Per Anoldi was a Swedish writer who was born in 1876. He is best known for his work in the genre of detective fiction. Anoldi's most famous character is Inspector Martin Beck, who appeared in a series of ten novels. Beck was a completely new type of detective, one who did not use deductive reasoning or have any special abilities. Instead, he relied on dogged police work and luck. Anoldi's novels were extremely successful, and they were adapted into a number of films and television shows. In addition to his work in detective fiction, Anoldi also wrote a number of non-fiction books on Sweden and Swedish culture. He died in 1946.