Harry Hole Series

The Thirst

A Harry Hole Novel

Publisher: Random House Canada
#1 International Best Seller 

In this electrifying new thriller from the author of Police and The Snowman, Inspector Harry Hole hunts down a serial murderer who targets his victims . . . on Tinder.
The murder victim, a self-declared Tinder addict. The one solid clue—fragments of rust and paint in her wounds—leaves the investigating team baffled.
        Two days later, there’s a second murder: a woman of the same age, a Tinder user, an eerily similar scene. 
        The chief of police knows there’s only one man for this case. But Harry Hole is no longer with the force. He promised the woman he loves, and he promised himself, that he’d never go back: not after his last case, which put the people closest to him in grave danger.
        But there’s something about these murders that catches his attention, something in the details that the investigators have missed. For Harry, it’s like hearing “the voice of a man he was trying not to remember.” Now, despite his promises, despite everything he risks, Harry throws himself back into the hunt for a figure who haunts him, the monster who got away.

"Exceptional . . . Nesbo 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



He stared into the white nothingness. 

The way he had done for almost three years. 

No one saw him, and he saw no one. Apart from each time the door opened and enough steam was sucked out for him to be able to glimpse a naked man for a brief moment before the door closed and...
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[S]o cleverly beguiling that it should come with a dustcover advisory: ‘Warning: May be harmful to your job, marriage, sleep and blood pressure.’ . . . Nesbø has, over the course of ten Hole books, conjured up one of the most magnetic detectives—some say, character of any stripe—in modern fiction.” —John Sullivan, Winnipeg Free Press

“Ten books on, Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole series just keeps getting better. . . . This plot has people, pacing and place that keep the action moving right up to the final chapter. A must for Harry Hole fans and a great place to start for those who haven’t discovered this superb series.” —Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail
“Nordic noir at its darkest. . . . [T]he latest and best of the ten-book Harry Hole series. . . . [E]normous tension.” —Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City, The Wall Street Journal

Police is at heart a completely satisfying, deeply principled novel. . . . Once again, Nesbø proves himself to be the real thing.” —Anniston Star

It’s a mark of how deceitfully artful Nesbo is that he can lead readers so completely down the rabbit hole or make their jaws literally drop with the shock of a development. You can follow the mocking trail back, convinced he’s lying—only to find out he never actually said what you thought you read. If that isn’t masterful storytelling, I don’t know what is. But it makes you want to laugh and cry, applaud him and punch him at the same time. And there’s no way not to fall for the trick every time: no assurance that he won’t knock off a key character because you think most authors don’t have the guts to. Well, this one does, in a cruel imitation of real life. . . . It’s been four weeks since I turned that last page. I’m still waiting for the suspense to die down.” —Khaleej Times (review)

Police is a brilliant showcase of modern life in Oslo. . . . Nesbo shows us a wonderful Oslo, and how the investigators balance gruesome jobs with complicated family lives. He masterfully cranks the suspense as some likeable characters end up chopped into tiny pieces. It’s not all brutality and horror, though. Harry is a forty-something ‘kidult’ who likes having fun, but wrestles with commitment and alcohol issues. The plot twists are rapid and gut-wrenching. Such mastery may explain why Nesbo’s novels have sold 50 million copies.” —The National

[T]he delight in reading a new Nesbø novel is that he never fails to surprise. This, after all, is a writer who, with his latest police procedural, will ensure that you never look at a certain domestic appliance in quite the same way again. . . . It’s a dizzyingly taut feat of storytelling. The murders are grisly, gruesome, and gory without overwhelming the narrative, and Nesbø deftly juggles multiple plotlines using terrific sleights of hand to gradually reveal where they might intersect while lovingly rounding out each of his characters, heroes and villains alike. Whether describing a biker’s technique and lactic-acid sensation, the overpowering atmosphere of a drug den, the auditory reactions of a detective who thinks he may have heard a little something, the trainee police officer you really want to avoid, or the ways in which two childhood friends still dance around each other professionally and personally in adulthood, Nesbø’s got mesmerizing descriptive powers, and longtime translator Don Bartlett ensures that the images vibrate energetically on the English-language page. . . . In a story that encompasses political corruption, drugs, prison politics and questionable police action as well as downright sociopathic behavior, Nesbø’s trademark intensity never flags throughout the roller-coaster waves of this highly enjoyable ride.” —Daneet Steffens, The Boston Globe

“Nesbø is a clever writer and plotter. Over the years he has built up a brilliant cast of supporting characters to orbit Hole and now it is their time to shine. . . . They are such brilliantly drawn characters, layered by a shared history that you do not even miss Hole that much at first. Not to mention that the plot will keep you far too occupied to mourn his absence. Yet again, Nesbø has succeeded in producing a multi-layered and intertwining story that makes your head spin, while delivering a masterclass in suspenseful writing.” —Daily Express

