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The Long Shadow (Annika Bengtzon (Chronological Order) #8)

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  944 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Book 8 in the Annika Bengtzon series
Paperback, 544 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books (first published 2008)
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I’ve read several books by Liza Marklund and this is quite a typical Marklund book, I think. So, if you enjoyed her previous books, you’ll like this one too.

I loved it that a lot of the story took place in Spain. We’ve had enough Scandinavian settings from Marklund and her fellow Nordic crime writers. It’s good to see that outside of this somewhat exotic setting for many English-speaking readers, the story still holds up.

While the story generally seemed realistic, some story lines merged togethe
The Long Shadow finds Marklund’s heroine Annika going through a period of change. As she is recovering from what seems to be an irrevocable breakage with her partner and father of her two children, she must also deal with the changing face of the newsroom, including a change in her status as well as a new direct superior. Then there is a murder in Spain that ties into

It’s somewhat upsetting that Marklund isn’t more readily/easily available in the United States (Red Wolf, which is not the first
Gloria Feit
The author picks up from previous novels in the series with Annika Bengtzon plying her trade doggedly as a reporter for Sweden’s Evening Post. The plot takes her to the Costa del Sol and Morocco following the robbery and murder of a well-known retired hockey star and his family, except for a 16-year-old daughter by a former marriage who miraculously escaped the slaughter but goes missing. Annika follows the story, despite being assigned several silly assignments by her news editor, in an effort ...more
Aaargh! I loved several of the novels in this series, and I had such high hopes for this one when I was about a quarter of the way through. But rarely have I seen something fall apart at the end in quite such a spectacular fashion as En Plats I Solen. Whatever happened to her?

All the same, there were some wonderfully bitchy conversations. My favourite bit was when Annika's new boss at the newspaper is telling her she needs to sex up her next article.

"Okay," he says, "we want an interview with so
Nå nu er jeg da vist ved at være færdig med hende Annika Bengtson... Jeg har læst alle Liza Marklunds bøger indtil nu og hoppede også på denne her, da jeg var til en forfatteraften med Liza og fik et signeret eksemplar af bogen. Men jeg synes efterhånden der er for lidt udvikling i den kvindelige hovedperson, der arbejder som farfatter, men som ind imellem opfører sig som en halvdum actionhelt, der trods alt slipper heldigt fra sine eventyr. Vi skal gang på gang høre om hendes skyldfølelse overf ...more
Dan Carter
As is often the case with Swedish crime novels, the original Swedish title conveys with far greater accuracy what the book is about. Case in point: the Millenium novels: Men Who Hate Women (direct translation of the Swedish title) contains social commentary at the core of the book, and drives home the plot trap which sprung the glorious heroine Liz Salander. But the titled English "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" establishes the heroine, but in a clichéd, lurid way, calculated no doubt to sell ...more
Reetta Saine
Rankasti edeltävään kirjaan perustuva dekkari, joka ei yllä Marklundin parhaimpiin. Juonessa on aikamoisia hyppäyksiä ja ennen kaikkea - eikö siitä nilkistä aviomiehestä päästäkään eroon?!?! Edelleen nautin toimittajan työn kuvauksista, ja tahtoisin kuulla ammattilaisilta, onko se oikeasti tuollaista :).
Did not finish this book. Just could not get into it
Review of Liza Marklund's Annika Bengtzon Crime Reporter Series

Many characters solve mysteries, but reporter protagonists can make their own headlines. One I’ve come across lately is Swedish writer Liza Marklund who created Annika Bengtzon. Bengtzon works for the Stockholm publication Kvällspressen where she covers the crime beat.

Bengtzon, who is haunted by her past, is only comfortable as she unremittingly pursues her assignments, often risking her own life to get the story. At home where she i
Luanne Ollivier
The Long Shadow is the eighth North American release in Liza Marklund's Annika Bengtzon series.

The Long Shadow picks right up from the last book, Lifetime. Annika's personal life is in shambles - her husband has left her for another woman, he has custody of their children and her home has burned down. She's just learned that she'll now be reporting to a man who used to be her subordinate at the Swedish newspaper she works at.

She's sent to Spain to report on the death of a former Swedish nation
Paul Pessolano
“The Long Shadow” by Liza Marklund, published by Emily Bestler Books.

Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date – April 15, 2014

This is another installment of reporter Annika Bengtzon by the renowned Scandinavian author Liza Marklund. If you have read the other installments and liked them you will also like “The Long Shadow”.

