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A bomb has not only destroyed Stockholm's new Olympic arena just months before the Summer Games, it has blown someone to pieces. Putting a city on edge with fears of a terrorist on the loose, the Bomber will become journalist Annika Bengtzon's biggest story - or the final nail in her coffin.Set against the breathtaking landscape of the Swedish winter, THE BOMBER draws in rA bomb has not only destroyed Stockholm's new Olympic arena just months before the Summer Games, it has blown someone to pieces. Putting a city on edge with fears of a terrorist on the loose, the Bomber will become journalist Annika Bengtzon's biggest story - or the final nail in her coffin.Set against the breathtaking landscape of the Swedish winter, THE BOMBER draws in readers like the dark and edgy eye of a TV camera at a nighttime crime scene, delivering a climax that's a blasting cap on a short fuse, ready to detonate a reporter's world.Liza Marklund's extraordinary writing, bone-chilling plot and irresistible heroine have created an international phenomenon as explosive as the Bomber's devastating blasts....

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The Bomber Reviews

  • Manny
    2019-03-19 17:03

    After posting my review of Livstid yesterday, I had a long online discussion with notgettingenough about the meaning of the word "feminism", and whether it was a good thing. It says something about the power of Liza Marklund's novels that, after reading one, I found myself in the curious situation of being a man defending feminism to a woman.Marklund is a single-issue author: she's writing to support her notion of feminism. This word can indeed be interpreted in many ways. Marklund is using it in a narrow sense. She thinks that women are not treated well at most places of work, and that this is very wrong. She shows over and over again how men refuse to accept that women can do as good a job as they can, even in cases when it is quite clear that the woman is in fact performing better than her male colleagues. Her novels are full of examples of men using crude, sexist sterotypes to downplay women's ability to contribute and to marginalize them. She shows how painful this is for women, and what a dreadful effect it can have on their self-esteem and mental health. She's very convincing. It's particularly frightening that she's writing about Sweden, which is probably the fairest and least gender-biased country in the world. If it's this bad in Sweden, it's clearly going to be much worse nearly everywhere else. It would be easy to say that, since Swedish women have such a good deal compared to women elsewhere, she should shut up. Another way of looking at it is that Swedish women have made enough progress towards sexual equality that they can say this kind of thing and be taken seriously. Several of Marklund's novels have topped the Swedish bestseller list. I view that as extremely positive.In my humble opinion, one of the reasons why feminism has done so well in Sweden is that Swedish feminists, like Marklund, have intelligently prioritised their demands. They have focussed on equality in the workplace, reasoning that, if they can succeed there, the rest will follow. Marklund believes passionately that women should support each other at work. She is not trying to convince you that sex is rape, that all women should be lesbians, or anything remotely similar. Annika Bengtzon, the heroine of her series, is heterosexual and perfectly happy with her sexual orientation. She has had a complicated and messy private life, which, at least as far as I can see, is in no way intended as feminist propaganda. In Paradiset, she got involved with Thomas, a married man, who ends up divorcing his wife and marrying her. In Livstid, Thomas leaves Annika for another woman. In private life, Marklund clearly believes that all's fair in love and war. Marklund is splendidly bitchy about Annika's rivals - inter alia, we learn that one of them is frigid and has really small boobs. This is one of the things that gives the series its undeniable charm, and stops it from being a dull piece of feminist preaching.As you can tell, she sold me, and I'm not even a woman. Most people consider Sprängaren to be her best book. I really liked it.

  • Simon Lipson
    2019-03-06 10:03

    I'll be quick. This isn't my kind of thing. I gave it a go, but had to concede defeat after a 100 pages. Nothing happens, the dialogue is stodgy and grim, the characters are wafer-thin, the attempts at colouring in locations and relationships cursory. This is novel writing by numbers. Maybe this turgid tosh would work for me on a long holiday - albeit what sounded, from the blurb, like a gripping thriller was incredibly tame - but I don't want to waste valuable time on something this vacuous when I'm reading for pleasure at home.

  • G.R. Reader
    2019-03-08 11:41

    I swear to God, if I hadn't read this book when I was working in Sweden in 2002 then I'd have strapped my boss to an explosive device and left bits of her all over Stockholm. I had it all planned out. Thank you Liza, you convinced me there was a better way.

