Red Wolf

Red Wolf❮Read❯ ➲ Red Wolf ➵ Author Liza Marklund – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Beneath a dark winter sky death waits patiently A journalist is murdered in the frozen white landscape of a northern Swedish town Annika Bengtzon, a reporter at a Stockholm based tabloid, was planning Beneath a dark winter sky death waits patiently A journalist is murdered in the frozen white landscape of a northern Swedish town Annika Bengtzon, a reporter at a Stockholm based tabloid, was planning to interview him about a long ago attack against an isolated air base nearby, and now she suspects that his death is linked to that attack Against the explicit orders of her boss, she begins to investigate the event, which is soon followed by a series of shocking murders Annika knows the murders are connected At the same time, she begins to suspect that her husband is hiding something, and nothing can counteract the loneliness that has crept into her life Behind everything lurks the figure of the Red Wolf, a cold blooded killer with the soul of a lover In the end, she must discover the truth not only about the murders but also about the lies that are destroying her own family. Okay, this bit before the review is really an angry rant about publishing Honestly what is with you publishers Releasing book five in a series, at least in America, before releasing the other ones How does this make sense Fix it I first heard about Marklund though a reviewer here at Goodreads that I follow At that time, Marklund s series was not availble in the U.S., because we American are illiterate readers, because I don t know The books are up on , but a 25 dollar paperback is WA Okay, this bit before the review is really an angry rant about publishing Honestly what is with you publishers Releasing book five in a series, at least in America, before releasing the other ones How does this make sense Fix it I first heard about Marklund though a reviewer here at Goodreads that I follow At that time, Marklund s series was not availble in the U.S., because we American are illiterate readers, because I don t know The books are up on , but a 25 dollar paperback is WAAAAAAAAAAY out of my price range I couldn t find any in any used backstore.Then Red Wolf came out and I got it this weekend.I love Liza Marklund I really, really do I want her and her creation, Annika, to beat up the publishers and make them publish the rest of the books And if any author could do it, it s Marklund.Now, I can hear you asking well, if you feel that way about it, why did you give it four stars That s the publisher s fault Because this is book five in a series, there is a sense of entering mid point This doesn t make it necessary to read the other books to know what is going on I, however, have the feeling that reading the other books in the series would answer the central question I have about Annika in this book whether or not she is suffering PTSD or somethingAdditionally, as American, I found the whole bit about the television station, while easy enough to follow, slightly, strange It felt like it tied into some comment on Swedish or EU television that I didn t get because I lack the political background Not that it stopped me from enjoying the novel Red Wolf deals with the reporter Annika and her investigation into a terrorist attack in Sweden during the 1970s Annika is a bit like Lisabeth or whatever her name is from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, though I believe this series predates Larsson Annika is not a socially acceptable woman, she tends to be a bit hard headed, but she also is married with two children She also has friends and doesn t put people off.That in part, is why I liked this book Annika is different but she is not a total outsider She feels normal as well as different, almostbelievable and less cliche It s nice to the see the friendship in the novels, in particular the friendship she has with two women one an old friend, another a co worker It makes her part of the world instead of part of a man s world, which can happen in books with a heroine.During the course of her work, Annika must also deal with conflicts in her marriage and how she deals with it, will spark a hey yeah In addition to the up front mystery and the homefront sub plot, Marklund also deals with current trends in newspaper reporting In other words, if you loved the last season of The Wire, you ll want to read this.It is most likely true, that the reader will be able to figure out one of the baddies before hand, but Marklund seems to credit the reader with this ability The writing is wonderful and gripping, though as a new reader to the series, it took about 35 pages to really get into it I read the last 100 without looking up I was so engrossed.Now, I just got to get the others in the series This book is actually 5th in a series.which I didnt realise until I was half way through lol.The series is based on the reporter Annika Bengzton, the stories she does and her family.Even though I haven t read any of the other books I still really enjoyed this.All throughout it I kept getting images of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoomaybe because it was based in Sweden but also it just had the same feel