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(Annika Bengtzon (Chronological Order) #4)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  3,308 ratings  ·  163 reviews
Södra Hammarbyhamnen. Klockan är 03.17 på morgonen, en vecka före jul. En bomb ödelägger Olympiastadion. På den söndertrasade läktaren hittas resterna av den dynamiska och beundrade OS-chefen, Christina Furhage. Om ett halvår ska de olympiska sommarspelen hållas i Stockholm. Sprängaren måste gripas, till varje pris. Tidningen Kvällspressen sätter Annika Bengtzon, en ung sm ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published 1998 by Piratförlaget
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After posting my review of Livstid yesterday, I had a long online discussion with notgettingenough about the meaning of the word "feminism", and whether it was a good thing. It says something about the power of Liza Marklund's novels that, after reading one, I found myself in the curious situation of being a man defending feminism to a woman.

Marklund is a single-issue author: she's writing to support her notion of feminism. This word can indeed be interpreted in many ways. Marklund is using it i
Simon Lipson
Apr 27, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'll be quick. This isn't my kind of thing. I gave it a go, but had to concede defeat after a 100 pages. Nothing happens, the dialogue is stodgy and grim, the characters are wafer-thin, the attempts at colouring in locations and relationships cursory. This is novel writing by numbers. Maybe this turgid tosh would work for me on a long holiday - albeit what sounded, from the blurb, like a gripping thriller was incredibly tame - but I don't want to waste valuable time on something this vacuous whe ...more
G.R. Reader
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I swear to God, if I hadn't read this book when I was working in Sweden in 2002 then I'd have strapped my boss to an explosive device and left bits of her all over Stockholm. I had it all planned out. Thank you Liza, you convinced me there was a better way.
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read good thriller in a while so this book was like a breath of fresh air. Although, I have to admit that some parts were unnecessary and a little overstretched but the plot was great and interesting to read. The character of Anika, the reporter, was a strong female and it was built very well. The identity of the bomber was hinted a little bit through the story if you're lucky you'd get who she is. Anyway, great story, very good character building and the resolution was a little expect ...more
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have been trying to figure out why I have not been an Annika Bengton fan as several of my GR buds are. I figured it out with this book. Liza Marklund reminds me of an NN version of American authors such as Lisa Jackson, romance mystery writers where there is too much focus on the "romance" life of the main character. I loath books like that and this series has progressively been getting worse in that area. I thought there was not enough focus on the mystery twistedness and that it was WAY too ...more
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was my final Transworld Challenge book and I'm pleased that it wasn't my first. I loved my first three choices, but felt pretty let down by this one.

What could have been a great action thriller was really spoilt for me by the amount of uneccessary and often irrelevant and tedious detail about the life of the main character Annika. She's a gutsy heroine, but not a likeable one, and I got totally fed up by reading about how many taxis she took, how many coffees she drank and how many salads s
Diane S ☔
Nov 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taking place in Stockholm this is a Nordic thriller about three women. I really empathized with Annika, who has been promoted as a boss in the mostly male world of journalism. Trying to cope with two children, a husband and a group of employees who are bitter that she has been promoted over them, she faces her first real crisis when a bombing with a fatality occurs at the new Olympic venue. The tension was palpable, whether it was in her personal life or in her investigation into The Bomber. Lay ...more
Jan 02, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've read another Liza Marklund book (Paradise), but it was so instantly forgettable I've not added it to my shelves here. I wish I hadn't read this one either.

Scandinavian Crime is hot right now and there are some excellent authors being translated into English. Liza Marklund is not one of them. In Anika Bengzton she has successfully created one of the most irritating, cold and unlikeable characters I've ever had the misfortune to follow across a few hundred pages.

Anika is, like, a totally ind
Oct 08, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, translated
Annika has been promoted to the head of crime at the Evening Post, a major Stockholm newspaper, when a report comes in of an explosion at the Olympic stadium. She's determined to get the best angle on the story and discover the truth before any of her competitors. Is it an act of terrorism against the Olympics or is it murder? And will she get it wrapped up in time to spend Christmas with her family?

What The Bomber does best is portray the inner workings of a busy newspaper. It's refreshing that
Victoria Shepherd
Well relu ded character development and a gripping unfolding of te mystery, but the antagonist seemed random,y chosen and an unbelievable character, rendering the last quarter of this book a disappointment.
Christine Fuentes
Immensely enjoyable picture of a real working journalist realistically interwoven with modern-day work issues between the sexes.
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-authors, crime
Very readable thriller featuring Annika Bengtzen, journalist, investigating the bombing of Olympic stadium and murder.
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, swedish, lgbtq
this book was everything that i thought it wasn't gonna be, but it was also everything that i thought it was gonna be?

The Bomber is the first book (if you follow the published order) in the Annika Bengtzon series. The Olympics is about to take place in Sweden but all of a sudden, the head of the Olympic Organizing Committee, Christina Furhage dies in a bombing. Annika Bengtzon, who is a journalist at Kvällspressen keeps interviewing people about Furhage's death and she realizes that there w
Sally Edsall
May 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, fiction
A fairly formulaic who-dun-it, which plods along without too many surprises. There are no plausible red herrings, merely a rather slow unfolding of events. Both the books I have read featuring newspaperwoman Annika Berengtzon follow the same path - a murder, followed by Annika's belief that all is not as it appears on the surface (she gleans this mainly through unspoken nuances from her police contact). Thereafter follow conflicts in the workplace as Annika has to prove that she is correct in th ...more
For the early parts of this book I found it hard to keep track of the characters.... but to be fair, recently I think I've been having a bit of a reading block & have frequently found my concentration drifting & skimming over passages but I digress...however into the second half I found my attention was held.

