Blodmåne Killing Moon

Harry Hole #13

Harry has gone to Los Angeles to drink himself to death, in the wake of his life back in Oslo falling to pieces. He’s nearly managed to, but thus far failed. Harry has been helping an older film actress, Lucille, to get away from the grips of a drug cartel to which she owes one million dollars, and in return she’s given him shelter, company and a tailored suit.

In Oslo, two girls have disappeared and been found murdered and one of the suspects is a well-known real estate magnate. Katrine Bratt wants to bring in the country’s foremost serial killings expert, but the idea of collaborating with Harry Hole is out of the question for the chiefs of police. The real-estate magnate under suspicion on the other hand wants to hire Harry as a private investigator to clear his name from the case. Harry declines, but that’s before the drug cartel takes Lucille hostage. If Harry achieves the task, the real estate magnate will award him a bonus enough to cover Lucille’s debt.

Back home in Oslo, Harry puts together a team consisting of a cocaine-dealing childhood friend, a corrupt police officer and a cancer-stricken psychologist. The drug cartel has given them ten days. The clock is ticking, and a blood moon has been forecast over Oslo.

“Jo Nesbø is one of today’s most interesting thriller writers, and Harry Hole is an all-time great character – for me, a 100% buy-today-read-tonight delight.”
– Lee Child


  • “The new Jo Nesbø crime thriller is riveting all the way through. Killing Moon once again cements Nesbø as the best crime writer in the Nordics.”


    Politiken, Denmark

  • “As always, Nesbø tells a dire story with a superb mastery of the genre conventions of crime fiction. There are surprises and twists on almost every page, whilst life in the Norwegian welfare society receives both stinging jabs and loving caresses.”


    Jyllands-Posten, Denmark

  • “Jo Nesbø always takes the right approach, performing elegant high jumps and with full spin and a vigorous composition, and then landing with both feet in a stable stance. This is also the case with his thirteenth Harry Hole novel, Killing Moon. /…/ Here Nesbø once again shines with his stylish balance act between hard-hitting suspense, the intimately human, and social and everyday issues, without any of the parts suffering.”


    Berlingske, Denmark

  • “There are many policemen with drinking problems and other addictions in fiction, but rarely is it depicted with such darkness and nakedness as in Nesbø’s Harry Hole series. /…/ You never know where things will go with Nesbø. He leads us onto to different tracks, twists his story to the max and likes to pull the rug out from under you just when think you’re on safe ground. It is is a guaranteed page-turner that will register on the heart rate monitor.”

    Göteborgs-Posten, Sweden

  • “[Nesbø] has clearly done some very impressive research to be able to allow these very small organisms to grow into such a large and interesting, sometimes macabre, component of the story. And all the while the quote from Doctor Glass echoes in the background without ever being put to paper. How far will we go to feel loved, or maybe even be loved? A magnificent story, the master Nesbø has done it again; just lean back and admire and enjoy a fantastic text.”

    Kapprakt, Sweden

  • “Jo Nesbø slowly but surely proves what a superb master of suspense he is. /…/ Nesbø simply manages to confuse the reader so thoroughly that this on its own warrants the highest score. /…/ Killing Moon is a Harry Hole novel of the highest class. The cliffhanger for the next installment is already in place, so there is little doubt here. Harry Hole is back to stay.”


    Verdens Gang, Norway

  • “Jo Nesbø’s writing lets the horror creep into the brain. /…/ Yes, Jo Nesbø has done it again.”


    Bok365, Norway

  • “Jo Nesbø’s new Harry Hole novel has a drive that demands a complete reading.”

    NRK, Norway

  • Killing Moon has everything one expects – or hopes for – in a Nesbø crime novel. /…/ Pure entertainment.”


    Dagbladet, Norway

  • “Jo Nesbø and Harry Hole in top form! With his brilliant linguistic drive, ability to make the plot increasingly difficult to unravel, and with a repertoire of tricks, possibly inspired by [Molde soccer player] Harry Hestad, Nesbø plays Harry Hole as only Harry at his best can.”


    Tor Hammerø, Nettavisen, Norway

  • “It’s hard to reinvent the crime story, but Jesus does this one pack a punch! Harry Hole is finally back after a three-year hiatus and there isn’t a single dull second when the murder mystery has to be solved at record speed in Killing Moon. Jo Nesbø is just wild.”


    Romsdals Budstikke, Norway

  • “It is still much more fun to read Jo Nesbø than any other Norwegian crime writer. Jo Nesbø is an ingenious plotter and tricks the reader time and time again. /…/ The twisted universe bustles with life and suspense from the first page on and you almost compulsively keep turning the pages.”

    Dagens Næringsliv, Norway

  • “[Jo Nesbø] has done it again. The thirteenth Harry Hole is more Harry Hole than ever. And he’s never been more raw. /…/ A masterpiece within the genre.”

    Arild Rønsen, Nettavisen, Norway

  • “Nesbø has a sense of flair, a finesse, a wealth of ideas and plot construction that puts him in his own league among his crime writer colleagues. /…/ The ‘murder weapon’ itself is so cunning that hardly anyone but Nesbø would have been able to think it up. It will probably end up highly ranked in the listings of international crime literature’s most original murder methods throughout history.”

    Adresseavisen, Norway

  • “A modern folk tale. Killing Moon is the thirteenth novel in Jo Nesbø’s series about Harry Hole. It turns out to be a lucky number for its many fans. /../ The plots in [the Harry Hole] novels are better than in most others. They are more elaborately structured, still without becoming bewildering. Jo Nesbø has a sense for details which, in addition to being entertaining in itself, serves to make the plots exceptional.”

    Dagsavisen, Norway

Photo: Stian Broch Jo Nesbø
  • Crime
Reading material

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

Italy, Einaudi

Korea, Viche

Latvia, Zvaigzne

Netherlands, Cargo

Norway, Aschehoug

Poland, Dolnoslaskie

Portugal, Dom Quixote

Romania, Trei

Serbia, Laguna

Slovakia, Ikar

Slovenia, Mladinska

Spain, Mondadori

Sweden, Albert Bonniers

UK, Harvill Secker

US, Knopf

Film rights sold

UK/US, Working Title

More From Jo Nesbø

Harry Hole

Short Story Collections

Doctor Proctor

Blood on Snow