to it Along with the hard to pronounce names Also the same as The Girl With the D This book is actually 5th in a series.which I didnt realise until I was half way through lol.The series is based on the reporter Annika Bengzton, the stories she does and her family.Even though I haven t read any of the other books I still really enjoyed this.All throughout it I kept getting images of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoomaybe because it was based in Sweden but also it just had the same feel to it Along with the hard to pronounce names Also the same as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo you have to really persevere to get into the book as they were hard going with the explanations etc etc but once you get past 50 pages or so it started to get really interesting.I actually really like Annika, and I found myself wishing I had known about the other books beforehand as she was an interesting character and I would have preferred to have known a littleabout her past and what had happened etc as there were vague references, which I just didn t get and they weren t explained in the book.I also didn t get why there was anything from her husband s perspective, he was annoying, whiny and selfish Maybe I would have liked him if I had read the previous books but I don t think so He didn t really give anything to the storyline, so I kinda thought it was pointless..unless of course it carries onto the next book.My only critism was about the bad guyhe didn t really come across as a really bad, bad guy Yes he was bad and a killer etc but they could have stretched that out a bit , because as soon as you realise who it is, its pretty much over I would have preferred there to be a bitin depth to it.Overall I really enjoyed this book and if you like the crime genre of books then I recommend giving this a go.I think I will definately try to read the previous books in the series.8 10 Reporter Annika Bengtzon is like a dog with a bone when she s invested in a story She is definitely a renegade, not interested in toeing the party line at the newspaper Annika is shocked when a fellow journalist with whom she has been sharing notes on the case of an unsolved terrorist bombing in the late 60s is killed in a hit and run accident She digs for details and soon discovers it wasn t an accident The past has come back to haunt several people.This book dives into the political clima Reporter Annika Bengtzon is like a dog with a bone when she s invested in a story She is definitely a renegade, not interested in toeing the party line at the newspaper Annika is shocked when a fellow journalist with whom she has been sharing notes on the case of an unsolved terrorist bombing in the late 60s is killed in a hit and run accident She digs for details and soon discovers it wasn t an accident The past has come back to haunt several people.This book dives into the political climate in Sweden in the 1960s 70s when the Maoist movement gained popularity in Sweden Readers familiar with Swedish political history will likely understand the underpinnings of the plotthan me Red Wolf was absorbing at times, slow moving through other sections Annika is a force to be reckoned with and for her alone, I will be back to read other books in the series This was a task to read but I guess it s really cold up there in the Netherlands I suppose these authors will nowbecome the rage after Larsson and Nesbo have braved the Atlantic and hit pay dirt here in the USA This is an amazing weave of spy vs.Spy vs Spy and misdirection, wrong turns, bad decisions, and misplaced loyalties that just make us glad that we the reader live easier less complicated lives seriously I discovered them 5 or so years ago and been on a one woman rant about them N This was a task to read but I guess it s really cold up there in the Netherlands I suppose these authors will nowbecome the rage after Larsson and Nesbo have braved the Atlantic and hit pay dirt here in the USA This is an amazing weave of spy vs.Spy vs Spy and misdirection, wrong turns, bad decisions, and misplaced loyalties that just make us glad that we the reader live easier less complicated lives seriously I discovered them 5 or so years ago and been on a one woman rant about them Now all of a suddenEVERY one is telling ME how great they are sheesh anyway plod on through this it s like eating some peculiar foreign foreign food for the first time, you re not quite sure if you like it, but with each bite it gets better and better Go on Dive in You ll acquire a taste for these authors, seriously It also helps to bea bit of a European history buff, you just might learn something new as well heaven forbid Wonderful I m really starting to enjoy Annika her husband is a totally douchebag, though, and I have no idea why she would want him Great book, though can t wait to read the rest of them This book contains everything I love about Swedish crime fiction First of all the crimes are realistic based in everyday human emotions Anotherwords there isn t some grand scheming mad man with super intelligence out to prove to the world and police that he is smarter than them He doesn t purposely tease the powers that be to catch him I find to much of American crime fiction is dedicated