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Lazarus

(Joona Linna #7)

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Hat Jurek Walter überlebt? Der gefährlichste Serienmörder Schwedens wurde vor Jahren für tot erklärt. Er war bei einem dramatischen Polizeieinsatz von mehreren Kugeln getroffen in den Fluss gestürzt. Seine Leiche wurde jedoch niemals gefunden. Als nun der Schädel von Joonna Linnas toter Ehefrau in der Wohnung eines Grabschänders entdeckt und eine perfide Mordserie aus ganz ...more
Hardcover, 640 pages
Published February 28th 2019 by Bastei Lübbe (first published October 19th 2018)
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Syeda Sumayya Tariq You can read it as a stand alone but there are so many things that'll make better sense if you've read the previous books too. This book specifically …moreYou can read it as a stand alone but there are so many things that'll make better sense if you've read the previous books too. This book specifically is in continuation to a whole lot of previous events.(less)
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Lisa
Sep 15, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to those brave enough to give me a second chance at this series!
I still completely despise the main character! For me, there is just no getting past his character. He's shallow, vain and very proud. He's everything that I would avoid in life. Hes also someone I'd set on fire!
Matt
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I find myself excited whenever a new novel by Lars Kepler makes its way to print in English, as I can be assured of a strong story that is not lost when translated. This novel was not a disappointment, as Joona Linna is back to fight another serial killer, but this time there’s a twist. Superintendent Joona Linna continues to hold his coveted position within Sweden’s National Crime Division, though he is rocked when he discovers that his former wife’s head has been discovered in a freezer. The p ...more
Carolyn
Thanks to NetGalley and publisher for the ARC of this dark Swedish thriller in return for an honest review. Lars Kepler is the pen name for a Swedish couple who have written the very popular Joona Linni series. Lazarus is the 7th book featuring the dour, perceptive, and troubled Detective, Joona Linni. I read the first three books in the series years ago and thought they were suspenseful crime thrillers with well-constructed plots. At the time, I was hoping for a leading character as memorable a ...more
Dave
In a literary world where there are serial killers running amuck, Lazarus gives us a serial killer story so horrifying, so harrowing, so terrifying, that you may never sleep again -- at least with your eyes closed. Saga plugged Jurgen Walter three times, his body washed away, his remains were found, and identified by DNA. Yet, Joona Linna doesn't believe it. He has made preparations because he knows that if Jurgen ever rises from the dead, his revenge at the Swedish police who took him down will ...more
Gary
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 7th book in the Joona Linna series by Swedish husband and wife team Alexander and Alexandra Ahndoril, better known as Lars Kepler. This book once again features Linna’s nemesis, Jurek Walter and in my opinion spoilt my enjoyment with the story continuing. I would have preferred a complete new case and suspect.
The story is fast paced with short punchy chapters but I feel the story and possibly the series is becoming a little tired. I hope the authors return can return to the consisten
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Jannelies
I was over the moon when I found this title in the category 'read now' on Netgalley. Although I still haven't read all Joona Linna books, I'm a big fan of this series. The stories may be not so very different from other Nordic noir books, the characters certainly are.
As the title makes clear, we are talking about the resurrection of someone. Someone who was killed by Saga Bauer. She swears she hit him three times and she even tracked down his unofficial graveside. Unfortunately, it looks like J
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Rach
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the seven book in the series and I would recommended to read the other books.

Detective Joona Linna is out of prison and ready to start his job again. Two cases happen in Norway and Germany and Joona name is mentioned in both of these cases. Joona is requested to go to Germany. Once Joona arrives at the crime scene looks like it is linked to the serial killer Jurek who has plague Joona’s life. Joona is convince he is still alive but no one believes him. He goes into hiding with his daught
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Anna-Sofie
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Remember the Friends episode, when Joey hides "The Shining" (and later "Little Women", but that's another story!) in the freezer? Yes, this was how I felt about this book - I had to leave it in the living room every evening, as it was definitely NOT bedside reading. I may have become a softie, but it was really scary...but at the same time so well written that I simply couldn't put it away. Joona Linna and Saga Bauer are simply such effective characters - and this book is high paced to the point ...more
Maja Ingrid
This was much much better than Kaninjägaren!

