The Bomber, By Liza Marklund


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Among the recent slurry of Scandi-noir to wash up on our shores, it's sometimes hard to pick out winners, but this - seamlessly translated by Neil Smith - is one of them.

A wintry Stockholm is the atmospheric setting for this debut novel featuring news reporter Annika Bengtzon. It's a few days before Christmas, and the city's Victoria Stadium, home of next year's Olympics, has just been blown up. At first terrorism is suspected but there is only one casualty: the head of the Olympic's organising committee.

A tenacious investigator in the Sarah Lund mould, Annika juggles her job with husband Thomas and two small children. As she reports on the murder, she unknowingly becomes the next target. There are seven more books in the series to go.