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  • Published: 11 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473559936
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 544


(Harry Hole 12)

KNIFE is the brand new Harry Hole thriller from Jo Nesbo where Harry will come face to face with a deadly foe

The brand new Harry Hole thriller from Sunday Times number one bestseller Jo Nesbo.

'Nesbo is one of the best thriller writers on the planet' Daily Express

A man like Harry had better watch his back...

Following the dramatic conclusion of number one bestseller THE THIRST, KNIFE sees Harry Hole waking up with a ferocious hangover, his hands and clothes covered in blood. Not only is Harry about to come face to face with an old, deadly foe, but with his darkest personal challenge yet.

The twelfth instalment in Jo Nesbo’s internationally bestselling crime fiction series.

  • Pub date: 11 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473559936
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 544

About the Author

Jo Nesbo

Jo Nesbo is one of the world’s bestselling crime writers, with The Leopard, Phantom, Police, The Son and his latest Harry Hole novel, The Thirst, all topping the Sunday Times bestseller charts. He’s an international number one bestseller and his books are published in 50 languages, selling over 40 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 band Di 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 Knife

“[Knife] may be Nesbo’s best storytelling yet. It’s not just clever; it’s diabolical, and let’s be glad it is, because the corkscrewing plot provides a measure of relief from the pain on view in this uncompromisingly intense and brilliant novel”


“Knife shows Nesbo back on form… This is a police procedural that breaks the bounds of the format with abandon… Nesbo manhandles the reader into contented…submission”

Barry Foreshaw, Financial Times

“Knife sees the return of Harry’s old nemesis Svein Finne… The plot never goes the way you think it will, as Nesbo delights in playing tricks on the reader”

Cole Moreton, Mail on Sunday

“This is Scandi noir as dark as obsidian with an emotional wreck of a protagonist”


“You can imagine the worst (and you will probably be right), but the brilliant Jo Nesbo will surprise you anyway. Knife is the most unpredictable novel in the [Harry Hole] series”

Forbes, Russia

“The sharp-as-a-knife Nesbo at his best. A first-class mix of thriller and murder mystery . . . Nesbo has done it again . . . Knife is a fantastic and exhilarating suspense novel”


“Skilfully plotted…Nesbo…uses the vast, cold landscapes of Norway to excellent effect in building dread”

Ella Walker, UK Press Syndication

“Nesbo indulges his unique, deliciously horrible vision of the world once again”

Jake Kerridge, Daily Mirror

“The twists play out brilliantly [in Knife]; the translation by Neil Smith is flawless. This is the king of Norwegian crime on top form”


“Nesbo works his magic as this angsty thriller heads to its tense denouement. Fans of the Scandi crime sensation won’t be disappointed”

Deirdre O'Brien, Sunday Mirror

“Nesbo, sharp-witted as ever, keeps the complex, burnished narrative…a knife-edge… Nesbo remains the king of Scandinavian noir”

Mark Sanderson, Evening Standard

“Nesbo weaves the strands of his elaborate narrative with the ease of a gifted storyteller, tantalising the reader with misdirections and a plateful of red herrings. Yet it’s remarkable how quickly he can disentrangle an intricate plot. And momentum? He’s a genius at that – the 500-plus pages just fly by… never underestimate Nesbo – he’s a writer with a seemingly endless supply of stories to tell”

Debra Craine, The Times

“Intricately plotted, with sudden twists and startling developments”

Joan Smith, Sunday Times

“Another fast-moving Scandi page-turner from Nesbo”

UK Press Syndication, *Summer Reads of 2019*

“Nesbo…delivers a perfect blend of thriller and police procedural packed with suspense heartbreak and intrigue, never going where you expect it to… Nesbo is one of the best thriller writers on the planet and Knife may well be his best novel yet”

Jon Coates, Daily Express

“Enjoy his [Nesbo’s] unique, deliciously horrible vision of the world once again”

Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express

“A real page turner which will give you sleepless nights as you race towards an immensely satisfying conclusion after many twists and turns and a whole host of suspects”

Trevor Tubby, Eastern Daily Press

“[The] most gripping case yet. Gloriously twisted”

Daily Express

“Arguably Nesbo’s best yet… Knife is the perfect blend of police procedural and a thriller packed with suspense, heartbreak and intrigue”

Jon Coates, Daily Mirror

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