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Book review: Nordic thriller “Lazarus” is remarkably bloody from start to finish

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“Lazarus” by Lars Kepler, translated from the Swedish by Neil Smith, Knopf, 2020, 488 pages, $28.95

“Lazarus” is the latest of the Joona (Swedish for “Jonah”) Linna series of Nordic thrillers by Lars Kepler.

Kepler is known best in this country for “The Sandman,” reissued in English in 2018. The new novel’s dust jacket reminds us that “Lars Kepler” is “the pseudonym of the critically acclaimed husband-and-wife team Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril” and that Kepler’s Joona Linna books have sold more than ten million copies.