  • Cristina
    2019-02-26 12:00

    ”Explozii în Stockholm” nu a fost o carte ”explozivă” așa cum ar recomanda-o titlul. Au existat bineînțeles și momente pline de suspans, dar și alte pasaje care nu instigau tocmai la o lectură alertă. Acțiunea se desfășoară în Stockholm, oraș ce se pregătește să găzduiască Jocurile Olimpice, dar care este zguduit de o explozie a uneia dintre pricipalele arene sportive. Pagubele sunt de ordin material la prima vedere, dar printre dărâmături se găsesc și rămășițele Christinei Furhage, șefa Consiliului Olimpic. Personajul principal este Annika Bengtzon, șefa departamentului de investigații de la ziarul Kvällspressen, care se ocupă de acest caz cu ajutorul informațiilor de la poliție dar și cu ceea ce află pe cont propriu. Mai toate ipotezele se bazează pe faptul că atentatul a fost pus la cale de un grup terorist pentru boicotarea Jocurilor Olimpice. Annika nu are aceeași părere, crezând că de fapt explozia o viza doar pe Christina, și începe să răscolească în trecutul acesteia. Află niște detalii uimitoare care variau de la imaginea Christinei ca femeie perfectă până la aceea că era o femeie rea, egoistă, manipulatoare. O a doua explozie ia prin surprindere pe toată lumea, chiar și pe Annika – începe să se îndoiască de ceea ce credea și înclină să creadă varianta atacului terorist. Întâmplările ce urmează o determină să se întoarcă la prima ipoteză. Tocmai cercetările ei și ceea ce publică o fac pe Annika să cadă victima ”atentatoarei”. Acțiunea se desfășoară pe mai multe planuri, printre care ni se prezintă viața și regimul agitat din interirorul unei redacții de ziar: goana după informații în premieră, verificarea lor, alegerea modului corect de a le prezenta sau neprezentarea lor și publicarea înaintea concurenței sunt doar o parte dintre aspectele surprinse pe parcursul romanului. Annika nu impresionează tocmai prin faptul că nu este ”impresionantă”, nu are nimic special. Este femeia zilelor noastre care încearcă să se împartă între carieră și familie și care de foarte multe ori nu reușește. Ca și scriere, romanul este simplu, fără fraze extraordinare, cu propoziții scurte și la obiect, reușind să ducă cititorul la dezlegarea misterului fără prea multe ocolișuri. Aș fi așteptat ceva mai mult de la un roman cu un fir narativ atât de interesant. Din păcate, finalul este foarte previzibil.

  • Neri.
    2019-02-24 16:46

    I haven't read good thriller in a while so this book was like a breath of fresh air. Although, I have to admit that some parts were unnecessary and a little overstretched but the plot was great and interesting to read. The character of Anika, the reporter, was a strong female and it was built very well. The identity of the bomber was hinted a little bit through the story if you're lucky you'd get who she is. Anyway, great story, very good character building and the resolution was a little expected but it didn't ruined everything.

  • Naomi Blackburn
    2019-03-10 14:40

    I have been trying to figure out why I have not been an Annika Bengton fan as several of my GR buds are. I figured it out with this book. Liza Marklund reminds me of an NN version of American authors such as Lisa Jackson, romance mystery writers where there is too much focus on the "romance" life of the main character. I loath books like that and this series has progressively been getting worse in that area. I thought there was not enough focus on the mystery twistedness and that it was WAY too light in its mystery aspect. I was reading the series to review the author's upcoming release, but feel with this book that I have enough to skip the next two in the series. I just can't do it anymore. I would recommend this series to any lovers of American romance mystery readers looking for an in to "lighter" Nordic Noir, but would discourage any heavy NN readers, such as myself, to look at other authors.

  • Anne
    2019-02-26 17:05

    This was my final Transworld Challenge book and I'm pleased that it wasn't my first. I loved my first three choices, but felt pretty let down by this one.What could have been a great action thriller was really spoilt for me by the amount of uneccessary and often irrelevant and tedious detail about the life of the main character Annika. She's a gutsy heroine, but not a likeable one, and I got totally fed up by reading about how many taxis she took, how many coffees she drank and how many salads she ate. A plot which involves the destruction of Olympic venues sounds great, it could have been a terrific story, but for me it read like a soap opera, and not a very good one at that.There is a cover quote from Harlan Coben, he says "edge of your seat suspense" - the only way that this would make me get closer to the edge of the seat is not the suspense but because I'd dropped off to sleep.

