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borderline
BORDERLINE

A mother found. A father lost.
In the midst of a Swedish winter, a young mother is found murdered behind her son’s nursery. Halfway across the world, in the sweltering Kenyan heat, a government official is kidnapped. As a journalist, Annika Bengtzon is often on the frontline, witness to the darkness humans are capable of. But this time it’s different. It’s personal. The official held to ransom is her husband and she must meet the extreme demands of his kidnappers if she is to bring him home. And what of the Swedish mother slain in the snow? Until her killer is found, no one is safe…

"Liza Marklund…has sold more than 13 million thrillers in 30 countries, of which 300.000 in the Netherlands alone. She writes in the same socially conscious tradition as her colleagues Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson. With Larsson, she shares the interest for the dark side of Sweden, and like Mankell she writes about the relationship between the 'heavenly' Sweden and the rest of the world. There is, however, a big difference between Marklund and the two other Swedish crime writers. Marklund's main character is called Bengtzon instead of Wallander or Blomkvist: and she is a woman."
De Volkskrant (Netherlands)

"[Borderline is] well executed and provides a very well-researched picture /…/ As always, the pages are flowing – Marklund still writes better than most of her female crime writer-colleagues"
Politiken (Denmark)

"A strong comeback by Liza Marklund… With the ninth novel in the series, Marklund proves that she is still far ahead of most of her imitators, both when it comes to guaranteed suspense, crime fiction with a feminine element, and the ability to make personal matters political and political matters personal - unpretentiously raw and sweetened with a touch of self-irony"
Ekstra Bladet (Denmark)

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Original title Du gamla du fria
US Release April 2015
UK Release October 2014
Publisher Emily Bestler Books (US), Transworld (UK)
POSTCARD KILLERS
THE POSTCARD KILLERS

NYPD detective Jacob Kanon is on a tour of Europe's most gorgeous cities. But the sights aren't what draw him — he sees each museum, each cathedral, and each cafe through the eyes of his daughter's killer. Kanon's daughter, Kimmy, and her boyfriend were murdered while on vacation in Rome. Since then, young couples in Paris, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, and Stockholm have been found dead. Little connects the murders, other than a postcard to the local newspaper that precedes each new victim. Now Kanon teams up with the Swedish reporter, Dessie Larsson, who has just received a postcard in Stockholm — and they think they know where the next victims will be. The Postcard Killers by James Patterson and Liza Marklund is a vivid and compelling thriller with relentless logic and unstoppable action.

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Original title The Postcard Killers
US Release August 2010
UK Release September 2010
Publisher Little, Brown (US), Century (UK)
THE LONG SHADOW
THE LONG SHADOW

A seemingly random burglary ends with the death of an entire Swedish family on Spain's Sunshine Coast: grandmother, husband and wife, and two children have been suffocated by poisonous gas. Reporter Annika Bengtzon is assigned the story and travels to the area, known to attract celebrities, sports stars and big-shot brokers, to report on the case. In her complex and shocking investigation, Annika discovers connections to events in rural Sweden half a century earlier as well as to a drug lord's Moroccan farm in the present.

"Liza Marklund hits the mark with this terrific crime novel... Annika knows her game! She's known her game for a long time; she is, after all, Scandinavia's most popular fictional heroine. She's at the top of her game in the new novel, The Long Shadow, which is elegantly imagined and elegantly told."
Berlingske Tidende (Denmark)

"Liza Marklund's eighth Annika Bengtzon novel really swings... Marklund knows her art."
Politiken (Denmark)

"Sweden's thriller queen has once again put together such a delicious feast that it must be devoured at once."
Helsingin Sanomat (Finland)

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Original title En plats i solen
US Release 2013
UK Release September 2013
Canada Release 2013
Publisher Atria (US), Corgi (UK), Vintage (CA)
LIFETIME
LIFETIME

A police officer is callously shot and killed in his bedroom in front of his traumatized wife, Julia. When police arrives on the scene, Julia rambles on about a woman entering the house, killing David and kidnapping their son, but all the evidence suggests Julia is guilty of the crime. Reporter Annika Bengtzon covers the case and is drawn in headfirst when she realizes that Julia is about to be falsely charged. Working against the clock, Annika is determined to clear Julia's name and locate her missing son.

"Probably her best yet. It is densely written, it captivates as the different layers of the plot intertwine, and is testimony to the current literary ambitions of crime fiction."
Der Spiegel (Germany)

"None of the so-called 'Queens of Crime' reach up even to the rim of her boot when she is at the top of her game, as she is here."
Ekstra Bladet (Denmark)

"The plot is so excellent that I cannot think of any other writer than Liza Marklund to have cooked it up. As we approach the dramatic denouement, the author displays her full register, and greatness, as a crime writer. Few, if any, have her capacity to change the pace of the story instantly, and her portrayals of fatigue, fear and despair are first-rate."
Aftenposten (Norway)

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Original title Livstid
US Release 2012
UK Release Autumn 2012
Canada Release Autumn 2012
Publisher Atria (US), Corgi (UK), Vintage (CA)
NOBEL'S LAST WILL
LAST WILL

For the first time in her career, reporter Annika Bengtzon is covering the glamorous Nobel Prize Dinner, traditionally held in Stockholm's City Hall. The world's notabilities are enjoying themselves on the dance floor when suddenly gunshots break through the din of conversation and music. In the ensuing panic, the presumed assassin wrestles Annika to the ground. Soon, she is caught in the middle of an intricate drama with links to Alfred Nobel — not only as a reporter but also as a key witness.

