Random House Canada to publish the new novel by international phenomenon JO NESBO



September 19, 2016 (Toronto) - In news that will delight his millions of fans worldwide, Jo Nesbo confirms that his hardboiled Oslo detective Harry Hole will return in his latest novel, THE THIRST, to be published by Random House Canada on May 4th, 2017.

THE THIRST continues the story of #1 bestseller POLICE, Harry Hole’s last outing in 2013, which saw the maverick cop protecting those closest to him from a killer wreaking revenge on the police. THE THIRST will see Harry drawn back to the Oslo police force when a serial killer begins targeting Tinder daters with a signature killing method that leads Harry on the hunt for a nemesis from his past. It is the eleventh novel in Jo Nesbo’s bestselling crime fiction series, which have sold over 30 million copies worldwide and are published in 50 languages.

Jo Nesbo says: “I was always coming back to Harry, he is my soul mate. But it is a dark soul, so it is—as always—both a thrill and a chilling, emotionally exhausting experience. But Harry and the story make it worth the sleepless nights.”

THE THIRST is one of several treats in store next year for the millions of Jo Nesbo and Harry Hole fans. In October 2017, Michael Fassbender will star as Harry Hole in the film adaptation of THE SNOWMAN, in which Nesbo’s detective tracks a serial killer murdering unfaithful women and leaving a snowman behind as a calling card. The film will be directed by Tomas Alfredson (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Let the Right One In).

Anne Collins, publisher of Random House Canada, says, “2017 will be the year of Harry Hole! Not only is it the 20th anniversary of the debut of the series with THE BAT, next fall we’ll be watching Harry’s first appearance on the big screen in the film adaptation of THE SNOWMAN. Best of all, Jo Nesbo has made us the gift of a new Harry Hole novel, picking up where he left off with POLICE. We can’t wait to share this thrill with his legions of fans. Harry is one of the best protagonists in crime fiction, damaged in such fascinating ways he can imagine himself into the hearts of the darkest killers and bring them to justice. I am so happy he’s back!”

About Jo Nesbo
Jo Nesbo played football for Norway’s premier league team Molde, but his dream of playing professionally for Spurs was dashed when he tore crucial ligaments in his knee. After military service he attended business school and formed the band Di derre (Them There). Their second album topped the charts in Norway, but he continued working as a financial analyst, crunching numbers during the day and gigging at night. When commissioned by a publisher to write a memoir about life on the road with his band, he instead came up with the plot for his first Harry Hole crime novel, THE BAT. He is regarded as one of the world’s leading crime writers, with THE LEOPARD, PHANTOM, POLICE and THE SON all topping international bestseller charts. His books have sold over 30 million copies worldwide and his novels are published in 50 languages.

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About Random House Canada
For close to thirty years, Random House Canada has been publishing the finest books by Canadian and international writers, be they new voices or beloved greats. Nonfiction or fiction, these books encompass a dazzling range of prize winners and bestsellers that have delighted, surprised and inspired Canadians, changing the way we think about the most important issues of our time. The Random House Canada list has been recognized with the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize, the National Business Book Award, the Writers’ Trust Rogers Fiction Award among many, many others. Controversial stories and big ideas, cold cases and hot topics, Random House Canada publishes the books that Canadians want to read.

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The Thirst
A Harry Hole Novel
Written by Jo Nesbo; Translated by Neil Smith;