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Book review: “The Kingdom” is a long, sometimes lurid, deeply somber page-turner

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“The Kingdom” by Jo Nesbø, translated from the Norwegian by Robert Ferguson, Knopf, 2020, 549 pages, $28.95

“The Kingdom” is the latest Nordic thriller from Jo Nesbø, best known for “The Snowman” and 11 other novels featuring maverick police detective Harry Hole.

But “The Kingdom” isn’t part of that well-regarded series. It is a stand-alone novel, a relentless work that bears a striking resemblance to Nesbø’s stand-alone from 2018.