Midnight Sun

A novel

Publisher: Vintage Canada
In a remote corner of Norway - a mountain town so far north the sun never sets - a man is running for his life in the sequel to bestseller Jo Nesbo's Blood on Snow.

Jon is on the run. he has betrayed Oslo's biggest crime lord: The Fisherman.
Fleeing to an isolated corner of Norway, to a mountain town so far north that the sun never sets, Jon hopes to find sanctuary amongst a local religious sect.
Hiding out in a shepherd's cabin in the wilderness, all that stands between him and his fate are Lea, a bereaved mother, and her son, Knut.
But while Lea provides him with a rifle and Knut brings essential supplies, the midnight sun is slowly driving Jon to insanity.
And then he discovers that The Fisherman's men are getting closer...


“A softer, gentler Jo Nesbø. . . . [A] fun read, with a likable protagonist and a brisk, page-turning pace. Nesbø is a talented storyteller and his narrative intuition is on full display.” —Steph Cha, Los Angeles Times

“It tells a simple story—in the best sense of the word—and tells it well. Unlike thrillers that deal in incomprehensible plots and cheap thrills, this is the believable, focused story of a young man trying to escape the consequences of crime and facing hard choices about love, religion and life itself. . . . Certainly the Hole books, at their best, have been excellent. But it’s good to see Nesbo apply his talents to something more modest, but no less admirable, such as Midnight Sun.” —Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post

“Sharp, spare, postcard-sized tale. . . . Wasting not a word, Nesbø paints an indelible portrait of a criminal loser who reflects when he’s faced with the supreme threat to his existence that ‘it was actually hard to think of anyone who was more dispensable than me’.” —Kirkus Reviews

“[S]hort, brisk, emotionally compelling and stylishly written. The set-up is familiar, but it’s a good one, it endures.” —Darragh McManus, Irish Independent

“Beautifully told in firm, spare prose, this is the poignant story of a man confronting the worst demons and yet the rehabilitation that love can bring.” —Daily Mail
“You pretty much know what you are going to get with Nesbo. Blood, death, a likeable non-conformist hero, and more blood. . . . Nesbo is very much the king of Nordic murder mysteries, and seems to hit the target at will. . . . Nesbo is in good form, providing a few surprises even though, like its predecessor Blood on Snow, Midnight Sun is over much too soon. His punchy, cut-to-the chase action, credible characterization and minimalist dialogue are all on show.” —Guy Haydon, South China Morning Post
“[F]orcefully written.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times

“As with Blood on Snow, this is a short, lyrical tale where every word counts and the slow pace helps to build up tension. . . . Another brilliant thriller from the master storyteller.” —Daily Express

“This book packs more psychology and fewer punches than many of Nesbø’s detective tales. But the setting is exotic—and the action now and then erotic.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch 

“[T]he novel takes surprising turns as it considers life, death and faith. Midnight Sun is almost as brief as the first in the series, and it is still very much a Jo Nesbø thriller. Yet it is haunting in ways different from the author’s previous books. This second novel in what is to be known as the Blood on Snow series isn’t always harrowingly violent. Although it can be unnerving, it also has quiet moments as unexpected as anything in previous novels.” —The Anniston Star 

“Terse and unsentimental, this tale is a many-leveled parable of the human condition, intensified by the stark uncompromising setting of man against nature in one of the world’s most inhospitable locales.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette