Macbeth by Jo NesboMacbeth by Jo Nesbo


byJo Nesbo

Hardcover | April 10, 2018

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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. 
JO NESBO is a musician, songwriter, and economist, as well as a writer. His Harry Hole novels include The Redeemer, The Snowman, The Leopard, Phantom, and The Thirst. He is also the author of several stand-alone novels and the Doctor Proctor series of children's books. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Glass Key for...
Title:MacbethFormat:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9.5 × 6.3 × 1.4 inPublished:April 10, 2018Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A retelling of Shakespeare’s MACBETH Of all the great authors to write a modern day telling of Macbeth, Jo Nesbo is a perfect fit. As with Shakespeare’s Macbeth we know the characters are for the most part treacherous and plagued by demons of their own making. It was interesting to see the characters living in the twentieth century. The setting was perfection, the ending inevitable.
Date published: 2018-09-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nesbo should stick to his tried & true model. I just could not get into this book. I’ve read all of Jo. Nesbo’s crime novels and thought this was going to be another exciting read - not the case! Will continue to plough through it though, maybe there’s a nugget in there somewhere.
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hugely Entertaining Loved this retelling of MacBeth. Have been reading through the Hogarth series and so far have enjoyed this one the most.
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! A great retelling of a classic tale, I really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I like what it did. it just took too long to get there. It has been quite some time since I read Shakespeare’s Macbeth; I think it must be at least a dozen years, as my wife laughs, telling me to double that…and then some. I don’t consider myself to be a Shakespeare expert, but I’ve read a handful of his plays and enjoyed most of them. Macbeth is by far my favorite. Jo Nesbo has done a bang-up job of recreating the feeling that I had when I read Shakespeare’s play of the same name: the darkness, the cold-heartedness, the haunting regret. Nesbo has taken the original and brought it into the twenty-first century. For that part, I loved the book. As I got further into the story, I struggled. I don’t know if it was timing, the story or what, but at about seventy percent I was ready for the story to be over. I was reading, not because I wanted to know what would happen (it’s based on a tragedy, we all know how they end), I was reading to get this story over with so that I could move on to my next book. Not really the way I want to finish a book. In a strange sort of way, Macbeth got me thinking about Weird Al Yankovic’s song “Eat It.” I loved that song, but if it had been an original song and not a reworking of such a brilliant hit, would it have shone quite as strong? In the same way, if it weren’t for the feeling that this Macbeth brought back, would I have enjoyed it as much? That is the million dollar question. I’m not one to back off of or get intimidated by a large book, but I found Macbeth to be a bit more of a commitment than a joy. I appreciate what Nesbo did in recreating a story I loved in my youth. *I received a copy of the book from the publisher (via NetGalley).
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from wicked Thank you to NetGalley for providing a copy of the ebook for review. Nesbo's Macbeth takes place in a gloomy Scottish town, ravaged by changes in industry in the 1970s. Macbeth is head of the SWAT team, in a police department that has been run by a corrupt cop for ages. I think Shakespeare's themes lend themselves to re-imaginings more freely than most other classics and this setting was an excellent match for the overall gloom of Macbeth. The re-telling is fairly beat for beat with the play, but does explore the backstory of Duff, Lady, Banquo, and Macbeth - making their motivations and past scars and failings more clear to the reader. I had a few issues with the branding of the drugs sold by Hecate, "power" and "brew" - I personally can't take an addiction to "brew" seriously and "power" is a bit on the nose. Those are just small issues within an overall enjoyable read. This addition to the Hogarth Shakespeare series could be enjoyed by both fans of Shakespeare or fans of the hard-boiled detective genre.
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gripping A masterful re-telling of Shakespeare's Macbeth. A gripping and page-turning read.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Accessible take on a classic I am not a fan of reading Shakespeare but I love his stories, that is why this book is perfect for me. I find the old English too hard to follow in the originals so placing the characters and story in a more modern situation was ideal. It was easy to follow, very complex, felt true to the little I know about the play, and was well done. It also kept a lot of the Nordic Noir style that Jo Nesbo does so well! I thought it had a great flow and a lot of intricate characters and relationships. Definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys Jo Nesbo, likes Shakespeare or reads crime drama. Thanks to Hogarth Books and Netgalley for giving me access to this in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2018-04-11

