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Studio 69 (Paperback): Liza Marklund

Studio 69 (Paperback)

Liza Marklund

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Marklund made her name with The Bomber, a blockbusting thriller featuring reporter Annika Bengtzon, and in this equally exciting novel she explores her heroine's earlier years. At the start of the narrative, young Annika is struggling for her big break in journalism. She has been taken on as a temp by a Stockholm newspaper but so far she has done little but field crank calls over the phone. Now, however, one of her tip-offs leads to the chance she has been seeking. The raped and strangled body of a prostitute has been found in a cemetery, and Annika manages to talk herself on to the investigation with a couple of senior journalists. Naive and hesitant, Annika has to overcome a sense of inferiority and the disdain of her hardened colleagues, especially when the death proves not to be the straightforward killing that it at first seems. With formidable resolve, Annika begins to do a bit of sleuthing on her own account and soon provides a string of scoops for her paper. Before long we are into the realm of political scandal, sinister sex joints and professional jealousy. Brief flashbacks at the beginning of each chapter also tell the prostitute's sad story - a clever device that adds to rather than detracts from the tempo. It seems stories featuring Annika are to become a series if this book proves anything like as successful as its predecessor. And it should, for all the right ingredients are here. The tension and pace are unrelenting, the setting of a hot Swedish summer suitably captivating, and the character of Annika one that earns the reader's respect through her guts and intelligence. Like The Bomber, this book is strong on scintillating dialogue (well translated by Kajsa von Hofsten), and if the language and the sex scenes sometimes come across as stronger than necessary, they certainly contribute to the underlying menace that holds the story together. A gripping tale well told, and a protagonist with a big future. (Kirkus UK)
The adrenaline-fuelled prequel to Liza Marklund's bestselling thriller THE BOMBER Eight years before the sensational events of THE BOMBER, fledgling reporter Annika Bengtzon has just started a summer job at a Swedish tabloid. Before she can even begin to get her bearings in the gritty, fast-paced world of journalism, Annika learns that the body of a young woman has been discovered - raped, murdered and abandoned in a cemetery. A powerful government minister emerges as the prime suspect, with the general election only a few weeks away. Fuelled by ambition, hampered by inexperience, Annika finds herself immersed in a steamy underworld of sex clubs, sinister power plays and a media feeding frenzy. This murder case could become Annika's breakthrough story - or the event that seals her doom.


Imprint: Pocketbooks
Country of origin: United States
Release date: August 2003
Authors: Liza Marklund
Dimensions: 178 x 111mm (L x W)
Format: Paperback - Mass Market
Pages: 448
ISBN-13: 978-0-7434-4991-5
Categories: Books > Fiction > Genre fiction > Adventure / thriller > General
LSN: 0-7434-4991-6
Barcode: 9780743449915

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