Paradiset Vanished

Annika Bengtzon #3

A hurricane has swept over Sweden and left the country in turmoil. Two men are found dead at one of Stockholm’s major ports, and a truckload of cigarettes worth fifty million Swedish kronor has vanished. From the docks, Aida is running for her life. Crime reporter Annika Bengtzon helps Aida get in touch with Paradise, a foundation that makes people disappear. But as more vicious murders follow and as Annika gets closer to the truth, neither Aida nor Paradise are what they seem to be.

Vanished is the third installment in Liza Marklund’s internationally bestselling crime series featuring crime reporter Annika Bengtzon. The novel was turned into a motion picture directed by Colin Nutley.


Book of the Year Award Sweden 2001
QX’s Novel of the Year Award Sweden 2001
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  • “The plot is sophisticated and intricate … the pace never flags”

    The Guardian, UK

  • “One hundred percent entertainment – a constant drive and no dead stretches.”

    Göteborgs-Tidningen, Sweden

  • “The peculiar love story, and the strong bond to the grandmother are evoked so realistically and with so much warmth, that they come across as the main reasons for reading the book. In addition, this is a very suspenseful read, so everybody will be satisfied.”

    Trouw, Holland

  • “She combines a woman’s point of view and women’s reality with the format of the action-packed thriller. /…/ I respectfully bow to the journalist Liza Marklund. Her formula for creating successful crime novels is unbeatable, impressive, entertaining and incorporates refreshing social criticism. /…/ Liza Marklund has definitively cemented her greatness as a crime writer.”

    Skånska Dagbladet, Sweden

  • “Liza Marklund seems to have a unerring sense of the invisible boundaries that limit women’s space for action. It is above all that sensitivity which makes her stories interesting and telling contemporary novels.”

    Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

  • Vanished has a perfect and effortless plot… with regular insights into Annika’s professional life and love life, which appear universal and engaging. Liza Marklund has a terrific command of her characters, their competence and quick, easy maneuvers in their working life, but also their emotional lives and slow struggles to gain new footing.”

    Politiken, Denmark

  • Vanished is without competition this year’s best Swedish crime novel. It is also Liza Marklund’s best book so far. She is on her way to becoming a Swedish Sara Paretsky.”

    Arbetaren, Sweden

  • “I will say this right away: Vanished is a gem.”

    Viva, Holland

  • “The novel is high in suspense and displays beautiful variations in the narrative pacing. Yet Marklund’s real strength is her rare and astute sense of details, feelings and mindsets. She is exceptionally good at depicting the daily jargon and stress at the editorial offices of a tabloid, but also portrays, through well-chosen and sophisticated details, a woman’s lonely life with an empty fridge, a boring job and a cold bed.”

    Kvällsposten, Sweden

  • Vanished is another satisfying read from Scandinavia's undisputed queen of crime fiction – Liza Marklund.”

    TVNZ, New Zealand

Photo: Annika Marklund Liza Marklund
  • Crime
Reading material

Swedish edition

English edition

German edition

Spanish edition

Rights sold

Arab World, Al Arabi

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosenka Rijec

Canada, Penguin Random House

Czech Republic, Euromedia

Denmark, People’s

Finland, Otava

France, Black Moon

Germany, Hoffmann und Campe (hardcover)

Germany, Ullstein

Greece, Metaixmio

Iceland, Uppheimar

Italy, Marsilio

Lithuania, Media Incognito

Netherlands, De Geus

Norway, Vigmostad & Bjørke

Poland, Czarna Owca

Slovenia, Desk

Spain, Suma (World Spanish)

Sweden, Piratförlaget

UK, Transworld

Film rights sold

Sweden, Yellow Bird

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