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The Long Shadow: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Liza Marklund
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this follow-up to Liza Marklund’s “stunningly great” ( thriller Lifetime, newspaper reporter Annika Bengtzon is left to pick up the pieces after a shocking and complex murder case turns her world upside down and leaves her personal life in shambles.

Meanwhile, an intruder brutally murders an entire family on Spain’s Costa del Sol, and Annika must fly to the glitzy locale to report on the case. Upon arrival she discovers that a fifth family member is unaccounted for. Soon, the killers are found, but they too have met their demise—in the same grisly manner they killed the Söderström family.

Amid a culture weighed down by drug smuggling and money laundering, Annika must try to find the missing girl before it’s too late.

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Editorial Reviews


"Marklund plays with Swedish history, politics, and current events all the while maintaining the integrity of her characters.... This is a series to savor."
—The Globe and Mail

"Pick up a Liza Marklund book, read it until dawn, wait until the stores open, buy another one."
—James Patterson, author of the Alex Cross series

"It's no accident that Liza Marklund is one of the most dynamic and popular crime writers of our time."
—Patricia Cornwell, author of the Kay Scarpetta series

About the Author

Liza Marklund is an author, journalist, and goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. Her crime novels featuring the relentless reporter Annika Bengtzon instantly became international hits, and have sold millions of copies in thirty languages worldwide. She lives in Stockholm, Sweden, and Marbella, Spain, where she is at work on the next installment in the series.

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  • File Size: 3424 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books; Reprint edition (April 15, 2014)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DPM90AQ
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good entry in this series November 18, 2013
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The usual Marklund quality with a much more complex plot than some of the earlier novels. Be advised that this novel builds on threads from the earlier works, so may not make a lot of sense if this is the first book in the series one reads. For Marklund fans a thoroughly enjoyable entry.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Annita novel September 23, 2013
By Harley
Format:Kindle Edition
There are times I do not like Annika, she is brash and arrogant and quick to judge. I also normally dislike the journalist turned sleuth. But I did like this book. Annika is sent off to Spain to write a series of stories on some murders of swedes that take place in the course of a burglary. Over a year, the story is gradually solved. It has links to previous books and therefore you are probably better to start on earlier ones. For example, this picks up where the last left off in relation to the murder of a top Swedish policeman and the effect on his family and his connections to organised crime. An enjoyable and light read, I raced through this on my sun lounger in Portugal. The main negative I had was the ending, I just felt it all a bit surreal where Annika manages to be the heroine in a major fight yet again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Read From an Awesome Author! October 28, 2013
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Liza Marklund continues to surprise me with her wonderful books. From the very first book to this latest one, I am fascinated with following the adventures of journalist Annika Bengtzon. The books to read in order are: Exposed (aka Studio 69), Vanished (aka Paradise), Prime Time, The Bomber, Red Wolf, Novel's Last Will, Lifetime and A Place in the Sun (aka The Long Shadow). I'm looking forward to following Annika Bengtzon in the next novel from this great author. Sometimes I can catch the movie made from one of her books that have subtitles in English. Still thrilling and so very closely followed from the books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
It’s very nice to have Liza Marklund back again, along with Annika Bengtzon. Bengtzon is Marklund’s intrepid creation, a newspaper reporter at the beginning of the end of an era when such an occupation is becoming extinct. THE LONG SHADOW builds on what has gone before while significantly advancing Bengtzon’s life, for good and otherwise, with the story balanced by her investigation into the apparently senseless killing of a family of Swedish nationals in a Spanish town.

THE LONG SHADOW picks up precisely where LIFETIME left off. Bengtzon’s husband has left her for another woman, and the resulting emotional turmoil is squared by the fact that they have joint custody of their two young children. That Bengtzon is in temporary housing as a result of her home being firebombed only adds to her troubles, as does the fact that her insurance company, suspicious that she is complicit in the arson, is withholding payment otherwise due under her policy. And, of course, her job is in jeopardy due to attrition. Her employer throws her a lifeline that she doesn’t want, but the sad fact is that Bengtzon, even in the best of circumstances, does not play well with others, particularly her new editor, a twit who knows little but just enough to get everyone in trouble.

