Kongen av Os

Kongen av Os Blood Ties

The Kingdom #2

In many ways, the brothers Carl and Roy Opgard have succeeded in life. Or at least they’ve had as much success as is possible in a small town like Os. Carl manages the area’s swanky spa hotel, while Roy runs the petrol station and has made plans for an amusement park complete with a roller coaster. But when it looks like a new highway is to be built next to Os, something has to be done, even if the methods are bound to be dirty. Luckily, the brothers have some experience of just that kind of work.

Meanwhile the sheriff has gotten his hands on new technology that he means can prove the brothers’ involvement in several murders back in time. And the number continues to climb. Like Roy says about the roller coaster: “Once it’s rolling, it’s too late to get off.”

Blood Ties is a grandiose and explosive suspense novel about loyalty, family ties, consuming love, and the fight against powerful forces. It will transport you to a community in crisis and tell the story of two brothers on the verge of losing all that they’ve fought for. Blood Ties is a novel of lost souls and even more dead bodies.


  • “[Nesbø] impresses once again. /…/ He’s a master when it comes to creating credible intrigue. There is plenty of that in [Blood Ties], and when you think it can’t get any worse, it does. /…/ This is summer reading at a high Nesbø-level, which is suitable both for the beach or wherever you spend your summer.”


    Nettavisen, Norway

  • “The king of crime fiction.”

    Dagsavisen, Norway

  • “A charming and delicate Nesbø.”


    Dagbladet, Norway

  • “Jo Nesbø is a really good storyteller. He masters the genre better than most, portions out the drama in a confident way, serves up hints which drive us on, and sprinkles it all with things he knows a lot about; soccer and rock music.”

    Stavanger Aftenblad, Norway

Photo: Stian Broch Jo Nesbø
  • Crime
Reading material

Norwegian edition

English 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

Latvia, Zvaigzne

Netherlands, Cargo

Norway, Aschehoug

Poland, Dolnoslaskie

Romania, Trei

Serbia, Laguna

Slovakia, Ikar

Spanish, Mondadori

Sweden, Albert Bonniers

UK, Harvill

US, Knopf

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