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Red Wolf: A Novel

Red Wolf: A Novel

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by Liza Marklund

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The inspiration for the hit film series, Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter, now available on Netflix.

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


The inspiration for the hit film series, Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter, now available on Netflix.

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 orders of her boss, she begins to investigate the event, which is soon followed by a series of shocking murders. Annika knows the murders are connected. At the same time, she begins to suspect that her husband is hiding something, and nothing can counteract the loneliness that has crept into her life.

Behind everything lurks the figure of the Red Wolf, a cold-blooded killer with the soul of a lover. In the end, she must discover the truth not only about the murders but also about the lies that are destroying her own family.

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Meet the Author

Liza Marklund is an author, journalist, and goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. Her crime novels, featuring the relentless reporter Annika Bengtzon, instantly became international hits and have sold millions of copies in thirty languages worldwide. She lives in Stockholm, Sweden, and Marbella, Spain, where she is at work on the next installment in the series. Visit her website at LizaMarklund.com.

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Red Wolf 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Jon_Smith More than 1 year ago
This excellent crime novel is intricate and solidly drawn, high on suspense and with constant action. The characters are intriguing and credible, especially the gutsy heroin Annika Bengtzon is utterly complex and very fascinating. This book deserves SIX stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Annika Bengtzon is my own personal heroine and RED WOLF is a must-read. A page-turner with great pace and suspense, you can't put it down.
Ronrose More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this thriller, mystery which takes place in the frozen land of northern Sweden. Annika Bengtzon is an investigative reporter. She has two young children and an inattentive husband who is starting to stray. She is only barely recovering from being kidnapped and terrorized by a mad serial killer connected with a story she had broken last year. As she tries to readjust to her job and family, she finds herself questioning the usefulness of one and the stability of the other. A small town reporter, whom she was supposed to meet for a lead on a story about a terrorist attack on an air base many years ago, is killed in a suspicious hit and run. In the face of her editor's protestations to the contrary, Annika's instincts tell her there is much more to this story. As she begins to delve into the connection between the dead reporter and the old terrorist incident, she follows threads leading to a murderous terrorist and political corruption linking the past and the present. She finds she has to fight on her own for her life and her family. Annika is a complicated character. She has her strengths and her weaknesses. Although she does not always do the right thing, she is at least always trying to make a difference and not giving up. A good story in an exotic locale.
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charlyc More than 1 year ago
A must for the Scandinavian mystery reader.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In Stockholm, Evening Post reporter Annika Bengtzon no longer works the crime beat (see The Bomber for why). Instead her assignments are more independent as she follows stories over the country involving terrorist activity mostly tied to the Communist movement of several decades ago. Annika travels to Lulea to meet a journalist who is giving her a lead on a story. Instead her source is killed in a hit-and-run accident that Annika believes was deliberate. Refusing to back off even when more related homicides occur, the intrepid reporter follows clues that tie back to a deadly sabotage incident on a military base in 1969 by someone using the code of "Ragnwald". She thinks this cold blooded killer has returned as a serial killer. It has been several years since Bengtzon conducted an investigation (see Studio Sex), but her return to Prime Time has been worth the wait as she is at her best in this terrific police procedural. The story line focuses on the social impact of the final Soviet decade on Sweden today so that readers obtain a strong whodunit investigation wrapped inside a national psyche struggling with mostly late 1980s Cold War events. Fans will enjoy this strong Scandinavian thriller as Bengtzon, who has personal issues as well, struggles to tie the dots of then to now. Harriet Klausner
JA2011 More than 1 year ago
This is a great novel all the way through - high on suspense, credible characters and an eminently satisfying conclusion.
DonWallace More than 1 year ago
Red Wolf has all the elements necessary to a suspenseful crime story. Exciting plot and it is effectively told. I highly recommend this novel and I will definitely keep an eye on Liza Marklund.
Kristen99 More than 1 year ago
Red Wolf guarantees an edge-of-your-seat experience until the very last page.
Quintal More than 1 year ago
The characters are intriguing and realistic. Once I got into the book, the plot was gripping. I do think this book deserved a better translation from, I assume, Swedish. Had they cropped excessive adjectives, adverbs, repetitions and stilted language,the book would have been shorter and more powerful.
SoapBoxinMyMind More than 1 year ago
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 abduction, which greatly affects the way Annika deals with life. Annika decides to reheat a long cold trail leading from an attack on a Swedish military base many years before. What she ends up stumbling upon takes her to a dark place where twisted minds lurk and people end up dead. How deep does the rabbit hole go? Deeper than you know. During her journey, Annika also makes discoveries about herself and uncovers the truth about her relationship with her husband. Interwoven are the side stories of her husband, Thomas, and her dearest friend, Anne. Will Thomas stray, and will Anne find harmony with her ex? This was my first ARC. I was very excited to have won it! I enjoyed reading it, especially knowing that not everyone was privy to the book yet. This book is very similar in many ways to the Millennium Trilogy, by Steig Larrson. You have the reporter who follows clues to untangle an old mystery, places in Sweden of course, and political scandal. But it is a story that stands out alone in the way it introduces multiple characters whose lives intermingle and the personal relationships each encounters. Not to mention a strong woman as the main character. Aside from the few technical problems that I'm sure will be addressed in the final cut, I really enjoyed this book. It had good drama, action, and suspense, along with some nice plot twists. If only full names weren't used every time a character was reintroduced! On a scale of 1-4, I give this book a 3.5. I almost loved it, but definitely recommend it! This book is published by Atria Books, a division of Simon and Schuster. ISBN: 978-4516-0206-7 (On sale February 15, 2011) Thank you to the author, via @ShelfAwareness and Rachel Bostic at Atria Books/Simon and Schuster for the gift of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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