Macbeth by Jo Nesbo
(Hogarth Shakespeare)

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Ultimately, this will appeal to Nesbø’s substantial and loyal readership and admirers of the Hogarth series who want to see how this notoriously tricky play has been tackled. It may be full of sound and fury, but this isn’t a tale told by an idiot.
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A heart-pounding new thriller from the author of The Snowman and The Thirst
 
Set in the 1970s in a run-down, rainy industrial town, Jo Nesbo's Macbeth centers around a police force struggling to shed an incessant drug problem. Duncan, chief of police, is idealistic and visionary, a dream to the townspeople but a nightmare for criminals. The drug trade is ruled by two drug lords, one of whom—a master of manipulation named Hecate—has connections with the highest in power, and plans to use them to get his way. 
 
Hecate’s plot hinges on steadily, insidiously manipulating Inspector Macbeth: the head of SWAT and a man already susceptible to violent and paranoid tendencies. What follows is an unputdownable story of love and guilt, political ambition, and greed for more, exploring the darkest corners of human nature, and the aspirations of the criminal mind.
 

About Jo Nesbo

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Jo NesbØ is a musician, songwriter, economist, and one of Europe’s most critically acclaimed and successful crime writers today. His first novel featuring Police Detective Harry Hole was an instant hit in Norway, winning the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel—the most prestigious crime-writing award in Northern Europe. Norwegian readers voted The Redbreast the best Norwegian crime novel of all time. NesbØ lives in Oslo.
 
Published January 1, 2018 by Dogan Kitap. 572 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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All: 6 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Above average
on Jan 23 2018

The main takeaway is how remarkably contemporary the most traditional of Shakespeare’s great tragedies remains, whether it’s updated or not.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by James Shapiro on Apr 16 2018

In the end, he offers a dark but ultimately hopeful “Macbeth,” one suited to our own troubled times, in which “the slowness of democracy” is no match for power-hungry strongmen who demand unstinting loyalty from ethically compromised followers, and where the brave must band together...

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The Maine Edge

Excellent
Reviewed by Allen Adams on Apr 17 2018

It’s actually pretty remarkable how well Nesbo’s hard-boiled, bleak crime thriller style fits the story told by “Macbeth.” There’s a spare muscularity to his prose that suits the undergirding alpha-maleness of these characters while also putting power madness and moral erosion on full display.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Steven Poole on Apr 12 2018

This is in the end a deliciously oppressive page-turner that, like The Tragedy of Macbeth itself, seems to harbour something ineradicably evil at its core.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Alexander Larman on Apr 01 2018

Ultimately, this will appeal to Nesbø’s substantial and loyal readership and admirers of the Hogarth series who want to see how this notoriously tricky play has been tackled. It may be full of sound and fury, but this isn’t a tale told by an idiot.

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NPR

Above average
Reviewed by Bethanne Patrick on Apr 12 2018

...Nesbo has adhered to his contract, delivering a book that plays off of Shakespeare's work but succeeds as his own. Will readers love it or hate it? That depends on why they read it.

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