Annika is a star reporter on the paper “Evening Post”. She is relentless in her pursuit of a story, to the point of destroying her marriage.

A brutal murder is carried out
Ein neuer Fall für die engagierte, eigenwillige Journalistin Annika Bengtzon. Sie soll im Auftrag ihrer Zeitung über die sogenannten Gaseinbrüche an der spanischen Costa del Sol berichten. Ein prominenter schwedischer Sportler und seine Familie kamen bei einem solchen Überfall ums Leben. Im Verlauf des Buches stellt sich jedoch heraus, dass es bei diesem tödlichen Überfall nur vordergründig darum ging eine Villa auszurauben. Annika recherchiert im Sumpf des Drogenkartells und sucht gleichzeitig ...more
Series...or serial?

When the family of a Swedish sport star is gassed to death during a robbery on the Costa del Sol, the Evening Post sends reporter Annika Bengtzon to cover the story. Meanwhile a reorganisation at the newspaper means that Annika’s colleague Patrik has been promoted to be her new boss. And the appeal is about to be heard for Filip Andersson, a man convicted of murder, apparently in a previous book.

This is a very well written slowburn thriller that takes Nordic crime away from th
Ingrid Verschelling
Liza Marklund (1962, Zweden) is vooral bekend vanwege haar misdaadromans met journaliste Annika Bengtzon in de hoofdrol. Zij is eigenzinnig en gaat meestal haar eigen weg. Dat vind ik aantrekkelijk in haar karakter. Annika Bengtzon volg ik al vanaf het begin. Dit boek gaat veel in op gebeurtenissen, die zich afspeelden in haar vorige boek Levenslang, welke ik als enige nog niet gelezen heb. Het is wel handig dat boek dus eerst te lezen.

Een plek onder de zon gaat over een drugsorganisatie in Marb
Dass dies mein erstes Buch von Liza Marklund ist, war gleichzeitig mein größtes Problem damit. Ständig wurden Andeutungen gemacht, die auf die vorigen Bände verweisen, die gesamte Ausgangssituation, in der Annika ist, baut auf ihre Vorgeschichte auf und das ist an vielen Stellen ganz schön verwirrend.
Verwirrend ist auch der Beginn des Romans. Mehrere Geschichten werden scheinbar sinnlos aneinander gereiht. Zuerst wird ein Überfall beschrieben, dann eine Geschichte über eine "Prinzessin im Schlos
Großartiges Buch! Spannend, detailreich, abwechslungsreich, sympathisch. Ich weiß nicht, ob ich auch das Attribut realitätsnah hinzufügen kann. Über die Drogenkriminalität an der Costa de Sol weiß ich so gut wie gar nichts - dieses Thema dort war mir noch nicht einmal bewußt (da sieht man mal wieder: Lesen bildet, und es müssen keineswegs immer nur Sachbücher sein, die diese Funktion übernehmen). Ich denke mir nur, dass Annika es beim Suchen & Finden von Interviewpartnern recht leicht hatte. ...more
Gary Van Cott
Overall this is a good book. While not truly central to the plot, the family relationships involved are ridiculously complicated. I don't think that it would have revealed anything significant to have some family trees at the beginning. My other complaint is why they would change an excellent and appropriate title of "A Place in the Sun" to "The Long Shadow."
Uusin Marklund, joka on tuttuun tapaan helppo ja nopea lukea ja on kyllä hyvin ja taidokkaasti kirjoitettu, mutta... Annikan hahmo alkaa olla jo suorastaan koominen, niin pitkälle hänen luonteensa erityispiirteet on viety. Lukijaa alkaa ärsyttää Annikan sinisilmäisyys ja nenän työntäminen sellaisiin asioihin, jotka eivät hänelle kuulu, samoin työkavereiden ja esimiesten kohtelu. Juonikin on viety hiukan liian pitkälle ja samojen asioiden sirottelu kolmeen eri kirjaan, jotka ilmestyvät vuoden väl ...more
Tony Nielsen
Liza Marklund has sold 15 million books and become Sweden's favourite thriller writer without good reason. Her Annika Bengtzon character is again the focus in The Long Shadow. Still getting over her broken marriage to Thomas, still the unruly but noted reporter for Stockholm's Evening Post, and on the case of a Swedish sports star's family murdered on Spain's Costa Del Sol. Annika is self doubting and self deprecating as ever but she is relentless in her pursuit of the story. The main thrust of ...more
Jun 25, 2012 Brenda marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition


538 pagina's
Eerste druk: Piratförlaget, Stockholm (Zweden)

