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Liza Marklund

If Sjöwall/Wahlöö created the modern Swedish police procedural in the 60s, Liza Marklund (b. 1962) revolutionized it in the late 90s with The Bomber, the first installment in a series that would become the most successful ever from a female Scandinavian writer.

Liza Marklund’s series about crime reporter Annika Bengtzon – in which life at a bustling tabloid and the conflict between motherhood and career set the stage for immensely suspenseful crime stories – quickly established the author as a bestseller worldwide. Since then, Marklund’s novels have sold more than 23 million copies in more than 40 languages. She is the recipient of a vast number of literary awards and prizes.

In addition to being an author, Liza Marklund co-owns Sweden’s third largest publishing house Piratförlaget, and has worked as a journalist as well as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.

“It’s no accident that Liza Marklund is one of the most dynamic and popular crime writers of our time.”
–Patricia Cornwell

“It’s obvious why Liza Marklund is such a popular writer, and so beloved by her loyal fans. Her voice is crisp and clean, and she has a knack for building beautifully elaborate and suspenseful plots. Her storytelling captivates readers, keeping them guessing right to the end with twists and turns you never see coming. /…/ I am but one member of a steadily growing group of loyal fans.”
–Karin Slaughter

“Liza Marklund is in a league of her own thanks to her intelligent stories, her confident writing and her radical view on society. There is no doubt about it.”
–Henning Mankell

“An astonishing talent. /…/ Liza Marklund’s thrillers are stellar examples of those qualities inherent in the best fiction: She wholly immerses the reader in her world, and she writes with consummate intelligence, consistency and passion.”
–Jeffery Deaver

“Liza Marklund is the next great Nordic export for fans of crime fiction to discover. Her books deliver edge-of-your-seat suspense, sophisticated plotting, complex characterization, and unique locales. Enjoy!”
–Harlan Coben

“Liza Marklund’s thrillers are beautifully structured and tautly written. Dynamic plots with suspense throughout.”
–Kathy Reichs

“What impresses me most about Liza Marklund’s novels is that they are intelligent and gripping. As if that isn’t enough to raise them above just about everyone else’s work—Liza writes lively, often funny dialogue.”
–James Patterson

Awards

Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Crime Novel of the Year) Sweden – Polcirkeln The Polar Circle 2021
Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards (Best Fiction) Sweden – Pärlfarmen Black Pearl Farm 2019
Crimetime Specsavers’ Honorary Award Sweden 2018
Radio Bremen’s Crime Award Germany – Järnblod The Final Word 2016
The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Special Honorary Award) Sweden 2015
The Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year) UK – Nobels testamente Last Will 2013
Eurocrime Read of the Year (Favourite read of 2012) UK – Nobels testamente Last Will 2012
The Reading Relay Gold Medal Scotland – Sprängaren The Bomber 2012
The Platinum Paperback Award (Outstanding Paperback Sales) Sweden – En plats i solen The Long Shadow 2010
The Swedish Literary Award (Best Novel of the Year) Sweden – Livstid Lifetime 2007
Scanorama Awards (Scandinavian of the Year in the Literature category) Scandinavia 2002
St. Erik’s Medal Sweden 2002
Book of the Year Award Sweden – Paradiset Vanished 2001
QX’s Book of the Year Award Sweden – Paradiset Vanished 2001
Paperback of the Year Sweden – Sprängaren The Bomber 2000
Shortlisted for the Glass Key (Best Nordic Crime Novel of the Year) The Nordic Countries – Sprängaren The Bomber 1999
The Swedish Union’s Award (Author of the Year) Sweden – Studio sex Exposed 1999
Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year) Sweden – Studio sex Exposed 1999
The Poloni Prize (Best Swedish Crime Novel by a Female Writer) Sweden – Sprängaren The Bomber 1998
The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Debut) Sweden – Sprängaren The Bomber 1998
Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year) Sweden – Sprängaren The Bomber 1998
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Bibliography

Stand-alone

The Polar Circle Trilogy

Annika Bengtzon

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‘The Mire’ published in Sweden

Stenträsk, 1990

A note left on the kitchen table.

