2 AUGUST - Liza Marklund awarded Radio Bremen’s Crime Award 2016
Liza Marklund has been chosen as the winner of Radio Bremen’s Crime Award (Krimipreis) 2016. The annual award will be presented to Liza Marklund for her novel The Final Word, the 11th and final installment in her series about crime reporter Annika Bengtzon. The jury of Radio Bremen praises the novel, calling it a “gripping political thriller” and lauds Marklund for her knowledgeable descriptions of current changes in the Swedish media landscape. The award ceremony will take place on September 26th in Bremen. Previous winners of Radio Bremen’s Crime Award include Arne Dahl (2010).
18 MAY - Dakota Fanning to star in ‘The Postcard Killings’
Dakota Fanning will star in Academy Award-winning director Janusz Kaminski’s upcoming thriller The Postcard Killings, the movie based on Liza Marklund and James Patterson’s novel Postcard Killers. The screenplay is written by Liza Marklund, Tove Alsterdal and Andrew Stern and it centers on a New Yorker as his life is thrown into turmoil when he learns that his newly married daughter has been brutally murdered. As he digs into the case, similar crimes are reported across Europe with each killing accompanied by a postcard sent to a local journalist. As he follows the trail of clues, a young reporter receives the next postcard.
Read more in Variety
15 FEBRUARY - Janusz Kaminiski to direct THE POSTCARD KILLINGS
Two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer and frequent Steven Spielberg collaborator Janusz Kaminski (Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List, Bridge Of Spies) will direct crime thriller The Postcard Killings, based on Liza Marklund and James Patterson’s 2010 crime novel The Postcard Killers. Liza Marklund and Tove Alsterdal penned the screenplay and the film will shoot in New York, Munich, Stockholm, northern Sweden and possibly Norway.
Read more in Variety
8 DECEMBER - "MY STOCKHOLM"
Liza has participated in the hour-long City Portrait Series by Austrian TV channel ORF where celebrities present their city. Liza guides the viewers through her favorite spots in Stockholm and among many places, Liza visits Stockholm's newest museum addition, the ABBA Museum on Djurgården together with ABBA member Björn Ulvaeus where he gives her an exclusive guided tour around the museum. Click the link below to watch the episode, in German. http://www.3sat.de/mediathek/?mode=play&obj=55643
4 DECEMBER - THE FINAL WORD Shortlisted for The Grand Audiobook
The Final Word, the eleventh and concluding installment in the Annika Bengtzon series, is shortlisted for the Swedish book award 'The Grand Audiobook Prize' in the Crime & Thriller category. The prize awards both the book and its narrator and the winner will be crowned in March 2016 at the Grand Audiobook Gala in Stockholm.
24 NOVEMBER - Special honorary award to Liza Marklund
The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers has awarded Liza Marklund with a special honorary award. Marklund completed her Annika Bengtzon-series earlier this year with The Final Word as the concluding installment, and has now been awarded by the Academy for her “pioneering contribution to the modern female crime wave.”
31 AUGUST - Swedish booktrailer for THE FINAL WORD
24 AUGUST - Rave reviews for THE FINAL WORD in Sweden
The Final Word is undoubtedly [Marklund’s] best crime novel since The Bomber /…/ This is how we readers like our Bengtzon, tormented, struggling and tough all the way to the end. As the threads of her life’s work are now woven together, the commitment that has pushed the author during all these years becomes clear, and with the love of journalism, the fight for feminism and the solidarity with the countryside that have been her cornerstones. … The Final Word is an elegant and furious elegy to a demised era.
I will miss [Annika Bengtzon]. A lot. She was the first and has no real heir that can take her place as that broken, super strong, worn-out-by-everyday-life, workaholic hero that I fell in love with already in The Bomber. A hero who successfully combine my childhood’s Nancy Drew with the present and reality, and who has received so much scorn and derision by male critics that one must simply think that she was – and still is – really, really well-needed.
Skånska Dagbladet (Sweden)
17 JUNE - THE FINAL WORD published in Sweden
The Final Word, the eleventh and concluding novel featuring crime reporter Annika Bengtzon, is published in Sweden today!
