Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbo
A novel (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)

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Wasting not a word, Nesbø (Blood on Snow, 2015, etc.) paints an indelible portrait of a criminal loser who reflects when he’s faced with the supreme threat to his existence that “it was actually hard to think of anyone who was more dispensable than me.”
-Kirkus

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The internationally acclaimed author of Blood on Snow and the Harry Hole novels now gives us the tightly wound tale of a man running from retribution, a renegade hitman who goes to ground far above the Arctic circle, where the never-setting sun might slowly drive a man insane.
           
He calls himself Ulf—as good a name as any, he thinks—and the only thing he’s looking for is a place where he won’t be found by Oslo’s most notorious drug lord: the Fisherman. He was once the Fisherman’s fixer, but after betraying him, Ulf is now the one his former boss needs fixed—which may not be a problem for a man whose criminal reach is boundless. When Ulf gets off the bus in Kåsund, on Norway’s far northeastern border, he sees a “flat, monotonous, bleak landscape . . . the perfect hiding place. Hopefully.”
           
The locals—native Sami and followers of a particularly harsh Swedish version of Christianity—seem to accept Ulf’s explanation that he’s come to hunt, even if he has no gun and the season has yet to start. And a bereaved, taciturn woman and her curious, talkative young son supply him with food, the use of a cabin deep in the woods, a weapon—and companionship that stirs something in him he thought was long dead.
           
But the agonizing wait for the inevitable moment when the Fisherman’s henchmen will show—the midnight sun hanging in the sky like an unblinking, all-revealing eye—forces him to question if redemption is at all possible or if, as he’s always believed, “hope is a real bastard.”


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About Jo Nesbo

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JO NESBØ is a musician, songwriter, 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 DoctorProctor series of children’s books. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Glass Key for best Nordic crime novel.

Author Residence: Oslo, Norway

Author Hometown: Molde, Norway
 
Published February 16, 2016 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. 275 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Dec 10 2015

Wasting not a word, Nesbø (Blood on Snow, 2015, etc.) paints an indelible portrait of a criminal loser who reflects when he’s faced with the supreme threat to his existence that “it was actually hard to think of anyone who was more dispensable than me.”

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jan 14 2016

Immaculately plotted and perfectly paced, the book is also darkly funny and deadly serious. Scandinavian gloom notwithstanding, it has a neatly satisfying and surprisingly moving ending.

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LA Times

Above average
Reviewed by Steph Cha on Feb 11 2016

Yet even without good prose or a thrilling plot, "Midnight Sun" manages to be a fun read, with a likable protagonist and a brisk, page-turning pace.

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