Books by Jo Nesbø

THE SON by Jo Nesbø
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 13, 2014

"One of Nesbø's best, deepest and richest novels, even without Harry Hole. "
A deftly plotted novel that probes the deepest mysteries: sin, redemption, love, evil, the human condition. Read full book review >
THE MAGICAL FRUIT by Jo Nesbø
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Another lighter-than-air exploit from Norway's best-selling novelist, buoyed by alimentary humor and occasional illustrations (the latter not seen). (Light fantasy. 9-11)"
Amid drama in both the sewers of Oslo and London's immense Wobbley Stadium, the intrepid trio that previously saved Legoland (Who Cut the Cheese?, 2011) tackles an even more nefarious threat. Read full book review >
POLICE by Jo Nesbø
Kirkus Star
by Jo Nesbø, translated by Don Bartlett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A surprise ending promises a fresh start for a series that had appeared to end with its previous novel."
Having upped the ante with the previous novel in the Harry Hole series, the author goes for broke here. Read full book review >
THE BAT by Jo Nesbø
by Jo Nesbø, translated by Don Bartlett
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 2, 2013

"Harry is already every bit as volcanic as in his later cases. The big difference is Australia, which Nesbø, seeing it through the eyes of both a tourist and a cultural pathologist, makes you wonder how much different it is from Norway after all."
Inspector Harry Hole's 1997 debut finally follows its seven successors into English translation. Read full book review >
THE REDEEMER by Jo Nesbø
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2013

"Perhaps not the best novel for a Nesbø initiate, but those with an affinity for the darkest and most literary crime fiction will want to get here as soon as they can."
Rarely does a mystery novel succeed on so many levels, as the intricate plotting explores psychological and theological dimensions that go deeper than standard notions of good and evil. Read full book review >
PHANTOM by Jo Nesbø
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Where earlier novels provide a better introduction to Hole, this one best takes the full measure of the man."
The internationally popular detective series by the Norwegian author builds to a blockbuster climax. Read full book review >
WHO CUT THE CHEESE? by Jo Nesbø
FICTION
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"Hefty but lightweight, with occasional pokerfaced line drawings to reinforce the tongue-in-cheek tone. (Satiric fantasy. 10-12)"
With help from friends, an eccentric inventor and his two young associates save both Norway and the world from Swedish-speaking alien chameleons with hypnotic powers. Read full book review >
THE LEOPARD by Jo Nesbø
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Good for a nightmare or three—a taut, fast-paced thriller with wrenching twists and turns."
Another spooky gothic by Norwegian gloomster Nesbø (The Snowman, 2011, etc.), the poet laureate of boreal psychopathy. Read full book review >
THE SNOWMAN by Jo Nesbø
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2011

"The smart, suspenseful cat-and-mouse game will remind some readers of Erik Skjoldbjærg's 1997 film Insomnia—and that's high praise indeed."
Erica Jong meets Stephen King meets, yes, Stieg Larsson in this superb thriller, the eighth by Norwegian mystery writer Nesbø. Read full book review >
BUBBLE IN THE BATHTUB by Jo Nesbø
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"Though Lowery's illustrations are too rare and sketchy to have much influence and a significant character seems to have been trucked in just to be killed off later, the tale burbles comically along and everything comes out right…in the…end. (Light fantasy. 10-12)"
Spun from the quirky cast and gaseous premise introduced in Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder (2010), this even sillier sequel expelled by the popular Norwegian crime novelist sends young Lisa and Nilly from Oslo to Paris and from the Middle Ages to Napoleon's tent on the eve of Waterloo. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL’S STAR by Jo Nesbø
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2010

"Not all the answers are equally interesting, but even readers new to this white-hot series will be impressed by Nesbø's generous plotting and his insight into dark places in the human soul."
As a serial killer terrorizes Oslo, Inspector Harry Hole (Nemesis, 2009, etc.) is battling even more fearsome demons. Read full book review >
DOCTOR PROCTOR’S FART POWDER by Jo Nesbø
Released: Jan. 5, 2010

"Lowery's childlike line drawings are too sparse to have a noticeable effect on this rib-tickling tale. (Fiction. 10-12)"
In this well-knit crossover debut for young audiences, a popular Norwegian author crafts an airy farce from elements both familiar and offbeat—from new friends with wildly disparate personalities afflicted by big but really stupid bullies (with a father to match) to an eccentric inventor and encounters with a giant anaconda in the sewers of Oslo. Read full book review >
NEMESIS by Jo Nesbø
Kirkus Star
by Jo Nesbø, translated by Don Bartlett
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"The high-intensity action is threaded through a series of Chinese boxes revealing one false solution after another before the brilliantly inventive final twist."
Oslo's favorite cowboy, Inspector Harry Hole, tackles the case of the serial bank robber with an itchy trigger finger. Read full book review >
THE REDBREAST by Jo Nesbø
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"Nesbø bids fair to turn Norway into serious competition for Sweden as Scandinavia's crime center."
A pair of assassination attempts bookend 50 years of postwar history in this bold, ambitious thriller. Read full book review >