I’m delighted to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for fantastic standalone World War 2 historical thriller The Lazarus Solution by Kjell Ola Dahl. Thank you to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this wonderful book.
About the book:
Daniel Berkåk works as a courier for the Press and Military Office in Stockholm. On his last cross-border mission to Norway, he carries a rucksack full of coded documents and newspapers, but before he has a chance to deliver anything he is shot and killed and the contents of his rucksack are missing.
The Norwegian government, currently exiled in London, wants to know what happened, and the job goes to writer Jomar Kraby, whose first suspect is a Norwegian refugee living in Sweden, whose past that is as horrifying as the events still to come…
Both classic crime and a stunning expose of Norwegian agents in Stockholm during the Second World War, The Lazarus Solution is a compulsive, complex, richly authentic historical thriller from one of the godfathers of Nordic Noir.
About the author:
One of the fathers of the Nordic Noir genre, Kjell Ola Dahl was born in 1958 in Gjøvik. He made his debut in 1993, and has since published eighteen novels, the most prominent of which form a series of police procedurals- cum-psychological thrillers featuring investigators Gunnarstranda and Frølich.
In 2000 he won the Riverton Prize for The Last Fix, and he won both the prestigious Brage and Riverton Prizes for The Courier in 2015 (published in English by Orenda books in 2019).
His work has been published in fourteen countries. He lives in Oslo.
Follow him on Twitter @ko_dahl
Translated by Don Bartlett
The Lazarus Solution by Kjell Ola Dahl is yet another atmospheric novel by this talented and highly acclaimed Norwegian crime author. Skilfully translated by Don Bartlett this is historical Nordic Noir fiction at its very best. The writing is beautiful and I was instantly transported back in time to the tense and dangerous era of World War 2. I love immersing myself in an historical novel that shows history from a different point of view and The Lazarus Solution does just that, opening my eyes to a time in history that I knew very little about, taking the reader on a fascinating and tension filled journey that holds you in its thrall throughout.
The Lazarus Solution is a stylish thriller that is as compelling as it is exciting. Daniel Berkåk works as a courier for the Press and Military Office in Stockholm. On his last mission to Norway he is shot and killed, the contents of his rucksack missing. The Norwegian government wants to know what happened and the job goes to writer Jomar Kraby, whose first suspect is a Norwegian refugee living in Sweden, with a past as horrifying as the events yet to come…
The Lazarus Solution, with its intricate plot and twists and turns that keep you guessing throughout, is a tale full of intrigue and suspense. Kjell Ola Dahl’s writing is as excellent as always as he, together with Don Bartlett’s superb translation, brings the story vividly to life, the threads of the plot slowly beginning to come together as the complex tale moves towards a conclusion I can honestly say I did not see coming…
The Lazarus Solution is so much more than just a stylish Nordic Noir thriller. With its larger than life characters, a stunning Swedish backdrop and a compelling storyline that kept me reading long into the night, Kjell Ola Dahl has written yet another outstanding thriller that I would highly recommend.
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