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A bomb has not only destroyed Stockholm's new Olympic arena just months before the Summer Games, it has blown someone to pieces. Putting a city on edge with fears of a terrorist on the loose, the Bomber will become journalist Annika Bengtzon's biggest story - or the final nail in her coffin.
Set against the breathtaking landscape of the Swedish winter, THE BOMBER draws in r
Kindle Edition, 528 pages
Published November 24th 2011 by Transworld Digital (first published February 1st 1998)
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After posting my review of Livstid yesterday, I had a long online discussion with notgettingenough about the meaning of the word "feminism", and whether it was a good thing. It says something about the power of Liza Marklund's novels that, after reading one, I found myself in the curious situation of being a man defending feminism to a woman.

Marklund is a single-issue author: she's writing to support her notion of feminism. This word can indeed be interpreted in many ways. Marklund is using it i
Simon Lipson
I'll be quick. This isn't my kind of thing. I gave it a go, but had to concede defeat after a 100 pages. Nothing happens, the dialogue is stodgy and grim, the characters are wafer-thin, the attempts at colouring in locations and relationships cursory. This is novel writing by numbers. Maybe this turgid tosh would work for me on a long holiday - albeit what sounded, from the blurb, like a gripping thriller was incredibly tame - but I don't want to waste valuable time on something this vacuous whe ...more
”Explozii în Stockholm” nu a fost o carte ”explozivă” așa cum ar recomanda-o titlul. Au existat bineînțeles și momente pline de suspans, dar și alte pasaje care nu instigau tocmai la o lectură alertă. Acțiunea se desfășoară în Stockholm, oraș ce se pregătește să găzduiască Jocurile Olimpice, dar care este zguduit de o explozie a uneia dintre pricipalele arene sportive. Pagubele sunt de ordin material la prima vedere, dar printre dărâmături se găsesc și rămășițele Christinei Furhage, șefa Consil ...more
G.R. Reader
I swear to God, if I hadn't read this book when I was working in Sweden in 2002 then I'd have strapped my boss to an explosive device and left bits of her all over Stockholm. I had it all planned out. Thank you Liza, you convinced me there was a better way.
I've read another Liza Marklund book (Paradise), but it was so instantly forgettable I've not added it to my shelves here. I wish I hadn't read this one either.

Scandinavian Crime is hot right now and there are some excellent authors being translated into English. Liza Marklund is not one of them. In Anika Bengzton she has successfully created one of the most irritating, cold and unlikeable characters I've ever had the misfortune to follow across a few hundred pages.

Anika is, like, a totally ind
I have been trying to figure out why I have not been an Annika Bengton fan as several of my GR buds are. I figured it out with this book. Liza Marklund reminds me of an NN version of American authors such as Lisa Jackson, romance mystery writers where there is too much focus on the "romance" life of the main character. I loath books like that and this series has progressively been getting worse in that area. I thought there was not enough focus on the mystery twistedness and that it was WAY too ...more
This was my final Transworld Challenge book and I'm pleased that it wasn't my first. I loved my first three choices, but felt pretty let down by this one.

What could have been a great action thriller was really spoilt for me by the amount of uneccessary and often irrelevant and tedious detail about the life of the main character Annika. She's a gutsy heroine, but not a likeable one, and I got totally fed up by reading about how many taxis she took, how many coffees she drank and how many salads s
☔Diane S.
Taking place in Stockholm this is a Nordic thriller about three women. I really empathized with Annika, who has been promoted as a boss in the mostly male world of journalism. Trying to cope with two children, a husband and a group of employees who are bitter that she has been promoted over them, she faces her first real crisis when a bombing with a fatality occurs at the new Olympic venue. The tension was palpable, whether it was in her personal life or in her investigation into The Bomber. Lay ...more
This is one of Marklund's better murder mysteries. I also enjoyed learning about festive Swedish holiday traditions. However, Marklund's heroine Annika is still two-dimensional and her relationship with husband Tomas and the kids makes no sense to me whatsoever. Does Annika love them or hate them? Naturally, I would be OK with Annika feeling conflicted about them. In fact, I believe that's what Marklund might be going for - the old juggling-the-job-and-family subtext. But Marklund fails miserabl ...more
En mi dificultoso camino por la novela policíaca en búsqueda de una obra de verdadera calidad, por lo menos he tenido la suerte, en esta ocasión, de encontrar una obra bien redactada y consistente en la ambientación. Pero en eso se queda, aunque hace un intento de darle profundidad al personaje protagonista, su intento de reflejar a cada momento las dificultades de la mujer trabajadora y ama de casa, le resta posibilidades al desarrollo del personaje; al final se nota demasiado esa voluntad de l ...more
I believe Lisa Marklund was Sweden's best selling crime thriller author prior to Stig Larsson and I have to assume Mr Larsson read this book before writing the last of his Millenimum series. Some of the similarities are striking - from the unnecessary level of detail, e.g. re computers and software programmes, to the fact that the heroine in this book is headhunted by a leading newspaper as Lead Editor and faces internal dissent.