I say this even though I hate the trope when the villain everyone thought was dead comes back. Even though for the reader it was sooooo effing obvious they were never dead. Like they never found Jurek's body when Saga shot him. Body suddenly turns up a year later by some dude who apparently burned the body (but took photos of it) but kept a finger. So with only one finger remaining everyone is like "omg he really is dead thank fucking god"

Only us smart
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Tanja Berg
Jurek Walter is back. After finding similarities between murders found all around Europe, Joona Linna is convinced of this. Others think he's imagining things. After all, Saga Bauer shot and killed Jurek. DNA evidence from washed up body parts were connected to Jurek - so how could he possibly be alive? Joona knows that if this is the case, all his loved ones will die horribly - buried alive. So he mobilizes to prevent this. Yet his success is dependent on being believed.

This is another riveting
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Hannah | The Redhead Reader
This might come across more as a love letter to LAZARUS but I’m ok with that! This book was incredible in every way possible and my mind is blown by the talent that is Lars Kepler. I highly, highly recommend reading THE SANDMAN before this one. Not only will you get spoiled for the entire Sandman plot, but you will also miss out on the whole story behind Joona Linna and the serial killer Jurek Walter. I’m so hesitant to discuss any of the plot of LAZARUS as I don’t want to spoil anything, but ju ...more
Rita Costa (Lusitania Geek)
I'm always in love with Joona Linna series ! This duo really makes the story compelling, addictive and easy to read. Once you pick this series, you can´t let go... Looking forward for the next read !!!

What happens when the serial killer you thought you killed, it's actually alive and well...planning a revenge towards the authorities.
Dimitris Passas (TapTheLine)
Alexander and Alexandra Ahndoril have spoiled us throughout their writing career with their fascinating, high-octane thrillers of the notorious Joona Linna series and they never fail to amaze their loyal fans with their great stories and amazing plotlines. Lazarus is the seventh installment in this great series written by the Swedish married duo and one of the best as far as plot and characterization are concerned. Furthermore, this novel signals the return of one of the most terrifying villain ...more
Marica (The Book Chick)
You can read more of my reviews at my blog The Book Chick.

Lazarus has not yet been translated to English but Lars Kepler and the series about Joona Linna is highly popular. That’s why I do not think it will be long before it have been translated. Just be patience. 

The 7th book about the Swedish/Finish cop Joona Linna is finally here. I have been waiting for this one since June. Joona is finally back and trying to take control over his life. There is finally some good things happening when it all
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Donna Hines
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
The seventh gripping novel of this series proves itself not only valuable but dynamic and powerful with this powerful husband and wife duo team of writers.
There's nothing that brings a greater joy than having a book that peaks my interest, grasps the plot twists like that old fashioned laundry ringer, and explodes with excitement that makes one feel every bit of emotion off the page.
This was a nail biter and was packed with experience and knowledge on how to be the King and Queen of the Thriller
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Venla
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, crime-fiction
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Todd Simpson
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant, I loved it. I always get excited when I see Lars Kepler has released a new book. I became a huge fan of both Authors after reading the first book in the series ‘Hypnotist’ in 2011, and all seven books have been a pleasure to read. This book literally had me on the edge of my seat. With an unpredictable killer on the loose, and no one safe, police included.
Detective Joona Linna is out of prison and may have a chance of getting his old job back. He’s a little bit unsettled when his name
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Candace
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is "Lazarus" the kind of book you want to be reading during a pandemic? It's dark, it's deep, it's twisty. You will not be able to stop reading. Are you in the space?

So if you are in the "Yep, I'm up for this" camp, this novel will definitely take you out of the current mayhem and fully involve you in another.

Superintendent Joona Linna of the Swedish National Crime Division has been tormented by Jurek Walter, a genius of horror, who punishes his victims by destroying those closest to them. Tryin
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Jill Elizabeth
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
HOLY COW!!!

