Pocket, May 2001, 24.95, 327 pp.
Christmas is just a week away and Stockholm reporter Annika Bengtzon comfortably sleeps in her bed with her spouse knowing she has some shopping to do. However, just after three in the morning, a call comes from her paper Kvallspressen. A terrorist has blown up Victoria Stadium, the site of the Olympic arena. They need her to help cover the current fire and subsequent investigation. Annika immediately calls a cab and leaves for the stadium.
While everyone else believes terrorists were sending a message, Annika thinks this is different. She believes the bombing was an inside job to cover up a murder. As Annika gets closer to the truth while neglecting her husband and two children, she soon finds the BOMBER is pursuing her.
THE BOMBER is an exciting thriller that readers will enjoy. The story line is fast-paced and filled with action although the continuous male mistreatment of the sole female journalist is overkilled. Annika's family woes help personalize her as more than just a superwoman. Little insights into Sweden provide a local flavor hat adds to the feel of authenticity that pulses throughout Annika's inquiries. Liza Marklund shows she can keep her audience involved from start to finish with her strong debut novel.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner