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Review: The Thirst

The Thirst

The Thirst
By Jo Nesbø
Knopf Publishing Group, Hardcover, 9780385352161, May 8, 2017, 480pp.

The Short of It:

Harry Hole is back and this one does not disappoint.

The Rest of It:

When a crazy lunatic goes on a murdering spree, Harry Hole comes out of retirement. The murderer’s weapon? A set of steel teeth and it’s just a grisly as you imagine only with a lot less gore than previous novels and not nearly as twisted.

Harry Hole fans will be really happy with this one. It’s fast-paced, suspenseful and not riddled with red herrings. It kept me guessing and I had a really hard time putting it down to do things like feed my family or sleep.  I really like how the story came together so I highly recommend it to anyone who loves Harry, but also to anyone who just wants to read good crime fiction. As with all of the Harry Hole books, it does help to know some of Harry’s backstory but enough is provided for you to get a good picture of who you are dealing with.

If  you gave up on Nesbø because of his last few books, give him another go because this one was great.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher via Edelweiss.
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Review: Blood on Snow

Blood on Snow

Blood on Snow
By Jo Nesbø
(Knopf, Hardcover, 9780385354196, April 7, 2015, 224pp.)

The Short of It:

Short, quick read but lacking in the depth and complexity that I’ve come to expect from Nesbø.

The Rest of It:

Olav Johansen has been many things and not good at any of them. He tried his hand as a pimp and failed miserably. Also failed at robbing banks, so it’s rather surprising that he’s good at his current job, which happens to be a fixer for a man named Hoffman. The only problem is that Olav’s next job happens to be “fixing” Hoffman’s wife. A bit of a problem since Olav has fallen in love with her.

If I had picked this book up without knowing who wrote it, I’d say it was a “too safe” crime novel but knowing the author and his work quite well, I have to ask the question. Why? Why write a crime novel that has absolutely no suspense whatsoever?

Nesbø is quite successful now. I think anything with his name on it is going to sell regardless of what’s on the page. So maybe he wanted to experiment a little? His decision to focus on the bad guy is a bit different, but what surprised me is that there didn’t really seem to be anyone looking for Olav except other bad guys. Zzzzz.

The book is only 224 pages long and it lacks the element of surprise. There’s no mystery. No dramatic conclusion. I suppose some might consider the ending to be dramatic but I didn’t. I just felt it lacked a pulse. As a standalone novel, it was a quick read and I can see someone grabbing this before boarding a plane but it won’t hold your attention like some of his other books.

In summary, not terribly impressed with this one. His Harry Hole books are much more complex and engaging.

Source: Sent to me by the publisher via Edelweiss
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