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INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER • Brilliant, audaciously rogue police officer Harry Hole is back and in the throes of a new, unanticipated rage in this installment of the New York Times bestselling series—once again hunting the murderer who has haunted his entire career.
“I can’t think of anyone who makes my skin crawl like Nesbo.”—The New York Times Book Review

Harry Hole is not in a good place. Rakel—the only woman he's ever loved—has ended it with him, permanently. He's been given a chance for a new start with the Oslo Police but it's in the cold case office, when what he really wants is to be investigating cases he suspects have ties to Svein Finne, the serial rapist and murderer who Harry helped put behind bars. And now, Finne is free after a decade-plus in prison—free, and Harry is certain, unreformed and ready to take up where he left off. But things will get worse. When Harry wakes up the morning after a blackout, drunken night with blood that's clearly not his own on his hands, it's only the very beginning of what will be a waking nightmare the likes of which even he could never have imagined.

Don't miss Jo Nesbo's latest Harry Hole thriller, Killing Moon!
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“I can’t think of anyone who makes my skin crawl like Nesbo.”—The New York Times Book Review

Harry Hole is not in a good place. Rakel—the only woman he's ever loved—has ended it with him, permanently. He's been given a chance for a new start with the Oslo Police but it's in the cold case office, when what he really wants is to be investigating cases he suspects have ties to Svein Finne, the serial rapist and murderer who Harry helped put behind bars. And now, Finne is free after a decade-plus in prison—free, and Harry is certain, unreformed and ready to take up where he left off. But things will get worse. When Harry wakes up the morning after a blackout, drunken night with blood that's clearly not his own on his hands, it's only the very beginning of what will be a waking nightmare the likes of which even he could never have imagined.

Don't miss Jo Nesbo's latest Harry Hole thriller, Killing Moon!
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      • source: Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal
      • content: "'Knife', Mr. Nesbo's 12th Harry Hole book, translated from the Norwegian by Neil Smith, is arguably the best entry yet in the author's outstanding series. ... The moral conundrums in 'Knife' are Dostoevskian, the surprises are breathtaking, the one-liners are amusing and the suspense is unrelenting. This is that rare lengthy book that one wouldn't want shortened by even a single page."
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      • source: Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
      • content: "Does anyone write creepier villains than Jo Nesbo? ... No, I can't think of anyone who makes my skin crawl like Nesbo."
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      • source: Rob Merrill, Associated Press
      • content: "'Knife' is indeed a sharp example of its genre. The pages turn, the violence is brutal, and the characters are well-drawn and mysterious. ... The book is dense, but brisk. ... Nesbo has a great sense of pacing. Each reveal – did he do it? did she? – is meticulously laid out as he takes readers along for the ride. ... The final whodunit is powerful and leaves Harry – and readers – wondering what's next."
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      • source: Scott Timberg, Los Angeles Times
      • content: "'Knife' is a reminder of why people read [Nesbo's] books. ... Thicker and more complex than most of the earliest Nesbo novels – including his often-slender standalone books – 'Knife' resembles in its heft and sweep 'The Redbreast' ... The novel ends with a fascinating series of shifts and reframings both dramatically satisfying as fiction and – in the real, Norwegian world of crime-fighting in which the novel is set – ethically queasy. ... It also leaves Harry on what can only be called a knife's edge. The bad, or at least, ambiguous news for the novel's characters is good news for the rest of us: There will, it seems, be more of these."
      • premium: True
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        February 1, 2019

        Winner of Glass Key honors for best Nordic crime fiction, Norwegian author Nesbøreturns somewhat the worse for wear. His beloved Rakel has said goodbye forever, and he is starting over with the Oslo Police but in the cold case office. He's more worried about Svein Finne, the serial rapist and murderer he put away, who will soon be out of prison. Then Harry awakens after a drunken spree to find his hands covered in blood.

        Copyright 2019 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

      • premium: True
      • source: Kirkus
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        May 15, 2019
        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. Back on the bottle since his wife, human rights executive Rakel Fauke, threw him out, Harry wakes up one morning with no idea how he's spent the last two days. Even before he can sober up, he's hit by a tornado: Rakel has been murdered, and Harry's colleagues want him to stay out of the case, first because he's the victim's husband, then because they can't rule him out as her killer. The preliminary evidence points to Svein Finne, whose long career of raping women and later stabbing them to death unless he's gotten them pregnant, hasn't been slowed down just because he's spent 20 years in prison and is now pushing 80. The elusive Finne, the very first killer Harry ever arrested, is driven by the need to avenge his own son's death: "For each son I lose, I shall bring f-five more into the world." Captured after Harry unforgivably uses his latest rape victim as bait, Finne blandly confesses to Rakel's murder, but the unshakable alibi he produces sends the inquiry back to square one. A series of painstaking investigations identifies first one plausible suspect, then another, each one of whom might have been designed specifically to immerse Harry more deeply in his grief. And even after each of these suspects, beginning with Finne, is cleared of complicity in Rakel's death, they continue to hover malignantly over the landscape, ready to swoop down and wreak still further havoc. Long before the final curtain, most readers will have joined Harry, shut out of the official investigation and marginalized in ever more harrowing ways, in abandoning all hope that he can either close the case or enjoy a moment of peace again. 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.