to this type of criminal, and consequently it ends up being boring by trying to be sensationalistic.Seco This book contains everything I love about Swedish crime fiction First of all the crimes are realistic based in everyday human emotions Anotherwords there isn t some grand scheming mad man with super intelligence out to prove to the world and police that he is smarter than them He doesn t purposely tease the powers that be to catch him I find to much of American crime fiction is dedicated to this type of criminal, and consequently it ends up being boring by trying to be sensationalistic.Second it features a smart, but flawed hero who through hard work, small steps, and maybe a little luck manages to get to the bottom of the mystery It lets me, the reader know, that if I just keep chipping away at the crime I could solve it too It doesn t take unrealistic skills or powers of deduction, it just takes perseverance I like that and it keeps me in the story, especially the flaws in the protagonist s life It makes them real, less of a superhero.In Red Wolf our heroine is coming back from her own exposure to crime She is an investigative reporter and wants to write about serious issues, not the pop culture that is the fixture of many news organizations today So looking at a 30 year old long forgotten terrorist attack for an anniversary piece her contact dies in a tragic accident Not taking anything for coincidence she looks into the accident, and finds her first bread crumb.From there we are taken down a path that slowly builds to a fully involved mystery that crosses the ages and involves terrorism, communism who knew the Marxist and Maoist didn t get along , blackmail, love, and conspiracy In the end I can say I was still surprised by the conclusion, but it did come down to those basic of all motives shame and pride That is a true crime, a crime I can believe in.Nearly perfect with the only flaw being choppy dialogue I would put that down to the translation process from Swedish to English No matter how well done it loses a little of the flow and nuance to be found in the original I suppose I should stop being lazy and go ahead and learn Swedish, but then I would need to learn Icelandic and Norwegian as well Maybe next year.So if you are looking for some great Swedish crime fiction, or just plain good crime fiction period, seek out Red Wolf This is the third book featuring the heroine Annika, so get all three Plus I can also recommend Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson, both brilliant as well PROTAGONIST Annika BengztonSETTING SwedenSERIES 5 of 5RATING 3.25At one time, Annika Bengzton was the head of the crime team at a leading Swedish newspaper Currently, she works as an independent investigative reporter, whose bosses don t always trust her judgment in the stories that she chooses to report Her current obsession is with an event that occurred 40 years earlier, when a Draken fighter plane exploded at a northern Swedish base She senses that a cover up has occurred as she inv PROTAGONIST Annika BengztonSETTING SwedenSERIES 5 of 5RATING 3.25At one time, Annika Bengzton was the head of the crime team at a leading Swedish newspaper Currently, she works as an independent investigative reporter, whose bosses don t always trust her judgment in the stories that she chooses to report Her current obsession is with an event that occurred 40 years earlier, when a Draken fighter plane exploded at a northern Swedish base She senses that a cover up has occurred as she investigates, she finds that people who have some knowledge of what happened are being killed It appears that someone is feeling very threatened about the possibility of the truth coming to light.Convincing her editors that there is a story worth telling is a challenge, particularly since Annika suffers anxiety attacks where singing angels haunt her and can become quite obsessed when she s following a lead As a matter of fact, they forbid her to continue the investigation, a directive which she ignores In addition to the incident with the plane, there are a lot of ingredients in the narrative mix, including a serial killer who returns after 40 years, plots involving powerful business and political leaders and evidence that her husband may be having an affair.Although Marklund s research is meticulous, I found that as an American I had no frame of reference for many of the political references and history incorporated into the narrative The dependence on those details made a large part of the book inaccessible to me I also found the beginning of the book to be rough going, as the translation wasn t smooth flowing On the other hand, the character of Anna is an intriguing one She strongly believes in what she is doing and is determined to expose the truth, no matter what the cost She has a real sense of justice that won t allow her to compromise And Marklund has taken full advantage of the cold and darkness of the Swedish setting to build a sense of menace.Liza Marklund is a best selling author in Sweden, with her books translated into 30 languages RED WOLF is the fifth book in the series and introduces Annika Bengtzon to an American audience A recent collaboration with James Patterson should ensure that