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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 Adlibris Awards (Best Crime Fiction) Sweden – Kallmyren The Mire 2022
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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The Polar Circle Trilogy

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The Adlibris Awards 2022

The nominees for 2022’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 2022.

Ia Genberg’s The Details is shortlisted in the ’Fiction’ category.

Amongst the nominated titles in the ‘Crime Fiction’ category are Lars Kepler’s The Spider, Anders de la Motte & Måns Nilsson’s Death Goes Antiquing and Liza Marklund’s The Mire.

In the ‘Childrens’ category – Jonas Gardell’s The Story of the Little Sparrow is shortlisted for ‘Children’s 0-6’ and Martin Widmark’s The Masquerade Mystery is nominated for ‘Children’s 6-12’. Anders Hansen’s Brain Blues for Teens is nominated for the ‘Young Adult’ category.

The winners will be announced on January 25, 2023.

Kepler and Marklund on the Norwegian bestseller list

This week’s bestseller lists in Norway have Lars Keplers’ The Spider claiming the No. 1 spot on the official ebook list and Liza Marklund’s The Polar Circle sailing to the No. 2 spot for paperback. 

Adlibris most sold books in Sweden 2000-2021

Adlibris, the leading online book retailer in the Nordics, has published a list of its 15 most sold books in Sweden of the last 20 years. Featured on the list are Anders Hansen’s The Real Happy Pill, David Sundin’s The Book That Did Not Want To Be Read, Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove and Björn Natthiko Lindeblad’s I May Be Wrongeach performing a remarkable feat on the Swedish book market.

Adlibris has also revealed statistics of the best-selling books per year, where Liza Marklund’s Red Wolf and Last Will became the most sold titles in 2003 and 2006 respectively, Lars Kepler’s The Hypnotist the most sold title in 2009, A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman the best-selling title of 2013 and Anders Hansen’s The Real Happy Pill the most sold title in 2019.

Jørn Lier Horst and Liza Marklund No. 1 and 2 in Norway

Jørn Lier Horst’s The Traitor comes in at No. 1 on the fiction and e-books bestseller lists for the third week in a row, while Liza Marklund’s The Polar Circle makes another appearance at No. 2 in paperback.

Jo Nesbø, Matias Faldbakken and Liza Marklund on the Norwegian bestseller lists

The official weekly bestseller lists in Norway see Jo Nesbø once more landing the No. 1 spot on the fiction list with Killing Moon, while Matias Faldbakken’s just published Poor Thing debuts at No. 4. Liza Marklund’s The Polar Circle meanwhile comes in at No. 5 in the paperback category.

Marklund on the Swedish bestseller lists

Liza Marklund and The Mire claim the No. 1 spot on the hardcover bestseller list in Sweden this week. Marklund also holds the No. 1 spot on the overall bestseller list for the month of August.

Liza Marklund No. 1 in Sweden

Liza Marklund’s just published The Mire, the highly anticipated standalone sequel to The Polar Circle, enters the official Swedish bestseller list for hardcover fiction at No. 1.

‘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.

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