In The Final Word Annika’s sister, Birgitta, is missing and an anxious text message is the last sign of life from her. It looks like Kvällspressen’s print issue is facing its ultimate demise. Save for a miracle, editor in chief Anders Schyman will enter the history books as the man who pulled the plug on Swedish journalism. Meanwhile, an on-going court case about a vicious murder on a homeless attracts attention. Days go by and Birgitta does not return. Her disappearance forces Annika to confront her own complicated past.
The Final Word is a dark and violent thriller about relationships and atonement, identity and revenge.
15 FEBRUARY - Starred Review for BORDERLINE in Kirkus
"…readers should find the book irresistible. In balancing the sharp shifts in tone, Marklund is masterful. /…/ a bravura performance that raises Marklund's game and lifts her above the mystery genre."
Kirkus Review (US) *Starred Review*
2 DECEMBER – More UK praise for BORDERLINE
"Liza Marklund’s Annika Bengtzon faces the worst ordeal of her life after her husband is kidnapped in Kenya. Borderline is a stunning novel that convincingly makes the link between terrorism and crime."
The Sunday Times (UK)
14 OCTOBER – UK praise for BORDERLINE
"The Swedish crime writer produces a heart-stopping new thriller featuring journalist Annika Bengtzon. She is torn between covering an escalating murder hunt after a mother is found dead in the snow after taking her son to a nursery school, and a personal situation when her husband and colleagues are kidnapped at a conference in Kenya. Tension rises with every demand from the kidnappers, while the Swedish body count also rises."
Peterborough Telegraph (UK)
9 OCTOBER – BORDERLINE published in the UK today!
Borderline, the ninth installment in the Annika Bengtzon series, is published in the UK today! The Sunday Times says "Reporters are used to dealing with other people’s pain. Few are used to being the centre of an international incident, which is what happens in Liza Marklund’s outstanding Borderline. / …/ The novel delivers an emotional punch rare in contemporary crime fiction."
6 AUGUST – More US praise for THE LONG SHADOW
"Against all odds, Annika eventually ties together all the felonies she’s poked her nose into, but it’s a thankless slog that will make you grateful you aren’t a newspaper reporter yourself."
Kirkus Review (US)
6 AUGUST – More praise for THE LONG SHADOW
"This installment in the Bengtzon chronicles offers plenty of suspense."
Publishers Weekly (US)
23 APRIL – More US praise for THE LONG SHADOW
"Marklund is adept at taking the reader by the hand and moving adroitly through complex plots without sacrificing depth or development. The result is a canon that, despite breadth and length, reads quickly. Pick up on the backstory, and read The Long Shadow. It will leave you satisfied yet wanting more."
"Marklund writes Nordic Noir with depth and dignity, complicated characters and plots that curve in all the right places."
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (US)
15 APRIL — THE LONG SHADOW published in the US today
The Long Shadow, the eighth installment in the Annika Bengtzon series, is published in the US today!
Library Journal says "True to many Scandinavian crime novels, the plot of Marklund's latest Annika Bengzton book is an intricate one involving politics, drugs, and murder. ... the complex plot leads to an exciting climax."
11 MARCH — Winstead To Topline ABC Pilot Exposed
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, one of the most hotly pursued actresses this pilot season, has been tapped as the lead of ABC's drama pilot Exposed. Based on the best-selling Swedish novels by Liza Marklund, Exposed centers on an investigative journalist who will stop at nothing to uncover the truth.
Read more on Deadline.
10 MARCH — Starred Review for THE LONG SHADOW in Booklist
"In Marklund's eighth mystery in this series, she looks at society's strivers as she continues her tradition of superlative Scandinavian crime fiction with a tough but appealingly fallible protagonist who leaves readers wanting more."
Booklist *Starred Review* (US)
5 DECEMBER — HAPPY NATION No. 2 in Finland
Happy Nation is No. 2 on the official bestseller list for translated fiction in Finland this month!
2 DECEMBER — HAPPY NATION No. 3 in Sweden
Happy Nation is No. 3 on the official bestseller list for hardcover fiction in Sweden for the second consecutive month this month.
