Kniv Knife

Harry Hole #12

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 drunken blackout, with blood 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.


  • “[Knife] may be Nesbo’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.”

    Booklist *Starred Review*, US

  • “I love Jo Nesbø’s Harry Hole series. In Knife, Nesbø outdoes himself. ”

    Dayton Daily News, US

  • “Suspense that cuts like a knife! /…/ Jo Nesbø is a master tailor within the field of crime fiction design. Or, to perhaps use a more accurate metaphor: Nesbø’s literary transitions are like a well-composed pop song. /…/ In a literary sense, the most interesting aspect of Knife is that Nesbø distances himself from the most graphic, some would say larger than life, violence and action that have characterized previous Harry Hole novels. With that said, the external suspense continues to be well incorporated, but at the same time it is also very much a story of the killer’ psychology and criminal profile, and about understanding both the motives of others and oneself.”


    Verdens Gang, Norway

  • “The sharp-as-a-knife Nesbø at his best. A first-class mix of thriller and murder mystery. /…/ Nesbø has done it again. His new novel Knife is a fantastic and exhilarating suspense novel. And a high-level crime story. The graphic violence is less than usual. The novel is both a thriller and a good, old-fashioned brand murder mystery where all the loose threads are elegantly woven together by the end of the 519-page-long drama. /…/ Nesbø writes with a strong and hard-boiled momentum, especially in the action sequences. Down to the very minor bi-figures, he makes his characters come to life with great credibility.”


    Dagbladet, Norway

  • “Jo Nesbø is a master. There’s no doubt about it. The twelfth novel about Harry Hole is just as good as you would expect. /…/ Nesbø is an artisan who has fully mastered his craft. He propels the story forward by elegantly alternating between quiet (and often quite beautiful, and even more often savvy) depictions and dramatic scenes full of pace and heat.”


    Stavanger Aftenblad, Norway

  • “[Nesbø] is linguistically elegant […] and his stories are far more sophistically wrapped than those by any other contemporary Norwegian crime writer”


    Adresseavisen, Norway

  • “Solid crime novel-craft by Jo Nesbø.”


    Fædrelandsvennen, Norway

  • “This is insight and suspense of high class.”


    Bok365, Norway

  • “Harry Hole has never had it worse – and Jo Nesbø has never been better. /…/ In Harry Hole no. 12 […] we probably have the most ambitious crime novel, emphasis on novel, in the series and also the most accomplished one. /…/ Nesbø has outdone himself both in the construction of the plot, which almost teasingly plays with the conventions and tropes of classical crime novel, and in [the portrayals of] existential-psychological depths that do not replace, but support, a formidably successful plot.”


    Jyllands-Posten, Denmark

  • Knife is about murder and evil, but also about pain, love, power, desire, sorrow, revenge, jealousy and ambition. All of the things that we imagine that we can control or hide, but which are part of being human. Therefore, Knife is not only suspenseful and surprising, but also relevant. And it is in addition written in a wonderfully fluid and atmospheric prose.”


    Jysk Fynske Medier, Denmark

  • “A crime novel of class. /…/ Nesbø writes concentratedly and fluently; he knows his craft.”

    Weekendavisen, Denmark

  • “Let it be said immediately: Knife does not disappoint. It certainly doesn’t! /…/ Expect sleep deprivation!”


    Søndag, Denmark

  • “Jo Nesbø brilliantly makes the reader believe one version of the crime and then in another, which makes the ending dynamic and unexpected. The drama, the psychological reliability of the characters and the plot with numerous twists – all of it makes the new book of the Scandinavian author a really good gift for true crime novel lovers”

    Elle, Russia

  • “You can imagine the worst (and you will probably be right), but the brilliant Jo Nesbø will surprise you anyway. Knife is the most unpredictable novel in the book series about the six-foot tall Harry Hole, a detective with heightened instincts and a difficult personality.”

    Forbes, Russia

  • “In the search for truth Harry Hole considers a dozen of highly plausible versions. Each of them is a full novel inside а novel with а dramatic start, intense internal dynamics, vivid heroes and an impressive culmination”

    Meduza, Russia

  • “It should be noted that the books by Jo Nesbø, an ex-soccer player and now one of the most popular writers of continental Europe, are not just simple detective stories. Jo Nesbø’s books are a whole cultural phenomenon.”

    Gorky Media, Russia

  • “Naturally, like in other novels by the Norwegian writer Jo Nesbø, you will find in Knife liters of blood, twisted intrigues and ingenious maniacs. It’s a perfect thriller for suspense lovers”

    RBC Pink, Russia

  • “Jo Nesbø and his new crime novel Knife […] is in top form. ”

    Noviny, Slovakia

  • Knife is fantastic /…/ Jo Nesbø once again proves why he is the king of this genre. ”

    Dnes24, Slovakia

  • Knife will shock you several times because of the big twists you won’t expect/…/ Nesbø has so masterfully executed the twelfth book in the series about Harry Hole /…/ You will enjoy it until the last page.”

    Miesto Pre Muza, Slovakia

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Reading material

English edition

Norwegian edition

Rights sold

Brazil, Record

Bulgaria, Emas

Canada, Penguin Random House

Catalonia, Proa

Croatia, Fokus

Czech Republic, Zlin

Denmark, Modtryk

Estonia, Varrak

Finland, Johnny Kniga

France, Gallimard

Germany, Ullstein

Greece, Metaixmio

Hungary, Animus

Iceland, Forlagid

Israel, Babel

Italy, Einaudi

Korea, Viche

Latvia, Zvaigzne

Lithuania, Baltos Lankos

Netherlands, Cargo

Poland, Dolnoslaskie

Portugal, Dom Quixote

Romania, Trei

Russia, Inostranka

Serbia, Laguna

Slovakia, Ikar

Slovenia, Mladinska

Spain, Mondadori

Sweden, Albert Bonniers

Turkey, Dogan Egmont

UK & Commonwealth, Harvill

US, Knopf

Film rights sold

UK/US, Working Title

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