector Martin Beck and his team. But this woman lived next door to a man who has already killed once, and the press are taking a lot of interest in the case. Beck and Kollberg aren't getting anywhere when a teenage shootout between two teenage boys and the police not far away starts a series of events that eventually leads them to the killer, and sets the seal on a significant decision for Lennart Kollberg.
Original Music by Elizabeth Purnell
Directed by Sara Davies.