        COPYRIGHT(2019) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

      • premium: True
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        May 27, 2019
        Nesbø’s intricate, inventive, but seriously overstuffed 12th Harry Hole novel picks up on the heels of 2017’s The Thirst, but now Hole is separated from his wife, Rakel, and back on Oslo’s police force, working cold cases and drinking heavily. When Svein Finne, whom Harry sent to prison 20 years earlier, is released, Finne immediately resumes his particularly twisted crime: terrorizing and raping women, hoping to impregnate them. Finne also seeks revenge on Harry, who, with his standard disregard of the law and procedure, sets out to put Finne away for good. An enormous number of characters, backstories, subplots, and themes (such as flaws in the justice system) fill this long book. At times, it feels as if there are far too many balls in the air, though the action does build to a well-orchestrated denouement. The surfeit of plot and detail will surely delight Nesbø’s fans, but may not win him many new readers. 100,000-copy announced first printing. Agent: Niclas Salomonsson, Salomonsson Agency (Sweden).

      • premium: True
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        Starred review from July 1, 2019
        "Who is the darkest of them all?" If there was a crime-fiction magic mirror somewhere, and one were to put this query to it, hoping to determine whose novels were the darkest in mood, in theme, and in the protagonist's soul, the answer, almost certainly, would be Jo Nesb�. No one knows darkness like Nesb�'s Harry Hole, the Oslo supercop who continually confronts demons both in the external world and?every bit as terrifying?in his own mind and heart. So it is here, in Nesb�'s latest Hole adventure. The inner demons take the first bite, sending Harry tumbling off the wagon yet again and prompting his wife, the long-suffering Rakel, to throw him out. But that's only the beginning. There's a new serial killer in town, but Harry, confined to cold cases, isn't free to track him or to make the case that this killer isn't new at all. Harry's b�te noire, Svein Finne, is out of jail (where Harry put him 10 years ago), and, in Harry's mind at least, is on the rampage once more. Yes, but bouts with booze and serial killers are old hat for Harry. So Nesb� delivers a haymaker to Harry's solar plexus that leaves him reeling as he's never reeled before. Want to know more? No, you really don't, at least not now. Focus instead on Harry doing what he does when the darkness descends: finding killers with the kind of intuitive and analytical mind you wouldn't think would still work after all that Jim Beam. But work it does in what may be Nesb�'s best storytelling yet. It's not just clever; it's diabolical, and let's be glad it is, because the corkscrewing plot provides a measure of relief from the pain on view in this uncompromisingly intense and brilliant novel.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2019, American Library Association.)

      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
      • content:

        July 1, 2019

        Winner of Glass Key honors for best Nordic crime fiction, Norwegian author Nesb�returns somewhat the worse for wear. His beloved Rakel has said goodbye forever, and he is starting over with the Oslo Police but in the cold case office. He's more worried about Svein Finne, the serial rapist and murderer he put away, who will soon be out of prison. Then Harry awakens after a drunken spree to find his hands covered in blood.

        Copyright 2019 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
      • content:

        July 1, 2019

        In the 12th installment of this best-selling series (after The Thirst), Harry Hole's life has sunk to a new low. Assigned to work cold cases for the Oslo police, he's unable to investigate longtime adversary Svein Finne, recently released from prison. Additionally, since separating from his wife, Rakel, he's started drinking heavily again, so he's not too shocked when he wakes up covered in blood with no recollection of the evening before. When he's called about a murder that literally hits close to home, his world is utterly shattered. Harry is forbidden from officially investigating the case, but naturally he finds a way to follow leads and question suspects with the help of his friends. As evidence increasingly points to him, his despair and hopelessness send him into a downward spiral from which he might not emerge. VERDICT Dark, gritty, and clever, this is quintessential Nesb�, a powerhouse of a storyteller. Familiarity with the characters is beneficial, but not required, to appreciate this well-plotted mystery. Series fans will either love or hate this, but either way it's a must-read. [See Prepub Alert, 1/14/19.]--Anitra Gates, Erie Cty. P.L., PA

        Copyright 2019 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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“I can’t think of anyone who makes my skin crawl like Nesbo.”—The New York Times Book Review

Harry Hole is not in a good place. Rakel—the only woman he's ever loved—has ended it with him, permanently. He's been given a chance for a new start with the Oslo Police but it's in the cold case office, when what he really wants is to be investigating cases he suspects have ties to Svein Finne, the serial rapist and murderer who Harry helped put behind bars. And now, Finne is free after a decade-plus in prison—free, and Harry is certain, unreformed and ready to take up where he left off. But things will get worse. When Harry wakes up the...
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