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Red Wolf

(Annika Bengtzon (Chronological Order) #5)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  2,796 ratings  ·  235 reviews
Beneath a dark winter sky . . . death waits patiently.

A journalist is murdered in the frozen white landscape of a northern Swedish town. Annika Bengtzon, a reporter at a Stockholm-based tabloid, was planning to interview him about a long-ago attack against an isolated air base nearby, and now she suspects that his death is linked to that attack.

Against the explicit order

Hardcover, 400 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by Atria (first published 2003)
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Mar 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Tina Siegel
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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 rated it liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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
May 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Trish Harrington
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Some very chilling moments interspersed with some non essential information. I enjoyed the description of the Northern Winter and the very cold, desolate setting. Would make a good movie if they haven't done so already.
May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it

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 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavian, crime
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 rated it really liked it
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 rated it liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 10, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
Think I have jumped in somewhere in the middle with this series, which seems not to have appeared in chronological order (which means that some titles have disappeared from shops/libraries). It doesn't matter too much. The Northern Swedish background is interesting and authentic (too authentic for the inhabitants, according to the afterword by the author!) and the political backstory of 1960s Maoists and what happened next is also interesting. The heroine, Annika, appears to be suffering from PT ...more
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan a Nordic mysteries but, this one I found a bit scattered and hard to get into. The beginning 1/2 of the book was difficult to follow and I wondered whether it was because it was the 5th in the series and I had not read any of the previous books. The novel is a political thriller and I feel that, for international readers who may not be familiar with the make-up of the Swedish political structure and the influence of Communism on it's society in the 1950s, that it may have been he ...more
Sweara Ahmed
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: annika-bengtzon
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 that you cannot stop reading. I am afraid many casual readers won't get that fa ...more
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Scandinavian authors are seriously strange. I didn’t realize that I was coming into the middle of a series. That’s probably why some of the characters and their backgrounds were confusing.

Annika is a crime reporter. Who knew there were so many aging terrorists in Sweden? An old Maoist cell from the 60s is suddenly active again. People are murdered in seemingly random fashion. Of course Annika sees a connection that no one else can see.

I don’t understand why Annika’s friend Anne is included. Ma
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This appealed to me because I watched the series on Netflix and was bowled over. The book is a good read. The characters, especially Annika are well drawn and very interesting--complex and imperfect. There is a wonderful sense of place-the action is divided between Stockholm and far northern Sweden. I could feel the extreme cold in my bones. It's not a great thriller, but more than serviceable. And I sure wanted to know what happens to Annika.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another good novel by Liza Marklund. I wonder though how long a person like Annika would be realistically able to function, with trauma after trauma, with PTSD getting stronger and stronger. Her mental balance is held together by a string and paperclip. I don't know how anyone (save for, maybe, superheroes) would be able to function like that.
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-order-3
Not the best of the series so far (i actually read them in order). Could guess the culprit and the plot at the end was a bit weak. But the whole personal and professional issues Annika had to go though made the story interesting. Interesting how those will work out in the next book.
Dr. John P. Schaefer
Superbly written and plotted. A great read!

A great blend of story telling, mystery, and characters with human failings struggling with family issues, relationships, work, and ethics.
Aug 29, 2019 added it
It took awhile to get into the book/characters, but enjoyed the Sweden backdrop and in the end a good twist.
Carol Palmer
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
The book dragged until 3/4 of the way through and then it was a page-turner.
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 rated it really liked it
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 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
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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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