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In Stockholm, on St. Lucy's feast day, a bandit daringly robs a crowded post office. Within a fortnight, two witnesses are dead. Two cops from vice squad, Johansson and Jarnebring, who were the first to the crime scene, pursue all leads and identify a suspect, an arrogant member of the elite secret police, a man assigned to guard the country's Minister of Justice. Just as the beat cops think they've tightened the noose around the suspect, loose ends appear, witnesses lose their certainty, alibis crop up, and even the cops doubt what they've seen. Who's protecting the suspect and why? Written by
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Two vice squad cops investigate a robbery that leads to unexpected places
"The Man from Majorca" is a very good Swedish policier or poliziotteschi, a political noir, a police procedural and a detective story.
As one also finds in the two later Wallander series, the script contains uniquely Swedish story elements. The police are unglamorous and sarcastic. They do not look like Hollywood heroes. There are comments made about the habits of Swedes. Men take notice of the female sex. There are oddball supporting characters. Personal lives are sometimes far from the lives shown on the job. Corruption is a strong story feature. There are many insightful and entertaining observations that characters make. Characters tend to be blunt and shrewd, with a certain ironic way of interacting.
The story opens with a daring and successful robbery by a masked man. Two vice cops happen to be minutes away, so they are first on the scene. One gives chase. Everyone is impressed with the professionalism of the robber, but clues are very slight.
The story is complex. One may lose track at first as action predominates for awhile without prior exposition. This adds to the mystery, placing us in the shoes of the two cops who continue to pursue the case.
It's best not to reveal the plot. It's a solid thriller.
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