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

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  2,269 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Liza Marklund introduced savvy reporter Annika Bengtzon in her #1 international bestseller "The Bomber." Now, step back to Annika's early days at a Stockholm newspaper, where her talent for uncovering the truth is just taking flight.The corpse of a young woman has been found in Stockholm's Kronoberg Park -- and the shocking, unsolved crime becomes a media feeding frenzy, a ...more
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Published October 28th 2003 by Pocket Star Books (first published 1999)
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Manny
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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. :)
Teresa
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
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Danielle
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 wr ...more
Debra
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
cathy
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
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Axel Wilson Nydén
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.
Simon Kelly
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
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Ali
I was keen to finish the book as the foreword by the author had me totally intrigued. By the end of the book I was left somewhat unsatisfied and puzzled. I never felt that I got to know the main character at all well something I felt even more strongly by the time we reached the shocking, albeit in retrospect well signposted, end. Further to that the story didn't flow well. Many times I was checking my kindle to make sure I hasn't skipped a page as a question was never answered or situation reso ...more
Kb
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 a paperback edition with the correct title and artwork, but although I read this as an ebook
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Ed
Oct 24, 2014 Ed rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Inoli
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
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Sara Townsend
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
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Suz
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
Karschtl
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
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Rob Kitchin
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 engagi ...more
Minty McBunny
I. Just. Can. Not.

I read The Bomber a while ago and thought it was quite good. I tried to read a later book in the series and found it excruciating. I couldn't even finish it.

My library recently got in the earlier books though, so I hoped they would be at least comparable to The Bomber.

Sadly, no. This book is painfully slow moving and sluggish, the two storylines are poorly woven together and Annika Bengtzon is flat out irritating. I give up.
Anke
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Sally
Annika Bengtzon #1 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
Naomi
I must be honest and say that I read this book for a challenge. When I went into it though, I went in with a large amount of trepidation. I had read a book that this author had collaborated with another author on and wanted to gouge my eyes out because the book was so bad, but this one fit the bill for the challenge and I love Nordic authors of all kinds..so into it I went! This book was awesome. It grabbed me from the git-go and I read it intently. I will def. read this author's solo works...ma ...more
Raewyn Whyte
The most recent edition of this book in English has been published as "Exposed" and it introduces Annika Bengtzon, a rookie reporter on a summer internship also struggling with many issues in her personal life. It provides a good introduction to a far from ordinary young woman early in her career as an investigative journalist. You feel as if she is very real, and she certainly is complex, and very intelligent. I immediately ordered the rest of the series available in translation, and I'm eagerl ...more
Jacquelyn Verze-Reeher
My new favorite writer!

Love the book and love the episodes on Netflix. I wish they would make the rest of the books into shows too.

Never be bored again with this book. :-)
Henni
Atypisk krimi, af Marklund - i modsætning til mange at tiden andre krimier med kvindelige politi-hovedroller er det her en ung journalistelev der er i centrum. Det er en spændende vinkel at fortælle ud fra, det er pludselig ikke så meget love og regler der sætter grænserne, men snarere ens personlige værdier samtidig at vores heltinde, Annika presses af konkurrende aviser og kampen for en fastansættelse.
Der er flere historier der flettes sammen og først til allersidst falder det hele på plads og
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Gary Van Cott
We were introduced to this series by the Swedish TV series based on it which were on the obscure MHz channel. A simplified version of this story was a part of the series although in the TV show Annika was an experienced reporter.

In the book which is chronologically the first in the series, although not the first written, she is working as a summer cover reporter at the tabloid Kvällspressen in hopes of getting a full time position. She is intelligent but her inexperience gets her into trouble.
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Madeleine
Osammanhängande på nåt vis. Man förstår ganska snabbt att sidohistorien med dagboksanteckningarna skulle få betydelse men när det väl skedde kändes det väldigt förvirrat, plötsligt som en helt annan bok. Märkligt.
da-wildchildz
‘She now lives in Stockholm, and was yesterday offered a permanent contract of employment, on the same day sentence was passed.’

Last line from Exposed by Liza Marklund. I’d enjoyed two Annika Bengtzon novels previously, so grabbed this when I spotted it. Exposed is the first in the series and it was interesting to read the makings of Annika’s character. Although I knew who tries to kill her from reading sequels, the diary entries didn’t click until the conclusion. That’s a major plus, when I usu
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Liz Gallagher
Maybe this lost something in translation...not at all impressed with the plot, the character development, or the dialog.
Reinaldo Lourenço
Nao sei, fiquei com algumas duvidas sobre este livro.
Tenho dificuldade em perceber se gostei ou nao gostei.
No fim de contas sei que gostei mais da parte final do que do livro todo em si :( O inicio até é interessante mas pelo meio entra muito pelo mundo jornalistico e politico...
Pelo menos é diferente dos restantes policiais pelo facto da protagonista ser jornalista. Talvez seja por isso que nao tenha gostado tanto, porque não é um meio que eu admire muito, nem esse nem o politico :(
Enfim...foi
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Liza Marklund was born in 1962 in the small village of Pålmark, close to the Arctic Circle in Sweden. She is an author, journalist, columnist, and goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. She is also co-owner of Piratförlaget, one of Sweden’s most successful publishing
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