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Red Wolf (Annika Bengtzon (Chronological Order) #5)

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  2,086 Ratings  ·  206 Reviews
Reporter Annika Bengtzon is working on the story of a devastating crime when she hears that a journalist investigating the same incident has been killed. It appears to be a hit-and-run accident.

Several brutal killings follow - all linked by handwritten letters sent to the victims' relatives. When Annika unravels a connection with the
Paperback, 508 pages
Published October 14th 2010 by Corgi (first published 2003)
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Jul 18, 2010 Sian rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2010
This book is actually 5th in a series....which I didnt realise until I was half way through lol.

The series is based on the reporter Annika Bengzton, the stories she does and her family.

Even though I haven't read any of the other books I still really enjoyed this.

All throughout it I kept getting images of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo...maybe because it was based in Sweden but also it just had the same feel to it. (Along with the hard to pronounce names [:)])
Also the same as The Girl With the D
Mar 18, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who had problems with whatsherface from the Tattoo book
Okay, this bit before the review is really an angry rant about publishing. Honestly what is with you publishers? Releasing book five in a series, at least in America, before releasing the other ones? How does this make sense? Fix it!

I first heard about Marklund though a reviewer here at Goodreads that I follow. At that time, Marklund's series was not availble in the U.S., because we American are illiterate readers, because I don't know. The books are up on Amazon, but a 25 dollar paperback is WA
Maria João Fernandes
"Indépendence. Je suis mon propre maître."

Depois de ter lido o "Homicídio no Parque" fiquei com expectativas demasiado elevadas para os restantes livros da autora, da série da Annika Bengtzon. Tendo os seus livros duas ordens distintas - a ordem de publicação e a ordem cronológica da história - é difícil escolher como os vamos ler. O ideal seria a ordem de publicação. Porém, a minha pesquisa sobre a autora e a sua obra foi consequência do impacto da leitura do seu primeiro livro publicado em Por
This was a task to read but I guess it's really cold up there in the Netherlands! I suppose these authors will now
become the rage after Larsson and Nesbo have braved the Atlantic and hit pay dirt here in the USA! This is an amazing weave of spy vs.
Spy vs. Spy. and misdirection, wrong turns, bad decisions, and misplaced loyalties that just make us glad that we the reader live easier less complicated lives. ( seriously)
I discovered them 5 or so years ago and been on a one woman rant about them! N
Book Him Danno
This book contains everything I love about Swedish crime fiction. First of all the crimes are realistic based in everyday human emotions. Anotherwords there isn’t some grand scheming mad man with super intelligence out to prove to the world and police that he is smarter than them. He doesn’t purposely tease the powers that be to catch him. I find to much of American crime fiction is dedicated to this type of criminal, and consequently it ends up being boring by trying to be sensationalistic.

Apr 18, 2011 Maddy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
PROTAGONIST: Annika Bengzton
SERIES: #5 of 5
RATING: 3.25

At one time, Annika Bengzton was the head of the crime team at a leading Swedish newspaper. Currently, she works as an independent investigative reporter, whose bosses don’t always trust her judgment in the stories that she chooses to report. Her current obsession is with an event that occurred 40 years earlier, when a Draken fighter plane exploded at a northern Swedish base. She senses that a cover-up has occurred; as she inv
Jul 24, 2016 Roger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like to read outside my comfort zone sometimes-it is a great palate cleanser. I found a little gem in Red Wolf by Liza Marklund. Marklund is very famous (and I think deservedly so) in her native Sweden. The angle this book is written from and its' immersion in a culture alien to me made this book fascinating; this did not get five stars only because, as I was telling a friend, it took such a long time to start the fire. There is a point around page 150 when everything starts to click and after ...more
Quando tive conhecimento que ia surgir no mercado português mais um livro de Liza Marklund fiquei felicíssima. Isto porque há uns anos li o primeiro livro da série Annika Bengtzon, publicado pela Presença, e lembro-me de ter gostado muito. Em Homicídio no Parque Annika ainda era uma jovem estagiária num dos principais jornais de Estocolmo quando se viu envolvida na investigação do assassinato de uma jovem stripper.

Opinião completa:
Tina Siegel
Jul 01, 2013 Tina Siegel rated it really liked it
Wonderful! I'm really starting to enjoy Annika - her husband is a totally douchebag, though, and I have no idea why she would want him.