Marklund will establish a lasting presence in the US marketplace I like to read outside my comfort zone sometimes it is a great palate cleanser I found a little gem in Red Wolf by Liza Marklund Marklund is very famous and I think deservedly so in her native Sweden The angle this book is written from and its immersion in a culture alien to me made this book fascinating this did not get five stars only because, as I was telling a friend, it took such a long time to start the fire There is a point around page 150 when everything starts to click and after I like to read outside my comfort zone sometimes it is a great palate cleanser I found a little gem in Red Wolf by Liza Marklund Marklund is very famous and I think deservedly so in her native Sweden The angle this book is written from and its immersion in a culture alien to me made this book fascinating this did not get five stars only because, as I was telling a friend, it took such a long time to start the fire There is a point around page 150 when everything starts to click and after that you cannot stop reading I am afraid many casual readers won t get that far, so I have to urge you to stick with this the payoff is worth it This book is part of a series about investigative report Annika Bengtzon, and I think you will fall in love with this character She is tough but not Sigourney Weaver s Ripley tough she is very smart and endearing and very very human, and you will find you want her to succeed When an author can make you care about a character in that way, no matter what language they wrote in, you know you have found a winner More Scandinavian Murder Mystery Mayhem And Henning Mankell blurbed this one, saying that Marklund is in a league of her own Her Annika Bengtzon chases down murderers and terrorists, but she s not some cartoonish heroine She juggles work with family, and is wracked by anxiety because she was taken hostage in an earlier book Compelling and complex mystery fun. A man, born in Sweden near the Arctic Circle, returns to his country after nearly forty years He has becomecomfortable speaking and thinking in French than in his native tongue He fled Sweden as a young man and now he is returning to die He needs to see some of the people he knew so well so long ago He has skills now that he didn t have then He is an assassin and he has unfinished business.RED WOLF begins a few months after the end of THE BOMBER Annika Bengtzon has become a free lanc A man, born in Sweden near the Arctic Circle, returns to his country after nearly forty years He has becomecomfortable speaking and thinking in French than in his native tongue He fled Sweden as a young man and now he is returning to die He needs to see some of the people he knew so well so long ago He has skills now that he didn t have then He is an assassin and he has unfinished business.RED WOLF begins a few months after the end of THE BOMBER Annika Bengtzon has become a free lance reporter, free to follow stories that intrigue her One of those stories dates from 1969 when a plane was destroyed on the field at the Swedish air base in Lulea, near the Arctic circle, a clear case of terrorism A young soldier was killed in the explosion No one was ever caught but during that period there were a number of groups with varying degrees of activity who supported the Soviet Union Home grown Communists may have played a role when talk of the revolution , people taking control of their countries to bring about pure communism, was popular There were cells spread throughout Sweden members of which had a code names and some have been waiting for forty years for the call to action Annika believes that there may still be a story worth writing all these years later.Annika learns that another journalist, Benny Ekland, from a paper near Lulea, is working on the same story and has discovered something that might finally move the destruction of the plane back to the front page Annika agrees to meet Benny in Lulea and arrives in the town to discover that Benny is dead, killed in a hit and run accident Annika doesn t want to intrude on the grief of his friends so she goes to the site of the accident, just as something to do, a sign of respect She discovers something the police have missed there is a witness Annika s source knows without question that Benny s death was a well planned execution.As Annika tries to continue where Benny left off, she is also being dragged into the emotional turmoil of her friend Anne who sees her career being destroyed if she can t close the deal on a cable television project The minister of culture is raising obstacles where there should have been none Coincidentally, the minister of culture is from Lulea There are so many ties to this small town near the top of the world that Annika wonders of there are connections between the actors in this new drama.It doesn t help Annika s concentration when she sees proof that her husband is having an affair Annika s been told by her editors that they want noterrorism stories They think Annika is obsessed while she knows that there is something lurking just under the surface that could have serious repercussions for Sweden But how to concentrate on this so that her editor sees what she sees, when she is still seeing Thomas with another woman RED WOLF is the long awaited sequel to THE BOMBER Published in Sweden in 2003, RED WOLF is not quite the book that THE BOMBER is It takes much longer to get the action started While it is important to the story, there seems to bedetails than necessary about Anne and the complicated plan to unite all of Sweden through their connection to cable television But, when the book hits its stride, about half way through, it clearly has been worth the time invested in all those details