  • Axel Wilson Nydén
    2019-03-19 12:59

    Spännande och fängslande bok med något simpelt språk och rappt händelseförlopp.

  • Helin Puksand
    2019-02-23 15:44

    Nädal enne jõule toimub Stockholmi olümpiastaadionil plahvatus ja tapetuks osutub olümpiakomitee esinaine Christina Furhage. Selline sündmus pakub muidugi tööd ajalehtede krimiuudistele, osakonna juhataja Annika Bengtzon asub hooga asja kallale. Paari päeva pärast on järgmisel olümpiaobjektil plahvatus, seekord tapeti üks ehitustööde juht. Kõik näib viitavat terrorismile, kuid Annika kahtlustab muud. Pinget lisab raamatusse ka ajalehetoimetuse töötajate omavahelised keerulised suhted.Peategelane Annika on tüüpiline krimiajakirjanik, üsna sarnane Dictega (ETV-s jooksva krimiseriaali peategelane). Samas mulle need krimiajakirjanikud ei sümpatiseeri, ma ei oskagi öelda miks. Mulle ei meeldi inimesed, kes üksteise peale karjuvad, samuti tundub mulle, et krimiajakirjanikud segavad politseiuurimist ja kurjategija tabamist.Raamat on muidugi põnev, kuigi lõpp tundub pisut kiirustades kirjutatud. Paari lehekülje jagu oleks saanud minu arvates tegelikult veel pinget üleval hoida. :) Üks tsitaat ka (Christina Furhage isiklikest märkmetest):*Eluõnne saladus on leppida sellega, mis sul on, lõpetada ülespoole ronimine ja leida hingerahu.

  • Dorina Danila
    2019-03-16 14:00

    Un roman alert și captivant la început, dar care merita un sfârșit mai bun. Am scris mai multe pe blog https://dorinadanila.com/2017/05/21/e...

  • Zita Markūnaitė
    2019-03-08 09:49

    Pradžia kiek nuobodi - per daug nereikalingų detalių, jokio veiksmo. Po 100 psl. buvau net užmetusi ir praradusi norą skaityti. Bet visi filmai apie Aniką man patiko, tad prisiverčiau skaityti toliau. Ir nepasigailėjau. Nors sprogdintoja paaiškėjo gana anksti, tačiau buvo įdomu, kaip viskas toliau susiklostys. Tad jei pradžioje būčiau skyrusi 1 žvaigždutę, dabar rašau 4.

  • Duncan
    2019-03-06 08:58

    I've read another Liza Marklund book (Paradise), but it was so instantly forgettable I've not added it to my shelves here. I wish I hadn't read this one either.Scandinavian Crime is hot right now and there are some excellent authors being translated into English. Liza Marklund is not one of them. In Anika Bengzton she has successfully created one of the most irritating, cold and unlikeable characters I've ever had the misfortune to follow across a few hundred pages. Anika is, like, a totally independent woman, yeah? But she's also totally vulnerable, like a blind baby monkey or something. She hates her mother and blames her for her failings as a person (the mother seemed perfectly pleasant if you ask me!), but she's ok actually because she loves her Gran. If my daughter spoke the way Anika does to her mother when it's decided to put her Gran into care - she'd be going out the window face first.If she worked in most offices she'd be sacked - she's rude and unpleasant and is quite happy stiffing an anonymous source, potentially ruining their life to get what she wants. And yet whenever she finds herself in serious danger, we are supposed to feel attached to her and concerned for her safety. I wish one of these terrible criminals she regularly becomes involved with would just kill her and make us all happy.The Millenium Trilogy had journalists. So does this. Except it describes the minutiae of working for a newspaper to intensely tedious levels. No job is so exciting that we care about how it works at board level. I'm being serious. It's self indulgent crap. I'd read a business book for that kind of thing.I can't comment on whether all this is just poor translation and I'm doing Ms Marklund a disservice, but if an author is desperate to talk about their work, there are ways to make it tolerable, perhaps through dialogue and a decent editor you can, you know, imply certain things and leave in the important bits without boring us to tears? I really don't want to spent nearly 100 pages (in total) having my hand held while a really boring narrator takes me around their office and introduces me to some of their colleagues as they pick the crumbs out of their beards and fill in an excel spreadsheet. I read for fun, not to go to sleep!

