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Studio sex (Annika Bengtzon (Chronological Order) #1)

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Annika Bengtzon is working as a summer intern at the newspaper Kvällspressen. Assigned to screening crank phone calls on the tip line in hopes of getting an occasional valid news break, Annika receives an anonymous tip about the nude corpse of a young girl in a public park. The girl has been raped and killed. Annika provides a strong story that earns her accolades from her ...more
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Published 2006 by Aschehoug (first published 1999)
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Laura My assumption is that this was a publisher's decision so it wouldn't dissuade readership (similar to how the title was changed for the English…moreMy assumption is that this was a publisher's decision so it wouldn't dissuade readership (similar to how the title was changed for the English translation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - which was originally titled Men Who Hate Women in the original Swedish version). Exposed was also published under the titles of Studio 69 and Studio 6 (Studio Sex translates to Studio 6 in from Swedish to English). (less)
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Cátia Santos
3,5* pelo final surpreendente. No entanto, apesar do início do livro ser bom e o final ainda melhor, achei que pelo meio houve muito pouca ação.

O livro aparentemente baseia-se no assassinato de uma jovem, mas vai muito mais além, tocando o tema da violência contra as mulheres, como já é característico de alguns policiais nórdicos.

Até mais de meio, achei que talvez não voltasse a ler outro livro de Liza Marklund. Agora, e depois de um grande final, sei que vou ler. :)
Sep 13, 2014 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-suecia, e3
Não consigo decidir se adorei ou detestei este livro. Talvez, o facto de me suscitar esta dúvida revele que esta seja uma excelente obra.
É muito interessante e original a forma como está elaborada a história, revelando segredos de uma forma subtil. Achei o final surpreendente.
Como não aprecio literatura que aborde temas como política e jornalismo, certas passagens entediaram-me um pouco. Gostei da referência à leitura do destino pelas cartas de Tarot. Gostei do carinho com que a protagonista se
Mar 09, 2016 Athena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ένα πολύ καλογραμμένο αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα. Μπορεί ο δολοφόνος να είναι προβλέψιμος, αλλά η συγγραφέας καταφέρνει να δημιουργήσει στον αναγνώστη αμφιβολίες για το αν έχει προβλέψει σωστά. Επίσης, το τέλος του δεν είναι αναμενόμενο. Ιδιαίτερο ενδιαφέρον παρουσιάζει το ότι τα γεγονότα βασίζονται σε πραγματικά γεγονότα που συνέβησαν στη συγγραφέα.
Liza Marklund was a hack, still writes like one, and has that hardness of personality that leaves all the characters in this book rather unlikeable to varying degrees.

A realistic account of the Social Democrats' IB scandal and Swedish arms sales, intermingled with Stockholm sleaze and crimes against women.
Sep 05, 2011 Danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not quite sure what I think of Liza Marklund's character Annika Bengtzon. She is a study in contrasts and perhaps that is why, though I might occasionally shake my head in exasperation at her, I find her so interesting to read about. I first met her when I read Marklund's Paradise. It's something of a challenge to get your hands on this book as it is out of print and fairly scarce and expensive to buy (I borrowed a library copy via ILL). Add to that challenge is the fact that Marklund has ...more
Jan 19, 2016 Trine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nå, dette er måske ikke det aller bedste tidspunkt til at læse en bog om sommer og en hedebølge, når temperaturen siger -7,6 grader udenfor, men det var nu jeg plukkede bogen med hjem fra biblioteket!

Kender I det, når en vågner op og bare har lyst til at få læst noget krimi? Nej? Nåh - så er det måske bare mig;) Efter en lille tur på biblioteket, og en kig i deres hylder, falder jeg for Liza Marklund igen. Det er mindst en 5-6 år siden jeg sidst rigtigt har læst noget af hende, så bestemte mig
Fenia Vazaka
Nov 13, 2015 Fenia Vazaka rated it liked it
Πολύ ευχάριστο, διαβάζεται γρήγορα. Η ηρωίδα είναι πολύ συμπαθητική. Ξεχωρίζει, γιατί δεν είναι αστυνομικός, αλλά δημοσιογράφος.
NOTE: This book has apparently been published with a couple of different titles in English. The book I read was called "Exposed" and had a modern, edgy graphic on the cover*, typical of the mysteries I like to read. I probably would not have read it under the title "Studio Sex" with a blond woman in disarray on a pink cover. It looks like a completely different genre.

