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Murder on the Thirty-first Floor I thought that this book was relevant to today with a few exceptions There would be no typewriters and there would be i phones everywhere today Inspector Jensen was aware that things were not normal at the building and wasn t fooled by the publishers finding a party to the letter themselves He struggled with the problem for the remaining time allotted him to find the perpetrator Per Wahl was a very intelligent chap to write this story back in 1964 The ending was worth reading the story. Incredible to think how short time span the whole book is happening One week Well, it is so engaging it took me only a couple of days to read The dry humour and ridiculous characters one might meet during an ongoing investigation is incredibly entertaining The book sucks you into it and when you get to the last two pages you are so lost as to what the hell just happened, you have to read it all over again And then the after an incredible book depression hits Unless you got another great bo Incredible to think how short time span the whole book is happening One week Well, it is so engaging it took me only a couple of days to read The dry humour and ridiculous characters one might meet during an ongoing investigation is incredibly entertaining The book sucks you into it and when you get to the last two pages you are so lost as to what the hell just happened, you have to read it all over again And then the after an incredible book depression hits Unless you got another great book lined up This is brilliant A phlegmatic, digestively impaired detective in an anti intellectual socialist dystopia has seven days to figure out who sent a bomb threat to a large magazine publishing company with lots of chromium furniture Society much like today has been so dumbed down that although magazines only dealt with princesses and how to make gingersnaps, they are above the readers heads I think the author is in favor of women s pubic hair, but I couldn t tell if the badger that frightened the children was A phlegmatic, digestively impaired detective in an anti intellectual socialist dystopia has seven days to figure out who sent a bomb threat to a large magazine publishing company with lots of chromium furniture Society much like today has been so dumbed down that although magazines only dealt with princesses and how to make gingersnaps, they are above the readers heads I think the author is in favor of women s pubic hair, but I couldn t tell if the badger that frightened the children was supposed to be allegorical This is the second of Wahloo s futuristic novels I ve read I prefer his novels set in unnamed Latin American countries for a brilliant and astonishing novel of his, read A Necessary Action set in a village in Franco s Spain in the 1950 s.Jensen is completely colorless except for stomach pain, never explained hernia ulcer The novel has a strong narrative pull but is ultimately dissatisfying and even distasteful to this reader at least However, some aspects of the society seemed prescie This is the second of Wahloo s futuristic novels I ve read I prefer his novels set in unnamed Latin American countries for a brilliant and astonishing novel of his, read A Necessary Action set in a village in Franco s Spain in the 1950 s.Jensen is completely colorless except for stomach pain, never explained hernia ulcer The novel has a strong narrative pull but is ultimately dissatisfying and even distasteful to this reader at least However, some aspects of the society seemed prescient a complete dumbing down entertainment as most important Alcoholism, suicide, low birthrate are considered the society s downside Here is a police novel set in a near future world where the police welfare state is fully established.A powerful combine, called The Concern, has bought up all the magazines and newspapers in this unnamed northern country The people are fed a constant diet of bland, meaningless nonsense Anything that could cause people to be concerned or upset is removed Whether it is a children s comic book or a women s magazine, there are lots of bright colors everywhere Sometimes, the same pictures of chi Here is a police novel set in a near future world where the police welfare state is fully established.A powerful combine, called The Concern, has bought up all the magazines and newspapers in this unnamed northern country The people are fed a constant diet of bland, meaningless nonsense Anything that could cause people to be concerned or upset is removed Whether it is a children s comic book or a women s magazine, there are lots of bright colors everywhere Sometimes, the same pictures of children or puppies are used in different publications Everything is edited and printed in the same thirty floor skyscraper.The building receives an anonymous, mailed bomb threat, and those in charge don t know what to do After worrying that the disruption will be too costly, the decision is made to stage a fire drill, and the building is evacuated When no explosion happens, Inspector Jensen of the Sixteenth Division is given