Love, I’ve gone to pick some cloudberries. Gotta get out of the apartment. Markus is at Karin’s.

And then the star at the bottom right corner, the one that looked like the scar from her c-section. Helena’s signature.

Darkness fell, but Helena and the baby never came home.

It was the sound of the insects that guided the rescue team, the dull hum of thousands of blood-sucking mosquitoes.
The baby girl had since long stopped screaming. Ants crawled in and out of her mouth. They took her for dead, everything else seemed inconceivable, but when dog handler Petterson lifted her up, she let out a tiny whimper. The child survived, but not Helena. She was and remained missing. Her body was never recovered. She was never heard from again. The cold mire became her grave.
Wiking Stormberg never got over the loss of his wife. He lived only for his children and his job at the Stenträsk police force, and became obsessed with mires.

Decades pass by. Half a life.

But then one Friday afternoon, in August 2020, a letter lands in the mailbox of Markus, Wiking and Helena’s son. A threat, or perhaps a warning, written in Helena’s handwriting and signed with her symbol: the star.
Wiking must ask himself if he’s going crazy, if he’s seeing ghosts, or if some external force is threatening him and his family – and if so, who or what.

The Mire is a standalone sequel to The Polar Circle, Liza Marklund’s critically acclaimed and best-selling return to the crime genre.

Marklund on the Swedish bestseller list

Liza Marklund’s thriller The Polar Circle features at No. 3 on the official list for paperback in Sweden.

Ahnhem, Nesbø, Marklund, Theorin and Lier Horst on the Norwegian bestseller lists

This week’s bestseller lists in Norway have Stefan Ahnhem appear at the top of the official paperback list, claiming the No. 1 spot with The Final Nail for the sixth consecutive week. The title is followed by Jo Nesbø who features at No. 2  with The Jealousy Man and Other Stories and Liza Marklund who comes in at No. 3 with The Polar Circle on the same list. Johan Theorin claims the No. 5 spot with Weathered Bones on the official list for fiction.

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ Detective Agency No. 2 title  The Search for the Camping King comes in at No. 1 on the Norwegian bestseller list for children’s fiction for the second consecutive week.

The Storytel Awards 2021 Shortlist Announced

The nominees for the Swedish 2021 Storytel Awards have been announced. The Storytel Awards have been bestowed since 2007 in Sweden to highlight the best audio books of the year. The awards are granted within six categories: Suspense, Fiction, Non-fiction, Feelgood, YA, and Children’s books.

Among the nominees for suspense are Kristina Ohlsson’s Icebreaker, Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s As You Sow, Jens Lapidus’ The No-Go Zone, Anders de la Motte & Måns Nilsson’s A House to Die For, Liza Marklund’s The Polar Circle, and Anders Roslund’s Trust Me.

The nominees within the fiction category includes Fredrik Backman’s The Winners and Jonas Gardell’s A Happier Year, and Simona Ahrnstedt’s The Queen of the Night is featured on the Feelgood list.

Meanwhile, Anders Hansen’s Brain Blues and Måns Mosesson’s Tim – The Official Biography of Avicii features on the Non-fiction list, and David Sundin’s audiobook The Audiobook That Did Not Want To End – Part 2, from the same universe as The Book That Did Not Want To Be Read, is in the running for the Children’s books’ award.

Readers will be able to vote for their favorite works until February 9, after which a jury will pick a winner among the three candidates with the most votes in each category.

To cast your vote, click “Read more” below.

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The December bestseller list in Finland

The official Finnish bestseller list for the month of December is out. On the list for hardcover fiction, Liza Marklund’s The Polar Circle is featured for the third consecutive month, climbing to the No. 2 spot.

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The official Swedish bestseller lists for 2021

The official bestseller lists for 2021 in Sweden have been announced and the hardcover fiction list sees Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1795 at No. 2. This bestselling final part of Natt och Dag’s Bellman noir trilogy also appears at No. 5 on the e-book list, together with Liza Marklund’s acclaimed first installment in her highly anticipated new trilogy, The Polar Circle at No. 4.

