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Lifetime: A Novel (The Annika Bengtzon Series Book 3) by [Marklund, Liza]
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Nina Hoffman is the closest cop to the scene when gunshots are heard in a swanky Stockholm apartment building. She responds to find cop David Lindholm shot dead in his bed. Nina’s best friend, David’s wife, Julia, is incoherent, mumbling that a woman took her boy. Their small son is missing, and all evidence points to Julia. Even Nina can’t vouch for her friend’s innocence, but reporter Annika Bengtzon is on the case. The more she investigates, the clearer Julia’s innocence seems, but no one else believes Annika. Julia’s court-appointed lawyer is a dolt, and her case is pushed through the courts quickly; law enforcement wants revenge for David’s death. Annika doesn’t have the time she needs to prove her case, but she pushes on despite a crisis in her personal life (her husband has left her for another woman). The latest in Markland’s Annika Bengtzon series tells a complex but fascinating story full of misdirection and police obfuscation. Recommend Marklund to fans of Jussi Adler-Olsen and Camilla Lackberg. --Stacy Alesi

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“The Queen of Scandinavian Crime Fiction.” (Henning Mankell )

“Marklund has created a complex page-turner, complete with gritty realism, a flawed but likable protagonist, and nonstop suspense.” (Publisher's Weekly, starred review)

“The best of Marklund's books to be published in the U.S.” (Kirkus Reviews)


Product Details

  • File Size: 2778 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books (April 9, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 9, 2013
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J2C3L0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,234 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I very much enjoyed this Liza Marklund book, as I have enjoyed each of her Annika Bengtzon mysteries. However, reflecting on my own experience and some of the reader reviews I've read here, this may be a series that really works better if you read the series chronologically. Particularly in this book, much relied on your having read the previous one, and I could see how someone new to Marklund might have found aspects baffling. Having acknowledged that, I must say I found the same mixture of intriguing mystery, tension, and challenging personal life of the protagonist, kept me engaged and entertained until the last page. In this one in particular, I found myself annoyed and concerned about the main character, but even that made the novel work. While the key "detectives" in most mystery stories are often flawed, they are generally sympathetic characters, and at times, this one wasn't, but that was a nice twist. And, it was kind of gutsy of Marklund "to go there." We tend to like mysteries based on our liking the main character, so allowing hers to wander into unlikeable territory was gutsy of Marklund. As others have noted, there are a few story lines proceeding simultaneously, and those who prefer their mysteries more totally focused on one story line may find that troublesome, but it worked for me. Also I adore Henning Mankell and may other Scandinavian mystery writers, so that may provide some guidance on how you would like this. So, bottom line, if you have read and liked the previous Marklund mysteries, I feel fairly confident you will gobble this one up. If you are new to Marklund, I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series, rather than jumping in here.
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Format: Hardcover
Liza Marklund's latest book Lifetime is the seventh book featuring newspaper reporter Annika Bengtzon.

Stockholm, Sweden. Police Officer Nina Hoffman is on patrol when a shots fired call comes in. Nina and her partner race to the scene - only to find that the victim is another cop - and his wife Julia is lying beside him, covered in blood. Worse still - their four year old son is missing. Julia swears there was someone else in the apartment. Nina is sure her friend and former co worker could not do such a thing. Or could she....? Annika knows both women - she did a story on them years before. The high profile case is a story worth investigating.

This is the third book I've read by Marklund and I've enjoyed every one. Annika is a complicated protagonist - she's headstrong, impulsive and plunges headlong into her stories. She trusts her instincts and hunches and follows them regardless. But her personal life is in a shambles - she herself is suspected of a crime and her marriage is falling apart. Although I've heard some other readers remark that this secondary storyline muddies the waters of the main plot, I disagree. I quite like seeing the two sides of Annika's life personal and professional. Both story lines held my interest equally.

Annika's investigation leads to more questions and links to the past, with the path to answers and resolution anything but straight. Marklund keeps us guessing about Julia until the very end. And the end was a lovely 'gotcha'. Marklund brings the setting to life as well, with descriptions that underline the gritty tone of the mystery.

This is an excellent series with a character I quite like. Definitely recommended. I'll be watching for the next in the series
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Format: Paperback
I loved this new book by Liza Marklund. I was first introduced to her protagonist, Annika, in "Last Will." She is the millennial everywoman, a stressed out professional, soon to be single mother, trying to be all things to all people.

I really related to the followship among the professional women and how Annika was willing to risk everything to help Julia.

The only thing that struck me as a bit off was strong woman Annika's tolerance for her creepy husband and her fair-weather friend. I was able to forgive the author this lapse because the rest of the book was just so spot-on. Can't wait to read the rest of the Marklund books.
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I really enjoyed Liza Marklund's last work published in English and now the hard part is having to wait for the next one.
For me it has been a long way since reading my first Henning Mankel's book when I got hooked and became addicted to the nordic noir or scandinavian crime fiction or any other denomination you like.I have read all Mankel's books,all Jo Nesbo's ,Asa Larson's,Karen Alvteggen's;Yrsa Sigurdadotir's,Liza Marklund's,,HelenTursten, etc...etc...etc...
I am always looking for a new author,new at least for me ,and I am glad I decided to try Liza's books.I hope she will give a long life to Anika Bengtzon and a lot of pleasure to all of us ,her fans.
I enjoyed so much Lifetime that I ignored some problems I had for the first time reading a Kindle version - there were missing parts,some gaps when I turned the pages.
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This novel marks our flawed Hero out as more of a Detective than the Detectives, and is the start of a story arc that goes through the next novel in the series, also, so make sure you read them in order! Loved it, as I have pretty much all of Liza Marklund's work so far. She is, thank goodness, prolific in her work and delivers those of us now addicted to the adventures of Annika Bengzton, another ripping yarn.
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