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Okay, this bit before the review is really an angry rant about publishing Honestly what is with you publishers Releasing book five in a series, at least in America, before releasing the other ones How does this make sense Fix it I first heard about Marklund though a reviewer here at Goodreads that I follow At that time, Marklund s series was not availble in the U.S., because we American are illiterate readers, because I don t know The books are up on , but a 25 dollar paperback is WA Okay, this bit before the review is really an angry rant about publishing Honestly what is with you publishers Releasing book five in a series, at least in America, before releasing the other ones How does this make sense Fix it I first heard about Marklund though a reviewer here at Goodreads that I follow At that time, Marklund s series was not availble in the U.S., because we American are illiterate readers, because I don t know The books are up on , but a 25 dollar paperback is WAAAAAAAAAAY out of my price range I couldn t find any in any used backstore.Then Red Wolf came out and I got it this weekend.I love Liza Marklund I really, really do I want her and her creation, Annika, to beat up the publishers and make them publish the rest of the books And if any author could do it, it s Marklund.Now, I can hear you asking well, if you feel that way about it, why did you give it four stars That s the publisher s fault Because this is book five in a series, there is a sense of entering mid point This doesn t make it necessary to read the other books to know what is going on I, however, have the feeling that reading the other books in the series would answer the central question I have about Annika in this book whether or not she is suffering PTSD or somethingAdditionally, as American, I found the whole bit about the television station, while easy enough to follow, slightly, strange It felt like it tied into some comment on Swedish or EU television that I didn t get because I lack the political background Not that it stopped me from enjoying the novel Red Wolf deals with the reporter Annika and her investigation into a terrorist attack in Sweden during the 1970s Annika is a bit like Lisabeth or whatever her name is from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, though I believe this series predates Larsson Annika is not a socially acceptable woman, she tends to be a bit hard headed, but she also is married with two children She also has friends and doesn t put people off.That in part, is why I liked this book Annika is different but she is not a total outsider She feels normal as well as different, almostbelievable and less cliche It s nice to the see the friendship in the novels, in particular the friendship she has with two women one an old friend, another a co worker It makes her part of the world instead of part of a man s world, which can happen in books with a heroine.During the course of her work, Annika must also deal with conflicts in her marriage and how she deals with it, will spark a hey yeah In addition to the up front mystery and the homefront sub plot, Marklund also deals with current trends in newspaper reporting In other words, if you loved the last season of The Wire, you ll want to read this.It is most likely true, that the reader will be able to figure out one of the baddies before hand, but Marklund seems to credit the reader with this ability The writing is wonderful and gripping, though as a new reader to the series, it took about 35 pages to really get into it I read the last 100 without looking up I was so engrossed.Now, I just got to get the others in the series This book is actually 5th in a series.which I didnt realise until I was half way through lol.The series is based on the reporter Annika Bengzton, the stories she does and her family.Even though I haven t read any of the other books I still really enjoyed this.All throughout it I kept getting images of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoomaybe because it was based in Sweden but also it just had the same feel to it Along with the hard to pronounce names Also the same as The Girl With the D This book is actually 5th in a series.which I didnt realise until I was half way through lol.The series is based on the reporter Annika Bengzton, the stories she does and her family.Even though I haven t read any of the other books I still really enjoyed this.All throughout it I kept getting images of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoomaybe because it was based in Sweden but also it just had the same feel to it Along with the hard to pronounce names Also the same as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo you have to