  • Diane S ☔
    2019-03-10 09:35

    Taking place in Stockholm this is a Nordic thriller about three women. I really empathized with Annika, who has been promoted as a boss in the mostly male world of journalism. Trying to cope with two children, a husband and a group of employees who are bitter that she has been promoted over them, she faces her first real crisis when a bombing with a fatality occurs at the new Olympic venue. The tension was palpable, whether it was in her personal life or in her investigation into The Bomber. Layers are unpeeled as the story unravels, the other two woman coming into play. Enjoyed this book, quite a bit, thought it was a very well done suspense story.

  • Victoria Shepherd
    2019-03-08 09:01

    Well relu ded character development and a gripping unfolding of te mystery, but the antagonist seemed random,y chosen and an unbelievable character, rendering the last quarter of this book a disappointment.

  • Christine Fuentes
    2019-03-02 13:38

    Immensely enjoyable picture of a real working journalist realistically interwoven with modern-day work issues between the sexes.

  • Sian
    2019-03-15 15:51

    Very readable thriller featuring Annika Bengtzen, journalist, investigating the bombing of Olympic stadium and murder.

  • Sally Edsall
    2019-02-27 08:48

    A fairly formulaic who-dun-it, which plods along without too many surprises. There are no plausible red herrings, merely a rather slow unfolding of events. Both the books I have read featuring newspaperwoman Annika Berengtzon follow the same path - a murder, followed by Annika's belief that all is not as it appears on the surface (she gleans this mainly through unspoken nuances from her police contact). Thereafter follow conflicts in the workplace as Annika has to prove that she is correct in the face of unreasonable opposition from various colleagues, and a climax which places Annika in highly improbable personal danger, from which she (naturally) escapes.The newspaper setting rings true, as Marklund has obvious experience in that area. Some of the characters are quite well drawn, and they are the most interesting part of the book for me. Some of the expositions about the way things work in Sweden are belaboured, but nevertheless informative. However, in a novel, a better author would find a more naturalistic style of imparting information rather than through a mini-lecture style exposition.Unfortunately, for me, the language is flat and rather leaden. This may be the result of translation. A few things jar (for example Annika going round to the `back side of the building' - rather than the back. )Other times it is a preoccupation with minute and unnecessary detail, which adds nothing to the story or characterisation:" She walked over to her office and suddenly realized she was starving. She went over to Berit and asked if she'd like to go to the staff canteen. She did, so they picked up their coupons and set off. They were serving Christmas ham with potatoes and apple sauce tonight . . .They skipped the ham and chose the salad bar instead. The big canteen was almost empty, and they took a table in the corner."A whole lot of unnecessary words that add no value at all.

  • Plum-crazy
    2019-03-10 15:39

    For the early parts of this book I found it hard to keep track of the characters.... but to be fair, recently I think I've been having a bit of a reading block & have frequently found my concentration drifting & skimming over passages but I digress...however into the second half I found my attention was held. While this is a crime novel, it doesn't involve any police procedure, instead the focus of the story is journalist Annika Bengtzon & her efforts in securing a big scoop. Much of the story takes place in the newspaper office & therefore there is quite a lot about the politics of working in an office environment. I am intrigued by the seemingly overly protective & paternal-like nature of Annika's boss Schyman towards her but coming in at book 4 maybe this is something that I have missed. Similarly I don't know what the connection is between Annika & her mysterious police informer...maybe his identity is yet to be revealed.Overall, while I thought the bulk of the characters were credible, especially those at the paper, I didn't find the "reasonings" of the bomber to be very believable - although that said they were a bit mad!

  • Sabine
    2019-02-28 12:56

    Je crois désormais que se sont les livres qu'on découvre par hasard, se sont ceux qu'on aiment le plus. Ça était le cas pour Belle de glace, pour Le voleur d'éclat et c'est aussi le ça de ce livre là. Le jour où j'ai acheté Deadline, j'étais sortis avec ma mère pour faire du shopping pas pour acheter des bouquins, et quand je l'ai vu, j'ai juste lu le résumé pas pure curiosité, je n'avais pas prévu de l’acheter. Mais l'histoire m'a beaucoup intrigué, et j'ai voulu le lire à tout prix. Donc je l'ai acheté, et franchement je ne suis pas déçue. Ce livre fut une très belle découverte. Des personnages très attachants, une idée très originale ( surtout pour ceux qui aiment tout ce qui est crime et enquête policière ) la plume de l'auteur simple et spécial en même temps.Je vous le conseil fortement.

