The Bomber by Liza Marklund

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The sensational and utterly unforgettable thriller that exposes the soul of a culture...the heart of a people...and the mind of a killer...

With more than half a million copies sold, The Bomber is the most successful book ever published in Sweden. Now Liza Marklund's extraordinary writing, bone-chilling plot, and irresistible heroine have created an international phenomenon as explosive as the Bomber's devastating blasts.

Journalist Annika Bengtzon is asleep next to her husband when the call comes in at 3:22 A.M. It is the weekend. She's busy with two kids and has Christmas shopping to do. But within minutes she is standing in a frozen December night looking at a nightmare scene of police tape and rubble, and trying to get the best possible picture of it for tomorrow's edition of her newspaper.

A bomb has not only destroyed Stockholm's new Olympic arena just months before the Summer Games, it has blown someone to pieces. Putting a city on edge with fears of a terrorist on the loose, the Bomber will become Annika Bengtzon's biggest story -- or the final nail in her coffin.

As the only woman editor at a Swedish tabloid, Annika is gutsy, she gets stories that others don't, and she takes risks. Fighting for the respect of her colleagues, she finds herself increasingly consumed by her job, maybe losing her family in the process. Now, she has a hunch -- and a secret source inside the police department -- telling her that the Olympic stadium blast isn't terrorism. It's much more personal than that. And Annika knows that the odds are, if she closes in on the truth, she will end up on the Bomber's list of victims.

Set against the breathtaking landscape of the Swedish winter, TheBomber draws readers in like the dark and edgy eye of a TV camera at a nighttime crime scene, delivering a climax that's a blasting cap on a short fuse, ready to detonate a reporter's world.

 

About Liza Marklund

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Liza Marklund is a print and television journalist. The Bomber, her first novel, has been on the bestseller list in Sweden for more than a year. She lives in Stockholm with her husband and three children.
 
Published May 1, 2001 by Pocket Books. 326 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Routine woman-in-periler (“the most successful book ever published in Sweden,” we’re told) pits an aggressive journalist against a mad bomber haunting Stockholm’s Olympic Village.

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The Bomber spent 17 consecutive months at number one on the Swedish bestseller list, plus Marklund's other novels have been number one bestsellers in all five Nordic countries.

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Indeed, by the climactic point, Marklund – and the reader – have been overtaken by affectionate irritation with Annika, whose workaholism once again threatens the stability of her personal life, but who, as ever, grittily yanks her marriage back from the abyss.

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The UK version of Kajsa von Hofsten's translation of Sprängaren (The Bomber) is due for publication later this year, and Pocket Books also have the rights to two more of her novels.

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