Weekend Rec: Jo Nesbo’s Electrifying Thriller, The Thirst

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There’s nothing quite like a good page-turning crime mystery/thriller to start the weekend off right. In terms of the crime mystery genre (a personal favorite of mine), Nordic noir is a class of its own. In the world of contemporary Nordic noir, Jo Nesbo sits at the head of the class. His latest novel in the Harry Hole Series, The Thirst, is a perfect weekend rec.

Anyone familiar with Jo Nesbo’s bestselling series can tell you that it’s been a particularly rough few years for Harry Hole. He’s dealt with a vicious serial killer targeting those closest to him, went through a self-imposed exile, seen the young man he considers his son caught up in the drug trade – that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Over the course of the ten proceeding novels, Nesbo has built a hard-boiled literary detective whose dogged determination is tempered by his ever chaotic personal life, inner turmoil, and demons. Harry Hole is most definitely a brilliant detective, but by the time we see him in The Thirst, he is also a broken man nearing the end of his tether, and that is what makes for such a fascinating read. Although, Jo Nesbo’s densely-plotted mysteries, richly-detailed descriptions of Oslo, and oft-brutal crime scenarios certainly don’t hurt.

Here’s more on Jo Nesbo’s The Thirst:

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.

The best part? If this is your first time diving into the teeming underworld of Jo Nesbo and Harry Hole, there are ten more Harry Hole novels just waiting to be read.