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  • Published: 4 May 2017
  • ISBN: 9781473547094
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 640

The Thirst

The compulsive eleventh Harry Hole novel from the No.1 Sunday Times bestseller

Harry Hole is back! The blistering Sunday Times number one bestseller

Harry Hole is back!

'The king of all crime writers' Sunday Express

There's a new killer on the streets

A woman is found murdered after an internet date. The marks left on her body show the police that they are dealing with a particularly vicious killer.

And he's out for blood

Under pressure from the media to solve the crime, the force know there's only one man for the job. But Harry Hole is reluctant to return to the place that almost took everything from him. Until he starts to suspect a connection between this killing and his one failed case...


*Watch out for The Jealousy Man, the new Jo Nesbo thriller, out now*

  • Published: 4 May 2017
  • ISBN: 9781473547094
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 640

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About the author

Jo Nesbo

Jo Nesbo is one of the world’s bestselling crime writers, with The Leopard, Phantom, Police,The Son, The Thirst and Knife all topping the Sunday Times bestseller charts. He’s an international number one bestseller and his books are published in 50 languages, selling over 45 million copies around the world.

Before becoming a crime writer, Nesbo played football for Norway’s premier league team Molde, but his dream of playing professionally for Spurs was dashed when he tore ligaments in his knee at the age of eighteen. After three years military service he attended business school and formed the bandDi Derre (‘Them There’). They topped the charts in Norway, but Nesbo continued working as a financial analyst, crunching numbers during the day and gigging at night. When commissioned by a publisher to write a memoir about life on the road with his band, he instead came up with the plot for his first Harry Hole crime novel, The Bat.

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Praise for The Thirst

[The Thirst is] a breath-taking reading experience... Nesbo is the master when it comes to building a long and increasingly steep dramatic curve... The pace in The Thirst is somewhat calmer than in the previous Harry Hole books, more of a waltz than a rock and roll, until we're a bit more than halfway through. But from there on, it's full on action with blood gushing and splattering until the last page is turned

Verdens Gang, Norway

Jo Nesbo is on top form... [The Thirst is] a spell-binding story about brutal crimes and ambitions gone astray

Dagbladet, Norway

One cannot but rejoice at this reunion with Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole

Krimifan.dk, Denmark

Everything that others do, Jo Nesbo can do better... When it seems as though everything is about to be resolved in [The Thirst], most other writers would be satisfied with their work. With Jo Nesbo, the ride will still go on for 150 more pages

Dagsavisen, Norway

The Thirst combines the best of American and Nordic crime fiction... Harry Hole is a criminal investigator with a steady salary and civil servant status. But he's also made of mythological hero material

Jyllands-Posten, Denmark

It's a big-boned, Technicolor epic in the current Nesbo style, starting adagio and ending accelerando, but with the kind of close psychological character readings that distinguished his early work


An extremely gruesome journey to the darker recesses of human nature, this grisly treat will delight Nesbo's fans


Expertly plotted with vividly drawn characters, frenetic police chases and philosophising villains [...] Expect to be thoroughly entertained

Crime Fiction Lover


Sunday Times

The Thirst like its stablemates is a bulky but zippy 500-pager which never loiters in one place for long. Nesbø keeps you guessing with his usual bag of tricks, making everyone seem a little suspect (or almost everyone). His cynicism about bent coppers and unscrupulous journalists is an inexhaustible and entertaining sideshow...if you liked the other ten, you'll greedily sink your teeth into this

Jasper Rees, Arts Desk

Gripping from the get-go, deliciously dark and expertly plotted, this is Nesbo at his brilliant best


Gripping from the get-go, deliciously dark and expertly plotted, this is Nesbo at his brilliant best

Isabelle Broom, Heat

Gory, disturbing, nightmare-inducing and terrific

Marcel Berlins, The Times

Nesbo's 11th Harry Hole novel is predictably excellent. It's crime fiction as precision-tooled instrument of entertainment and on that level, it rocks

Paul Connolly, Metro

An epic tale that will delight fans of the bestselling series. There is always a risk that if you resurrect a much-loved series after a long break it will not reach its previous highs. But The Thirst is Nesbo at his glorious best with even the minor characters wonderfully drawn. This tense, nerve-shredding tale is impossible to put down as it hurtles towards a stunning finale. Nesbo is one of the best thriller writers on the planet

Charlotte Heathcote, Daily Express

What distinguishes Jo Nesbo...is his wry sense of humour. He not only provides a super-complex plot with plenty of twists...but also skillfully continues the lives of the all-too-fallible characters we have grown to love and hate

Mark Sanderson, Evening Standard

This is a tense and scary tale. If you're partial to bad dreams, don't read this just before bed

UK Press Syndication

The Thirst begins with the brutal killer sinking rusty metal teeth into a victim's neck, and with that gruesome murder, you'll want to sink your teeth into The Thirst and not let go


Nesbo does Nordic Noir like no one else and this is crime fiction at its finest. It's gory, gritty and compulsive reading, with a truly take-your-breath away ending

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