The next thrilling installment in the Annika Bengtzon series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Liza Marklund, who Henning Mankell called “Queen of Scandinavian Crime Fiction.”
The inspiration for the hit film series, Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter, now available on Netflix.
In this follow-up to Liza Marklund’s “stunningly great” (BookReporter.com) thriller Lifetime, newspaper reporter Annika Bengtzon is left to pick up the pieces after a shocking and complex murder case turns her world upside down and leaves her personal life in shambles.
Meanwhile, an intruder brutally murders an entire family on Spain’s Costa del Sol, and Annika must fly to the glitzy locale to report on the case. Upon arrival she discovers that a fifth family member is unaccounted for. Soon, the killers are found, but they too have met their demise—in the same grisly manner they killed the Söderström family.
Amid a culture weighed down by drug smuggling and money laundering, Annika must try to find the missing girl before it’s too late.
About the Author
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
not great and not nearly as good as her other books in this series
The author picks up from previous novels in the series with Annika Bengtzon plying her trade doggedly as a reporter for Sweden’s Evening Post. The plot takes her to the Costa del Sol and Morocco following the robbery and murder of a well-known retired hockey star and his family, except for a 16-year-old daughter by a former marriage who miraculously escaped the slaughter but goes missing. Annika follows the story, despite being assigned several silly assignments by her news editor, in an effort to not only find the girl but also to discover why the family was gassed to death. Meanwhile Annika’s personal and professional lives continue in turmoil, as she is divorced, and now suspected of burning down her house (so the insurance money is frozen), and her attitude is less than appreciated at the newspaper where her superiors wrestle with a decision on what to do with her despite her superior production. Notwithstanding it all, she plods on to fulfill her mission. The cast of characters remains constant throughout the series, reappearing in this entry and providing continuity. At times, the 544-page book is difficult to read. Whether it is the author’s constant repetition of thoughts and phrases or a reflection of the translation is difficult to determine, but the novel is well worth the effort to read. Obviously, the seeds of the next installment have been sown so we have something to look forward to. Highly recommended.
The Long Shadow is the eighth North American release in Liza Marklund's Annika Bengtzon series. The Long Shadow picks right up from the last book, Lifetime. Annika's personal life is in shambles - her husband has left her for another woman, he has custody of their children and her home has burned down. She's just learned that she'll now be reporting to a man who used to be her subordinate at the Swedish newspaper she works at. She's sent to Spain to report on the death of a former Swedish national. It looks like they were originally just targets of the latest European crime wave - pumping gas into the victim's home until they pass out, then robbing them. (This is frighteningly true!) But something went wrong this time - he and his family have been killed. Or was it deliberate? Annika is a tireless reporter. Or perhaps obsessive is a more apt description. She's headstrong, impulsive and plunges headlong into her stories, often to her own detriment. But, she trusts her own instincts and follows them regardless. It often pays off - she saved the life a young boy in the last book. And this time is no exception. Annika knows this current story is much deeper than her editor thinks. When he wants her to move on to other pieces, she lets him believe she has - then pursues her own leads. Marklund's plots are quite detailed and intricate. I do enjoy her style as it really keeps the reader engaged and on their toes. Having followed the series, I was easily able to keep up with the players and past references. But new readers might find the number of characters, established relationships and connections a mite confusing. Much of this book's plot is tied to previous cases. An interesting twist is slowly revealed through flashbacks to someone's childhood. Woven throughout is the secondary storyline of Annika's personal life. I think Marklund has handled and written this very well throughout the series. . Although I've heard some other readers remark that this secondary storyline muddies the waters of the main plot, I disagree. I quite like seeing the two sides of Annika's life - personal and professional. For me, it makes the character more realistic and believable when we see vulnerability in such strong personality. The setting was brought to life with detailed descriptions of ex-pats and luxury. And corruption and crime. This is an excellent series with a character I quite like, even though she's not always likable. Definitely recommended. I'll be watching for the next in the series. And on a side note, I was thrilled to discover that the Annika books have been made into films. And my library carries them!