Tørst The Thirst

Harry Hole #11

The Thirst continues the story of No. 1 bestseller Police, Harry Hole’s last outing in 2013, which saw the maverick cop protecting those closest to him from a killer wreaking revenge on the police.

The Thirst will see Harry drawn back to the Oslo police force when a serial killer begins targeting Tinder daters with a signature killing method that leads Harry on the hunt of a nemesis from his past.


  • “Exceptional”

    Publishers Weekly *Starred Review*, US

  • “[The Thirst is] a big-boned, Technicolor epic in the current Nesbø style, starting adagio and ending accelerando, but with the kind of close psychological character readings that distinguished his early work.”

    The Guardian, UK

  • “An extremely gruesome journey to the darker recesses of human nature, this grisly treat will delight Nesbo’s fans”

    Sunday Mirror, UK

  • “Excellent … it rocks”

    Metro, UK

  • “Resistance is futile: Nesbo has some rare, Ancient Mariner-type gift for holding his readers completely in thrall until he has finished with us.”

    The Sunday Express, UK

  • “Gripping from the get-go, deliciously dark and expertly plotted, this is Nesbo at his brilliant best.”

    Heat, UK

  • “It starts off quietly, almost like a waltz. But as you read the pace is turned up considerably, and the new Harry Hole novel turns into a breath-taking reading experience of the best Jo Nesbø quality. /…/ Jo Nesbø is a master when it comes to building a long and increasingly steep dramatic curve. Going from seemingly everyday situations and conversations, it is as if the horror gradually sneaks up on you. The pace in The Thirst is somewhat calmer than in the previous Harry Hole books, more of a waltz than a rock and roll, until we’re a bit more than halfway. But from there on, it’s full on action with blood gushing and splattering until the last page is turned.”


    Verdens Gang, Norway

  • “Jo Nesbø is in top form /…/ Jo Nesbø’s success is not just mere chance. Few can craft a thought-out crime fiction drama like he can. Seamlessly he moves from person to person, from heroes to villains, from one scene to another. Everything that is presented in his texts has a function and will sooner or later turn out to be meaningful to the plot. The Thirst has all of these qualities. With a spell-binding story about brutal crimes and ambitions gone astray it weaves a new chapter in the story of the severely tested hero Harry Hole. /…/ The composition is superb and symphonic.”


    Dagbladet, Norway

  • “Everything that others do, Jo Nesbø can do better. /…/ When it seems as though everything is about to be resolved in the book, most other writers would be satisfied with their work. With Jo Nesbø, the ride will still go on for 150 more pages. It is as always now that the actual climax begins. /…/ When we’re finally able to catch our breath, we can reflect on the novel’s discussion of jealousy versus ambition in Shakespeare’s Othello. When we get close to the real ending, we can rejoice in an Agatha Christie-like finish.”


    Dagsavisen, Norway

  • “To make it clear: I’m impressed. I know from the previous ten Hole novels that Nesbø knows his field, a narrative field that he’s book after book honed to brilliance. And in The Thirst, the brilliance is striking. What impresses me most is how many different strands he manages to interweave without it bursting, without loosing the nerve. /…/ a masterly structured dramaturgy. /…/ Linguistically, The Thirst is a delight. Nesbø is playing with words and with the reader, avoiding cliches and writes with a rhythm and variety that whirls. The transitions from one scene to another are elegant, much of a screenwriter’s work is already done. That also applies to the way Nesbø tells his story – concrete, rich in details, easy to envisage.”


    Romsdals Budstikke, Norway

  • The Thirst combines the best of American and Nordic crime fiction. /…/ Harry Hole is a criminal investigator with a steady salary and civil servant status. But he’s also made of mythological hero material. Although he doesn’t change his clothes in a telephone booth like Superman, or changes elegantly from a wetsuit into a smoking like James Bond does, his mission is all the same identical: He makes sure that everything goes right. As we all know, it's not like that in real life. It’s fortunate that we have literature to compensate for it.”


    Jyllands-Posten, Denmark

  • “Jo Nesbø does what he does best: writes social criticism. About media and the police board, about his bourgeois countrymen, about Harry Hole. That he’s furthermore a linguistic equilibrist and eminent at writing sharp monologues, makes reading The Thirst a mix of pleasure, pique and horror. Horror, because of the very savage and bloodthirsty plot, which Nesbø masters so completely. Pique, because you as a reader – like Harry – let yourself be misled.”


    Nordjyske Stiftstidene, Denmark

  • “One cannot but rejoice at this reunion with Jo Nesbø’s Harry Hole.”


    Krimifan, Denmark

  • “Nesbø is the guarantor of eloquent prose filled with both seriousness and humor /…/ he leaves room for suspense and speculation – and does this in his usual style – expertly.”


    Bognørden.dk, Denmark

  • “Jo Nesbø has the ability to write crime fiction with a psychological plot that surprises, and where solid investigative work forms the basis for the solution to the murder mystery. It’s good. It’s really, really good.”

    Bogblogger.dk, Denmark

  • “Jo Nesbø is one of the most skilled crime writers I have read, both in terms of plot as well as suspense. You’ll realize that he’s learned a lot from Shakespeare, for the references are there and he plays with the stencils like a magician with a deck of cards. You think you figured out the trick? Think again. It’s like riding a really good roller-coaster, you can be safely assured of having your heart beating like a hammer in your chest and screaming of horror multiple times before you finally, to your surprise, land unscathed”

    Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

  • “Nesbø really is something extra /…/ A cat-and-mouse game of the spookiest kind is going on in Jo Nesbø’s new crime novel The Thirst. /…/ complex and constantly suspenseful, the novel offers the whole spectrum of what we have come to demand of a good crime novel.”

    Norrköpings Tidningar, Sweden

  • “The plot of Jo Nesbø’s new Harry Hole thriller, The Thirst, is like a Russian doll. Within every answer to the novel’s mystery is yet another mystery and a finely composed plot-weave filled with well-placed red herrings. /…/ The Thirst is a superb page-turner of the highest quality.”

    Skånska Dagbladet, Sweden

  • “Jo Nesbø is one of few writers in the world, who makes you wait for his books like we used to wait for the new album by The Rolling Stones. And he delivers exactly what you wished for. Or even more. ”

    Newsweek, Poland

  • The Thirst is one of the best - if not THE best - novels written by the Norwegian master of crime.”

    Spidersweb.pl, Poland

  • “It’s worth all the nights you won’t sleep to read it. ”

    Gazeta.pl, Poland

  • “Nesbø is a powerful author who keeps the readers in suspense throughout the entire novel.”

    Vecernji list, Croatia

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