I love this series - Joona Linna is incredible, Saga Bauer is amazing, Jurek Walter is a horrifyingly perfect villain, and the investigations, pursuit, evasion, and supporting characters are all immaculate in construction, set up, and execution. The books are DARK, but there is a pathos to the series that has resonated with me from the first book.

In this latest installment, Jurek Walter is back. Or is he? Someone is following very closely in his notorious footsteps and no one believe
...more
Sandra
Oct 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Why am I even reading this?
First books were kind of entertaining. A read where you do not have to think too much. No literal value and it was getting worse by the book. This last one, still no literal value but so stupid. I had a feeling that writers were whispering to my ear: "Read, read you moron. I am making money of it." The worst thing is that it looks like it will continue, judging by the end. 8th book about macho-perfect-handsome-unwinnable Joona Lina. I think it is more than the world ca
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Jan
This was a exciting and quick read – for me it’s very out of the ordinary to read more than a hundred pages a day, I’ve read this book of more than five hundred pages in two days. That doesn’t say a thing about the quality, of course. There are some peculiarities in the plot, but they didn’t disturb me too much, and the amount of violence which could scare off some readers I took for granted, even when you could think somes scenes are over the top – it’s fiction. Main course: the ‘resurrection’ ...more
Bibi
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was nice, not the best of the series, but I enjoyed reading it. I liked the plot twist.
Pinja
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Hanlie
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are not into gruesome murders and a high body count this book is not for you. If, like me, you are this is a must-read!

"You look into the abyss, the abyss looks back at you"
Very true words and a very good to describe Joona Linna's life.

A badly decomposed body is found in a flat. In the same flat, the police find a chest freezer full of body parts. With these is the scull of Joona's wife that he buried a few years before. In a different location, a body is found and the police find out t
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Linda
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an intensely powerful novel that never lets up from page one and holds the reader in its profound grip until the ending.....and beyond.

Joona Linna is back and his worse fears are realized when it appears the notorious serial killer, Jurek Walter is not dead after all. Just like the biblical Lazarus it appears he has risen from the grave and is back to his old tricks. This revelation begins a trail of destruction and mayhem that never mitigates until the stunning conclusion.

Please don't o
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Vicky Hughes
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s a while since I’ve given a book five stars but this book thoroughly deserves all five. Despite being the seventh in the series the authors make it easy to find what makes the hunter and his prey tick and to enter their world. The story is pacy and quickly hooks you in. Then it takes you on a nerve tingling, heart pumping, sweat inducing ride that still doesn’t end even after the last page is read. A clever and well thought out, complex and addictive story. Huge thank you to net galley for a ...more
Mick Dubois
When you pick up a book like this and you know that there are already 6 others before it, you’re aware that the characters carry a lot of history with them already. As always, it’s better to read the previous books first, but in case you haven’t: when referencing to events that happened in earlier books, there’s always enough explication and remembrance to continue without major problems.

Joona Linna prison sentence was reduced to community service as a neighbourhood officer in a small Swedish to
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Zandt McCue
May 24, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I refuse to believe that this book is part of an international bestselling series. I haven't read any of the other books. Instead, I choose to come into this blindly because the cover was interesting and it's from Sweden. When I was done "letting the book happen to me" because that's what it felt like, I tried to look up whether this was a translation or was written in English. There's nothing in the kindle copy which says, as far as I could find. Although it turns out the author is a husband-wi ...more
hanjana
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not great, not terrible. It was really tense, I almost finished it within 24 hours. But the previous book is still the best.
Haroon Choudrey
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
Kepler has done it again! The tension kicks in from the first few pages and you can’t help but continue reading. Lazarus is yet another fast paced, creepy, nail-biting and chilling story that is hard to put down. Even though I haven’t read the prequel to this, I had no trouble getting in to the story thanks to the discreet and smooth references to the previous happenings. Highly recommended if you’re a fan of thrilling page-turners.
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Lars Kepler is the pseudonym of critically acclaimed husband and wife team Alexander Ahndoril and Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril, authors of the No. 1 internationally bestselling Joona Linna series. With seven installments to date, the series has sold 13 million copies in 40 languages. The Ahndorils were both established writers before they adopted the pen name Lars Kepler, and have each published seve ...more

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