NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • This killer will get inside your head. • Brilliant rogue police investigator Harry Hole is back, this time as an outsider assembling his own team to help find a serial killer who is murdering young women in Oslo in the next novel in the internationally best-selling series.
"One of today's most interesting thriller writers." —Lee Child, author of the #1 best-selling Jack Reacher series
THE HUNT IS ON AND THE POLICE ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME. Two young women are missing, their only connection a party they both attended, hosted by a notorious real-estate magnate. When one of the women is found murdered, the police discover an unusual signature left by the killer, giving them reason to suspect he will strike again.
THEY'RE FACING A KILLER UNLIKE ANY OTHER. And exposing him calls for a detective like no other. But the legendary Harry Hole is gone—fired from the force, drinking himself to oblivion in Los Angeles. It seems that nothing can entice him back to Oslo. Until the woman who saved Harry's life is put in grave danger, and he has no choice but to return to the city that haunts him and track down the murderer.
CATCHING HIM WILL PUSH HARRY TO THE LIMIT. He'll need to bring together a misfit team of former operatives to accomplish what he can't do alone: stop an unstoppable killer. But as the evidence mounts, it becomes clear that there is more to this case than meets the eye...
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A troubled ex-detective gets dragged back into sleuthing in this gritty Nordic thriller, part of the long-running Harry Hole series. After a stint in California, alcoholic Norwegian detective Hole is back in Norway, where he takes a private detective job for a businessman accused of savagely killing two women. As the clock ticks down, the body count grows and the murders become increasingly depraved. Author Jo Nesbø is a master of the genre, speeding you through terrifying twists and turns as Hole picks up the pieces of the sadistic killer’s twisted puzzle. Hole is a complex antihero whose actions aren’t always perfectly rational—much like many of the fascinating characters involved in the case. Incredibly suspenseful and macabre, Killing Moon will leave you breathless.
Nesbø's 13th Harry Hole novel (after 2019's Knife) covers familiar terrain in a too familiar way. Norwegian sleuth Hole has left the Oslo police after a tragedy and relocated, broke and despondent, to sunny California. At the start, Hole saves Lucille, an aging actor, from a powerful family's attempts to collect the almost $1 million she owes them. It's a temporary fix, but fortunately, a contrivance gives him a chance to help her pay her debts: Hole's former colleagues are probing the murder of Susanne Anderson, a 26-year-old found dead in an Oslo forest. Suspicion focuses on Markus Røed, a real estate mogul, who'd slept with Anderson. Røed decides to hire his own investigator for PR purposes and contacts Hole, who agrees to investigate if he pays Lucille's $1 million debt. The killer's unusually gruesome method is the book's only novelty—otherwise, Nesbø hits all the typical beats of a serial killer thriller, including a lead who seeks redemption through his work, sections presented from the perspective of the murderer, and the imperiling of a significant character. This is a shadow of the author's best work.