* I have since been able to change to an edition with the correct title and artwork.

More of a 2.5 than a 3. I had some trouble
When trainee journalist Annika Bengtzon, receives a call on the tip line stating that there’s a naked, dead woman in the Jewish cemetery, her supervisor lets her investigate the story. The brutal murder quickly begins to consume Annika as she tries to figure out if a high ranking government official is responsible, as other media suggest, or if the killer is someone else. Her colleague, Berit Hamrin, is working on a political scandal stretching back to the 60’s. When Berit’s revelations begin to ...more
Kasia Kopycińska
May 15, 2016 Kasia Kopycińska rated it liked it
To taki kryminał, jak kryminał, intryga taka jakaś słaba, dość senna, więc fantastycznie sprawdzał się jako tło do prowadzenia samochodu.
Na pewno warto jednak przenieść się na chwilę do Sztokholmu, w którym staże są płatne, ich nieprzedłużenie jest negocjowane ze związkami zawodowymi, po utracie pracy biedni bohaterowie bez pieniędzy jadą sobie na kilka tygodni odpocząć od biedy w tureckim kurorcie a dziennikarz wchodzi do ministerstwa i od ręki dostaje kopie wszystkich wystawionych na ministers
Axel Wilson Nydén
Aug 24, 2015 Axel Wilson Nydén rated it really liked it
Spännande och fängslande. Jag brukar inte tycka om deckare, men Liza Marklund är undantaget som bekräftar regeln: jag uppskattar samhällskritiken och diskbänksrealismen i hennes bokserie om Annika Bengtzon. Den här boken slukade jag idag – sen eftermiddag och kväll. Väl läsvärd. Jag har läst några böcker i serien om Annika Bengtzon men nu föresatt mig att läsa serien i sin helhet i kronologisk ordning.
Tina Siegel
I like the premise, but the actual book is a little unsatisfying...I never felt like I knew or cared about the protagonist. It wasn't until the end, when the two seemingly disparate crimes came together in something akin to espionage, that I got really interested. Still, worth a try if you're into Scandanavian crime fiction (as I am). Overall, though, I'd stick with Jo Nesbo and Camilla Lackburg.
Jul 16, 2013 Gary rated it liked it
A good book that is the first in the series about a newspaper journalist Annika.
I found it very good at the start and at the end but lost its way in the middle. Characters are well developed and the book on the whole was a good read.
Clayton Brannon
Oct 08, 2016 Clayton Brannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read. Do not let the title keep you from reading this well written mystery. I look forward to reading more of her works.
Oct 24, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Scandinavian crime novel fans.
This particular book which launches the career of the protagonist, Annika Bengtzon, but not the author has been published under other names - "Studio Sex" and "Studio 69". This is the Corgi Press British trade paperback edition.

The story goes off in many directions. I can't decide if I admire Annika's intelligence, like her doggedness or despise her self pitying attitude. In this book, she is an intern at a Stockholm tabloid where she hopes to hook on as a permanent employee. Her situation is co
Sep 07, 2015 Cristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un giallo differente da quelli che leggo di solito, dove ad investigare non è più il classico poliziotto ma una giornalista. Sì, ho appena finito di leggere Uomini che odiano le donne, non ho letto niente di nuovo, ma senza dubbio Annika è molto diversa da Mikael. Innanzitutto lui era stato proprio assunto per quell'incarico, quello di investigare, mentre Annika è una normale giornalista che scrive per fare carriera in se. Diversa da come me l'aspettavo, chissà poi come me l'aspettavo... ...more
Jun 29, 2016 Michael rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
If I understand correctly, this is the first book in the Annika Bengtzon chronology, although it is not the first book written. That would be "The Bomber". Apparently, after writing that latter title, Marklund decided that she wanted to explain how Bengtzon became the crime-solving journalist that she had evolved into by the date of that title's events. As I like to start at the first of a series and track an author's writing style and character development, that was a puzzler for me. ...more
Sara Townsend
Jun 15, 2011 Sara Townsend rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Trainee journalist Annika Bengtzon has secured a summer placement at Sweden’s biggest tabloid newspaper. She’s desperate for her big break, but she spends most of her time having to deal with the cranks who call the tip-offs hotline. But then she gets a call saying that the naked body of a young woman has been found in a nearby cemetery….

