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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; Reissue edition (18 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849835136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849835138
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Liza Marklund's entertaining series has followed the exploits of Annika Bengtzon, an ambitious reporter on a Swedish tabloid newspaper...An enjoyable thriller, whose melodramatic climax is everything a tabloid could hope for' Sunday Telegraph 22/10 'Pick up a Liza Marklund book, read it until dawn, wait until the store opens, buy another one.' James Patterson 'Liza Marklund is in a league of her own thanks to her intelligent stories, her confident writing and her radical view on society. There is no doubt about it.' Henning Mankell 'Liza Marklund's thrillers are beautifully structured and tautly written. Dynamic plots with suspense throughout.' Kathy Reichs 'An astonishing talent. /.../ Liza Marklund's thrillers are stellar examples of those qualities inherent in the best fiction. She wholly immerses the reader in her world, and she writes with consummate intelligence, consistency and passion.' Jeffery Deaver 'It's obvious why Liza Marklund is such a popular writer, and so beloved by her loyal fans. Her voice is crisp and clean, and she has a knack for building beautifully elaborate and suspenseful plots. Her storytelling captivates readers, keeping them guessing right to the end with twists and turns you never see coming. /.../ I am but one member of a steadily growing group of loyal fans.' Karin Slaughter 'Liza Marklund is the next great Nordic export for fans of crime fiction to discover. her books deliver edge-of-your-seat suspense, sophisticated plotting, complex characterization, and unique locales. Enjoy!' Harlan Coben 'It's no accident that Liza Marklund is one of the most dynamic and popular crime writers of our time.' Patricia Cornwell

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Liza Marklund is a newspaper and television journalist, who lives in Stockholm with her husband and three children.


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This is the third book by Liza Marklund that I've read, after discovering the author fairly recently. This one was set before The Bomber but after Exposed and like the others was an excellent read. I'm very glad that I read Exposed first though, as this one mentioned in some detail some of the events of that book and would have spoiled it a little for me. This book was about the murder of a TV personality that could have been committed by any one of twelve people who were present in a castle where a TV show was being made. The reporter Annika is digging into it from the start and this time has a personal interest as her friend is one of the twelve people involved. There was a lot more going on besides the murder, with newspaper politics and Annika's personal life making a good background to the main story. Like the other books that I've read by the author, this was very atmospheric and well written.
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After buying one of the books in Sweden, while being there on holiday I ended up buying this whole series written by Liza Marklund.
I did not realise that it was part of a series when I bought it in Sveg. I liked it so much that I did a search to learn more about the author and to see if she had written more books. What a suprise to find that the book I had bought was part of a series. I went on Amazon and bought most of the series (1-9) secondhand. Each one of them looked in great condition, so I ended up with a great buy.
When I finished book 9 I expected to have book 10 and 11 delivered the next day. To my disappointment only book 11, the last in the series arrived. After checking my account here on Amazon I noticed that I must have made a mistake and did not properly placed the order for book nr 10. Not willing to wait any longer I ordered that one in a e-book version for reading on my kindle. This shows how much I love reading this series. So much so that I look forward going to bed because there is where I do the most of my reading. I fear the moment when I have finished book nr 11. Lets hope that I will be willing to stumble upon another series in the Swedish Crime style which will give me just as much reading pleasure as this series has done so far.

There are enough other reviews going in more detail about the content of this book: Prime Time, so I will not bother you with that.
All I can say is, if you like Swedish Crime style books, I highly recommend this series.

Love the main Character Annika.
There are 11 books in this series and I am currently reading nr 10.
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By Clive on 18 April 2012
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I had started with The Bomber and then back-tracked to Exposed, both of which I thought were very good. However, I struggled to enjoy Prime Time. It seemed like an Agatha Christy Ten Little Indians, where one of a group of Production crew for a TV series must have been the killer of the leading actress. Annika Bengtzon is assigned the journalist scoop and through investigative journalism, otherwise called, Police-work, seeks to solve the mystery. The problem with the book was that the characters were superficial and dull such that after the half way mark, I couldn't really care which one of them committed the crime. I did struggle to reach the Columbo like ending where the suspects were all gathered together for a final show and tell. Overall- below par.
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Annika Bengkston rides again, with a thriller that drags you along to the exclusion of other activities - unputdownable indeed! - and in passing gives insights into print and TV journalism and how they work, though in light of current revelations in UK, one wonders exactly how much the very ethical stance potrayed herein extends through journalism. Don't start reading this unless you have time to finish it.
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It lacked depth - comparatively speaking. When stacked against Jo Nesbo, Asa Larsson, Hakan Nessor for instance, the psychological intricacy wasn't there. I found it to be an also-ran predictable piece about TV show prominence and shallow ambition. Had it not appeared under the "Nordic Noir" umbrella, it would not have been a buying choice - I expected more.
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Marklund is truly one of the best to come out of Scandinavia. She doesn't try to ape the fashionable 'interesting/challenging/alternative' syle used by some of the new ones, but just writes a good turn-paging story with credible, likeable characters.
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By Dr R TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 July 2015
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This is the fourth of the series featuring the investigative journalist Annika Bengtzon, originally published in in 2002 and translated into English by Ingrid Eng-Rundlow. After completing 418 pages, we have three pages of Acknowledgements that include everything from insider trading, through ‘the obligations of an editor-in-chief’ to the author’s make-up [five names!]. Agatha Christie might also have been included for several very obvious borrowings.

The events unfold between Friday-Monday, 22nd-25th June, coinciding with the Midsummer Eve celebrations. Annika is on the point of leaving with her partner, Thomas, and young children to celebrate on her in-laws’ holiday island when she is called to remote Yxtaholm Castle where a controversial television presenter, Michelle Carlsson, has been murdered during the filming of a prime-time series. The isolated nature of the location means that the killer is likely to be one of the twelve people staying at the castle. Amongst these is Annika’s friend, Anne Snapphane, a broadcast journalist working on the programme.

Thomas, a rather sulky individual who exemplifies man’s inability to cope with the domestic pressures of life, is furious that Annika will not join the family for the weekend which leads to scenes that smoulder throughout the book and allow Marklund to comment on society’s expectations of the working lives of men and women. Annika soon finds out that amongst the police suspects are a variety of people associated with the making of the programme, a British rock-star, a bimboesque TV actress, Carlsson’s agent, several unpleasant reporters and, rather bizarrely, a young neo-Nazi whose only purpose seems to be to provide the weapon.
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