The new bestselling thriller from Scandinavia's Queen of Crime
Liza Marklund is an author, publisher, journalist, columnist, and goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. Her crime novels featuring the gutsy reporter Annika Bengtzon instantly became an international hit. iza has co-written a crime novel, The Postcard Killers, with James Patterson, which is published later this year. She is currently working on the next instalment in the Annika Bengton series.
Marklund's superb fifth novel featuring Stockholm journalist Annika Bengtzon (after Prime Time) finds Annika, who's no longer officially on the crime beat at the Evening Post, working as an independent reporter, mostly pursuing terrorism stories, particularly relating to Communist protests in the 1960s and '70s. While she's investigating in the northern town of LuleA, a fellow journalist and source dies in a hit-and-run accident, which turns out to be the first in a series of murders. Annika traces these murders to a deadly act of sabotage on a Swedish military base in 1969, and begins to suspect that the man behind the present-day slayings and the army attack-known only by his code name of "Ragnwald"-has returned to kill again. Meanwhile, Annika's marriage falters as she and her husband juggle two careers and two children. Marklund (The Postcard Killers with James Patterson) imbues Annika with a fierce intensity without sacrificing her vulnerability. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
As journalist Annika Bengtzon delves into a decades-old terrorist attack, her investigation is thwarted when her prime contact dies in a hit-and-run accident. Not believing in coincidences, Annika finds that the man she was to meet was killed in what is the first of a string of murders believed to be committed by the former leader of an old revolutionary gang that's back in Sweden after bombing a plane at a military base in 1969. Having given up her job as crime editor of the Evening Star in Stockholm after a life-threatening ordeal (in The Bomber), Annika works for the paper as an independent investigative reporter, butting heads with the editor in chief as she pursues her story at all costs and takes desperate measures when she discovers her husband's affair. VERDICT In the fifth book of her internationally best-selling series (which is not written chronologically), Marklund blends the sociology and politics of contemporary Sweden with a taut mystery, capturing the Scandinavian chill as she builds suspense to an eminently satisfying conclusion. This excellent addition to the Nordic crime scene will also appeal to readers who enjoyed her outing this summer with James Patterson in The Postcard Killers.-Michele Leber, Arlington, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.