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Prime time Prime Time

Annika Bengtzon #4

Thirteen people spend the shortest night of the year together in a remote manor. The following morning, the biggest star of Swedish television, Michelle Carlsson, is found shot in the head inside a mobile control room. Annika Bengtzon’s world is turned upside down when her closest friend Anne is one of the suspects. In addition to battling insecurities about her new relationship at home, Annika resolves to pin down the killer and clear her friend’s name.

Prime Time is the fourth installment in Liza Marklund’s internationally bestselling crime series featuring crime reporter Annika Bengtzon.


  • “Liza Marklund meets all the demands of the genre; she is not selling millions of copies because she is a sloppy writer. Suspense must be built and maintained, and plots have to be carefully managed. In her main character Annika Bengtzon, journalist and mother of two, she has achieved the perfect combination of ambition and responsibility.”

    Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

  • “While this is commercial rather than strictly literary crime fiction, her books are unpredictable, gritty, fast paced. The politics of a competitive, sometimes bad-tempered newspaper office are revealingly accurate.”

    The Observer, UK

  • “Captivating all the way up to the last sentence.”

    Freundin, Germany

  • “In this way, Marklund cleverly places her work in line with the truly great female writers of the genre, Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie. /…/ Yet she does it with an honest intent, and in a truly original way. When she writes like this, she deserves her title as ’the queen’.”

    Politiken, Denmark

  • “A brilliant crime novel, and a powerful contemporary novel. Liza Marklund has done it again!”

    Arbetaren, Sweden

  • “An enjoyable thriller, whose melodramatic climax is everything a tabloid could hope for.”

    Sunday Telegraph, UK

  • Prime Time is cut out to become a bestseller.”

    Birgitte, Germany

  • “What first and foremost impresses me about Liza Marklund is her total lack of sentimentality and her readiness to question conventional truths. In her novels, people and relations appear as contradictory as they are in real life. Overwhelmed as we are by today’s born-again conservatism or therapeutic bullshit on TV and in the papers, reading Marklund is like being let out from a dank chamber. As a portrait of a woman, Annika Bengtzon is one of the most liberatingly colorful and clear characters in the business.”

    Aftonbladet, Sweden

  • “Marklund’s Prime Time is a Scandinavian quality product.”

    Savon Sanomat, Finland

Photo: Annika Marklund Liza Marklund
  • Crime
Reading material

Swedish edition

English edition

German edition

Rights sold

Canada, Penguin Random House

Czech Republic, Euromedia

Denmark, People’s

Finland, Otava

France, Black Moon

Germany, Ullstein

Germany, Rowohlt (paperback)

Greece, Metaixmio

Iceland, Uppheimar

Italy, Marsilio

Netherlands, De Geus

Norway, Vigmostad & Bjørke

Poland, Czarna Owca

Russia, Centrepolygraph

Sweden, Piratförlaget

UK, Simon & Schuster

Film rights sold

Sweden, Yellow Bird

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