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Last Will

(Annika Bengtzon (Chronological Order) #6)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  2,130 ratings  ·  134 reviews
En mördare i aftonklänning tar sig in på Nobelfesten i Stockholms Stadshus. På dansgolvet i Gyllene Salen skjuter hon Nobelkommitténs ordförande rakt genom hjärtat. Annika Bengtzon dras ofrivilligt in i dramat inte som journalist, utan som vittne.

Det vänder upp och ner på hela hennes tillvaro. Äktenskapet knakar och hennes anställning hotas. Snart befinner sig Annika mitt
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Paperback, 544 pages
Published September 27th 2012 by Corgi (first published 2006)
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Manny
You'll be hearing more about this hitherto unknown Swedish thriller: Yellow Bird, who made the three Millenium movies (Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, etc), are apparently going to film it. Remember you read it here first.

But back to the book. It's harder than I expected to review Nobels Testamente, #6 in the Annika Bengtzon series, because it's really three books in one. The surface story is a fairly conventional thriller set in the world of Swedish biotech research. The chairwoman of the Nobel Pr
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Book Him Danno
Waiting for these books to be translated is sheer torture, it almost makes me want to give a try at learning Swedish.


All the excitement of the cutthroat world of modern scientific research. I know that statement sounds silly, but Liza Marklund through her investigative journalist Annika Bengtzon brings the tension of the world alive. When you are talking millions of dollars of research grants floating around, you are going to bring out the worst in a lot of people.

The mystery was solid, Nobel
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Barbara
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LAST WILL
Liza Marklund

Liza Marklund was one of the first Swedish authors, after Mankell Henning, that I read. She immediately became a favorite, but was very difficult to find. Now she is a #1 NY Times bestselling author and is printed in the US by Emily Bestler, one of the Simon & Schuster group.
Annika Bengtzon is the headstrong and independent reporter. She has been through difficult times in her past and feels she has a tenuous hold on her present. The printed newspaper she works for, has
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Lindsay
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another exciting installment in Liza Marklund’s series featuring crime reporter Annika Bengtzon. In this sixth book, we find Annika attending the Nobel Prizewinners’ dinner in Stockholm, covering this glamorous and prestigious event for the tabloid Evening Post newspaper. Then, as Annika is dancing with journalist Bosse from the rival evening newspaper to the one she works for, shots are fired on the dance floor. Finding herself caught up in the chaos that ensues, Annika is questioned as ...more
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
In the sixth book following newspaper reporter Annika Bengtzon, Last Will is a focus on the famous Alfred Nobel and his contributions to the development of the Nobel Prize awards. In the opening chapter Annika is witness to the shooting of one of the Nobel prize committee members Caroline Von Behring. The elusive killer-for-hire named The Kitten has made her way into the party after the Noble Prize awards have been given and shoots 2 people on the dance floor, only to make some of her worst mist ...more
Minty McBunny
Jan 03, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, january-2013
I read the fourth Bengtzon book, The Bomber, a few months ago & found it utterly gripping, I really liked Annika and looked forward to reading more of her exploits. Last Will was the only other Marklund book my library had, so I picked it up despite it being the 6th in the series.

I average about 15 books per month and in my life I have stopped reading approximately 10 books midway through. This was the 11th. From the outset, I found Annika's attitude irritating and her existential crisis re
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Michael
Investigative reporter Annika Bengtzon is attending the ball that followed the Nobel Prize award ceremony.

She becomes a witness to the murder of Christine von Behring who was the chair of the committee to select the prize for medicine.

As a witness who came eye to eye with the killer, Annika can't wait to get back to the newspaper to write her story. However, as the sole witness, police place her on a disclosure ban. She's prohibited from reporting what might have been the story of a life time in
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Raven
Sep 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Intrepid journalist Annika Bengtzon is back in the latest crime thriller by Swedish author Liza Marklund set in and around the world of medical academia and Nobel Prize selection. Annika not only finds herself witness to a shooting at the Nobel Prizewinner’s dinner but finds herself professionally ostracized from her job at the Evening Post unable to report on the events she has witnessed and placed on enforced leave. Needless to say Annika persists with her enquiries and as the body count rise
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Sue
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable episode in this series of books featuring Annika Bengtzon. The cracks are appearing in her relationship with Thomas, for all that they have just moved to their dream house in the suburbs. Dreams are not all that they seem, and life back in the city is beginning to look more attractive again. Kalle is being bullied at pre-school,and severe cuts are being made in her work force at the paper. Meanwhile her accidental involvement as a witness to the murder of a scientist at the Nob ...more
Tina Tamman
Who and how decides that a novel is a thriller? I picked up this book thinking it was but looking at it now that I've finished it, can't see the word anywhere. On the cover, however, it does say, "Twists and turns you never see coming".
Well, the twists and turns there may have been but they left me cold. At first I thought that it was all to do with the female assassin and it was right not to feel anything for her but later, when the female investigative journalist Annika Bengtzon became the cen
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Victoria
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Last Will is by far my most enjoyable read *and I've read them in order once I realized they were a series) of Liza Marklund's novels to date.

Annika Bengtzon, a reporter for the Evening Post, is attending a Nobel Prize Award Ceremony banquet in the hopes of finding a story worthy of a front page headline.

