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En plats i solen The Long Shadow

Annika Bengtzon #8

A brutal robbery has killed an entire Swedish family on the Spanish riviera – a grandmother, husband and wife and their two children wiped out in an instant. Reporter Annika Bengtzon is assigned the story, and quickly finds herself among celebrities, famed athletes and big-shot brokers. The investigation takes her all the way from Swedish, WWII peasant life, to a present-day drug lord’s Moroccan farm.

The Long Shadow is the eighth installment in Liza Marklund’s internationally bestselling crime series featuring crime reporter Annika Bengtzon.


The Platinum Paperback Award (Outstanding Paperback Sales) Sweden 2010
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  • “Liza Marklund hits the mark with this terrific crime novel. /…/ Annika knows her game! She’s known it for a long time; she is, after all, Scandinavia’s most popular fictional heroine. She’s at the top of her game in the new novel, The Long Shadow, which is elegantly imagined and elegantly told.”


    B.T., Denmark

  • “Liza Marklund’s eighth Annika Bengtzon novel really swings. /…/ Marklund knows her craft.”

    Politiken, Denmark

  • “The most well-constructed, well-written book yet from the Swedish queen of crime.”

    Børsen, Denmark

  • “Liza navigates with ease and confidence.”

    Ekstra-Bladet, Denmark

  • “Propelled by a ’girl power’ narrative zest that makes Marklund's hunt for the killer a fast-paced experience.”

    Fyens Stiftstidende, Denmark

  • “Right on target, Marklund. /…/ Efficient entertainment.”

    Information, Denmark

  • “Efficient Marklund … Liza Marklund’s nose for good stories doesn’t fail her.”

    Berlingske, Denmark

  • “Marklund is the reigning queen of crime. ’Nuff said. Her Annika Bengtzon comes across as more contradictory and alive than ever before.”

    Arbetarbladet, Sweden

  • “The truth is that Liza Marklund is unmatched in her genre.”

    Tara, Sweden

  • “Annika Bengtzon has grown into an utterly complex and very intriguing character. /…/ Liza Marklund is an incredibly skilled author. This is top quality entertainment.”

    Gefle Dagblad, Sweden

  • “In her latest novels, Liza Marklund has developed as a writer; her prose is richer in nuance, settings are more vividly evoked than before, while she continues to drive her stories forward briskly and efficiently. /…/ This is no doubt a compelling, fascinating and entertaining read… /…/ Quite brilliant.”

    Smålandsposten, Sweden

  • “Brisk and clever. /…/ Works perfectly as a page-turner, alternatively a nail-biting reading experience. /…/ Terribly suspenseful all the way until the end.”

    Laura, Sweden

  • The Long Shadow is one of the strongest titles in the Annika Bengtzon series.”

    Norra Västerbotten, Sweden

  • “Marklund’s new crime novel, the eighth installment in the Annika Bengtzon series, is the best she has written in a long time. /…/ A solid page-turner that takes its reader to some (for certain readers) familiar places along the Spanish Sun Coast. /…/ She handles her descriptions of setting in an excellent way. /…/ As in her earlier novels, Liza Marklund maintains the fast pace. The majority of readers will most likely read The Long Shadow in one sitting. Regardless of which themes Liza Marklund chooses to write about, it is impossible to deny the fact that she is one heck of a storyteller, who captivates her reader with her straight-forward, efficient writing… /…/ A genuinely good plot.”

    Västerbottens-Kuriren, Sweden

  • “All of this is served up with sharp angles and startling details. It is an attractive mix – a mix that undoubtedly will continue to draw huge groups of readers.”

    Katrineholms-Kuriren, Sweden

  • “In Marklund's eighth mystery in this series, she looks at society's strivers as she continues her tradition of superlative Scandinavian crime fiction with a tough but appealingly fallible protagonist who leaves readers wanting more.”

    Booklist *Starred Review*, US

  • “This installment in the Bengtzon chronicles offers plenty of suspense.”

    Publishers Weekly, US

  • “True to many Scandinavian crime novels, the plot of Marklund's latest Annika Bengzton book is an intricate one involving politics, drugs, and murder. … the complex plot leads to an exciting climax.”

    Library Journal, US

  • “Marklund writes Nordic Noir with depth and dignity, complicated characters and plots that curve in all the right places.”

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, US

  • “Marklund is adept at taking the reader by the hand and moving adroitly through complex plots without sacrificing depth or development. The result is a canon that, despite breadth and length, reads quickly. Pick up on the backstory, and read The Long Shadow. It will leave you satisfied yet wanting more.”

    The Book Reporter, US

  • “Against all odds, Annika eventually ties together all the felonies she's poked her nose into, but it's a thankless slog that will make you grateful you aren't a newspaper reporter yourself.”

    Kirkus Reviews, US

Photo: Annika Marklund Liza Marklund
  • Crime
Reading material

Swedish edition

German edition

Rights sold

Canada, Penguin Random House

Denmark, People’s

Finland, Otava

France, Black Moon

Germany, Ullstein

Iceland, Uppheimar

Italy, Marsilio

Netherlands, De Geus

Norway, Vigmostad & Bjørke

Poland, Czarna Owca

Russia, Centrepolygraph

Spain, Suma (World Spanish)

Sweden, Piratförlaget

UK, Transworld

US, Emily Bestler Books

Film rights sold

Sweden, Yellow Bird

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