Overall, I found this book uninspiring and the plot actually weak/
Lindsay (Little Reader Library)
This novel is set in Stockholm and the plot centres around newly promoted chief crime reporter Annika Bengtzon, working at the Evening Post newspaper, who hits upon a massive story. In the fictional events of the novel, Sweden is due to be hosting the next Olympic Games, and there has been a large explosion at the main Victoria Stadium. Annika is straight into finding the facts underneath all the talk about the explosion, wanting the best story and the best picture, first. She has recently been ...more
Luanne Ollivier
I certainly know of Liza Marklund - I've been steering patrons towards her books when they ask for 'another' Scandinavian author. I've read reviews of her books and know that they're good reads, but hadn't actually sampled one myself until I sat down with The Bomber. And yes - she's very good!

Annika Bengtzon is the newly promoted head of the crime division at The Evening Post newspaper in Stockholm, Sweden. She's having a hard time juggling family life with two small children and a husband who i
Beth Kemp
This was a great read for the festive period, as it takes place during the week leading up to Christmas and reveals Annika's struggles to get Christmas 'right' as a working Mum, as well as the pressures she faces at work and the very real danger she courts as leader of the crime section of the newspaper. There is plenty of atmospheric detail in this novel and Marklund makes it very easy to lose yourself in the world she captures on the page. Marklund was a journalist herself and it is plain that ...more
Tomáš Kaplan Fojtik
Poprvé se setkáváme s Annikou Bengtzonovou – novinářkou, která se nezastaví před ničím. Je proslulá tím, že dokáže z lidí vytáhnout i to, co nevědí. Má své zdroje u policie, umí klást otázky tak, že jste sami překvapeni, co jí všechno řeknete a nebojí se napsat téměř vše. Prostě Annika je novinářské eso, jak má být. Zatímco její profesní kariéra míří výš a výš, její osobní život na tom tak dobře není. Manželství chladne, jak tělo obětí, o kterých píše a na své děti má čím dál tím méně času. A kd ...more
Tomáš Kaplan Fojtik
Poprvé se setkáváme s Annikou Bengtzonovou – novinářkou, která se nezastaví před ničím. Je proslulá tím, že dokáže z lidí vytáhnout i to, co nevědí. Má své zdroje u policie, umí klást otázky tak, že jste sami překvapeni, co jí všechno řeknete a nebojí se napsat téměř vše. Prostě Annika je novinářské eso, jak má být. Zatímco její profesní kariéra míří výš a výš, její osobní život na tom tak dobře není. Manželství chladne, jak tělo obětí, o kterých píše a na své děti má čím dál tím méně času. A kd ...more
Good book! This is another book in the series about Annika, a journalist at a newspaper. She is now an editor and the book does a good job portraying the resistance she encounters as a young female in a leadership role. I got a chuckle from the childish behaviour of her co-workers when they go running to the supervisor to complain about Annika. Very realistic! While trying to manage office politics and her family, she is also investigating and writing about several bombings. Annika has some pers ...more
Petr Čapek
Pokud hledáte akci a přestřelky, budete se muset poohlédnout po jiné knize. Exploze je psaná z pohledu žurnalisty, který se snaží přinést co nejaktuálnější informace pro svůj plátek. Samozřejmě nějaké to napětí a akce se zde najde taky, každopádně očekávejte spíše psychologický kriminální thriller, kterým Vás autorka vtáhne do děje. Ať lehkostí s jakou je kniha psaná, nebo celkovou realističností, kdy Vám přijde, že se toto opravdu mohlo stát (popř. může). Jakoby autorka čerpala z vlastních zkuš ...more
You know the kind of book where you start reading and think “Hey, yes, this is exactly as I like it”? This is that kind of book. I started reading and I felt at home straight away. While I wasn’t constantly thinking about the book when I was not reading it, as soon as I picked it up again I was happy in my little Bomber world.