Great book, though - can't wait to read the rest of them!
May 23, 2011 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A man, born in Sweden near the Arctic Circle, returns to his country after nearly forty years. He has become more comfortable speaking and thinking in French than in his native tongue. He fled Sweden as a young man and now he is returning to die. He needs to see some of the people he knew so well so long ago. He has skills now that he didn’t have then. He is an assassin and he has unfinished business.

RED WOLF begins a few months after the end of THE BOMBER. Annika Bengtzon has become a free-lanc
Sep 23, 2012 Karen rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime, scandinavian
The fifth book in the Annika Bengtzon series, I've absolutely no idea whether or not the entire series has been translated in order or not. I've sort of lost the plot with this series, probably because the first book - THE BOMBER - didn't appeal a lot. The last I read, PRIME TIME, was better, but a lot of the problem is that Annika, as the main focus, is a character I find it very hard to either warm to, or increasingly raise much interest in.

The plot of RED WOLF, that idea of the past having a
Kathleen Hagen
Red Wolf, by Liza Marklund, a-minus, Narrated by Jill Tanner, produced by Harper Audio, downloaded from

Annika Bengtzon is a crime reporter for a major paper in Stockholm. She decides to investigate a murder of a journalist. She comes to believe that this crime connects to one that occurred 30 years ago, when a plane was blown up on a Swedish air base and someone was killed in the explosion, and the group responsible for the explosion were never caught. The police had a suspect, the
Jill Manske
Oct 26, 2013 Jill Manske rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of these days, I'm going to learn to start reading a new-to-me author's books with his/her first. I think it would have been easier to follow had I known more of the backstory contained in Marklund's previous novels. However, this is till a terrific book - exceptionally well written. It's rather dark, sort of a mix of psychological thriller and psychological study. Annika Bengtzon, a journalist who recently suffered at the hands of terrorists herself, has made it her mission to study and rep ...more
Jun 05, 2012 Bonnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not nearly as good as Last Will, but a thoroughly developed mystery involving Annika Bengtzon solving the attack on a Swedish plane F21 that has never been solved. She arranged a meeting with a journalist up in the northern Swedish town of Lulea about an old case of terrorism – a terrorist attack on a military airport named F21 by a group that called themselves The Beasts. However, when she arrives in Lulea to meet him, she is told that the journalist has been killed in a hit and run accident. I ...more
Mar 06, 2013 Junying rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was a time when my reading was stalled and I was wondering if I should go on. I'm so glad that I did!

The book is long with a slow start. Thankfully It picked up the pace after 100 pages or so and then it really engaged my interest as I continued the story. It's fascinating to read about the rebels in the 1960s - I had little idea how China's Revolution and Mao had such far-reaching impact in a country as different as it could be, in this case, Sweden.

I have read her first book in the seri
Silvia Ribeiro
Apr 25, 2014 Silvia Ribeiro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Num maravilhoso cenário de neve no norte da Suécia, deparamo-nos com mais um policial daqueles que valem a pena. Não precisamos de ler muitas páginas para simpatizarmos com a protagonista, que nos conquista com a sua simplicidade e defeitos. Apesar da maior dos capítulos não terem muita ação a história é certinha e agarra-nos. O final não é arrebatador nem é daqueles livros que ficamos com pena de acabar. Mas também não desilude. Foi a minha estreia na autora e vou estar atenta às suas novas pub ...more
Reminded me of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, of course. There were definitely times when I could tell that this was part of a series, but overall I didn't feel like I was missing too much. One day I might go back and look for the previous books. Like The Girl... this story took a while to get going but once it did, things moved along pretty rapidly and the story was well told.
May 10, 2011 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
More Scandinavian Murder Mystery Mayhem! And Henning Mankell blurbed this one, saying that Marklund is "in a league of her own." Her Annika Bengtzon chases down murderers and terrorists, but she's not some cartoonish heroine. She juggles work with family, and is wracked by anxiety because she was taken hostage in an earlier book. Compelling and complex mystery fun.
Jan 28, 2017 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like I should have found the other books in the series and read them first. I can't help but feel some of this story depended on you knowing the background of the main characters already. With that said- it was a solid story. Not much in the way of a heart racing thriller; but not predictable either. I will say this, the 3 star rating is mainly a totally me thing. I have to love characters or at least the main character. I didn't love Annika. I would certainly be willing to read the first ...more
Michael Higgins
Feb 11, 2017 Michael Higgins rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This one never clicked for me.
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
Cover: Scary cool!

First Sentence: He had never been able to stand the sight of blood.

