Liza Marklund (born in 1962) is a publicist, journalist, UNICEF ambassador and a writer. She is a columnist in the tabloid newspaper Expressen and a co-owner of Piratförlaget, the third largest publishing house in Sweden. She is a debater and opinion-maker who focuses a lot on the violence against women and children. Liza Marklund was one of the first highly successful female crime writers in Sweden.
Her debut novel “Buried Alive” is a documentary novel co-written with Maria Eriksson and published in 1995 . During her career, Liza Marklund has published several crime novels, two documentary novels (both of them together with Maria Eriksson) and two non-fictional books on leadership (together with Lotta Snickare).
Her first crime novel, “The Bomber”, was published in 1998 and introduced her heroine, the journalist Annika Bengtzon, who appears in eight of her novels. They have been translated to more than thirty languages.
She has written one novel together with the American writer James Patterson, “The Postcard Killers”. Published in 2010, it reached number one on the bestseller lists in both Sweden and the US. This made her the second Swedish author to reach The New York Times Best Seller List; the first was Steig Larsson with his Millennium Trilogy.
Liza Marklund has won several prizes, among others “The Debutant Prize” in 1998 and “The Poloni Prize” in 1998, and she has been number one on the best seller lists in all five Nordic countries.
Two of her books have been adapted into movies, “The Bomber” in 2001 and “Paradise” in 2002. Both of them were filmed in Swedish by the English-born director Colin Nutley.
A bomb blast ruins the Olympia Stadium in Stockholm and the famous chief of the Olympic Committee is found dead in the ruins. It is six months before the Olympic Games will be held in the capital of Sweden and the bomber has to be found immediately, at any cost.