Red Wolf (Den röda vargen) by Liza Marklund


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Originally published in 2003. Translated by Neil Smith. Corgi, 2010. 512 pages. ISBN: 978-0-552-16231-9. This is my book # 4 for the Nordic Challenge 2011.

Red Wolf is the fifth book in Liza Marklund’s series featuring journalist Annika Bengtzon and the first one I’ve read. The series starts with The Bomber but it doesn’t follow a chronological order. After the first book the narration moves back several years before but on Red Wolf we are back to the present. Annika is still recovering from her traumatic experience when she was taken hostage by a serial killer on The Bomber. Although she has resigned as head of the crime team, she is still working for the Evening Post as an independent investigative reporter. When the story opens she wants to fly to Lulea. A local journalist has new information on a case she is currently investigating; the explosion, back in 1969, of a fighter-plane in the middle of a military base at Kallax Heath outside Lulea. The Defence Department has kept a lid on this. On arrival, she finds out the journalist has died on a hit-an-run accident. But before returning back to Stockholm, she discovers it was no accident but premeditated murder. Two other murders follow and she uncovers evidence that links them. She tells her editor-in-chief but he won’t allow her to write about it given its political implications. In the meantime she finds out that her husband is being unfaithful. A murderer is on the loose. Annika’s career, her marriage and her life are in danger.

To be quite honest I have not fully enjoy reading this book since I have not been able to find the main plot convincing enough. Besides I could not care less what might happen to Annika’s marriage. I found it a bit tedious despite the excellent reviews that you can find below from people whose opinion I highly regard. Please do read them first and then decide.

Liza Marklund is a Swedish author, publisher, journalist, columnist, and goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. Her crime novels, most of which feature the fictional character Annika Bengtzon, a newspaper journalist, have sold more than 12 million copies in 30 languages to date. Liza Marklund and her family divide their time between Stockholm in Sweden and Marbella in southern Spain. The eight books in Annika Bengtzon series are:

  • The Bomber, 2001 (Original title: Sprängaren, 1998; Spanish title: Dinamita, 2010)
  • Studio Sex, 2003 (Studio sex, 1999; Spanish title: Studio sex, 2010)
  • Paradise, 2004 (Paradiset, 2000) Spanish title: Paraíso, 2011)
  • Prime Time, 2006 (Prime time, 2002)
  • Red Wolf, 2010 (Den röda vargen, 2003)
  • Nobel’s Last Will (Nobels testamente, 2006)
  • Lifetime (Livstid, 2007)
  • A Place in the Sun (En plats i solen, 2008)

Nobels’s Last Will, Lifetime and A Place in the Sun, together make up a trilogy, with recurring characters and themes and plots linked to each other. They have not been released in English yet.

Red Wolf has been reviewed at Nordic Bookblog, Milo’s RamblesEuro Crime (Maxine), Irresistible Targets, Crime Scraps, amongst others. Read also Liza Marklund and her newly translated novel, Red Wolf by Maxine/Petrona.

Red Wolf  (Lobo Rojo) es el quinto libro de la serie de Liza Marklund protagonizado por la periodista Annika Bengtzon y el primero que he leído. La serie comienza con Dinamita, pero luego no continúa por orden cronológico. Después del primer libro la narración se desarrolla años atrás, pero en Red Wolf  regresamos al presente. Annika está recuperandose de su traumática experiencia cuando fue tomada como rehén por un asesino en serie en Dinamita. Aunque ha renunciado a su puesto de jefe del equipo sobre delincuencia, continúa trabajando para el Evening Post como una periodista de investigación independiente. La historia comienza cuando quiere volar a Lulea. Un periodista local tiene nueva información sobre un caso que está investigando, la explosión, en 1969, de un avión de combate dentro de una base militar en Kallax Heath a las afueras de Lulea. El Departamento de Defensa lo ha mantenido oculto. A su llegada, descubre que el periodista ha muerto atropellado por un conductor que se dio a la fuga pero, antes de regresar a Estocolmo, descubre que no fue un accidente sino un asesinato premeditado. Después de otros dos asesinatos, Annika encuentra las pruebas que los relacionan. Se lo dice a su editor en jefe, pero éste no le permita escribir sobre este asunto por sus implicaciones políticas. Mientras tanto también descubre la infidelidad de su marido. Un asesino anda suelto. La carrera de Annika, su matrimonio y su vida están en peligro.

Para ser honesto no he disfrutadocon la lectura de este libro ya que no he sido capaz de encontrar suficientemente convincente su trama principal. Además no me podía importar menos lo que le pudiera suceder al matrimonio de Annika. Me ha parecido un poco aburrido a pesar de las excelentes reseñas que se pueden encontrar a continuación de personas cuya opinión tengo en alta estima. Por favor leanlas primero y luego decidan.

Liza Marklund es una escritora sueca, editora, periodista, columnista, y embajadora de buena voluntad de la UNICEF. Hasta la fecha se han vendido más de trece millones de ejemplares de sus novelas y se han publicado en treinta idiomas; la mayoría de ellas protagonizadas por la periodista Annika Bengtzon. Liza Marklund y su familia reparten su tiempo entre Estocolmo en Suecia y Marbella, en el sur de España. Los ocho libros de la serie Bengtzon son:

  • Dinamita, 2010 (Sprängaren, 1998)
  • Studio Sex, 2010 (Studio sex, 1999
  • Paraíso, 2011 (Paradiset, 2000)
  • Prime Time (Prime time, 2002)
  • Red Wolf (Den röda vargen, 2003)
  • Nobel’s Last Will (Nobels testamente, 2006)
  • Lifetime (Livstid, 2007)
  • A Place in the Sun (En plats i solen, 2008)

Nobels’s Last Will, Lifetime and A Place in the Sun, forman una trilogía al estar relacionados los personajes, los temas y los argumentos. Todavía no han sido publicados en inglés.

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8 thoughts on “Red Wolf (Den röda vargen) by Liza Marklund

  1. >José Ignacio – Thank you for your candid opinion about Red Wolf. I really appreciate your point of view. I have to confess, I liked it much better than you did, but I like Annika Bengtzon very much, and I've gotten involved in her story.

  2. >Oh dear that is a shame. I have only just finished an earlier book in this series, Studio 69, and enjoyed it very much but have yet to read this one.

  3. >Thanks for your comment Margot.Bernadette I'm pretty much alone in this one. Please note that Maxine and Norman have favourable reviews and Margot liked it much more than I did. I'll be looking forward to your review.

  4. >I can understand why you would not care so much for Annika's marriage or the situation of her friend Anna if you had not read all the previous books, Jose Ignacio, which show all her trials and tribulations (of which she has had many, personally and professionally). I think this series is one of those "love or hate" ones as it depends so much on whether you find the main character sympathetic. I don't think the author is that interested in the crime plot, more in the investigative journalism and personal "life/work balance" aspects. It is quite unusual to read a book about a woman's practical struggles with her ambition at work and with having young children, an aspect I like a lot but I can understand it is not for everyone!

  5. >Though this one had some good aspects, I agree with you that it was the weakest (or least convincing) of her first handful of books. My favourite is the one about Annika´s past which made a strong impression on me.

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