Annika Bengtzon is a reporter and mother of 2 who is writing a series of stories on domestic terrorism. On the hunt for an inside scoop on the F21 terrorist attack, she travels to Lulea to meet with Benny Ekland, a fellow reporter. By the time she gets there, Ekland has been struck and killed by a hit-and-run automobile, and the teenager who saw the attack is afraid to go to the police with the information. Anni
Apr 10, 2011 Valerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Won via First Reads Giveaways - thanks, Goodreads!

I think the really cool thing about the giveaways on Goodreads is that they've matched me up with books I normally wouldn't check out otherwise. My only experience with Swedish crime fiction came via Stieg Larsson, and I'm sorry to say that I couldn't get into The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo at all. Liza Marklund, on the other hand, pleasantly surprised me.

This is apparently the fifth book in the Annika Bengtzon series - the previous ones were t
Nov 17, 2010 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read an ARC of the American version which will be available 2/15/2011.

Red Wolf, by Liza Marklund (co-author of The Postcard Killers, with James Patterson), is the fifth book in a series that follows the life of Annika Bengtzon, a crime reporter for the Swedish tabloid Evening Post. Chronologically in the life of the main character, The Bomber precedes Red Wolf. In The Bomber, Annika is taken hostage and terrorized. Coming into Red Wolf, she is still battling with fear and anxiety caused by her
Annika Bengtzon, a journalist at a national paper is scheduled to meet with Benny Ekland (also a journalist) on a story she is researching. She arrives to find that Benny is dead and the circumstances surrounding his death including the murder of a witness to his demise, make Annika suspect this case is more complex than first thought. As she begins investigating the first two murders, she comes across more murders and it appears there is a serial killer on the lose. But there is something odd a ...more
Wendy Hines
When I first heard that Red Wolf was coming out, I really wanted to read it. She co-wrote The Postcard Killers with one of my favorite all-time authors, James Patterson.

From what I can see, Liza Marklund is a well-known author in Switzerland, and this is the first book of hers to be published in the USA. Her popular series is Annika Bengzon, an investigative news reporter.

So what happened in the previous books in the series, I have no idea as this is the first one to hit the USA market. What I
SBQS. Sono bravi, questi Svedesi! Dopo il successo di Lindqvist e di Larsson, ecco che anche la Marklund riesce a colpire nel segno. Magari non ci troviamo di fronte ad un centro perfetto, ma sicuramente 70 punti buoni questo libro li realizza. A dispetto delle situazioni accessorie decisamente scontate (e anche abbastanza inutili, sono il grande difetto di questo libro), la trama principale �� bene articolata e ricca di colpi di scena, credibili proprio per il fatto che il lettore attento pu�� ...more
Jun 18, 2012 Anita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
It took quite some time for this book to become interesting for me. I had only read The Postcard Killers with James Patterson, previously, and not any of Marklund's previous novels on her own, so I didn't have insight into Annika's character. She is psychologically unstable from a previous encounter in a tunnel with a bomber, and I liked that she was flawed, but there was a bit too much emphasis on the angels singing, the room tilting, and the panic attacks. I was unclear what she was investigat ...more
Deanna Drai Turner
What a different surprise! I got this as book-on-tape (12 discs). At first I was unsure about it. The story seemed vague with several seemingly unattached story lines. But I liked the main character Annika so I plodded onward and am pleased I did. I found this to be a FINE FINE story, extremely well crafted indeed. All knots were tied together, in complicated and shrewd ways. Excellent. This is a story placed in Sweden. I liked that very much, not knowing a lot about this country or their custom ...more
Sep 24, 2010 Miles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
Red Wolf by Liza Marklund is the fifth title in a series which follows the trials and tribulations of Annika Bengzton a crime reporter for the Evening Post.

This is the first novel I have read from Liza Marklund and although part of a long standing series “Red Wolf” can certainly be read as a standalone novel.

Entirely based in her native Sweden, (born in Pålmark in Northern Sweden) Marklund’s novel is a compelling and taut thriller that oozes class thanks mainly to her wonderfully descriptive nar
Paul Pessolano
Liza Marklund is a Swedish author who has written 4 books prior to "Red Wolf". She has been well received in Sweden and she has just teamed up with James Patterson in his new novel, "The Postcard Killers". It seems to be an odd partnership in that Patterson's books almost always contan short chapters that hit hard.

Not so with "Red Wolf".

The story focuses around Annika Bengtzon, a journalist for a major newspaper. She receives a mesage to meet with another journalist from a rival paper who says h
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