DVD Series Review: Reporter Solves Mysteries, Annika Bengtzon, the Stockholm Crime Beat
Liza Marklund’s Journalist Character Makes Headlines
By G G Collins (Copyright 2014)
***** Many characters solve mysteries, but reporter protagonists can make their own headlines.
One I’ve come across lately is Swedish writer Liza Marklund who created Annika Bengtzon. Bengtzon works for the Stockholm publication Kvällspressen where she covers the crime beat.
Bengtzon, who is haunted by her past, is only comfortable as she unremittingly pursues her assignments, often risking her own life to get the story. At home where she is the mother of two young children and the wife of an impatient husband, she is much less confident. It is this juxtaposition that makes this series so interesting. She obviously loves her children, but doesn’t seem quite sure how to fulfill two full-time jobs; that of parent and reporter. Annika can’t seem to please her husband regardless. Her job is just too consuming for him.
At work, although the editor in chief Anders Schyman can be gruff, Annika is in her element. The work, however grim, nourishes her fragile ego. The reasons for this unfold as the series continues. But her pursuit of a story is engrossing. There is another question around every bend in the plot and questions are the best tool of a reporter. Unfortunately, sometimes the answers are dangerous, even deadly.
Liza Marklund is a journalist turned author and goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. Her books have been translated into some 30 languages. It is reported that ABC-TV in the States will debut a series based on her novels starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead of A Good Day to Die Hard . But until then check out the excellent movies starring Malin Crépin as Annika. They are available at Amazon, in Swedish with English subtitles.
Marklund is a deft writer who tells a taut entertaining story with believable characters. She divides her time between Stockholm and Marbella, Spain. The first book in the series is Studio 69 (Studio Sex in the US).
Posted on June 22, 2014, in About, Books, Reviews and tagged Annika Bengtzon, book review, DVD Review, G G Collins, journalist character, Liza Marklund, mystery thriller suspense, Reluctant Medium at Large, reporter protagonist, Stockholm Sweden, Studio 69, Studio Sex. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.