Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbø

Midnight Sun

By Jo Nesbø

  • Release Date: 2016-02-16
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 138 Ratings
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The internationally acclaimed author of Blood on Snow and the Harry Hole novels now gives us the tightly wound tale of a man running from retribution, a renegade hitman who goes to ground far above the Arctic circle, where the never-setting sun might slowly drive a man insane.
He calls himself Ulf—as good a name as any, he thinks—and the only thing he’s looking for is a place where he won’t be found by Oslo’s most notorious drug lord: the Fisherman. He was once the Fisherman’s fixer, but after betraying him, Ulf is now the one his former boss needs fixed—which may not be a problem for a man whose criminal reach is boundless. When Ulf gets off the bus in Kåsund, on Norway’s far northeastern border, he sees a “flat, monotonous, bleak landscape . . . the perfect hiding place. Hopefully.”
The locals—native Sami and followers of a particularly harsh Swedish version of Christianity—seem to accept Ulf’s explanation that he’s come to hunt, even if he has no gun and the season has yet to start. And a bereaved, taciturn woman and her curious, talkative young son supply him with food, the use of a cabin deep in the woods, a weapon—and companionship that stirs something in him he thought was long dead.
But the agonizing wait for the inevitable moment when the Fisherman’s henchmen will show—the midnight sun hanging in the sky like an unblinking, all-revealing eye—forces him to question if redemption is at all possible or if, as he’s always believed, “hope is a real bastard.”

From the Hardcover edition.


  • Jeff1967

    By JeffJ 1967
    I've read very one of his books and I enjoyed this throughly. Another adventure to an new place in the world while having a great read.
  • Charming, but not really what one would expect

    By nvbick
    I enjoyed this book, really I did . . . But, having been a Jo Nesbo fan for many years, I was disappointed. The writing, as usual, is great; the story well told; and the characters interesting. BUT -- nothing compelling or outstanding. And it doesn't really qualify as a novel in my book. More of a novella. It's a simple tale of redemption, and has a very predictable arc. From the moment Jon arrives in the tiny northern village and meets the beautiful preacher's daughter and her son, you pretty much know what will happen. There's a bit of a surprise at the end, but that really doesn't change the outcome. Sorry, Mr. Nesbo, you'll have to do better to return to my list of must-read authors.
  • Midnight Sun

    By Ruru3711
    I loved this story! Kept my interest from beginning to end.