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"This is a cleverly plotted story which, like so much Swedish crime fiction, features situations and characters one can believe in or sympathise with and is set firmly in contemporary society." (Literary Review)
"She has been dubbed 'Scandinavia's queen of crime fiction' and in this, her latest novel, Liza Marklund maintains her moniker with a plot that will intrigue and excited" (SHIP magazine)
"Marklund has created a complex page-turner, complete with gritty realism, a flawed but likable protagonist, and nonstop suspense." (Publishers Weekly)
"One of the most popular crime writers of our time" (PATRICIA CORNWELL)
"No one tells a story like Liza Marklund" (KARIN SLAUGHTER)
Her husband's dead. Her little boy's missing. She is the prime suspect.See all Product Description
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Stockholm, Sweden. Police Officer Nina Hoffman is on patrol when a shots fired call comes in. Nina and her partner race to the scene - only to find that the victim is another cop - and his wife Julia is lying beside him, covered in blood. Worse still - their four year old son is missing. Julia swears there was someone else in the apartment. Nina is sure her friend and former co worker could not do such a thing. Or could she....? Annika knows both women - she did a story on them years before. The high profile case is a story worth investigating.
This is the third book I've read by Marklund and I've enjoyed every one. Annika is a complicated protagonist - she's headstrong, impulsive and plunges headlong into her stories. She trusts her instincts and hunches and follows them regardless. But her personal life is in a shambles - she herself is suspected of a crime and her marriage is falling apart. 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. Both story lines held my interest equally.
Annika's investigation leads to more questions and links to the past, with the path to answers and resolution anything but straight. Marklund keeps us guessing about Julia until the very end. And the end was a lovely 'gotcha'. Marklund brings the setting to life as well, with descriptions that underline the gritty tone of the mystery.
This is an excellent series with a character I quite like. Definitely recommended. I'll be watching for the next in the series
featuring the investigative journalist,Annika Bengtzon.
When a popular police officer is found murdered at his home,
and his four-year old son missing,his wife is suspected,and
her conviction seen as a foregone conclusion.Bengtzon,however,
has other ideas,and painstakingly,and at some risk to herself,
undertakes her own investigation.
The thriller aspect of the novel is set aside the portrayal of the
turmoil in the life of the troubled Annika.Her marriage is over,
and some suspect her of having set fire to her own home.
The author displays a Sweden where the police, justice ,and
government are rather too prone to look after their own interests,
rather than serving justice itself.
Marklund at her best. Highly recommended.
"Lifetime" begins with the murder of `Sweden's most famous policeman' and the abduction of his young son, and continues with Bengtzon's house burning down and her escaping with her two children just after her husband has told her he is leaving her for another (richer and younger) woman.
Admittedly, after this beginning it does settle down to a pulsating and complex story in which police procedural, social, personal and political/economic elements are all strongly intertwined. The fact that Bengtzon is both intensely vulnerable and unbelievably determined, and that she is surrounded by a group of characters who interact so strongly and who are so strongly delineated, made this book a most enjoyable read.
There is no little surprise that, after his murder, the policeman, David Lindholm, is found to have a decidedly shady side to his character or that his wife, Julia, who is found blood-spattered and alone with the body, is the prime suspect. Julia has two very good friends, Bengtzon and the police officer who discovers the crime, Nina Hoffman, but even these find it hard to believe her innocence in the face of the evidence.
In this novel Bengtzon who is worried beyond belief about her children and where to live, threatened by her ex-husband with only limited access to her children, treated with the usual discourtesy by her insurance company and still has to file her newspaper articles. The author has created a person under intense pressure who is snappy, grumpy, jealous and fearful, but oh-so-very-Nordically efficient.Read more ›
of marital infidelity (a recurring theme), followed in short order by the firebombing of a house where a woman and her two small children reside. The woman is Annika Bengtzon, a reporter for Sweden's Evening Post and the protagonist in this author's earlier novels. Then, in the next scene, the police discover the body of a murdered man, and find his wife apparently in a state of shock, in an adjacent room, murmuring something about "the other woman" who had killed her husband and taken the couple's young son. (The woman is police officer Nina Hoffman, also a character in Ms. Marklund's prior novels.) The police, however, find no evidence of the son's presence, nor that of any alleged "other woman." And that's just in the opening pages. As one might expect, after that kind of beginning, calling this novel a "page-turner" doesn't begin to do it justice. Soon after I started reading, what I had guessed were 10 pages read were actually 50; I cannot say I finished the book in one sitting, though - it took two sittings, within 24 hours.
The murdered man was a perceived "supercop" widely admired and one of the best-known police officers in Sweden; his wife, Julia, is the prime suspect. The two women, Julia and Anna, are closely connected, close friends having both entered the Police Academy nearly a decade earlier and both serving for years as neighborhood police officers in Stockholm. Scenes alternate between the two plot lines and the two protagonists, Annika and Nina, often within the same chapters (which I sometimes found a bit disorienting).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
back to her besttge author gets the balance of thriller and back story. spot on possibly could have introduced the main suspect a little ealierPublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
Enjoyed this action packed thriller which was hard to put down. Characters were interesting and likeable and the plot moved along at a fast pace. Read morePublished 13 months ago by MS MARIA ANDREWS
Another fab read by Liza Marklund with lot of twists & turns - can't wait for the next one, hope I dough able to wait tooooo long!Published 18 months ago by Lis
LIZA HAS TRAVELLED, AS HAVE I , BEFORE SETTLING DOWN.
IT GIVES ONE A MEANS OF COMPARISON OF THE PLACE ONE WANTS TO LIVE, AND THOSE ONE HAS
VISITED. Read more
One of my favourite Swedish authors, I look forward to her next book coming out. I even liked the one she co-wrote
With James Patterson.
It was a good read and I had great difficulty putting it down. (It's now 7.00 am and I have just finished it). Read morePublished on 20 Sept. 2013 by D. J. Kibble