Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun

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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."
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016
Edition: First United States edition
ISBN: 9780385354202
0385354207
Branch Call Number: FIC NESBO 2016
Characteristics: 273 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Smith, Neil (Neil Andrew)

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JLMason
Dec 18, 2016

This novella shows Nesbo’s range as an author as he departs from the high strung psycho-mysteries of his Harry Hole series. Second in a trilogy of what appears to be a theme of hit men seeking redemption, the story is about an aimless, but kind fixer for an Oslo crime boss who wants to escape from his life, which has recently been rendered meaningless. Above the Arctic Circle in northern Norway, the harsh, unceasingly lit summer landscape (and the reindeer!) of Finnmark drives the story and shapes the final outcome; it’s a character in the plot, beautifully rendered in luminous sky, sea, and heather-covered rock.

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Blue_18
Dec 03, 2016

I wish that every economist wrote this well. Physically, the pages are small, the print is large, and it reads quickly but that does not detract from the story. Jo Nesbo can write a story that, no matter how foreign the landscape or the people, it sucks you in. Once in, you feel like you are present in the landscape and know the people that he has created. It's like traveling for free. Postscript: This has nothing to do with economic theory or Harry Hole but that's OK.

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pacdg
Sep 05, 2016

great piece of writing and story line. Nesbo knows hw to engage his readers.

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dveronda
Aug 03, 2016

Nesbo is a great author, start at the first Harry Hole books and work you way through the progression. He's got about 8 or 9 books I don't know, they are all good reads. Good down and dirty author, nothing cute...

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Bookworm1562
Jun 30, 2016

This book is not what I have learned to expect from Jo Nesbo. Midnight Sun seems to have been written quickly and simply with little intrigue. I hope his next book is better.

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ba_library
May 19, 2016

Not sure if this was supposed to be a continuation of Blood on the Snow - same fixer on the run in the north in Sami (indigenous/native Scandinavians) land. I enjoyed the Sami setting and the love story, but Nesbo has a tendency to insert religious groups as local whackos.

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GrandCru
Feb 06, 2016

Definitely not Harry Hole. I wonder what was going on in Nesbo's life when he wrote this? Some thrilling moments, not many.

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jazpur
Dec 18, 2015

I always enjoy Jo Nesbo's wry humour.This is a far cry from the complexities of his Harry Hole series. A quirky love story with the 'hero' on the run from criminal underworld where The Fisherman is in charge.

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h18587551
Nov 08, 2015

Much better than the first one in the series. Still not quite up with Harry Hole though, very different.

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h19835195
Nov 01, 2015

Not sure how this ended up classified as a mystery, as it's more of a romance. Not what I expected from this author.

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