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The gripping new thriller from the number-one Sunday Times bestselling author of The Thirst.


He’s the best cop they’ve got.

When a drug bust turns into a bloodbath it’s up to Inspector Macbeth and his team to clean up the mess.

He’s also an ex-drug addict with a troubled past.

He’s rewarded for his success. Power. Money. Respect. They’re all within reach.

But a man like him won’t get to the top.

Plagued by hallucinations and paranoia, Macbeth starts to unravel. He’s convinced he won’t get what is rightfully his.

Unless he kills for it.
‘The king of all crime writers’
Sunday Express


Majestically satisfying...a deliciously oppressive page-turner

Steven Poole, Guardian

Immensely enjoyable and gloriously dark... He has accomplished that toughest of literary feats: putting his own unmistakable mark on one of Shakespeare's most celebrated plays

Matt Gibson, Daily Express

Inventive and deeply satisfying... a dark but ultimately hopeful Macbeth, one suited to our own troubled times

James Shapiro, New York Times Book Review

Nesbo makes excellent use of all the atmosphere of his genre, and the stakes at play are every bit as convincing as those in the original... This is Nesbo doing what he's good at

Lucy Scholes, Independent

Macbeth as a SWAT team leader. His wife as a former prostitute. The three witches as drug dealers. It's Shakespeare's darkest tale -- reimagined by the king of Nordic noir

Graeme Thomson, Mail on Sunday

One of the few crime writers today blessed with a bloodlust worthy of the Jacobeans...riveting

Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph

Wonderfully atmospheric

Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express

Nesbo has let his noirish imagination run riot... more than matches Shakespeare for moment-to-moment thrills

Claire Allfree, Metro

A gripping tale of vaulting ambition and proof that “blood will have blood”

Evening Standard

The fun comes from watching a crack storyteller put his noir stamp on one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies... 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

Dennis Drabelle, Washington Post

Bursts with a rude imaginative vigour

Andrew Taylor, Spectator

Has the dark, DC Comics-style setting of the author's Harry Hole books... wonderfully atmospheric

Daily Express

Jo Nesbo + Shakespeare = pure dynamite...the plot is explosive from start to finish

Stavanger Aftenblad, Norway

World-class writing. Jo Nesbo at his best

Fædrelandsvennen, Norway

Masterful...apocalyptic... The result is magnificent... Readers who have never heard of Shakespeare will read this novel as a pure, suspenseful crime novel

Dagbladet, Norway

Jo Nesbo has turned Macbeth into a hard-boiled and suspenseful story about a highly corrupt town where blood flows freely... The characters, the cities, the struggle for power, and the madness are portrayed with an apparent love for the original work and by the skilled hand of a professional... Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth is certainly a Nesbo novel... Nesbo’s hardcore fans will love it

Bok 365, Norway

Expect blood-soaked action amid corruption, vendettas, addiction and turmoil in a dark, intricate, roller-coaster read

Choice Magazine

Murder, ambition, domestic tragedy… all three appear, grippingly rendered, in the works of Norwegian crime write Jo Nesbo

Hannah Shaddock, Radio Times

Nesbø follows Shakespeare’s storyline faithfully… it is striking how well suited the plot is to a gritty modern thriller.

Jake Kerridge, Telegraph

Deliciously wicked


Nesbø clearly had fun…it feels as if Shakespeare has been bent to Nesbø’s will. Refeshing’

Ben East, Observer

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  • Paperback


    October 1, 2018


    624 pages

    RRP $26.00

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  • EBook


    April 5, 2018

    Vintage Digital

    624 pages

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The man hadn’t shown himself for months, but only one person owned that helmet and the red Indian Chief motorbike. Rumour had it the bike was one of fifty the New York Police Department had manufactured in total secrecy in 1955. The steel of the curved scabbard attached to its side shone.


Some claimed he was dead, others that he had fled the country, that he had changed his identity, cut off his blond plaits and was sitting on a terrazza in Argentina enjoying his old age and pencil-thin cigarillos.

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