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The Long Shadow

The Long Shadow [Kindle Edition]

Liza Marklund
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A violent robbery, a family murdered, a daughter missing...

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A violent robbery has killed an entire family on the Costa Del Sol.

Annika Bengtzon is assigned to cover 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 633 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (12 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CU8QBE4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,349 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read by Liza Marklund. 9 Oct 2013
By magsie
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I liked other books by this author and this one did not disappoint me. I found it hard to put it down. I just regret a little that I had it put on my kindle so did not have the "feel" of the book when I came back to it, or the illustration on the front. An excellent book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A real cracking read. 16 Sep 2013
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Liza is an author that I love to spend time with, I love the way she brings the crimes to the fore and whilst this one is set in the sunnier climes of Spain her dark touch works wonders to bring the darker, seedier side of life to the fore. As with her other books the pace is a delight to sit down with, the prose cracking and when added to her own unique writing style that readers can identify quickly all round makes this something special.

All round a great read and a great way to spend a few days. Magic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another enjoyable thriller from Liza Marklund 14 Sep 2013
I've read several books by Liza Marklund and this is quite a typical Marklund book, I think. So, if you enjoyed her previous books, you'll like this one too.

I loved it that a lot of the story took place in Spain. We've had enough Scandinavian settings from Marklund and her fellow Nordic crime writers. It's good to see that outside of this somewhat exotic setting for many English-speaking readers, the story still holds up.

While the story generally seemed realistic, some story lines merged together into one story, where a few too many coincidences came
together. Both unnecessary and unlikely. There were a few love interests, and these were not over-romanticised but very real-world.
The story becomes quite exciting towards the end, to the point that you can't believe Annika will be able to escape her precarious situation.

Another enjoyable thriller from Liza Marklund.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crime on the Costas, Swedish style 13 Aug 2014
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Anneka Bengtszon makes a sympathetic and interesting crime reporter living in Stockholm with her two children. Her ex husband is living with another woman but does not sound happy which she finds somewhat unsettling. Following the horrific murder of a whole Swedish family in Spain, Anneka traces the clues to to the Costa del Sol in Spain and thence to Morrocco where vast quantities of cannabis are grown. This is part of a large series and I will definitely read more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A series I quite like 16 April 2014
By Luanne Ollivier TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great discovery for me. 25 Mar 2014
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Great characters , honest ,gripping, informative , has a feel of veracity. Going to be reading a lot more of her books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the long shadow 18 Mar 2014
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it was fast exciting the plot raced along and it gave a good flavour of the countries that Annika visited as she travelled
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4.0 out of 5 stars Series...or serial? 23 Sep 2013
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When the family of a Swedish sport star is gassed to death during a robbery on the Costa del Sol, the Evening Post sends reporter Annika Bengtzon to cover the story. Meanwhile a reorganisation at the newspaper means that Annika's colleague Patrik has been promoted to be her new boss. And the appeal is about to be heard for Filip Andersson, a man convicted of murder, apparently in a previous book.

This is a very well written slowburn thriller that takes Nordic crime away from the cold of the north to the sunshine of Spain. Marklund gives a real feel for these ex-pats living in the brash world of the Costa Cocaine, as Patrik wishes to dub it. The story lets us see how the police are failing to stop the drug route through Spain from the hash farms in Morocco and on to the rest of Europe. Annika's character is well developed and she's a likeable lead although with the usual confused personal life. She's not superwoman, thankfully - just a hard-working, professional journalist with a well-defined set of ethics. And we see her as a caring mother to her two young children and struggling to come to terms with the break-up of her marriage.

Many crime novels are part of a series where each book can be read on its own merits. However, this one is very much part of a serial - i.e. the main plot clearly runs on from book to book and this is an instalment rather than a distinct story. Unfortunately this means the book doesn't work as a standalone. I spent most of my time baffled about characters whose story had obviously begun in the previous books, which I haven't read; and as all the threads began to come together my lack of knowledge of who had done what and why in previous books meant I hadn't a clue what was going on. And unfortunately that confusion continued right through to the end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Crazy but readable
I liked this book a lot , in spite of itself. It is part crime novel and part 'chick lit' with silly descriptions of a policeman having muscles rippling beneath his shirt. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Mrs. Margaret A. Layton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 24 days ago by Jassim
5.0 out of 5 stars Adore the Lady Love her books A joy to behold!
Every book by Ms.Maryland is a JOY TO BEHOLD.
I wish there were more of them.
Published 1 month ago by Klaus A. Irrgang
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 2 months ago by HOWARD PENNINGTON
2.0 out of 5 stars A bad intro.
After reading good reviews of Marklund's work I was looking forward to a satisfying read but I was very dismayed to have to abandon it before reaching the halfway point. Read more
Published 3 months ago by echo
3.0 out of 5 stars Strong characterisation but a contrived and jumbled at times.
Also published as A Place in the Sun.
This is the second of Liza Marklund's books I've read featuring Annika Bengtzon a crime reporter. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lili
5.0 out of 5 stars Liza in touch with The Costa del Sol
An interesting crime story esp. for people who come on the Costa del Sol. I think the author has got good impression of what life is like there. The plot is interesting. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Anette Hjuler
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
I received this from Random House UK, Transworld Publishers via Net Galley for an honest review

I read the previous book to this and enjoyed it, read it some time ago so... Read more
Published 8 months ago by read-along-with-Sue
2.0 out of 5 stars ultimately very disappointing
Having read the previous books in this series I was very much looking forward to the latest installment. I am just SO disappointed. Read more
Published 9 months ago by lynneeb
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