"Utterly convincing and genuinely entertaining. The reader is certainly given her money's worth, when Marklund serves up hard-hitting effects and sensational rarities, from bloody murder methods to the heroine's lethal threatening of little slimy boys."
Politiken (Denmark)

"Nobel's Last Will is the sixth installment with crime reporter Annika Bengtzon in the leading role. And she certainly stands her ground; the hunt for the murderer is terribly suspenseful."
Aftenposten (Norway)

"Fast-paced, suspenseful chapters are alternated with more light-hearted fragments in this well-paced narrative. With this novel, Marklund confirms her position as a writer who knows her craft. She gracefully hits the mark, and comes out fine of every storm."
Boek (Netherlands)

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Original title Nobels testamente
US Release 2011
UK Release Spring 2012
Canada Release Spring 2012
Publisher Atria (US), Corgi (UK), Vintage (CA)
EXILE
EXILE

Exile follows Maria Eriksson's flight from Sweden to Santiago, Chile and then to the United States, and her relentless struggle to keep her children safe, while her ex-fiancé continues to search for them. Swedish authorities cannot or will not help. Finally, Maria's only option is to apply for asylum in the US. Exile is a suspenseful and intriguing novel and Maria Eriksson's story is a manifesto of human potential. Exile has sold more than 600.000 copies in Sweden alone.

"I admire Liza Marklund. She has done it again: published one of those unglamorous books that 'only' deals with endangered women, children, refugees and the Swedish authorities' inability to protect them."
Dagens Nyheter (Sweden)

"The most clever literary device in Liza Marklund's novels featuring Maria is the double exposure of the abused woman and the refugee fate."
Expressen (Sweden)

"Exile is a complex novel really worth reading."
Iisalmen Sanomat (Finland)

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Original title Asyl
US Release NA
UK Release NA
Canada Release NA
Publisher NA
RED WOLF
RED WOLF

Reporter Annika Bengtzon is working on the story of a devastating crime when she hears that a journalist investigating the same incident has been killed. It appears to be a hit-and-run accident. Several brutal killings follow — all linked by handwritten letters sent to the victims' relatives. When Annika unravels a connection with the story she's writing, she is thrown on to the trail of a deadly psychopath. Caught in a frenzied spiral of secrets and violence, Annika finds herself and her marriage at breaking point. Will her refusal to stop pursuing the truth eventually destroy her?

"An exceptionally well-crafted and suspenseful work"
Daily Mirror (UK)

"The well-worked plot, the vivid evocations of midwinter on the Arctic Circle and middle-class life in Stockholm and, above all, the credible characters make this an outstandingly good thriller"
Literary Review (UK)

"You can trust Liza Marklund's description of her hard-nosed heroine, Annika Bengtzon, an investigative reporter on a Stockholm daily with the enviable freedom to write just about anything she well pleases. /.../ Despite her messy personal life, Bengtzon hangs on to the uncompromising ethics and sense of justice that make her a welcome figure in the ranks of Scandinavian sleuths."
The New York Times (US)

"In the fifth book of her internationally best-selling series, Marklund blends the sociology and politics of contemporary Sweden with a taut mystery, capturing the Scandinavian chill as she builds suspense to an eminently satisfying conclusion. This excellent addition to the Nordic crime scene will also appeal to readers who enjoyed her outing this summer with James Patterson in The Postcard Killers."
Library Journal (US) *Starred Review*

"Marklund's superb fifth novel featuring Stockholm journalist Annika Bengtzon... /.../ Marklund imbues Annika with a fierce intensity without sacrificing her vulnerability."
Publisher's Weekly (US) *Starred Review*

"The well-worked plot, the vivid evocations of midwinter on the Arctic Circle and middle-class life in Stockholm and, above all, the credible characters make this an outstandingly good thriller."
The Literary Review (UK)

Publication details
Original title Röda vargen
US Release February 2011
UK Release October 2010
Canada Release October 2010
Publisher Atria (US), Corgi (UK), Vintage (CA)
EXILE
PRIME TIME

Thirteen people spend Midsummer Eve in an isolated manor house. The following morning, the biggest star of Swedish television, Michelle Carlsson, is found murdered. Annika Bengtzon's world is turned upside down when she discovers that her closest friend, Anne, is one of the suspects. Annika resolves to pin down the killer and clear her best friend's name. Doubt is cast upon Annika's professional integrity and her boss involves her in a public power struggle, whereas she is privately plagued by insecurities regarding her new relationship. Meanwhile there's a killer on the loose — and a tense drama about to unfold in the public eye.