While this is a crime novel, it doesn't involve any police procedure, instead the focus of the story is journalist Annika Bengtzon & her efforts in securing a big scoop. Much of
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Iy is rare that I stop reading a book wne I am four fifths of the way through as I did here. However, I was getting more and more bored with the book. I found the main character tedious and her husband just a cardboard cut out who flitted across the pages from time to time. The back blurb tells the reader that Annika Bengtzon becomes the target for a deranged serial killer. Well, yes, she does at the 4/5 stage at which I stopped reading. The preceding parts of the book I found pedestrian and uni ...more
Mary Lautner
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Liza Marklund’s Annika Bengtzon is married with two children. She is a top crimes newspaper reporter. When she digs into a story she’s compelled to follow every fragment, however tenuous it may be. And while we watch her trace what seem to be irrelevant parts, we also see her very humanity. She misses things. She is emotionally wrecked by callous behavior. She is guilty. But she is persistent. As with her other books in this series, Liza Marklund describes a personal scene with great depth. Her ...more
Nancy Goldberg Wilks
The Bomber is a work of Swedish crime fiction written by Liza Marklund. Victoria Stadium, the main Olympic arena in Stockholm for the upcoming games, has been bombed. Annika Bengtzon, a crime reporter who is head of the crime team for the Evening Post, is covering the story. Bengtzon has wonderful instincts. But what happens when she gets too close to the bomber?

The Bomber provides an interesting look at journalism and police work in Sweden. For the most part, the writing is adequate; there ar
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was my first book in this series and it wasn't as explosive as I thought it would be (pun not intended). I had heard so many positive reactions from people who read it, so maybe my hopes were too high. I appreciate how Marklund is trying to cover a broader range of personality traits - women who sometimes are weak, and sometimes strong, and who's not always perfect and likeable - but I just can't get a grip of Annika Bengtzon. I simply find her boring.
Alexander Van Leadam
Scandi-realism is often interesting in that it reveals less well known sides of a Scandinavian society as a backdrop to the action in a thriller. In this book we learn that Annika is a hard-working journalist and mother, as well as lots of details about life and work in a newspaper. That's all. The plot and the characters are not exciting enough, and Annika's role in the resolution of the mystery not completely believable.
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I already knew who is the bomber in the middle of book so it has no intrigue in the ending. This minus makes whole book a little bit disappointing. But I liked how was described daily routine details of different professions.
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: szwecja
bought it on sale, did not know it was a FOURTH book in a series, did not need to know about the previous three. thats about it! ...more
Carol Palmer
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This was a good book with great twists. The ending was a bit drawn out for my taste.
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid thriller but the ending took forever.
Bert Van Assche
Excellent suspense, horrible Dutch translation.
Oct 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel is set in Stockholm and the plot centres around newly promoted chief crime reporter Annika Bengtzon, working at the Evening Post newspaper, who hits upon a massive story. In the fictional events of the novel, Sweden is due to be hosting the next Olympic Games, and there has been a large explosion at the main Victoria Stadium. Annika is straight into finding the facts underneath all the talk about the explosion, wanting the best story and the best picture, first. She has recently been ...more
Beth Kemp
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great read for the festive period, as it takes place during the week leading up to Christmas and reveals Annika's struggles to get Christmas 'right' as a working Mum, as well as the pressures she faces at work and the very real danger she courts as leader of the crime section of the newspaper. There is plenty of atmospheric detail in this novel and Marklund makes it very easy to lose yourself in the world she captures on the page. Marklund was a journalist herself and it is plain that ...more
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know the kind of book where you start reading and think “Hey, yes, this is exactly as I like it”? This is that kind of book. I started reading and I felt at home straight away. While I wasn’t constantly thinking about the book when I was not reading it, as soon as I picked it up again I was happy in my little Bomber world.

I thought the atmosphere was brilliant: a wintery Stockholm, just before Christmas. It was cold, very cold, there was snow, there was sleety rain, there was slushy, melted
Luanne Ollivier
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I certainly know of Liza Marklund - I've been steering patrons towards her books when they ask for 'another' Scandinavian author. I've read reviews of her books and know that they're good reads, but hadn't actually sampled one myself until I sat down with The Bomber. And yes - she's very good!

Annika Bengtzon is the newly promoted head of the crime division at The Evening Post newspaper in Stockholm, Sweden. She's having a hard time juggling family life with two small children and a husband who i
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good piece of work that is undone by a somewhat loose denouement; the villain's motivations do not appear meaty enough to result in the carnage produced. Of course, we could attribute this disconnect to the murderer's psychopathy, but even that revelation is so late in the book that it appears almost as an afterthought. But I liked the book overall for its acute description of a workplace that is suffused with rivalries, political and professional (I think I've used this expression bef ...more
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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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