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Author: Jo Nesbo, Jo Nesbø Narrator: Euan Morton Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Hogarth Shakespeare Series Release Date: April 2018 ISBN: 9780525588344
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NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2018

Shakespeare’s dark and tragic play retold in a heart-pounding New York Times bestselling 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • In the crowded field of Scandinavian crime fiction, Nesbø’s books stand out. . . . Nesbø likes to rip plots up . . . to play with the conventions of his genre. The New Yorker
     
  • [Nesbø is] the writer most likely to take the ice-cold crown in the critically acclaimed—and now bestselling—category of Nordic noir. Los Angeles Times
     
  • I am the world’s greatest living crime writer. [Jo Nesbø] is a man who is snapping at my heels like a rabid pitbull poised to take over my mantle when I dramatically pre-decease him. James Ellroy
  • The next Munch or Ibsen could be Jo Nesbø CNN
  • Nesbø writes like an angel. As in Lucifer. The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Nesbø explores the darkest criminal minds with grim delight and puts his killers where you least expect to find them. . . . His novels are maddeningly addictive. Vanity Fair
     
  • Jo Nesbø is my new favorite thriller writer. Michael Connelly
  • Nesbø's much-heralded gifts are on display--using his talent for conjuring the chilly Munch-like atmospherics of Oslo in the winter and his eye for grisly, alarming details that slam home the horror of the evil that men do. New York Times Book Review
  • The world is dark and frozen, according to Nordic noir, and so is the human heart. But it's the magic Nesbø works with the genre's tropes that matters. . . . [He] might be my favorite of the lot. Chicago Tribune
     
  • “Inventive and deeply satisfying...[Nesbo] offers a dark but ultimately hopeful Macbeth, one suited to our troubled times. James Shapiro, New York Times Book Review (cover)
  • Nesbo manages the balancing act of being true to the original play without slighting his own interests as a writer: bleak settings, loyalty (or the lack thereof) among crooks, clever escapes from tight spots, the affinities between policemen and the criminals they chase. The Washington Post
  • "Nesbø has adhered to his contract, delivering a book that plays off of Shakespeare's work but succeeds as his own. NPR.org
  • The legions of readers who adore the dark Scandinavian noir of Jo Nesbø will also love Macbeth, his adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous play. USA Today
  • Macbeth is a modern-day drug-war, power-struggle, double-cross, lawmen-versus-gangsters recast of Shakespeare’s Scottish play. Associated Press
  • Nesbø infuses the mythic elements of the tragedy with bold strokes of horrific, Don Winslow–like drug-war realism. The result displays in a strikingly original way both the timelessness of Shakespeare’s art and the suppleness of noir to range well beyond the strictures of formula. Booklist (starred)
     
  • “Inventive and deeply satisfying…In the end, he offers a dark but ultimately hopeful Macbeth, one suited to our own troubled times.”

    New York Times

  • “[The] latest entry in the Hogarth Shakespeare Project, which reinterprets the Bard’s works across multiple genres. Hewing closely to the story, Nesbø fashions Macbeth as the head of a SWAT unit in a rain-darkened, drug-infested Scottish city…Nesbø infuses the mythic elements of the tragedy with bold strokes of horrific, Don Winslow–like drug-war realism. The result displays in a strikingly original way both the timelessness of Shakespeare’s art and the suppleness of noir to range well beyond the strictures of formula.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “In this ambitious entry in the Hogarth Shakespeare series, bestseller Nesbø transmutes Macbeth into a crime novel set in 1970s Scotland…The themes will resonate well with contemporary readers…It’s a clever reengineering of one of Shakespeare’s great tragedies.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The reigning king of Scandinavian noir updates the Scottish play…eminently in the tradition of the gangster remake…On the whole, though, this brutal account is no tragedy. The main takeaway is how remarkably contemporary the most traditional of Shakespeare’s great tragedies remains.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A USA Today Pick of 5 New Books Not to Miss
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A Strand Magazine Pick of the Top Ten Books of 2018
  • A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

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About the Author

Jo Nesbø is a musician, songwriter, and 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 Doctor Proctor series of children’s books. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Glass Key for best Nordic crime novel.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, an acclaimed voice artist, screenwriter, and actor, has performed on film, television, and radio. He attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks. winning won more than fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.