"Captivating all the way up to the last sentence."
Freundin (Germany)

"Prime Time is cut out to become a bestseller."
Brigitte (Germany)

"In this way, Marklund cleverly places her work in line with the truly great female writers of the genre, Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie... Yet she does it with an honest intent, and in a truly original way. When she writes like this, she deserves her tag as 'the queen'."
Politiken (Denmark)

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Original title Prime time
US Release NA
UK Release NA
Canada Release 2014
Publisher Vintage (CA)
paradise
VANISHED

A powerful hurricane sweeps over Sweden leaving the country in turmoil. Two men are found dead, shot at point-blank range, at one of Stockholm's major ports. A truckload of smuggled goods worth millions of dollars has vanished, and a young woman, Aida, runs for her life from the docks. Crime reporter Annika Bengtzon helps Aida get in touch with Paradise, a foundation dedicated to sheltering people whose lives are in danger. But several brutal murders follow and as Annika gets closer to the truth, neither Aida nor Paradise are quite what they appear to be.

"One hundred percent entertainment — a constant drive and no dead stretches." Göteborgs Tidning (Sweden)

"The peculiar love story, and the strong bond to the grandmother are evoked so realistically and with so much warmth, that they come across as the main reasons for reading the book. In addition, this is a very suspenseful read, so everybody will be satisfied."
Trouw (Netherlands)

"Liza Marklund seems to have an unerring sense of the invisible boundaries that limit women's space for action. It is above all that sensitivity which makes her stories interesting and telling contemporary novels."
Dagens Nyheter (Sweden)

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Original title Paradiset
US Release NA
UK Release Spring 2012
Canada Release Spring 2012
Publisher Corgi (UK), Vintage (CA)
exposed
EXPOSED

Rookie reporter Annika Bengtzon has a coveted, yet temporary, position at a major Stockholm tabloid. Before she has had the slightest chance to adapt to the bullish and fast-paced world of news journalism, a dead body is found at a city cemetery. The victim is an exotic dancer who has been raped and strangled, and the prime suspect is a government minister. Annika realizes that this could become her breakthrough story. But as she exposes the dark underworld of sex clubs, chauvinism, and corruption, she is drawn deep into a dangerous world of sex and violence.

"The efforts of the independent, gutsy reporter to establish the truth make for an enjoyable and fast-paced thriller." The Times (UK)

"An excellent crime novel, elegantly crowned with a cynical ending of good old mark."
Dagbladet (Norway)

"Sweden's new cult character!"
Der Spiegel (Germany)

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Original title Studio sex
US Release NA
UK Release May 2011
Canada Release May 2011
Publisher Corgi (UK), Vintage (CA)
THE BOMBER
THE BOMBER

Stockholm is bustling with preparations for the upcoming summer Olympics when a bomb explodes in the city's new Olympic arena. The arena, as well as one of the most powerful businesswomen in Sweden, 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 crime novel by Liza Marklund, which follows the impulsive, persistent, and passionate reporter Annika on her thrilling assignments.

"The pace never slackens"
Sunday Express (UK)

"A taut and well-paced read"
Observer (UK)

"The Bomber is the best Swedish crime novel in a long time, and an authentic portrayal of the hectic life of a mother of two with a stressful career in the big city."
Dagens Nyheter (Sweden)

"Breathtakingly suspenseful...The Bomber has a lot of substance, yet it is fast-paced."
Helsingin Sanomat (Finland)

"Liza Marklund writes powerfully, using chiseled, at times photograph-like images."
Frankfurter Allgemeine (Germany)

Publication details
Original title Sprängaren
US Release NA
UK Release November 2011
Canada Release November 2011
Publisher Corgi (UK), Vintage (CA)
UNDERGROUND
UNDERGROUND

Liza Marklund's bestselling debut, Underground, is based on the true story of Maria Eriksson and her unwavering struggle to see her children grow up in safety and freedom. With more than 900.000 copies sold in Sweden alone, Underground is a fascinating story not only of domestic violence, but also of one woman's fierce determination to save her children. Liza Marklund skillfully conveys the emotions of a family living underground: terrible claustrophobia and fear, intense longing for a home, the bond of motherhood, and pure survival instinct.

"Extremely important and topical book. /.../ I really recommend Underground to anyone who's even remotely interested in what is happening around us."
Helsingin Sanomat (Finland)

"Never has Liza Marklund written a more important book."
Satakunnan Kansa (Finland)

"Marklund's masterpiece /.../ Touching, shocking and exciting..."
Iltalehti (Finland)

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Original title Gömda
US Release NA
UK Release NA
Canada Release NA
Publisher NA
"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
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