  • TIMreading
    2019-02-22 16:03

    Stoccolma: primo caso per la giornalista Annika, alle prese con una serie di esplosioni che colpiscono la città alla vigilia delle Olimpiadi. La polizia ritiene siano attacchi terroristici, ma la protagonista non ne è convinta ed inizia così ad indagare. Dovrà dimostrare a tutti che il suo fiuto non ha fallito e che, anche se madre di due bambini piccoli, è in grado di svolgere con successo il suo lavoro di capocronista di nera, sacrificando però pesantemente la sua vita privata. Continua su http://bit.ly/delittoastoccolma

  • Johan Thilander
    2019-02-18 13:04

    Såhär: detta är en väldigt klumpig text med ett medelmåttigt språk. Men i sin kontext är det fortfarande en viktig bok för sin genre, framförallt i sitt feministiska anslag. Då menar jag inte endast de uttalat feministiska passagerna, utan främst Annika Bengtzons gestaltning.Men som sagt, som text är detta inget jag jublar över.

  • Rolandas
    2019-03-18 11:50

    I already knew who is the bomber in the middle of book so it has no intrigue in the ending. This minus makes whole book a little bit disappointing. But I liked how was described daily routine details of different professions.

  • Brett
    2019-02-21 09:58

    Solid thriller but the ending took forever.

  • Bert Van Assche
    2019-02-26 14:50

    Excellent suspense, horrible Dutch translation.

  • Therese Bergwall
    2019-03-07 12:01

    Läst igen 24 Apr 2014 (4)

  • Lindsay
    2019-02-27 09:49

    This novel is set in Stockholm and the plot centres around newly promoted chief crime reporter Annika Bengtzon, working at the Evening Post newspaper, who hits upon a massive story. In the fictional events of the novel, Sweden is due to be hosting the next Olympic Games, and there has been a large explosion at the main Victoria Stadium. Annika is straight into finding the facts underneath all the talk about the explosion, wanting the best story and the best picture, first. She has recently been made head of the crime team at the newspaper, and is worrying about being a boss, and dealing with the team around her, some ace reporters working with her, and some other male journalists who refuse to accept her as their chief. Additionally, now that such a big story has broken, she is working a lot of extra hours and seeing little of her husband Thomas and children Kalle and Ellen. Using her sources and her skill and eye for a story and a good picture, Annika finds out who the victim of the bomb blast was, and begins to piece together the truth. Then a second blast occurs, and the investigation is on as to the link with the first. When a further, third event happens, it becomes a personal attack which leaves everyone at the Evening Post deep in shock.I found this an exciting, pacy read with a gripping storyline, and intriguing personality clashes between the journalists and editors at the newspaper. I liked the exploration of these conflicts. I also enjoyed the tension towards the end of the novel and the dramatic closing chapters. It's interesting reading about the views of the print journalists, and their opinions of the radio and tv reporting on the same incidents. Also how the newspaper tries to be first with the exclusive stories and increase their circulation figures, but without resorting to the sordid or excessively personal details about the people involved. The author also intelligently deals with the demands of modern working life and children and overcoming prejudices in the workplace for women. It did put me in mind a little of Stieg Larsson's novels with Annika being an intelligent journalist and some of the issues regarding women. I will definitely be reading more of Liza Marklund's novels featuring Annika Bengtzon. Great, compelling read.This is the fourth and final reading choice of mine as part of the Transworld Book Group Reading Challenge 2011. I have read four different and very interesting titles as part of this challenge and have been very glad to have taken part.

