Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Armchair Novel Review: The Bomber

The Bomber
Written by Liza Marklund

Translated by Neil Smith
Paperback, 528 pages

Also available as an eBook

Scandinavia continues to send us the most compelling mystery and detective fiction.

The Bomber features a feminine twist on the hard-nosed investigative reporter that we loved so much in Stieg Larsson's Millennium series.

Annika Bengtzon is a crime reporter who juggles family life, workplace misogyny and politics while doggedly pursuing her stories. She is awakened in the middle of the night with news of the bombing of the Olympics Stadium in Stockholm. One person has been killed in the blast. No terror or protest groups have claimed responsibility and few clues are left at the scene. She throws herself into the case, working day and night to unravel the mystery of the bombing, when another bomb goes off. Another body is found and, as Annika gets closer to solving the mystery of The Bomber, she finds her own life is at stake.

The Bomber is an intelligently written procedural mystery novel from a female crime reporter's point of view. It starts off with a bang and races breathlessly to the ultimate climax. Larsson fans will be thrilled to discover the books of Liza Marklund.

Also by Liza Marklund:
Red Wolf

By Liza Marklund and James Patterson:
Postcard Killers