At a derelict port in Stockholm, two brutally murdered men are found by a security guard.
In the same area a young woman, Aida, is on the run from a deranged gunman. Meanwhile, journalist Annika Bengtzon is approached by a woman wanting her story published in the Evening Post.
She claims to have founded an organization to erase people's pasts - giving vulnerable individuals a completely new identity.
Annika helps Aida to get in touch with the foundation.
But as she begins to investigate this woman's story, more bodies turn up and she finds herself getting dangerously close to the truth - that all is not as it seems... Previously published as Paradise.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 528 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/02/2012
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780552160957
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Review by adpaton
Scandinavian crime writer Liza Marklund has created a strong but touchingly vulnerable heroine in the form of the indefatigable tabloid reporter Annika Bengtzon who starts this book, Marklund’s third although the second chronologically, as a copy editor on the night shift.When her senior male colleagues relegate her to fielding random phone calls, Annika is plunged into an intriguing story about Paradise, an organisation that can eradicate people’s pasts, making them impossible to trace. But is Paradise genuine or a money making scam, fleecing the social services? A refugee Annika sends to them is subsequently murdered by the Yugoslavian mafia and with the help of a civil servant and a disenchanted former Paradise client [Mia Eriksson, based on a real person whose story Marklund told in the 1995 non-fiction novel Buried Alive] she exposes the group and its founder. But in her efforts to assist a woman on the run, she has attracted the attention of a remorseless Mafia assassin, who is convinced she knows the whereabouts of a truckload of smuggled cigarettes – now a more profitable contraband than even cocaine. Amidst strains of romance, personal tragedy and political connivance, the bodies pile up, tension mounts and Annika’s life – and the story – takes several unexpected twists. It’s not surprising Liza Marklund became the second Swedish author to reach the number one spot on the New York Times best seller list – she certainly delivers the goods.