Books by Jo Nesbø

KNIFE by Jo Nesbø
by Jo Nesbø, translated by Neil Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2019

"The darkest hour yet for a detective who pleads, 'The only thing I can do is investigate murders. And drink'—and a remarkable example of how to grow a franchise over the hero's most vociferous objections."
Inspector Harry Hole's 12th case is his most grueling to date. And considering his history on and off the Oslo Police (The Thirst, 2017, etc.), that's quite a claim. Read full book review >
MACBETH  by Jo Nesbø
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"The main takeaway is how remarkably contemporary the most traditional of Shakespeare's great tragedies remains, whether it's updated or not."
The reigning king of Scandinavian noir (The Thirst, 2017, etc.) updates the Scottish play. Read full book review >
THE THIRST by Jo Nesbø
by Jo Nesbø, translated by Neil Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 2017

"Middling for this distinguished series: yet more evidence of why Scandinavian crime writers continue to dominate international bestseller lists."
Retired Inspector Harry Hole, who thinks he's safe from his demons as an underpaid lecturer in Oslo's Police College, gets blackmailed into returning to the Crime Squad Unit, with predictably explosive results. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT SUN by Jo Nesbø
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Wasting not a word, Nesbø (Blood on Snow, 2015, etc.) 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.'"
The world's worst hit man goes aground in a little Norwegian town far above the Arctic Circle in this sharp, spare, postcard-sized tale. Read full book review >
BLOOD ON SNOW by Jo Nesbø
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"A Nordic noir updating of James M. Cain's Love's Lovely Counterfeit (1942) with an equally sweet-natured killer at its improbably soft center."
Versatile Nesbø (The Son, 2014, etc.) switches gears yet again in this chilly whisper of a novella: a hit man's account of a job gone fatally wrong.Read full book review >
THE SON by Jo Nesbø
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >
COCKROACHES by Jo Nesbø
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Perhaps the most original touch in this early, well-wrought adventure is the most depressing: Despite Bangkok's well-earned reputation for moral and official corruption, the most repulsive cockroaches Harry finds are consistently Norwegians."
Following the debut (The Bat, 2013) that took Harry Hole to Australia, this second case (originally published in 1998) takes Harry to Bangkok, filling the final gap in the Norwegian cop's 10 best-selling adventures to date (Police, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
THE MAGICAL FRUIT by Jo Nesbø
CHILDREN'S
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 THRILLER
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 >
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
CHILDREN'S
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
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 THRILLER
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

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. Their aim? To rescue their eccentric inventor friend Victor Proctor and the love of his youth, Juliette Margarine. Despite pursuit by Juliette's crimelord husband Claude Cliché and his gang of lookalike thugs, the young folk help to reunite the lovers. They also, with help from the puissant blasting powder of the title and a bathtub time machine, save the Doctor from the guillotine, call off the battle of Waterloo, dance on the stage of the Moulin Rouge, inspire Gustave Eiffel to build a tower, trick Columbus into thinking he's landed in India and other historical feats. 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)Read full book review >
THE DEVIL’S STAR by Jo Nesbø
MYSTERY THRILLER
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
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 5, 2010

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. No sooner do shy Lisa and her brash, pint-sized new neighbor Nilly (William) bond than they also hook up with lonely Doctor Proctor—creator of a marvelous powder that produces massive, britches-busting bursts of (odorless) intestinal gas. Nesbø takes this promising MacGuffin in directions more comical than gross, having his two young protagonists use the powder in clever ways to foil hulking nemeses Truls and Trym, escape the aforementioned anaconda and ultimately even provide festive explosions for the grand Norwegian Independence Day celebration. Readers will have blasts of their own cheering on the sturdy protagonists. Lowery's childlike line drawings are too sparse to have a noticeable effect on this rib-tickling tale. (Fiction. 10-12) Read full book review >
NEMESIS by Jo Nesbø
Kirkus Star
by Jo Nesbø, translated by Don Bartlett
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 THRILLER
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 >