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The inspiration for the hit film series, Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter, now available on Netflix.

In the newest thriller from #1 internationally bestselling author Liza Marklund, dubbed the “Queen of Scandinavian Crime Fiction,” Annika Bengtzon tracks an unknown adversary through a web of lies and violence—bringing her face-to-face with a terrifying enemy.

Annika Bengtzon is back at Kvällspressen’s Stockholm offices after three years as the newspaper’s Washington, DC correspondent. One afternoon, a young woman is found dead behind a nursery school in a Stockholm suburb. She is the fourth victim with the same characteristics: a young mother, stabbed from behind. In the editorial offices of Kvällspressen they sense a serial killer, but Annika dismisses it as a wild fantasy. Meanwhile, her husband Thomas is attending an international conference in Nairobi, Kenya. During a reconnaissance trip to the Somali border the entire delegation of seven European envoys is kidnapped. As the murder spree in Stockholm continues, Annika is dragged into a violent hostage situation that shakes both Europe and East Africa. When their unreasonable demands are rejected, the kidnappers begin to execute the hostages, one by one.

About The Author

Photograph © PETER JÖNSSON

Liza Marklund is an author, journalist, and goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. Her crime novels, featuring the relentless reporter Annika Bengtzon, instantly became international hits and have sold millions of copies in thirty languages worldwide. Visit her website at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books (April 14, 2015)
  • Length: 384 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781476778303

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Raves and Reviews

"Irresistible... Marklund is masterful."

– Kirkus, starred review

"[Borderline] delivers an emotional punch rare in contemporary crime fiction."

– The Sunday Times (UK)


– Petersborough Telegraph (UK)

““Fast-paced and packing plenty of thrills... recommend[ed for] readers who enjoy complicated Nordic thrillers with plenty of backstory, like those by Stieg Larsson and Camilla Lackberg.”


“Stunningly great.”


“Highly suspenseful and sure to appeal to Scandinavian-crime fans of Stieg Larsson, Jussi Adler-Olsen, and Camilla Läckberg.”

– Booklist

“If you have yet to experience the author and her protagonist, Borderline would be a good place to start. If you’re already on board, stay there. The fun is just beginning.”

– Book Reporter

Named one of the 10 Most Addictive Books of 2015 (So Far)

– Kirkus Reviews

"Should fans of Stieg Larsson read Marklund . . .? Absolutely!"

– L.A. Review of Books

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