the task of finding out who sent the bomb threat His boss, the Chief of Police, intentionally does not want to know what s going on Jensen has one week in which to crack the case, and he cannot let anyone in the skyscraper know what he is doing That might cause them to become nervous or fearful, something which is practically a criminal offense His investigation leads to the nearly mythical thirty first floor of the building, which few have seen, home to the Special Department.I can only give this a rating of Pretty Good It has some really good utopian ideas in it, but I guess Swedish police novels where this was first published are a lot different than American police novels It reads like a cross between 1984 and an episode of the police show Dragnet Inspector Jensen is a person of very few words Per Wahl is one half of the Swedish mystery writing duo Sj wall and Wahl , who between 1965 and 1975 wrote a great series of crime novels featuring inspector Martin Beck and detectives Lennart Kollberg, Gunvald Larsson, Einar Ronn, etc The series contains some of the best police procedurals I have read in my life I find The Laughing Policeman and Roseanna the most outstanding In addition to highly realistic and captivating plots, the books present quite a critical view of the Swedi Per Wahl is one half of the Swedish mystery writing duo Sj wall and Wahl , who between 1965 and 1975 wrote a great series of crime novels featuring inspector Martin Beck and detectives Lennart Kollberg, Gunvald Larsson, Einar Ronn, etc The series contains some of the best police procedurals I have read in my life I find The Laughing Policeman and Roseanna the most outstanding In addition to highly realistic and captivating plots, the books present quite a critical view of the Swedish welfare state society.Per Wahl s Murder on the Thirty First Floor is not a part of the Martin Beck series It is quite a unique crime novel a dystopian police procedural The action takes place in an unnamed country Sweden could very well be the location at some point in not a very distant future The government is involved in a massive social engineering experiment heavy censorship and restrictive social policies are used in the name of creating social equality The newspapers and magazines can print only positive news and stories, which make the readers feel good The anti alcohol policies are draconian for example, the police can arrest people for getting drunk in their own homes.The country has only one magazine publishing concern, a conglomerate that produces all 144 magazines available in the country Chief Inspector Jensen is ordered by the Chief of Police to an emergency the directors of the concern have received a letter with a bomb threat against their main building, which is the workplace for thousands of people After supervising the evacuation, the Chief Inspector is given seven days to find the author of the threatening letter The plot is quite straightforward, and I have not found it very interesting.The most interesting parts are the Orwellian fragments like, for instance, True reporting is not always the best The truth is a commodity which must be handled with utmost caution in modern journalism You cannot be sure that everyone will tolerate it as well as you can The higher a person is in the organizational hierarchy, the stupider he or she is The publisher, who is at the very top of the concern, is a complete, utter idiot, the managing directors are all idiots, the lower level directors are morons, etc In addition, the secret of the thirty first floor is plausible and compelling.One thing I do not understand Mr Wahl as well as Ms Sj wall used to call themselves Marxists Marxism which I believe I know a bit as I grew up in its shadow resulted in one of the most catastrophic social engineering experiments in human history Yet the author criticizes a similar kind of social engineering to the one that Marxism led to I do not get it.Two and a half stars This novel comes before THE STEEL SPRING which I reviewed recently Again it is a dystopian novel In the unnamed country crime rates are falling and so are birth rates, but the government has recently made it illegal to become inebriated not only in public but also at home Every night the jails are filled with drunks, and the government makes a small fortune by fining the inebriates.Publishing of all sorts has become a monopoly of the group that owns The Skyscraper, the 31 storey building that This novel comes before THE STEEL SPRING which I reviewed recently Again it is a dystopian novel In the unnamed country crime rates are falling and so are birth rates, but the government has recently made it illegal to become inebriated not only in public but also at home Every night the jails are filled with drunks, and the government makes a small fortune by fining the inebriates.Publishing of all sorts has become a monopoly of the group that owns The Skyscraper, the 31 storey building that dominates the capital city s skyline As a result the people are fed a bland diet of feel good material whatever their choice of reading The Skyscraper employs over 