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.


  • “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

  • 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 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

  • “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

  • “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

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  • Crime
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