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Midnight Sun

A novel

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 21, 2015 – Jon, the narrator of this excellent standalone from Edgar-finalist Nesb , is a "fixer," or hit man, akin to the hero of 2015's Blood on Snow. Jon, who has done jobs for an Oslo crime boss known as the Fisherman, has fled the city for K sund, a tiny village in the far north populated by Sami (Lapps) and dominated by a very strict religious ethos. Taking refuge in a church, he tells the townspeople he meets that his name is Ulf. A stranger in a strange land, Ulf slowly reveals what led him to leave Oslo: a failed hit and a theft that has Johnny Moe, the Fisherman's henchman, after him. Ulf is a bad boy with a heart of gold; he got into trouble because he was trying to help someone close to him. His self-mocking deprecations are endearing: "Not that I'm an irresponsible or careless person; I've just got really bad judgment." Immaculately plotted and perfectly paced, the book is also darkly funny and deadly serious. Scandinavian gloom notwithstanding, it has a neatly satisfying and surprisingly moving ending.

Customer Reviews

Midnight Sun

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

Charming, but not really what one would expect

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.


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.

Midnight Sun
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Feb 16, 2016
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 272 Pages
  • Language: English
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