Måns Mosesson’s intimate portrayal of Tim Bergling, Tim – The Official Biography of Avicii, grabs the No. 5 spot on the hardcover non-fiction list.

David Sundin’s children’s book debut and instant bestseller, The Book That Did Not Want To Be Read, comes in at No. 3 on the children’s list.

The paperback list sees Storm Watch, the first installment in the immensely popular August Strindberg series by Kristina Ohlsson, come in at No. 2 and Björn Natthiko Lindeblad’s beloved and moving non-fiction work, I May Be Wrong, at No. 5.

I May Be Wrong also claims the No. 2 spot on the audio list.

Gustav Bergman; Annika Marklund Photo: Gustav Bergman, Annika Marklund

Wolff and Marklund on Bok356’s Best of 2021

The critics at Norwegian book publication Bok365 have each chosen their favorite titles of 2021. Lina Wolff’s Carnality and Liza Marklund’s The Polar Circle are two of the selected works on the list.

Critc Leif Gjerstad gives Carnality 6 out of 6 stars and says:

“This burlesque expanding story is a gem! Sudden throws, incredible imagination and captivating storytelling joy about love, power and desire were some of the ingredients that made The Polyglot Lovers such an excellent read. These same elements ensure that Carnality – the title alludes to a reality show with the same name on the dark web – offers a fascinating journey on many levels.”

Gjerstad gives The Polar Circle 5 out 6 stars with the following praise:

“The first volume in a promising trilogy. A macabre discovery brings an old case to life when Liza Marklund turns her eyes to her home village in Norrbotten. With a sensitive pen, it depicts the teenagers’ vulnerable insecurity and search for identity, while Liza Marklund also skillfully manages to balance portrayals of women and depictions of teenagers with the progress of the murder investigation and the gradually and subtly increasing levels of excitement.”

 

The November bestseller list in Finland

The official Finnish bestseller list for the month of November is out. The list for hardcover fiction sees Jo Nesbø’s Rat Island and Other Stories listed as No. 2 for the second consecutive month, while Liza Marklund’s The Polar Circle climbs to No. 3.

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Dagens Nyheter’s 30 Best Crime Novels of 2021

Dagens Nyheter, Sweden’s largest national newspaper, has announced a list of this year’s best crime novels which features and praises Liza Marklund’s The Polar Circle, Johan Theorin’s Weathered Bones, Sara Osman’s Everything We Didn’t Say, Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1795 and Anders de la Motte & Måns Nilsson’s A House to Die For.

Kiefer Lee;Annika Marklund; Stellan Herner; Linnéa Jonasson Bernholm; Stefan Tell; Thron Ullberg

The Adlibris Awards 2021

The nominees for 2021’s Adlibris Awards have been announced. Adlibris is the leading book retailer in the Nordics and the Adlibris Award was founded in 2019 to celebrate the site’s greatest titles. The 10 nominated titles in the 9 respective categories have been selected by a jury of Adlibris employees from all works published in 2021.

Fredrik Backman’s The Winners and Jonas Gardell’s A Happier Year are shortlisted in the ’Fiction’ category.

Amongst the nominated titles in the ‘Crime Fiction’ category are Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1795 and Liza Marklund’s The Polar Circle.

Måns Mosesson’s just published Tim – The official Biography of Avicii is nominated in the Non-fiction category.

Two titles by David Sundin are nominated in the ‘Childrens’ category – The Book That Really Did Not Want To Be Read is shortlisted for ‘Children’s 0-6’ while his upcoming Trollformler och besvärjelser is nominated for ‘Children’s 6-12’.

Fans have until December 8 to cast their votes in each respective category. The winners will be announced on January 25, 2022.

Click the “Read more” button below to cast your vote.

Photo credits: Kiefer Lee; Annika Marklund; Stellan Herner; Linnéa Jonasson Bernholm; Stefan Tell; Thron Ullberg

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