really persevere to get into the book as they were hard going with the explanations etc etc but once you get past 50 pages or so it started to get really interesting.I actually really like Annika, and I found myself wishing I had known about the other books beforehand as she was an interesting character and I would have preferred to have known a littleabout her past and what had happened etc as there were vague references, which I just didn t get and they weren t explained in the book.I also didn t get why there was anything from her husband s perspective, he was annoying, whiny and selfish Maybe I would have liked him if I had read the previous books but I don t think so He didn t really give anything to the storyline, so I kinda thought it was pointless..unless of course it carries onto the next book.My only critism was about the bad guyhe didn t really come across as a really bad, bad guy Yes he was bad and a killer etc but they could have stretched that out a bit , because as soon as you realise who it is, its pretty much over I would have preferred there to be a bitin depth to it.Overall I really enjoyed this book and if you like the crime genre of books then I recommend giving this a go.I think I will definately try to read the previous books in the series.8 10 Reporter Annika Bengtzon is like a dog with a bone when she s invested in a story She is definitely a renegade, not interested in toeing the party line at the newspaper Annika is shocked when a fellow journalist with whom she has been sharing notes on the case of an unsolved terrorist bombing in the late 60s is killed in a hit and run accident She digs for details and soon discovers it wasn t an accident The past has come back to haunt several people.This book dives into the political clima Reporter Annika Bengtzon is like a dog with a bone when she s invested in a story She is definitely a renegade, not interested in toeing the party line at the newspaper Annika is shocked when a fellow journalist with whom she has been sharing notes on the case of an unsolved terrorist bombing in the late 60s is killed in a hit and run accident She digs for details and soon discovers it wasn t an accident The past has come back to haunt several people.This book dives into the political climate in Sweden in the 1960s 70s when the Maoist movement gained popularity in Sweden Readers familiar with Swedish political history will likely understand the underpinnings of the plotthan me Red Wolf was absorbing at times, slow moving through other sections Annika is a force to be reckoned with and for her alone, I will be back to read other books in the series This was a task to read but I guess it s really cold up there in the Netherlands I suppose these authors will nowbecome the rage after Larsson and Nesbo have braved the Atlantic and hit pay dirt here in the USA This is an amazing weave of spy vs.Spy vs Spy and misdirection, wrong turns, bad decisions, and misplaced loyalties that just make us glad that we the reader live easier less complicated lives seriously I discovered them 5 or so years ago and been on a one woman rant about them N This was a task to read but I guess it s really cold up there in the Netherlands I suppose these authors will nowbecome the rage after Larsson and Nesbo have braved the Atlantic and hit pay dirt here in the USA This is an amazing weave of spy vs.Spy vs Spy and misdirection, wrong turns, bad decisions, and misplaced loyalties that just make us glad that we the reader live easier less complicated lives seriously I discovered them 5 or so years ago and been on a one woman rant about them Now all of a suddenEVERY one is telling ME how great they are sheesh anyway plod on through this it s like eating some peculiar foreign foreign food for the first time, you re not quite sure if you like it, but with each bite it gets better and better Go on Dive in You ll acquire a taste for these authors, seriously It also helps to bea bit of a European history buff, you just might learn something new as well heaven forbid Wonderful I m really starting to enjoy Annika her husband is a totally douchebag, though, and I have no idea why she would want him Great book, though can t wait to read the rest of them This book contains everything I love about Swedish crime fiction First of all the crimes are realistic based in everyday human emotions Anotherwords there isn t some grand scheming mad man with super intelligence out to prove to the world and police that he is smarter than them He doesn t purposely tease the powers that be to catch him I find to much of American crime fiction is dedicated to this type of criminal, and consequently it ends up being boring by trying to be sensationalistic.Seco This book contains everything I love about Swedish crime fiction First of all the crimes are realistic based in everyday human emotions Anotherwords there isn t some grand scheming mad man with super intelligence out to prove to the world and police that he is smarter than them He doesn t purposely tease the powers that be to catch him I find to much of American crime fiction is dedicated to this type of criminal, and consequently it ends up being boring by trying to be sensationalistic.Second it features a smart, but flawed