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The Thirst: A Harry Hole Novel (Harry Hole Series) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, May 9, 2017
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Praise for The Thirst:
“Jo Nesbø certainly has the magic touch when it comes to psycho serial killers. . . . Intricate plotting keeps the story shifting under our feet. Nesbø is a master at this narrative sleight of hand, and if you can stand the gory details and hang on during the switchback turns, the payoff is its own reward.”
—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
"[Nesbø is] the reigning king of Scandinavian crime fiction . . . [The Thirst is] a big-boned, Technicolor epic . . . starting adagio and ending accelerando, but with the kind of close psychological character readings that distinguished his early work."
—Barry Forshaw, The Guardian (London)
“It all starts with a Tinder date in a bar appropriately called Jealousy and ends with death on an ice-covered fjord. In between, The Thirst is filled with horrific murder scenes intensely detailed enough to chill the blood in your veins. . . . You’ll want to sink your teeth into The Thirst and not let go.”
—Jonathan Elderfield, The Washington Post
"Fast moving . . . stunning."
—Joan Smith, The Times (London)
“Wading into dark and deranged territory . . . an edgy and visceral read. [Nesbø] is a master of structure, style and no-pages wasted plotting. . . . In Nesbø’s consistently excellent Hole series, The Thirst may well be the pinnacle.”
—Eric Swedlund, Paste Quarterly
“Jo Nesbø has ripped the throat out of the serial-killer genre. He’s exsanguinated it, soaking up every dark pleasure and wringing them out onto the page. There’s no need to ever read another one, Nesbø has so completely deconstructed the trope with a multi-dimensional novel that blurs lines among crime, psychological procedural and, yes, horror thrillers. . . . [Hole] survives in a literary landscape dreamt up by Stephen King or Edgar Allen Poe. . . . Brilliant . . . Nesbø shows his true mastery . . . Nesbø’s plots are evocative of James Ellroy and Lee Child with crime layered upon crime.”
—Robert Anglen, Arizona Republic
“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 them in all their grim detail.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A gripping, way-scary crime novel. . . . This one will keep readers awake deep into the night."
—Bill Ott, Booklist (starred review)
“Explosive . . . twists within twists within twists . . . yet more evidence of why Scandinavian crime writers continue to dominate international bestseller lists.”
“[The Thirst] features thoroughly developed characters, an intricate plot, and suspenseful twists, all hallmarks of a master storyteller.”
—Roland Person, Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for the work of Jo Nesbø:
“Nesbø writes like an angel. As in Lucifer.”
—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Nesbø explores the darkest criminal minds with grim delight and puts his killers where you least expect to find them. . . . His novels are maddeningly addictive.”
“Jo Nesbø is my new favorite thriller writer and Harry Hole is my new hero.”
“Nesbø . . . is a giant of the Scandinavian mystery.”
—The Boston Globe
“Crime fiction’s most tortured and compelling hero. Alas, no armor exists strong enough to keep Harry from his demons, or the rest of us from Harry.”
—Booklist (starred review)
“Nesbø’s books have a serious, socially significant heft, as well as a confident (even cocky) narrative stride that is unmatched. These aren’t mere investigatory trifles to be enjoyed and forgotten; their unnerving horrors linger.”
“In the crowded field of Scandinavian crime fiction, Nesbø’s books stand out. . . . Nesbø likes to rip plots up . . . to play with the conventions of his genre.”
—The New Yorker
“Harry Hole is fast becoming one of the planet’s favorite detectives. And his demons are almost as legendary as his observational and analytical skills.”
—The Mirror (UK)
“[Nesbø is] the writer most likely to take the ice-cold crown in the critically acclaimed—and now bestselling—category of Nordic noir.”
—Los Angeles Times
About the Author
JO NESBØ is a musician, songwriter, and economist, as well as a writer. His Harry Hole novels include The Redeemer, The Snowman, The Leopard and Phantom, and he is also the author of several stand-alone novels and the Doctor Proctor series of children’s books. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Glass Key for best Nordic crime novel, and his books have sold thirty-three million copies in fifty languages.
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Lots of back stabbing politicians, self serving police executives, and assorted women to make life extra miserable for Harry. In other words ... situation normal!!
That all ended with The Thirst. This latest Hole novel feel like Nesbo has lost touch with his muse; he writes Hole like someone trying to recreate an intense summer romance that ended badly. There were flashes of the old Harry Hole but not enough to carry the story. You could almost feel Nesbo putting Hole out to pasture, much the same way Louise Penny has done with Inspector Gamache, or Tony Hillerman did with Joe Leaphorn. That would've been okay -- putting Hole out to pasture and bringing in new blood -- if that was the intended direction of the novel but it felt almost accidental, as if Nesbo realized he'd lost the connection he had with Hole and was doing his best to finish the story before he completely lost the thread.
Finally, and this is more of a personal preference than a complaint, I really had a hard time reading this in British english. For all the American pop culture Nesbo quotes in his novels, and for the millions more Americans who read his novels (versus British readers), couldn't the publishers have found an American to do the English translation?
All in all, I finished the book because I like the Harry Hole character. This however, felt like when Ben Affleck tells Matt Damon (in Good Will Hunting) that he's sick of him pretending to be someone he's not. Perhaps Nesbo needed this novel to reacquaint himself with the dark, macabre character that is Harry Hole, and he'll be back to his old self in the next novel. Lord knows, it's gotta be hard to keep such a character going and I wouldn't fault Nesbo one bit if he called it quits (like I thought he already had, three years ago) but if he's gonna put Harry Hole back into action, he needs to go all-in.