Annika Bengtzon heeft het moeilijk: ze is gescheiden, ziet haar kinderen maar om de week en haar ex-man heeft een nieuwe vriendin. Ze wilde zelf geen redactiechef worden, maar met de man die het wel geworden is, kan ze niet goed opschieten. Tot hij haar op ‘missie’ stuurt naar de Costa del Sol, waar een Zweedse hockey-ster en zijn gezin zijn omgekomen bij een inbraak. De inbraak blijkt een moordaanslag t
It took me a bit to get into this one but once I was - I was hooked. It was a fascinating fictional look into the drug trade and all the consequences.,and there were so many different plots that it was hard to know which direction the book was going to take at any given time. There were definitely some twists that I never saw coming! I liked Annika as a main character and I'm interested that this is a series..I think it would've been helpful for me to read the previous book but I didn't think it ...more
While I liked that this one tied up lots of loose ends, you definitely had to read previous novels to have any idea what was going on here. It did make me curious to read the next one to see how things progress in her personal life.
Dit deel gaat verder met het verhaal van deel 7 (Levenslang). Er zijn veel verschillende verhaallijnen die door elkaar heen lopen en soms wel, maar soms niet met elkaar te maken hebben.
Omdat Annika in Spanje zit, wat minder privé verhalen van Annika.
Kathleen Hagen
The Long shadow, by Liza Marklund, a-minus, Narrated by India Fisher, Produced by Brilliance Audio, downloaded from

Newspaper reporter Annika Bengtzon is left to pick up the
pieces after a shocking and complex murder case turns her world upside down and leaves her personal life in shambles. Meanwhile, an intruder brutally murders
an entire family on Spain's Costa del Sol, and Annika must fly to the glitzy locale to report on the case. Upon arrival she discovers that a fifth family
Kenneth Fredette
I remember a movie about this happening in Morocco probably 5 or 6 years ago. It fits with the book almost to a tea. Was I surprised that the last few chapters stock in my head this long. The book was filled with Annika solving problems that were not her own while she takes a lets wait attitude about her own life.
Die Story baut auf dem vorherigen Krimi "Lebenslänglich" auf. Die handelnden Personen und ihre Beziehungen untereinander sind ziemlich unübersichtlich, so dass ich einen Plan machen musste. Ansonsten gefällt mir auch im siebten Band sehr gut, wie Marklund ihre doch recht außergewöhnliche Heldin und ihr Vorgehen schildert im journalistischen Hin und Her zwischen Schweden, Spanien und Marokko, in ihren dienstlichen Clinches mit den Vorgesetzten und in ihrem familiären Chaos.
Der deutsche Titel "Kal
I received this from Random House UK, Transworld Publishers via Net Galley for an honest review

I read the previous book to this and enjoyed it, read it some time ago so when I saw this one needing reviews I knew I would love it.

I read this just before Christmas and forgot to add my review!

This book joins up where the other book left some strings hanging loose, so I was able to piece things nicely together.

The details of Italy was lovely too and felt at times I was there.

This is quite a climatic
Another book from the library Nordic Noir selection/promotion. I found it really enjoyable and not terribly noir. It was set in Sweden, but also Andalucia and Morocco, and introduced me to Annika Bengtzon, a likeable character easy to identify with. In this long grey wet winter, I relished all the sunny scenes and I will certainly seek out more of this series of books, for it was interesting to approach the crime from the position of a journalist rather than the police - although, of course, the ...more
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
2 1/2 stars

An intricate tale of many stories – a journalists working life, a relationship breakdown, families with nasty histories and the big story of secrets, murder and mayhem. For me there was too much happening in this book – I am afraid it didn’t grip, it didn’t excite and largely I felt like an observer – and I am wondering if any of this is due to reading this in English and not the original script?

There were elements of interest - but for me this book just did not deliver.
Reporter Annika Bengtzon is assigned to cover a violent murder on the Costa del Sol. She discovers a very different picture from what is portrayed in the tourist brochures. She believes the whole family was murdered, when her investigation reveals a third teenage daughter who was away at the time. There is lots of suspense and intrigue in this story wheee the reporter travels between Spain, Gibraltar, Morocco and Stockholm to solve the case.
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Scandinavia’s undisputed queen of crime fiction, Liza Marklund is the No. 1 international bestselling author of the Annika Bengtzon series.

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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Annika Bengtzon (Chronological Order) (10 books)
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  • Sprängaren (Annika Bengtzon, #4)
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  • Livstid (Annika Bengtzon, #7)
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