Bengtzon’s first assignment --- one that seems to constantly shift and morph on an hourly basis --- under the new regime is to travel to a coastal town in Spain favored by Swedish expatriates in order to report on the death of a former hockey superstar and his family during the course of a home burglary that apparently went horribly though unintentionally wrong.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A series I like very much April 16, 2014
The Long Shadow is the eighth North American release in Liza Marklund's Annika Bengtzon series.

The Long Shadow picks right up from the last book, Lifetime. Annika's personal life is in shambles - her husband has left her for another woman, he has custody of their children and her home has burned down. She's just learned that she'll now be reporting to a man who used to be her subordinate at the Swedish newspaper she works at.

She's sent to Spain to report on the death of a former Swedish national. It looks like they were originally just targets of the latest European crime wave - pumping gas into the victim's home until they pass out, then robbing them. (This is frighteningly true!) But something went wrong this time - he and his family have been killed. Or was it deliberate?

Annika is a tireless reporter. Or perhaps obsessive is a more apt description. She's headstrong, impulsive and plunges headlong into her stories, often to her own detriment. But, she trusts her own instincts and follows them regardless. It often pays off - she saved the life a young boy in the last book. And this time is no exception. Annika knows this current story is much deeper than her editor thinks. When he wants her to move on to other pieces, she lets him believe she has - then pursues her own leads.

Marklund's plots are quite detailed and intricate. I do enjoy her style as it really keeps the reader engaged and on their toes. Having followed the series, I was easily able to keep up with the players and past references. But new readers might find the number of characters, established relationships and connections a mite confusing. Much of this book's plot is tied to previous cases. An interesting twist is slowly revealed through flashbacks to someone's childhood.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series.
This is the third in the series that I have read. I was running out of really good Swedish mysteries so am happy to discover Liza Marklund.
Published 20 days ago by Vicky H. Rimstidt
5.0 out of 5 stars A great fourth read to her previous three
A great fourth read to her previous three! This is a decent stand alone but better if you read her three previous novels in order.
Published 20 days ago by Mike Quinn
4.0 out of 5 stars good plot
The story neatly took an old one to a logical conclusion and in this process built it around a new one. Well done! I however wish Annika will give Thomas the boot...
Published 1 month ago by Wannie Carstens
5.0 out of 5 stars ... Shadow by Liza Marklund is so well put together--I love the little...
The Long Shadow by Liza Marklund is so well put together--I love the little story within the bug story which explains a lot of what the main character Annika uncovers in her quest... Read more
Published 1 month ago by William T. Boehm
5.0 out of 5 stars A very nice continuation of the previous novels--can't wait for the...
Ms. Marklund's characters are well defined and compelling. I feel like I am visiting with friends I have known for a long time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Britta Hugoson-Burnet
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy following Annika
Since reading "The Bomber" I have enjoyed following Annika in the books and on the screen. Her adventurous nature plus the issues she takes on make her character and the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by David J. Kreischer
5.0 out of 5 stars the best yet
The most complex yet. Some are warning there is a theme from earlier books, while this is true, I think most readers should not be concerned to much about it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by snowdogsbestfriend
5.0 out of 5 stars To be continued . . .
The author picks up from previous novels in the series with Annika Bengtzon plying her trade doggedly as a reporter for Sweden’s Evening Post. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ted Feit
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the previous ones
After reading and enjoying the previous books in the Anika Bengtzon series, I bought this one as well. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rob Janssen
3.0 out of 5 stars a pacer
I found it rather verbose.
The pace was very slow - wanted it to move along more quickly.
Anyone who likes Liza Marklund, but beyond that, I'm not wild about it
Published 7 months ago by Tom Vosmer
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