4 NOVEMBER — ABC Develop Crime Thriller Based On Marklund'
ABC is adapting the bestselling novels of Liza Marklund. The project is being produced by Universal TV and TBD's Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan, along with Yellow Bird Entertainment. The pilot will be written by Charles Randolph (Love and Other Drugs, The Life of David Gale, The Interpreter). Read more on Deadline
9 OCTOBER — HAPPY NATION published in Sweden today!
Happy publication day! The tenth installment in the Annika Bengtzon series, Happy Nation is published in Sweden today.
Earlier this week, Liza visited SVT and TV4 to talk about her new book. Below are video clips from Liza's appearances (in Swedish):
2 OCTOBER — Postcards from Liza!
The tenth installment in the Annika Bengtzon series, Happy Nation, is to be published in Sweden next week and this means that Liza will be traveling quite a lot the coming months. But not only in Sweden, but all over the world. Liza will be sending postcards to her Swedish publisher and you will be able to follow her as she travels around the globe.
Liza visited Switzerland last week where she did on-stage interviews and lectures in both Lugano and Zurich.
1 OCTOBER — PRIME TIME and RED WOLF sold to Serbia
Prime Time (Annika Bengtzon #4) and Red Wolf (Annika Bengtzon #5) are to be published in Serbia! The Serbian publishing house Laguna just bought the rights to these two installments, and they have previously published Vanished.
12 SEPTEMBER — THE LONG SHADOW published in the UK today!
The Long Shadow, the eighth installment in the Annika Bengtzon series, is released in the UK today.
A brutal robbery has killed an entire Swedish family on the Spanish riviera and reporter Annika Bengtzon is assigned the story for the Evening Post. But when she arrives in Spain she discovers there was a third child - a teenage daughter - who is unaccounted for. Annika makes it her mission to find the missing girl. But as she delves into the mystery she becomes embroiled in a far darker side of Spanish life than she'd envisioned, as she begins to piece together a terrifying story of violence, abuse and murder.
Please click the widget below to read an excerpt of the novel:
27 AUGUST — Annika Bengtzon #10 out in Sweden in October!
Liza's next installment in the Annika Bengtzon series will be published in Sweden in October. Happy Nation is a thriller about families and social acceptance in our time: a modern pastiche of Ibsen's A Doll's House.
It takes place during a very cold and wet month of May, six months after the events in Borderline. Torsten Lerberg, businessman and former Christian Democrat MP, is found unconscious and severely tortured in his villa in fashionable Solsidan outside Stockholm. His wife Nora is missing without a trace. Their three children are subsequently taken into care by social services. Annika Bengtzon is assigned to write about the case. Her friend Nina Hoffman, now operational analyst at the National Police Force, is one of the investigators.
Meanwhile at Kvallspressen, editor in chief Anders Schyman is embroiled in controversy over a documentary film he made eighteen years ago, a film that dealt with the missing billionaire wife Viola Soderland, and which awarded him the Great Journalist Award.
5 AUGUST — LIFETIME reviewed by Sydney Morning Herald
"Lifetime is a story of female revenge on many levels but Marklund's aim in this remarkable novel is to expose the leniency of the Swedish justice system and its interpretation of the length of a life sentence. It is intelligent and thought-provoking and, therefore, compelling reading."
Please click the link here to read the full review.
3 JUNE — LAST WILL awarded the 2013 Petrona Award
Last Will, the sixth installment in the Annika Bengtzon series, has been awarded the inaugural Petrona Award for 'Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year'! Last Will competed against Another Time, Another Life by Leif GW Persson, Pierced by Thomas Enger, and Black Skies by Arnaldur Indridasson. The Petrona Award has been established to celebrate the work of Maxine Clarke, one of the first online crime fiction reviewers and bloggers, who died in December 2012. Maxine, whose online persona and blog was called Petrona, was passionate about translated crime fiction but in particular that from the Scandinavian countries. Please click the link here to read more about the award.
15 MAY — Creating a detective
Head on over to the Dead Good website where Liza has written a piece on how she went about researching her first ever police procedural for her latest novel out in the U.K, Lifetime.
"It's a good thing that the Annika Bengtzon books are available in English; it saves me the task of learning Swedish—which I'd do in a minute if it were the only way to read these novels."
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