hero who through hard work, small steps, and maybe a little luck manages to get to the bottom of the mystery It lets me, the reader know, that if I just keep chipping away at the crime I could solve it too It doesn t take unrealistic skills or powers of deduction, it just takes perseverance I like that and it keeps me in the story, especially the flaws in the protagonist s life It makes them real, less of a superhero.In Red Wolf our heroine is coming back from her own exposure to crime She is an investigative reporter and wants to write about serious issues, not the pop culture that is the fixture of many news organizations today So looking at a 30 year old long forgotten terrorist attack for an anniversary piece her contact dies in a tragic accident Not taking anything for coincidence she looks into the accident, and finds her first bread crumb.From there we are taken down a path that slowly builds to a fully involved mystery that crosses the ages and involves terrorism, communism who knew the Marxist and Maoist didn t get along , blackmail, love, and conspiracy In the end I can say I was still surprised by the conclusion, but it did come down to those basic of all motives shame and pride That is a true crime, a crime I can believe in.Nearly perfect with the only flaw being choppy dialogue I would put that down to the translation process from Swedish to English No matter how well done it loses a little of the flow and nuance to be found in the original I suppose I should stop being lazy and go ahead and learn Swedish, but then I would need to learn Icelandic and Norwegian as well Maybe next year.So if you are looking for some great Swedish crime fiction, or just plain good crime fiction period, seek out Red Wolf This is the third book featuring the heroine Annika, so get all three Plus I can also recommend Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson, both brilliant as well PROTAGONIST Annika BengztonSETTING SwedenSERIES 5 of 5RATING 3.25At one time, Annika Bengzton was the head of the crime team at a leading Swedish newspaper Currently, she works as an independent investigative reporter, whose bosses don t always trust her judgment in the stories that she chooses to report Her current obsession is with an event that occurred 40 years earlier, when a Draken fighter plane exploded at a northern Swedish base She senses that a cover up has occurred as she inv PROTAGONIST Annika BengztonSETTING SwedenSERIES 5 of 5RATING 3.25At one time, Annika Bengzton was the head of the crime team at a leading Swedish newspaper Currently, she works as an independent investigative reporter, whose bosses don t always trust her judgment in the stories that she chooses to report Her current obsession is with an event that occurred 40 years earlier, when a Draken fighter plane exploded at a northern Swedish base She senses that a cover up has occurred as she investigates, she finds that people who have some knowledge of what happened are being killed It appears that someone is feeling very threatened about the possibility of the truth coming to light.Convincing her editors that there is a story worth telling is a challenge, particularly since Annika suffers anxiety attacks where singing angels haunt her and can become quite obsessed when she s following a lead As a matter of fact, they forbid her to continue the investigation, a directive which she ignores In addition to the incident with the plane, there are a lot of ingredients in the narrative mix, including a serial killer who returns after 40 years, plots involving powerful business and political leaders and evidence that her husband may be having an affair.Although Marklund s research is meticulous, I found that as an American I had no frame of reference for many of the political references and history incorporated into the narrative The dependence on those details made a large part of the book inaccessible to me I also found the beginning of the book to be rough going, as the translation wasn t smooth flowing On the other hand, the character of Anna is an intriguing one She strongly believes in what she is doing and is determined to expose the truth, no matter what the cost She has a real sense of justice that won t allow her to compromise And Marklund has taken full advantage of the cold and darkness of the Swedish setting to build a sense of menace.Liza Marklund is a best selling author in Sweden, with her books translated into 30 languages RED WOLF is the fifth book in the series and introduces Annika Bengtzon to an American audience A recent collaboration with James Patterson should ensure that Marklund will establish a lasting presence in the US marketplace I like to read outside my comfort zone sometimes it is a great palate cleanser I found a little gem in Red Wolf by Liza Marklund Marklund is very famous and I think deservedly so in her native Sweden The angle this book is written from and its immersion in a culture alien to me made this book fascinating this did not get five stars only because, as I was telling a friend, it took such a long time to start the fire There is a point around page 150 when everything starts to click and after I like to read outside my comfort zone sometimes it is a great palate cleanser I