Thus we follow Annika as she attempts to piece together the victim’s story – who she was, where she came from, and what happened to her. Annika’s junior status
Very, very good. This topped four stars actually but not enough to round it up. Annika and rest of the cast and the entire novel were so real for me that I would hesitate to recommend it without knowing the person I was recommending it to. It was very real - not a happy read. It was plenty suspenseful and I liked the story a lot but if you're in the mood to escape the harsh realities of life this is not the place to do it.

The strongest theme through the novel was abusive relationships, brought t
Zufälligerweise war dieses Buch mein erstes Liza-Marklund-Buch, obwohl ich gleich feststellen musste dass es nicht das zuerst geschriebene ist. Aber - so macht die Autorin gleich zu Beginn deutlich - ist es chronologisch gesehen doch wieder der erste Roman um Annika Bengtzon.
Da ich selbst schon die Erfahrung gemacht habe bei einer Boulevardzeitung zu arbeiten, und auch kurzzeitig in der Krimiredaktion, waren ihre medienpolitischen Beschreibungen für mich äußerst aufschlußreich und ich erkannte e
Nov 09, 2014 cathy rated it liked it
This was a fast entertaining read; however, I came away with the feeling that Marklund was trying to accomplish disparate goals. She seemed intent on imparting political opinion within a disappointingly predictable murder mystery.

At the same time, Marklund continues to present a puzzling, inconsistent "heroine" in Annika Bengtzon. In "Studio Sex" along with other Bengtzon-series books, Marklund seems unable to truly bring Annika to life. I don't know if Marklund is conflicted about her own char
Jun 13, 2011 Suz rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-jan-june
Good book! This is the first in the series about Annika, a summer intern at a newspaper. She gets a tip about a murdered girl and takes a lead role in the investigation and writing to try to earn a permanent spot at the paper. The characters were well developed with plenty of background and details that made them all very vivid. The author also does a nice job of combining the mystery and action associated with solving the murder with the struggle of an inexperienced girl trying to make her mark ...more
Simon Kelly
Mar 21, 2014 Simon Kelly rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book but it's slightly unsatisfying at the same time. I decided to read the Annika Bengztrom series in chronological order rather than in published order - this is in fact a 'prequel', perhaps that has something to do with it.

It's difficult to really get to like Annika, you feel you are getting to know her and empathising, then something out of character happens or something inconsistent. For example she's clearly a tough cookie but too easily seems to be ready to break down and cr
Sep 09, 2016 Lara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a little while to get used to the style of writing (this might have been down to the translation) but once past that I enjoyed it. Before each chapter there is a short journal of someone writing about an abusive relationship, and all through the book I was trying to make the connection as to who it was, so it was a bit of a shock right near the very end when you find out.
Rob Kitchin
Jun 29, 2013 Rob Kitchin rated it really liked it
Exposed is a very readable investigative journalist procedural set in Stockholm. It follows the travails of rookie reporter Annika Bengtzon as she investigates the death of a local sex club worker and seeks to secure a permanent post with a tabloid newspaper. Annika is a well realised, complex character who is determined to succeed, but has a habit of undermining her own efforts through instinctive, but poorly judged actions. The story rattles along at a quick clip and the central plot is ...more
Anirban Das
May 04, 2016 Anirban Das rated it did not like it
Duped. That’s what I think this book did with me. It duped me. I started reading it like a mystery, and by the end of it I couldn’t even figure out what was the theme of the book, and what was being exposed as per the title, which claims the protagonist would expose a lot of “bad things”.

The murder mystery, if I can call it that, wasn’t a mystery at all, and then there was a convoluted political scandal, a revolution in a country which was made to link with this crime which saw a woman getting k
Jul 10, 2016 Leslie rated it liked it
Recommended to Leslie by: Nordic Noir by Barry Forshaw
This book was also published under the title "Exposed" - or I would never have even considered reading it! (Exploitative sleazy titles put me off.)

This was my first Liza Marklund book, and I was very impressed. The story was layered, complex and realistic, and offered the many small details of life in Sweden that I was particularly interested in. The young woman protagonist is smart, ambitious, determined and brave. I admit that I don't like the constant swearing but tolerate it; I hope I don't
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