Vanished by Liza MarklundVanished by Liza Marklund


byLiza Marklund

Paperback | March 20, 2012

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Scandinavia's undisputed queen of crime fiction, Liza Marklund, is the #1 international bestselling author of the Annika Bengtzon series, now available from Vintage Canada.
Five murders in 1 week, a smuggling operation gone wrong, and a crime reporter desperate to find the truth...
A hurricane has swept over Sweden and left the country in turmoil. At a derelict port in Stockholm, a young woman is on the run from a deranged gunman. The following morning, a security guard finds the bodies of 2 men, brutally murdered. And a valuable lorry shipment of cigarettes has disappeared from the port. Meanwhile, copy editor Annika Bengtzon is thinking she'll never be able to write her own articles for the Evening Post when she is approached by a woman wanting her story published. She claims to have founded an organization capable of erasing people's pasts--giving vulnerable individuals a new identity and helping them to build a new life. But as Annika embarks on her investigations, more vicious murders follow and she finds herself getting dangerously close to the truth--that all is not as it seems...
LIZA MARKLUND is an author, publisher, journalist, columnist and goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. She has written 10 novels and 1 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-wri...
Title:VanishedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 8 × 5.19 × 1.1 inPublished:March 20, 2012Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307358496

ISBN - 13:9780307358493

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but not outstanding 3.5/5 I read my first Liza Marklund book last year and quite enjoyed it. Reporter Annika Bengtson returns in Vanished. I hadn't read the books in between and found Annika in a different state of mind and place. She's at the newspaper, but is a copy editor, not out in the field. She lives in a stark apartment in a condemned building, simply existing, trying to deal with numerous tragedies in her personal life. But while editing a story on a recent double murder on the waterfront one night, a random call is routed to her desk and she finds herself immediately intrigued. Rebecka claims to be able to erase a person's past and set them up with a new identity and life. Annika's boss gives her the go ahead to pursue the story - he's happy to see her excited about something again. But The Paradise Foundation may not be everything Rebeckah claims. And when she discovers that the waterfront murders and the Foundation may have a connection, Annika is drawn in.... This was a very different Annika for me. At times I saw the strong, fearless reporter, at other times she was a puddle on the floor. I understood her grief, but the neediness shown at a certain juncture is well - obsessive. I had a hard time accepting that she could swing so far from one side to the other in such a short time. I found the idea of The Paradise Foundation fascinating. Office politics and ethics, Eastern Bloc Mafia, marriage, happiness and the Swedish social assistance program are also stirred into the plot of Vanished. There was a bit of proselytizing near the end that I did find myself skipping over. It was only as I read the end notes, that I discovered Marklund's basis for this book. While working as a night reporter on a Swedish newspaper, Marklund really did receive a call about a foundation exactly as described and ended up investigating it. I wonder how much of Liza Marklund is part of Annika? The pacing is a bit slower, with lots of personal story this time. Marklund ends the book with a good twist - identifying the author of small diatribes scattered throughout the book - one I did not see coming. All in all a good read. I'm intrigued by this character and will definitely read another in this series.
Date published: 2012-05-09

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Liza Marklund “[Marklund’s] books are as much a continuation of her fight against injustice as they are suspense-filled page-turners.” —Irish Independent “Marklund plays with Swedish history, politics, and current events all the while maintaining the integrity of her characters.... This is a series to savor.” —The Globe and Mail                                                                                                                                                        “Marklund is one of the most dynamic and popular crime writers of our time.”—Patricia Cornwell“No tells a story like Liza Marklund.” —Karin Slaughter “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“An astonishing talent.... Liza Marklund’s thrillers are stellar examples of those qualities inherent in the best fiction: She wholly immerses the reader in her world, and she writes with consummate intelligence, consistency and passion.” —Jeffery Deaver“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