4,000 people and these all have to be evacuated when the bomb threat arrives by post Stopping the presses even for a short time is extremely expensive, and the managing director of the publishing group contacts the chief of police for advice and immediate action Neither is pleased when Chief Inspector Jensen advises that they must evacuate the building as he can t guarantee safety of those inside However there is no bomb.Jensen is given seven days to find out who sent the threat His life is complicated by the fact that the pain that eventually sends him out of the country for a transplant in THE STEEL SPRING is ever present, but he is a dogged investigator and eventually finds out the truth This is not your every day crime fiction novel and those who have no taste for political polemic or satire might like to steer clear of it Marxist SF The Murder on the 31st Floor by Per Wahl Published for the first time in 1964 2011 edition read NB First read in German a long time ago This is my first reading in English The Murder on the 31st Floor starts as a spiritual murder of cultural criticism, the freedom of expression and then in the physical liquidation of the last social critics The Murder on the 31st Floor is a novel in several ways that breaks with Wahl s earlier novels, which mostly take place in foreign Marxist SF The Murder on the 31st Floor by Per Wahl Published for the first time in 1964 2011 edition read NB First read in German a long time ago This is my first reading in English The Murder on the 31st Floor starts as a spiritual murder of cultural criticism, the freedom of expression and then in the physical liquidation of the last social critics The Murder on the 31st Floor is a novel in several ways that breaks with Wahl s earlier novels, which mostly take place in foreign dictatorships, mainly Spain and Latin America But all his novels, from the beginning, with the football novel Sky Goat 1959 , are power studies of various types You can read the rest of this review on my blog Jensen is a police Inspector in the capital city of plutocratic corporatist state somewhere in the near future investigating a bomb threat against a major magazine and newspaper publisher As his investigation develops it seems to becomeperfunctory, slightlyabsurd and all the whiledisturbing In part this is a result of Wahl s fastidious writing the book is peppered with detailed lists of what Jensen eats, of the notes he takes, of the contents of his desk, of the corridor Jensen is a police Inspector in the capital city of plutocratic corporatist state somewhere in the near future investigating a bomb threat against a major magazine and newspaper publisher As his investigation develops it seems to becomeperfunctory, slightlyabsurd and all the whiledisturbing In part this is a result of Wahl s fastidious writing the book is peppered with detailed lists of what Jensen eats, of the notes he takes, of the contents of his desk, of the corridors he walks in the Skyscraper, home to the publishing conglomerate the reek almost of compulsion but evoke a sense of detail, surveillance of the minutiae and as a result of a panoptic order If he wasn t a Marxist writing in the early 1960s, I d say he d read too much Foucault, but as it turns out it might be the effects of dystopians such as Orwell and Huxley This predates the Martin Beck novels written with Maj Sj wall and is slightly less subtle in its politics, although Wahl conjures up the image of a state that seems to blend the corporatism of Fascist Italy, the plutocracy of contemporary Russia and intellectual torpor of mediatised late capitalism in a deeply disturbing manner At the heart of the tale is the control of a nation s cultural life, dominance by an lite and a willingness to suppress by any means necessary in order to maintain order And who better than a senior police officer to expose the machinations of power When The Nation S Sole Publishing Conglomerate Receives A Mysterious Bomb Threat, Chief Inspector Jensen Is Ordered To Find A Culprit Within A Week Or Else As His Investigation Begins To Reveal The Unsavory Secrets Of A Growing List Of Suspects, Jensen Realizes That He Has Uncovered A Tragic Story Of Betrayal And Death In Which He Will Play The Central 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About the Author: Per Wahlöö

Per Fredrik Wahl 5 August 1926 22 June 1975 was a Swedish author He is perhaps best known for the collaborative work with his partner Maj Sj wall 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 Wahl and Sj wall also wrote novels separately.Wahl was born in T l parish, Kungsbacka Municipality, Halland After his studies, from 1946 onwards he worked as a crime reporter After long trips around the world he returned to Sweden and started working as a journalist again.He had a 13 year relationship with his colleague Maj Sj wall but never married 1 Both were Marxists.He has been married to Inger Wahl , n e Andersson He was brother to Claes Wahl.He died of cancer at Malm in 1975, aged 48.Series written with Maj Sj wall Martin Beck


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