WHO: Jo Nesbo
WHAT: THE THIRST, a novel
WHEN: Published by Knopf May 11, 2017
WHERE: Author tour to Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Scottsdale, Winnipeg.
WHY: “This one will keep readers
awake deep into the night.
“Somehow it had to happen: Harry Hole up against a vampire. Don’t panic. Nesbø’s internationally bestselling crime-fiction series, while often intensely horrific, has always remained unfailingly realistic, and so it is here, in this eleventh installment.
“Not a genre mash-up, but a gripping, way-scary crime novel in which former Oslo police detective Hole, now teaching at Norway’s police college, is called back to active duty to track down a ‘vampirist,’ that is, a person who craves blood and exhibits behavior similar to that expected of a vampire. Harry has battled some cunningly evil serial killers in the past, but this is the first to employ a specially designed set of black dentures that make it possible to kill with a perfectly placed vampiric bite. Different, yes, but there’s something about this killer, who targets victims on Tinder, that reminds Harry of his nemesis, the one who got away. Could it be?
“As in previous Hole novels, Nesbø moves his narration around a bit, putting us into the nightmarish mind of the killer without revealing his or her identity. And, of course, this being a novel about the most demon-wracked hero in crime fiction, Harry has troubles of his own, including a mysterious disease that has felled his wife, Rakel, and, yes, another tussle with Harry’s longtime sparring partner, Jim Beam.
“In the end, it’s all about thirst — the vampirist’s for blood, of course, but also Harry’s for booze and for the thrill of the chase. Vampires don’t exist, we all know that, but thirst is very real indeed, bringing together hunter and hunted.”
—Bill Ott, in a starred review for BOOKLIST
“Exceptional… Nesbø depicts a heartbreakingly conflicted Harry, who both wants to forget the horrors he’s trying to prevent and knows he has to remember in all their grim detail.” –PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review
“Explosive…twists within twists within twists…yet more evidence of why Scandinavian crime writers continue to dominate international bestseller lists.” –KIRKUS REVIEWS
Translated from the Norwegian by Neil Smith.
Knopf. 352 pages. $27.95 ISBN 978-0-385-35216-1
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