A female assassin known only as “The Kitten” has been hired to kill Caroline von Behring, a member of the Nobel Prize committee at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony banquet. The Kitten ends her t
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Mickey Hoffman
A depressing novel chocked full of gory details including animal torture. I wouldn't have finished the book if the torture had begun earlier in the story. By the time it came in, about 3/4 of the way through, I wanted to see who dunnit so I kept reading, but won't read another of this author's books.
Sophie Houston
Nov 08, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not a book for animal lovers.
Lisa
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition


Eh ..
Aneliya Petrunova
En mycket välskriven kriminalroman och en av Liza Marklunds bästa. I "Nobels testamente" får vi en gång till träffa Annika Bengtzon, Kvällspressens journalist som utmanar både rättsväsendet och samhället med sina utredningar. Den här gången blir hon vittne till ett mord på Nobelmiddagen. Vi får också följa med i hur hennes privatliv utvecklas. Kriminalhistorian i sig är ganska originell - ovanliga motiv och en ovanlig mördarfigur. Det enda som är lite besvikande är slutet - enligt min åsikt är d ...more
Rosemary
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Annika Bengstom murder mystery solved with this feisty journalist, coping with her friend 'Q' in the police who keeps her from reporting, and her unhelpful unfaithful husband. Just when you think something else cannot go wrong it does...right at the end (I will not spoil it) so you have to read the next thriller to find out what happens. This one is a bit improbable about the Nobel for medicine, but you get some good information on Alfred Nobel's life and, Hey, its a great listen as one ...more
Hans Brienesse
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Once again a thriller in the typical Swedish fashion. Not only do we get a great plot we also get a look into the daily lives of people. Annika Bengtzon is involved in the scenarios here without actually solving them which is good; she gets involved in the subplots as well and instead of being the central character is only a peripheral. The end notes show just how much research is involved in making a novel not only gripping but authentic as well. I enjoyed the excerpts from Alfred Nobel's own t ...more
Margaret1358 Joyce
The 6th in the Swedish crime series with Annika Bengtzon, clever reporter for an evening tabloid as protagonist, delivers a devilishly intricate plot set in Stockholm, surrounding the murder of the chairperson of the Nobel Prize committee. The interrelationships amongst the wide-ranging cast of characters are brilliantly portrayed, and the suspense is deftly maintained throughout the 404 pages. A great read.
Magnus
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good story by Lisa Marklund. My only real doubt about the book is how does Annika get anything done (and is able to be good at anything) with such strong inferiority complex?
Also, I know she's a journalist but the fact *Everything* important happens in her vicinity starts to feel slightly too convenient.
Zully Mustafa
Nu puteam să ratez o carte din seria Annika Bengtzon, deși recunosc că acum sunt mult mai interesată de viața femeii ăsteia și de deciziile pe care le ia, decît de marile ei investigații jurnalistice. Aici, știm că e mai inteligentă decît o șleahtă de polițiști pe urmele unor mari criminali căutați de Interpol sau CIA. O carte ușoară, de vară, fără bătăi de cap.
Franklie
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I gave up after the first 30 pages. The main character didn't appeal to me at all, the crude vocabulary was distracting and annoying, and it was mostly just plain old shouty "action". I may decide to read the last chapter in hopes of finding out what happened w the killer who was a bit interesting, but otherwise, this is my first and last Marklund. It's just not my thing.
Mary Lautner
Not nearly as good as Red Wolf. Missing are the relationship between Annika and her husband and the powerful underlying story of who’s really behind the atrocities. Yes, there are awful events, but they are not as well filled out as to why they happened
Janine
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good as a whodunit but disappointing that the supposedly strong woman reporter is walked all over by her best friend and blames herself for her lazy, cheating husband leaving. I didn't realize this was a series when I got this book, won't be reading the others
Ulla
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do love Annika Bengtzon and all of Liza Marklund's books. This one is especially good as it tells so much about Alfred Nobel and his "other" interests. Soon I have to read "Nemesis", I think!
Helena Frisk
Helt ok
Victoria
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Proffsmördare och psykopater och laboratorier och Nobelpriset och så Annika och hennes verklighet mitt i allt. Underbart!!
Therese Bergwall
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Läst igen 30 Apr 2014 (4)
Larry
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part of the Annika Bengtzon series. Have not read the series in order, but it stood well on its own. Good story, believable plot and moves along quite well. Intend to read the remainder of her novels, but availability through the library system is an issue.
Jaime K
This is the 6th book of a Scandinavian Crime Fiction series.
I never read the others but enjoyed the snippet of this that I read in a book sampler.

I don't know how well the novels were translated but I'm able to understand everything and nothing about the flow of the story seems off. I enjoy that.

A lot of this review is made up of my thoughts as I read through:


What I don't understand is how the Annika Bengtzon novels have become so popular. She is self-centered and not a good wife. She also see
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Gloria Feit
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel, the 6th by this author but only the second published in the US [in addition to one co-written with James Patterson], features Annika Bengtzon, reporter for the Evening Post, one of the main evening papers in Stockholm. The tale opens on a wintry evening in December, as the Nobel Prize festivities are about to begin. In the banquet hall, things suddenly take a shocking turn as shots ring out. One of the first victims is the Israeli co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in medicine, the seco ...more
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