Hard to believe that Norway (2013 population 5.04 million) and Scandinavia's well publicized happiness index (Norway now ranked happiest nation) could produce so many fiendish serial killers. If Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole crime novels are to be taken at face value, there's something the happiness rankings have overlooked! But don't let that apparent disconnect spoil your appreciation for these gripping thrillers - perhaps it takes a happy nation to produce a series this scary. Harry Hole is back again, with all his scars and flaws and self-loathing. The Thirst reunites most of the characters we've been following for years, with tight plotting and cunning misdirection, and of course, a grisly series of murders. A detailed review of a crime novel is never appreciated, so I will leave it at this: if you haven't read any of Nesbo's thrillers, start at the beginning so that The Thirst doesn't become a spoiler. — Jennifer Armstrong
— Knopf Doubleday
#1 International Best Seller In this electrifying new thriller from the author of Police and The Snowman, Inspector Harry Hole hunts down a serial murderer who targets his victims . . . on Tinder. The murder victim, a self-declared Tinder addict. The one solid clue--fragments of rust and paint in her wounds--leaves the investigating team baffled. Two days later, there's a second murder: a woman of the same age, a Tinder user, an eerily similar scene. The chief of police knows there's only one man for this case. But Harry Hole is no longer with the force. He promised the woman he loves, and he promised himself, that he'd never go back: not after his last case, which put the people closest to him in grave danger. But there's something about these murders that catches his attention, something in the details that the investigators have missed. For Harry, it's like hearing "the voice of a man he was trying not to remember." Now, despite his promises, despite everything he risks, Harry throws himself back into the hunt for a figure who haunts him, the monster who got away. STARRED REVIEW "Exceptional . . . Nesbo depicts a heartbreakingly conflicted Harry, who both wants to forget the horrors he's trying to prevent and knows he has to remember them in all their grim detail." --Publishers Weekly
About the Author
JO NESBØ is a musician, songwriter, and economist, as well as a writer. His Harry Hole novels include The Redeemer, The Snowman, The Leopard and Phantom, and he is also the author of several stand-alone novels and the Doctor Proctor series of children's books. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Glass Key for best Nordic crime novel, and his books have sold thirty-three million copies in fifty languages.