LIZA MARKLUND

Swedish journalist, publisher and writer, whose crime fiction novels featuring newspaper journalist Annika Bengtzon have become international bestsellers.

Biography

Eva Elisabeth “Liza” Marklund was born in 1962 in the small village of Pålmark near Piteå and the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden. She grew up in the middle of the forest and spent most of her time reading books and writing down her own fantasies. When she was 16 years old she left home to work as a waitress and chambermaid in Piteå. Eventually she went to journalism school and started to write for Swedish tabloids and to work as an editor for both print and television news. She also produced documentaries for television and became the co-owner of Sweden’s third largest publishing house. She has written eleven crime fiction novels featuring the newspaper journalist Annika Bengtzon, and also co-authored two documentary novels with Maria Eriksson. Her series about Annika Bengtzon soon established her as a bestseller worldwide and she became the first female commercially successful crime writer in Sweden.

Books

The novels featuring Annika Bengtzon were not written in the chronological order of the events depicted in the heroine’s life. Starting with The Bomber, in which Annika is already a deft professional, the story then moves back in time several years, to the start of her career and the meeting with her future husband Thomas. By the fifth installment, Red Wolf, the reader is back in the present. Books 6, 7 and 8 comprise a trilogy, with recurring characters and themes, and plots linked to each other. The best reading order is as follows:

Exposed
2011
Translated by Neil Smith
Also published as Studio 69 (2003)
Original title: Studio sex (1999)

Vanished
2012
Also published as Paradise (2004)
Translated by Neil Smith
Original title: Paradiset (2000)

Prime Time
2006
Translated by Ingrid Eng-Rundlow
Original title: Prime Time (2002)

The Bomber
2011
Translated by Neil Smith
Original title: Sprängaren (1998)

Red Wolf
2010
Translated by Neil Smith
Original title: Den röda vargen (2003)

Last Will
2012
Translated by Neil Smith
Original title: Nobels testament (2006)

Lifetime
2013
Translated by Neil Smith
Original title: Livstid (2007)

The Long Shadow
2013
Translated by Neil Smith
Original title: En plats i solen (2008)

Borderline
2014
Translated by Neil Smith
Original title: Du gamla, du fria (2011)

Without a Trace
2015
Translated by Neil Smith
Original title: Lyckliga gatan (2013)

The Final Word
2016
Translated by Neil Smith
Original title: Järnblod (2015)