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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (27 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552160946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552160940
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the most popular crime writers of our time" (PATRICIA CORNWELL)

"No one tells a story like Liza Marklund" (KARIN SLAUGHTER)

"Edge-of-your-seat suspense" (HARLAN COBEN)

"Dynamic plots with suspense throughout" (KATHY REICHS)

"Liza Marklund is in a league of her own" (HENNING MANKELL)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Raven TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Sep 2012
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Intrepid journalist Annika Bengtzon is back in the latest crime thriller by Swedish author Liza Marklund set in and around the world of medical academia and Nobel Prize selection. Annika not only finds herself witness to a shooting at the Nobel Prizewinner's dinner but finds herself professionally ostracized from her job at the Evening Post unable to report on the events she has witnessed and placed on enforced leave. Needless to say Annika persists with her enquiries and as the body count rises finds herself embroiled in a plot amongst the higher echelons of the world of medical academia that leads to threats against her own life and that of her family.
With an incredibly multi-stranded story line I thoroughly enjoyed the depth of research that Marklund brings to this book in the realm of medical science and the intense rivalries and secrecy that exist amongst this group of elite scientific professionals and gratifying that there was such a good representation of women amongst this elite group. Throughout the course of the novel much is learnt about scientific investigations into diseases that continually defy cure such as MS, dementia and so on and Marklund effortlessly weaves what could be quite dense scientific jargon into easily understood and fascinating detail. She also sheds light on the whole convoluted process of selection for the accolade of the Nobel Prize and there is an incredibly interesting subplot centred around the life and scandals of Alfred Nobel's life that is central to the main plot and the motivations of both victims and murderer.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Maxine Clarke VINE VOICE on 12 May 2012
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Last Will is a fantastic, intelligent crime thriller, containing all the elements I love about the genre. Annika Bengtzon is a crime reporter for the Evening Post, a tabloid newspaper. She's attending the annual Nobel banquet for the paper, a formal ceremony in which the new laureates dine with the Swedish royal family and assorted dignitaries. Annika is dancing with another reporter when shots are fired - the laureate for medicine and the head of the Nobel committee are hit. Because Annika is a witness, the senior police investigator "Q" slaps a non-disclosure order on her under terrorist legislation.

Annika's boss is only too keen to find an excuse to keep her away from the office for a while, so she agrees to a period of paid leave. She and Q go back a long way, however, so she keeps up with the investigation, soon realising that the official solution as reported in the papers is a long way from the real truth of the events of that night. Annika also gets to know some of the biological scientists who work at the Karolinska Institute, finding out about their work and how the Nobel prizes are decided upon each year.

During this time, Annika moves house into a rural suburb just outside Stockholm. She is married to the selfish, smug Thomas, who not only exploits her on the domestic front, but has moved from his original job in local government to a new position in the Ministry of Justice, helping to prepare stringent new anti-terrorist legislation that Annika finds appalling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. H. Healy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Oct 2012
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This is another exciting installment in Liza Marklund's series featuring crime reporter Annika Bengtzon. In this sixth book, we find Annika attending the Nobel Prizewinners' dinner in Stockholm, covering this glamorous and prestigious event for the tabloid Evening Post newspaper. Then, as Annika is dancing with journalist Bosse from the rival evening newspaper to the one she works for, shots are fired on the dance floor. Finding herself caught up in the chaos that ensues, Annika is questioned as a witness, and is desperate to get back to the newsroom and tell her story, but this isn't as straightforward as she or the paper would hope.

Further murders occur, and Annika starts to trace the links between the crimes, but remains in a difficult situation as a reporter who is also a key witness to events. The author brings in a host of modern day concerns including terrorist and security threats and the treatment of those accused, the workings of scientists, researchers and drug companies, and the challenges and demands facing the newspaper in it's attempts to be current and relevant in the age of the Internet with it's offering of immediate online news coverage. Annika is as doggedly determined as ever to find out the truth; why was the victim at the Nobel Prizewinners' dinner targeted and killed? What secrets are hidden at the medical institute at the university? Who is the cold-hearted killer at work here? There is a fascinating series of short narratives interspersed amongst the main storyline, which detail aspects of the life of Alfred Nobel himself, and which cleverly link in and add to the main plot.
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