  • Tomáš Fojtik
    2019-03-07 14:45

    Poprvé se setkáváme s Annikou Bengtzonovou – novinářkou, která se nezastaví před ničím. Je proslulá tím, že dokáže z lidí vytáhnout i to, co nevědí. Má své zdroje u policie, umí klást otázky tak, že jste sami překvapeni, co jí všechno řeknete a nebojí se napsat téměř vše. Prostě Annika je novinářské eso, jak má být. Zatímco její profesní kariéra míří výš a výš, její osobní život na tom tak dobře není. Manželství chladne, jak tělo obětí, o kterých píše a na své děti má čím dál tím méně času. A když dojde na olympijském stadionu k výbuchu, při kterém zemře organizátorka her, má toho času ještě méně. S pokračujícím vyprávěním čím dál tím více odhalujeme svět novinařiny a poodhalujeme tajemství bombového útoku.Exploze není kniha, která uspokojí čtenáře zvyklého na akční scény a tísnivé napětí. Není to Larsson, ani Nesbø. Liza Marklundová je novinářka a na knize to je hodně znát. Kouzlo a podmanivost této krimi tak leží jinde: v tom, jak skvělá vypravěčka Liza Marklundová je. Zatímco u jiných thrillerů od začátku můžete tušit, kdo byl vrah, či minimálně později zjistíte, že jste toto jméno měli celou dobu před očima, tady to tak není. Marklundová velmi precizně dávkuje informace, které předkládá čtenářům. Rozvíjí vztahy v redakci, popisuje povahu Anniky Bengtzonové a odhaluje její soukromý život. Prostředí redakce úspěšného švédského večerníku je plné intrik a špinavostí a tvoří tak podstatnou část příběhu. To hlavní je ale otázka: Kdo stojí za výbuchem na olympijském stadionu? Byl to teroristický útok, nebo vražda?Liza Marklundová dokonale využila toho, že je skvělá vypravěčka. Kniha stojí patrně na její nejsilnější zbrani: na dialozích. Jsou přirozené a uvěřitelné. Jsou napsané tak dobře, že zapomenete na to, že čtete knihu. U nás je její jméno téměř neznámé, ale ve světě patří k nejoblíbenějším autorkám thrillerů. Její knihy se pravidelně objevují na předních místech žebříčků bestsellerů, což se v USA dařilo jen knihám Joa Nesbøho nebo Stiega Larssona. Podle jejích knih natočila švédská produkční společnost Yellow Bird Henninga Mankella několik televizních filmů.Jediné, co Explozi chybí, je právě ta akce a tíseň, kdy se bojíte, co bude následovat na další stránce. I tak se ale jedná o silně nadprůměrný thriller, který potěší všechny obdivovatele tohoto v posledních letech velmi exponovaného žánru. Annika Bengtzonová má tak všechny předpoklady stát se stejně oblíbenou románovou postavou, jako třeba Harry Hole ze série knih Joa Nesbøho, nebo Carl Moerck z románů Jussi Adler Olsena.

  • Tomáš Fojtik
    2019-03-02 11:54

    Poprvé se setkáváme s Annikou Bengtzonovou – novinářkou, která se nezastaví před ničím. Je proslulá tím, že dokáže z lidí vytáhnout i to, co nevědí. Má své zdroje u policie, umí klást otázky tak, že jste sami překvapeni, co jí všechno řeknete a nebojí se napsat téměř vše. Prostě Annika je novinářské eso, jak má být. Zatímco její profesní kariéra míří výš a výš, její osobní život na tom tak dobře není. Manželství chladne, jak tělo obětí, o kterých píše a na své děti má čím dál tím méně času. A když dojde na olympijském stadionu k výbuchu, při kterém zemře organizátorka her, má toho času ještě méně. S pokračujícím vyprávěním čím dál tím více odhalujeme svět novinařiny a poodhalujeme tajemství bombového útoku.Exploze není kniha, která uspokojí čtenáře zvyklého na akční scény a tísnivé napětí. Není to Larsson, ani Nesbø. Liza Marklundová je novinářka a na knize to je hodně znát. Kouzlo a podmanivost této krimi tak leží jinde: v tom, jak skvělá vypravěčka Liza Marklundová je. Zatímco u jiných thrillerů od začátku můžete tušit, kdo byl vrah, či minimálně později zjistíte, že jste toto jméno měli celou dobu před očima, tady to tak není. Marklundová velmi precizně dávkuje informace, které předkládá čtenářům. Rozvíjí vztahy v redakci, popisuje povahu Anniky Bengtzonové a odhaluje její soukromý život. Prostředí redakce úspěšného švédského večerníku je plné intrik a špinavostí a tvoří tak podstatnou část příběhu. To hlavní je ale otázka: Kdo stojí za výbuchem na olympijském stadionu? Byl to teroristický útok, nebo vražda?Liza Marklundová dokonale využila toho, že je skvělá vypravěčka. Kniha stojí patrně na její nejsilnější zbrani: na dialozích. Jsou přirozené a uvěřitelné. Jsou napsané tak dobře, že zapomenete na to, že čtete knihu. U nás je její jméno téměř neznámé, ale ve světě patří k nejoblíbenějším autorkám thrillerů. Její knihy se pravidelně objevují na předních místech žebříčků bestsellerů, což se v USA dařilo jen knihám Joa Nesbøho nebo Stiega Larssona. Podle jejích knih natočila švédská produkční společnost Yellow Bird Henninga Mankella několik televizních filmů.Jediné, co Explozi chybí, je právě ta akce a tíseň, kdy se bojíte, co bude následovat na další stránce. I tak se ale jedná o silně nadprůměrný thriller, který potěší všechny obdivovatele tohoto v posledních letech velmi exponovaného žánru. Annika Bengtzonová má tak všechny předpoklady stát se stejně oblíbenou románovou postavou, jako třeba Harry Hole ze série knih Joa Nesbøho, nebo Carl Moerck z románů Jussi Adler Olsena.

