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This is a comments thread about Blog Post: Film Score Friday 8/14/20 by Scott Bettencourt
 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2020 - 11:35 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Ah! A fellow DeAndrea reader. Are you going to go on to The Werewolf and The Manx Murders? Then onto the Matt Cobb series?

 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2020 - 9:40 AM   
 By:   Scott Bettencourt   (Member)

Actually, not. I'd bought HOG Murders back in the 90s because I was collecting Edgar winners but as with so many books I bought in that (for me) profligate decade, I only now got around to reading it.

I ended up enjoying it -- I thought the solution to the mystery was extremely clever -- but not enough to read any of his other books (and I was shocked that the biggest mystery fan among my circle of friends had never even heard of the book or its author - this guy literally has a mansion full of mystery novels). I thought the book was comedic without ever actually being funny, and not to get all moralistic, but that light-hearted tone seemed a bit jarring for a story in which a small boy is decapitated. But as I said, the solution was genuinely clever and took me by surprise.

I'm re-reading the "Martin Beck" mysteries by Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo, which I'd loved in the '80s but hadn't read since, and they're as great as I'd remembered. (And I've always been very fond of the film version of The Laughing Policeman -- hard to go wrong with Matthau, Dern and San Francisco in the '70s -- but it's not a very faithful adaptation).

 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2020 - 10:46 AM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

I'm re-reading the "Martin Beck" mysteries by Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo, which I'd loved in the '80s but hadn't read since, and they're as great as I'd remembered. (And I've always been very fond of the film version of The Laughing Policeman -- hard to go wrong with Matthau, Dern and San Francisco in the '70s -- but it's not a very faithful adaptation).

I finally caught up with the 1976 Swedish film of the Martin Beck "Man on the Roof." An enjoyable mix of Eurocinema influenced by 1970s Hollywood grit-thrillers.

 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2020 - 11:25 AM   
 By:   Scott Bettencourt   (Member)

I don't know if I've seen Man on the Roof since it aired on PBS when I was a teen. I was watching it with my mother, so I was very surprised/embarrassed when there was unexpected casual male frontal nudity. Very European, but very much not what one would expect to see on TV in the late 70s.

I'm glad that the Sjowall/Wahloo books are being considered crucial in the development of "nordic noir," but I'm afraid films like Headhunters, The Snowman and the Dragon Tattoo series have not made me eager to pick up any of the source novels or other works by those authors.

 
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