found a little gem in Red Wolf by Liza Marklund Marklund is very famous and I think deservedly so in her native Sweden The angle this book is written from and its immersion in a culture alien to me made this book fascinating this did not get five stars only because, as I was telling a friend, it took such a long time to start the fire There is a point around page 150 when everything starts to click and after that you cannot stop reading I am afraid many casual readers won t get that far, so I have to urge you to stick with this the payoff is worth it This book is part of a series about investigative report Annika Bengtzon, and I think you will fall in love with this character She is tough but not Sigourney Weaver s Ripley tough she is very smart and endearing and very very human, and you will find you want her to succeed When an author can make you care about a character in that way, no matter what language they wrote in, you know you have found a winner More Scandinavian Murder Mystery Mayhem And Henning Mankell blurbed this one, saying that Marklund is in a league of her own Her Annika Bengtzon chases down murderers and terrorists, but she s not some cartoonish heroine She juggles work with family, and is wracked by anxiety because she was taken hostage in an earlier book Compelling and complex mystery fun. A man, born in Sweden near the Arctic Circle, returns to his country after nearly forty years He has becomecomfortable speaking and thinking in French than in his native tongue He fled Sweden as a young man and now he is returning to die He needs to see some of the people he knew so well so long ago He has skills now that he didn t have then He is an assassin and he has unfinished business.RED WOLF begins a few months after the end of THE BOMBER Annika Bengtzon has become a free lanc A man, born in Sweden near the Arctic Circle, returns to his country after nearly forty years He has becomecomfortable speaking and thinking in French than in his native tongue He fled Sweden as a young man and now he is returning to die He needs to see some of the people he knew so well so long ago He has skills now that he didn t have then He is an assassin and he has unfinished business.RED WOLF begins a few months after the end of THE BOMBER Annika Bengtzon has become a free lance reporter, free to follow stories that intrigue her One of those stories dates from 1969 when a plane was destroyed on the field at the Swedish air base in Lulea, near the Arctic circle, a clear case of terrorism A young soldier was killed in the explosion No one was ever caught but during that period there were a number of groups with varying degrees of activity who supported the Soviet Union Home grown Communists may have played a role when talk of the revolution , people taking control of their countries to bring about pure communism, was popular There were cells spread throughout Sweden members of which had a code names and some have been waiting for forty years for the call to action Annika believes that there may still be a story worth writing all these years later.Annika learns that another journalist, Benny Ekland, from a paper near Lulea, is working on the same story and has discovered something that might finally move the destruction of the plane back to the front page Annika agrees to meet Benny in Lulea and arrives in the town to discover that Benny is dead, killed in a hit and run accident Annika doesn t want to intrude on the grief of his friends so she goes to the site of the accident, just as something to do, a sign of respect She discovers something the police have missed there is a witness Annika s source knows without question that Benny s death was a well planned execution.As Annika tries to continue where Benny left off, she is also being dragged into the emotional turmoil of her friend Anne who sees her career being destroyed if she can t close the deal on a cable television project The minister of culture is raising obstacles where there should have been none Coincidentally, the minister of culture is from Lulea There are so many ties to this small town near the top of the world that Annika wonders of there are connections between the actors in this new drama.It doesn t help Annika s concentration when she sees proof that her husband is having an affair Annika s been told by her editors that they want noterrorism stories They think Annika is obsessed while she knows that there is something lurking just under the surface that could have serious repercussions for Sweden But how to concentrate on this so that her editor sees what she sees, when she is still seeing Thomas with another woman RED WOLF is the long awaited sequel to THE BOMBER Published in Sweden in 2003, RED WOLF is not quite the book that THE BOMBER is It takes much longer to get the action started While it is important to the story, there seems to bedetails than necessary about Anne and the complicated plan to unite all of Sweden through their connection to cable television But, when the book hits its stride, about half way through, it clearly has been worth the time invested in all those details "/>
  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • Red Wolf
  • Liza Marklund
  • English
  • 17 May 2019
  • 1451602065