Scandinavian Crime Fiction
I have often wondered why I ‘enjoy’ reading about serial killers. I mean really, what is enjoyable about that? Actually I’m a real baby when it comes to suspense. I avoid scary movies at all costs and although I have great admiration for the king of scary, Stephen King, you won’t find one of his books on my bedside table. Nope, not for me. So it comes as somewhat of a surprise that I love what Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbo does with a story. Yes, sometimes the story gets gruesome and edgy, sometimes there is lots of blood and strangers waiting in a young woman’s dark apartment with murder in mind. But crazy as this may sound, I can handle it, in fact, I love it. Nesbo makes reading about murder palatable, the people who commit them interesting and the people who solve them lovable.I know I’m not alone in this: Nesbo has sold over 23 millions copies of his crime fiction.
Naturally, we Nesbo fans (and I hope you’ll become one too) rejoice that he has brought Harry Hole back to the investigating team. Harry is forced out of retirement to do battle with a serial killer who has a unique and oh so vivid taste for blood, literally. There are twists and turns in plot so surprising I couldn’t tell the good guys from the bad guys until the last chapter. Harry battles his addictions, struggle with love, life, family and his co-workers. This is a psychological thriller with great story and character development.
From Crime By The Book: “Nesbo also writes truly compelling characters that get under your skin. I don’t think I’ll be the only reader to find something relatable in Harry Hole’s discomfort with his newfound happiness—and whether or not it strikes a chord with you, I can guarantee you’ll be riveted by the personal trials Harry goes through in THE THIRST.”
JO NESBØ is a musician, songwriter, and economist, as well as a writer. He has written 11 Harry Hole novels including The Redeemer, The Snowman, The Leopard and Phantom. He put Harry Hole aside to write The Son, Midnight Sun, and Blood on Snow. He also writes children’s books. In this 2017 release Nesbo crafts a story so creepy and compelling I was on the edge of my seat the entire read! Don't be a baby, give The Thirst a try. You'll be glad you did!
Staff of Wellington Square Book Shop