I thought the atmosphere was brilliant: a wintery Stockholm, just before Christmas. It was cold, very cold, there was snow, there was sleety rain, there was slushy, melted
Annika has been promoted to the head of crime at the Evening Post, a major Stockholm newspaper, when a report comes in of an explosion at the Olympic stadium. She's determined to get the best angle on the story and discover the truth before any of her competitors. Is it an act of terrorism against the Olympics or is it murder? And will she get it wrapped up in time to spend Christmas with her family?

What The Bomber does best is portray the inner workings of a busy newspaper. It's refreshing that
This is a good piece of work that is undone by a somewhat loose denouement; the villain's motivations do not appear meaty enough to result in the carnage produced. Of course, we could attribute this disconnect to the murderer's psychopathy, but even that revelation is so late in the book that it appears almost as an afterthought. But I liked the book overall for its acute description of a workplace that is suffused with rivalries, political and professional (I think I've used this expression bef ...more
Reading this while in Sweden was especially fun. Marklund has a few rough edges, or needs a better English translator. She goes into minute detail about some more technical subjects, but not for too long. She is also a bit heavy-handed in her feminist views. I don't object to the views, but they do detract from the narrative at times. I would be interested in reading more of her novels, if they don't all rehash the lesson in journalism.
I received this book as part of the Transworld Book Challenge. It is the third in the Annika Bengtzon series and I will definitely be hunting out the first two in the series.

Sweden is preparing to stage the Olympics when there is a bomb detonated at one of the main stadia. Is it a terrorist attack on the games or is it something more personal? The thing I found slightly strange about this novel is that Annika is a news reporter yet seems to spend a lot of time investigating the crime and lookin
Another great read by Liza Marklund. Titled The Bomber in the U. S. the plot involves Annika Bengtzon, a crime reporter for a major newspaper in Stockholm and the mother of two small children. While preparations are being made for the upcoming summer Olympics, the head organizer is blown to bits by a bomb. Although the police desperately try to locate the killer, Annika discovers clues by her persistent investigating. Character development is excellent with the homelife of Annika and her husband ...more
Tony Nielsen
Yes a Five Star. Marklund's thriller writing is up there with Norway's Jo Nesbo, and her countryman Stieg you-know-who. While Nesbo has laconic detective Harry Hole, and Stieg liberal journalist Mikael Blomkvist Marklund's heroine is feisty reporter Annika Bengzton, now promoted to Crime Editor on Stockholm's Evening Post. When a powerful female Olympic's executive Christina Furhage is blown to smithereens in the partially constructed Stadium where the Games will be hosted pandemonium breaks out ...more
Annike is very sympathetic. Love her connection with the reader as a young mother and struggling journalist.
Unfortunately, there is more about the protagonist than the adversary here. This is the second of this series I've read, and can see their appeal. Good writing, some horrible editing in this one, but generally fun to read.
Ann Davis
I thoroughly enjoyed this book which sees crime reporter Annika Bengtzon being called to the scene of a massive explosion which has ripped the Olympic Stadium apart claiming the life of a victim.

As Annika starts writing her articles and delving into the background of the victim there is a second explosion.

Annika as usual, with no thought of her own safety begins uncovering too much for the bomber's comfort and she finds herself the target of a deranged serial killer.

I find Swedish writers keep i
I started reading this book right before I hopped a plane bound for sexy European destinations boasting large quantities of beer, sausage, pickled fish, and potatoes. (That's probably irrelevant, but you know, for reference...) As I angsted over which books to read in-flight, it occurred to me a that things being what they are at the moment, I probably shouldn't take a book entitled The Bomber with me to an airport. Not proud of the self-censorship, but I don't get to take exotic European vacati ...more
Jasmiina F
I always try to find new interesting crime novels because I really do enjoy guessing who the killer is and so on. This is my first Liza Marklund book (I got this through bookcrossing) and I must say that I really enjoyed this. And it didn't really matter that I hadn't read the previous volumes. Annika is an interesting main character for a crime novel and I loved it that she wasn't perfect. She's a journalist, who just got promoted and is trying to balance between work and home. Maybe the best p ...more
Roy McDine
Very slow and overly detailed - thought I was reading this in 'real-time'!
Good conclusion, albeit predictable, not a patch on her 'Postcard Killers'.
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