Red Wolf

Red Wolf

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Stockholm journalist Annika Bengtzon turns independent reporter, mostly pursuing terrorism stories. While she's investigating in the northern town of Luleå̊, a fellow journalist and source dies in a hit-and-run accident, which turns out to be the first in a series of murders. Annika traces these murders to a deadly act of sabotage on a Swedish military base in 1969, and begins to suspect that the man behind the present-day slayings and the army attack--known only by his code name of "Ragnwald"--has returned to kill again.
Published: New York : Atria Books, 2011, c2010.
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781451602067
Branch Call Number: F MAR
Characteristics: 389 p. ;,24 cm.


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Mar 26, 2013

What a different surprise! I got this as book-on-tape (12 discs). At first I was unsure about it. The story seemed vague with several seemingly unattached story lines. But I liked the main character Annika so I plodded onward and am pleased I did. I found this to be a FINE FINE story, extremely well crafted indeed. All knots were tied together, in complicated and shrewd ways. Excellent. This is a story placed in Sweden. I liked that very much, not knowing a lot about this country or their customs, it was wonderful and fresh for me. Annika is an astute newspaper reporter and mother. It was interesting to see how she balanced this hectic lifestyle...and then add in the danger, mystery and intrigue! She is researching tips on terrorism, some tied back to an event decades ago, an unsolved attack on a military base. She meets all kinds of sordid characters and finds herself in the middle of many murders. There are affairs, communistic perceptions, forests, good guys, bad guys, politicians, old fears, and charming but haunting singing angels. I am only now seeing that this is the 5th Annika book and am sorry I did not start at the beginning of the series...but intend to now. I highly recommend this book (and perhaps the series) if you like a labyrinth of subterfuge and stratagem!

NOTE: if you select this as book on tape, be aware, the narrator is a British Woman with a challenging voice and rhythm. I did not mind it so much, but my man could not stand to have it on in the car, because he said her grating voice hurt his ears and he is a big fan of books on tape, so that was not his issue...

Apr 04, 2011

The old radicals were interesting, but the Swedish bureaucratic subplot was boring in the extreme.


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