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Kvaalen, Olav. Olav Kvaalen was created by “Karl Spanser,” the pseudonym of the Norwegian author Fridtjof Knutsen (Nils Nygaard), and appeared in Og så Kom Politiet... (1942), Her Lukter Svidd (1943), and Mens Stor-Oslo Sover (1943).

Olav Kvaalen is a retired Norwegian policeman who solves various crimes. He is a “simple man,” not a sophisticated, cerebral Great Detective, and has the usual hard-boiled attitude toward criminals and approach to solving crime. Many of the crimes he solves arise from social problems rather than the acts of bad men.

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