  • Beth Kemp
    2019-02-18 16:00

    This was a great read for the festive period, as it takes place during the week leading up to Christmas and reveals Annika's struggles to get Christmas 'right' as a working Mum, as well as the pressures she faces at work and the very real danger she courts as leader of the crime section of the newspaper. There is plenty of atmospheric detail in this novel and Marklund makes it very easy to lose yourself in the world she captures on the page. Marklund was a journalist herself and it is plain that details such as procedures, legal concerns and office behaviour all come from an experienced voice.There is also a great deal of domestic and personal detail in the story, which I found mostly constructive in establishing character, but I have seen reviews criticising the inclusion of (for example) each cup of coffee drunk. I found it overall an immersive experience and, for me, it helped in ratcheting up the tension, although this is on the whole a drawn-out rather than top-speed pacey kind of thriller.The narrative is third person past, mostly from Annika's perspective, but there are occasional sections from others' points of view. There are also some short journal-type sections dotted throughout the novel which seem to be some kind of justification of the bomber's motivation and values, offering a very different view of the world.Annika is a complex character, who seems to be struggling with balancing her demanding career with her family ties. I feel that this aspect of her is particularly well-drawn from a feminist viewpoint without implying that she should have to choose between work and family. She is shown suffering from sexism at work, and worrying about her ability to be a good wife and mother, but she is a realistic creation and does behave as an individual under stress. Again, I know there have been some reviewers who have struggled to accept her as a likeable narrator, but my personal opinion is that her environment is presented clearly enough for us to see her as a product of it. In other words, she may be sometimes moody, but I would suggest she has a right to, under the circumstances.Overall, I would recommend this as a crime thriller from a slightly different angle, using a reporter as the main character rather than a police detective or private investigator.

  • Ellie
    2019-02-22 12:04

    Annika has been promoted to the head of crime at the Evening Post, a major Stockholm newspaper, when a report comes in of an explosion at the Olympic stadium. She's determined to get the best angle on the story and discover the truth before any of her competitors. Is it an act of terrorism against the Olympics or is it murder? And will she get it wrapped up in time to spend Christmas with her family?What The Bomber does best is portray the inner workings of a busy newspaper. It's refreshing that the characters are just doing their jobs and not taking over from the police like in many crime novels. Annika has a police source but she doesn't work with them and it's a constant struggle to find out information.But, what angry characters we have! Annika seems to be incredibly irritable, snapping at her husband, children, colleagues and interviewees. The short winter days of Northern Europe makes us all tetchy but I'm not sure it makes for a good protagonist. Maybe Annika rubs of on those around her as they're just as angry back, with exception of her boss at the paper. I get the feeling Marklund is trying to make a statement about equality of the sexes in the workplace but I don't feel that Annika is disliked because she's a woman, more that she's not very nice to her colleagues! The character of Nils, comes across as a stereotypical sexist man without any redeeming features and his presence doesn't have any real relevance on the plot. Now, this is chronologically the fourth book in a series but the first that was written, so perhaps there is a back story that explains more, but as a standalone read, I wish it had concentrated more on the investigation and the bomber's motives.Overall it's a good read but the angriness has probably cost this book a whole star. The Bomber has been incredibly successful in its original Swedish and a hit film has made made based on the book, with more films based on the series on the way. I would be interested to find out if Annika mellows after the events of The Bomber or if she started out that way, so I wouldn't write Liza Marklund off as a writer.