[D]ark, intense and bone-chilling. . . . [F]or those who wish to jump into the noir Norwegian world of Jo Nesbø, I have a suggestion. As any Game of Thrones fan knows: Winter is coming. Stock up on the Harry Hole series from the beginning and hunker down and get your inner Norwegian on. Sit in front of an ultraviolet light between books to dispel the creepiness. Think about the fjords. Then take a deep breath and start the next wild ride.” —Kathleen Guzzi, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“One hell of a thriller. . . . Nesbø cunningly plays with the reader throughout this devilishly plotted tale, introducing multiple corkscrewing twists and, while we’re worrying about Harry, slipping in a horrifying shocker from another direction together. The narrative is ingenious, but it grips us the way it does because, after nine novels, we’ve formed abiding relationships with these characters and don’t like to see them messed with. Nesbø messes with everyone here, especially the reader, but furious as we’d like to be, in the end we’re willing supplicants.” —Booklist (starred review)

“[A] superb piece of suspense writing in the Thomas Harris vein. . . . Nesbø is concerned with notions of justice, guilt and the culpability of the police. Needless to say, Harry, with his already considerable residue of self-reproach, is the perfect conduit for this theme.” —Barry Forshaw, The Independent

“Having upped the ante with the previous novel in the Harry Hole series, the author goes for broke here. Arguably the most densely packed and ambitiously plotted novel in a series that has been getting darker with each volume. . . . A surprise ending promises a fresh start for a series that had appeared to end with its previous novel.Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Police is a fast-paced crime novel with a great deal of exhilaration and suspense. . . . As Phantom was more subdued and less violent, Police is more similar to the two previous smash hits The Leopard and The Snowman. . . . A spiral of action that never seems to end. It is impressively executed and as a craftsmanship considered to be superb. If you are a fan of Nesbø, Police will not dismay. Further to the eternal question as to why this man sells so many crime novels: for the simple reason that he is an extremely talented crime author?” —Dagbladet (Norway)

With this novel, Jo Nesbø proves that the crime genre can be elevated to new levels, both in literary terms and when it comes to an innovative, sublime, suspenseful and surprising plot. . . . [Police] is a pure triumph: not only does Nesbø surpass his past successes, he also shows that he has incorporated some sort of plan since 1997, when the first Harry Hole novel was published. . . . This is not only an intelligent crime novel, it is also perfectly composed and can be enjoyed with gusto.” —VG (Norway)

“Nesbø makes use of the reader’s expectations and prejudices to the max. . . . I know of no other writer in Norway who has mastered that art as well. . . . Surprisingly often I’m struck by how dull much of today’s crime fiction is. Jo Nesbø alone makes up for a lot of sighs in that regard.”
 —Aftenposten (Norway)
Police consolidates, and probably also reinforces, Jo Nesbø’s position as the world champion of crime fiction.” —Adresseavisen (Norway)
“Jo Nesbø’s is not trying to renew the crime genre. He doesn’t need to, ’cause he is one of those who masters the genre the very best, whether we’re looking at the shelves of Norwegian or translated crime writers.” —Aftenbladet (Norway)


“If you want a well-written mystery, start with a Nesbø novel.” —Ottawa Sun

“With his labyrinthine, shiver-inducing plots, full-blooded characterizations and uncanny sense of mood and place, Nesbø is simply a master storyteller.” —Winnipeg Free Press

“Once you read a Nesbø novel, you’re hooked on this author.” —The Chronicle Herald

“Nesbo is now one of the world’s greatest crime fiction writers. . . . [He is] the leading light of Scandinavian crime fiction.” —Yorkshire Post

“Rock star turned writer, Nesbø is one of the most promising Nordic crime novelists in a crowded list.” —New York Post

“Jo Nesbo is the reigning king of Scandinavian crime fiction.” —Los Angeles Times

“[T]he master of crime fiction.” —The Telegraph

The Snowman by Jo Nesbø is relentless. His terrifying transformation of a childhood icon permeated my sleep. I started Redbreast but it was too much. I gave it to my guitarist Lenny Kaye, and he was hooked. Now my band is reading Nesbø, but I am too petrified to crack open Phantom.” —Patti Smith

“Even the prime minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg, is a fan. He once started to recommend Mr. Nesbø’s novel Redbreast to the king, until he remembered that the story involved an assassination plot against the Norwegian royal family.” —The New York Times

“Norway boasts Henrik Ibsen, Edvard Munch and the bestselling thriller writer Jo Nesbø as native sons.” —The New York Times

“Nesbø’s novels are compelling not just because like all good mysteries, they keep you thinking, but they also bring you into Norwegian culture, city life and history. . . . Nesbø sets a higher cerebral and intellectual standard for his readers.” —Big Think

“In Norway the books have sold about two million copies. This is more impressive when you consider the population of Norway is fewer than five million people.” —The Washington Post

“[Nesbø’s] novels are maddeningly addictive: be prepared for more whirlwind rides through those unpronounceable Scandinavian street names.” —Vanity Fair

“Every now and then, a truly exceptional crime novel comes along, something so gripping that it recalls classics such as The Silence of the Lambs. Jo Nesbø has pulled it off with The Snowman.” —The Sunday Times