The Bomber

Paperback | December 27, 2011

byLiza MarklundTranslated byNeil Smith

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Stockholm is bustling with preparations for the upcoming summer Olympics when a bomb explodes in the city's new Olympic arena. One of the most powerful women in Sweden, Christina Furhage, is blown to bits. The police begin a wild and desperate chase for the killer, while crime reporter and mother of two, Annika Bengtzon, discovers connections no one else sees. Thus begins the first stand-alone crime novel by Liza Marklund, which follows the impulsive and passionate reporter Annika Bengtzon on her thrilling assignments.

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Stockholm is bustling with preparations for the upcoming summer Olympics when a bomb explodes in the city's new Olympic arena. One of the most powerful women in Sweden, Christina Furhage, is blown to bits. The police begin a wild and desperate chase for the killer, while crime reporter and mother of two, Annika Bengtzon, discovers conn...

LIZA MARKLUND is an author, publisher, journalist, columnist and goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. She has written ten novels and one non-fiction book. Her crime novels featuring the gutsy reporter Annika Bengtzon instantly became an international hit, and Marklund's books have sold 19 million copies in 30 languages to date. Liza has co-...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 8 × 5.12 × 1.05 inPublished:December 27, 2011Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307358437

ISBN - 13:9780307358431

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting I'm a huge fan of Nordic Noir, and this book was not a disappointment. I love the main character and the fact that she is struggling to keep a balance between her work and personal life. Although the plot was predictable, it was an enjoyable read due to the characters and how they are developed. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of her novels.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Different, but predictable Stockholm is getting ready for the Olympics, when there is a bombing in one of the main stadiums, killing one person. The public wants to know if this was a targeted attack or whether it was terrorism. Annika heads up the crime desk at a local newspaper and wants to get to the bottom of who did this and why. She's a female in a male-dominated industry and feels not only the pressure of leading a team of men, but also the difficulties of balancing work and home life. However she has great instincts as a journalist and hunts down some leads before any other journalists do. This is an interesting mystery/thriller from the journalist's perspective rather than the detective's. And it's set in Sweden, which few mystery books that I read are set in. It makes for an interesting change of pace. I liked Annika's struggles over being a female not respected by her male peers and her work life balance. However it did get to a point where I thought the author started to overplay it and was really beating our heads with this fact. I would have appreciated it more if it was a bit more subtle. I felt a little disappointed with the ending. It was a bit predictable and definitely over dramatic.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Bomber This book was great. I really love the author's style of writing. I am looking forward to the rest of the series and her other books. For a real adventure with lots of suspense, read this bbook!
Date published: 2015-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New to me author I'll be following 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 is also devoted to his career. Adding in staff that seem determined to see her fail ratchets up the stress in her life. When a call comes in that there had been a bombing at the Olympic village that is under construction for the upcoming summer Olympics, Annika answers the initial call herself. But is it a terrorist act or murder? Annika's nose for ferreting out the real story is fantastic for the paper, but maybe not so good for her personally. She's put herself on the killer's radar.... I loved this character! Annika is nowhere near perfect. Marklund has made here into a believable, likable 'real' person. She struggles with everyday pressures, tries to overcome her insecurity and be a good mother, wife and boss. She doesn't always succeed. But where she does succeed is in her dedication to ferreting out a story, seeing clues and connections that others miss. Bengtzon's reporter instincts and actions ring true as Marklund herself worked as a reporter and editor, and it shows in her writing. I also found the plotting to be excellent. Although there were plenty of suspects, I didn't figure out who is was until almost the last page. I became quite caught up in the story. The everyday details of Annika's life also provided an interesting look at life in Sweden. This was a character and series I definitely enjoyed and I'll be picking others by this author. (And I can forgive Marklund teaming up with James Patterson for a co written book.)
Date published: 2011-12-28

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Praise for Liza Marklund:"Liza Marklund is the next great Nordic export for fans of crime fiction to discover. Her books deliver edge-of-your-seat suspense, sophisticated plotting, complex characterization and unique locales. Enjoy!" --Harlan Coben"Pick up a Liza Marklund book, read it until dawn, wait until the stores open, buy another one." --James Patterson"Liza Marklund is in a league of her own thanks to her intelligent stories, her confident writing and her radical view on society. There is no doubt about it." --Henning Mankell