Read from the Book

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. Sweno. 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. But here he was. The leader of the gang and the cop-killer who, along with his sergeant, had started up the Norse Riders some time after the Second World War. They had picked rootless young men, most of them from dilapidated factory-worker houses along the sewage-fouled river, and trained them, disciplined them, brainwashed them until they were an army of fearless soldiers Sweno could use for his own purposes. To gain control of the town, to monopolise the growing dope market. And for a while it had looked as if Sweno would succeed, certainly Kenneth and police HQ hadn’t stopped him; rather the opposite, Sweno had bought in all the help he needed. It was the competition. Hecate’s home-made dope, brew, was much better, cheaper and always readily available on the market. But if the anonymous tip-off Duff had received was right, this consignment was big enough to solve the Norse Riders’ supply problems for some time. Duff had hoped, but not quite believed, what he read in the brief typewritten lines addressed to him was true. It was simply too much of a gift horse. The sort of gift that – if handled correctly – could send the head of the Narco Unit further up the ladder. Chief Commissioner Duncan still hadn’t filled all the important positions at police HQ with his own people. There was, for example, the Gang Unit, where Kenneth’s old rogue Inspector Cawdor had managed to hang on to his seat as they still had no concrete evidence of corruption, but that could only be a question of time. And Duff was one of Duncan’s men. When there were signs that Duncan might be appointed chief commissioner Duff had rung him in Capitol and clearly, if somewhat pompously, stated that if the council didn’t make Duncan the new commissioner, and chose one of Kenneth’s henchmen instead, Duff would resign. It was not beyond the bounds of possibility that Duncan had suspected a personal motive behind this unconditional declaration of loyalty, but so what? Duff had a genuine desire to support Duncan’s plan for an honest police force that primarily served the people, he really did. But he also wanted an office at HQ as close to heaven as possible. Who wouldn’t? And he wanted to cut off the head of the man out there. Sweno. He was the means and the end. Duff looked at his watch. The time tallied with what was in the letter, to the minute. He rested the tips of his fingers on the inside of his wrist. To feel his pulse. He was no longer hoping, he was about to become a believer. “Are there many of them, Duff?” a voice whispered. “More than enough for great honour, Seyton. And one of them’s so big, when he falls, it’ll be heard all over the country.”Duff cleaned the condensation off the window. Ten nervous, sweaty police officers in a small room. Men who didn’t usually get this type of assignment. As head of the Narco Unit it was Duff alone who had taken the decision not to show the letter to other officers; he was using only men from his unit for this raid. The tradition of corruption and leaks was too long for him to risk it. At least that is what he would tell Duncan if asked. But there wouldn’t be much cavilling. Not if they could seize the drugs and catch thirteen Norse Riders red-handed. Thirteen, yes. Not fourteen. One of them would be left lying on the battlefield. If the chance came along. Duff clenched his teeth.“You said there’d only be four or five,” said Seyton, who had joined him at the window. “Worried, Seyton?” “No, but you should be, Duff. You’ve got nine men in this room and I’m the only one with experience of a stake-out.” He said this without raising his voice. He was a lean, sinewy, bald man. Duff wasn’t sure how long he had been in the police, only that he had been in the force when Kenneth was chief commissioner. Duff had tried to get rid of Seyton. Not because he had anything concrete on him; there was just something about him, something Duff couldn’t put his finger on, that made him feel a strong antipathy. “Why didn’t you bring in the SWAT team, Duff?” “The fewer involved the better.” “The fewer you have to share the honours with. Because unless I’m very much mistaken that’s either the ghost of Sweno or the man himself.” Seyton nodded towards the Indian Chief motorbike, which had stopped by the gangway of MS Leningrad. “Did you say Sweno?” said a nervous voice from the darkness behind them. “Yes, and there’s at least a dozen of them,” Seyton said loudly without taking his eyes off Duff. “Minimum.”“Oh shit,” mumbled a second voice. “Shouldn’t we ring Macbeth?” asked a third. “Do you hear?” Seyton said. “Even your own men want SWAT to take over.” “Shut up!” Duff hissed. He turned and pointed a finger at the poster on the wall. “It says here MS Glamis is sailing to Capitol on Friday at 0600 hours and is looking for galley staff. You said you wanted to take part in this assignment, but you hereby have my blessing to apply for employment there instead. The money and the food are supposed to be better. A show of hands?”Duff peered into the darkness, at the faceless, unmoving figures. Tried to interpret the silence. Already regretting that he had challenged them. What if some of them actually did put up their hands? Usually he avoided putting himself in situations where he was dependent on others, but now he needed every single one of the men in front of him.

Editorial Reviews

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS' CRIME & THRILLER OF THE YEAR“Nesbo does it superbly, page by page and battle by battle. . . . [I]t’s all just how well Nesbo builds the characters and keeps the story rolling and . . . it moves like gangbusters. . . .Nesbo’s characters are so rich that they can carry it all to the end. . . . In noir, it’s mood that counts and Nesbo has maintained that and the original plotline to the final page. I read the last 200 pages in one long, eye-blinding binge. Save this one for a long weekend with no interruptions.” —Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail“Somewhere in the world of book publishing, a bunch of editors is laughing. It’s dark, bleak laughter, of course, appropriate to those who dreamed up matching Jo Nesbø and his brutalist Scandinavian noir crime fiction with Shakespeare’s Scottish tragedy of ambition, hubris, passion and profound cruelty, Macbeth. . . . The resulting five hundred pages, in which Nesbø offers his re-created version of the tale, is unrelenting and vicious, as well as vividly, compellingly written. . . .  Nesbø’s takes the prize as most cynically unremitting in its depiction of human behaviour. . . . Not that the original Macbeth was in any way jolly, a fact reflected by Nesbø’s refusal to write a single even mildly amusing line. But that’s also been his literary nature throughout his string of fifteen best-selling novels, an oeuvre that has set the standard for an astoundingly prolific set of Scandinavian crime writers. . . . Word after word, the novel is unrelenting and gruelling. That’s precisely Nesbø’s specialty, so must be exactly what the chuckling editors who commissioned him for the Hogarth Shakespeare project expected and wanted, their very well-written nightmare come true.” —Joan Barfoot, author of Exit Lines, Montreal Gazette“A story of betrayal . . . filled with many twists and turns, you’re not bored a single minute.” —Norbert Spehner, CBC Radio (translated from French)“What Shakespeare withholds, Nesbø delves into deeply, taking one of Shakespeare’s shortest and most enigmatic plays and expanding on what brought his characters to this point in their lives. . . . The result is inventive and deeply satisfying, especially to readers already familiar with the plot.” —James Shapiro, The New York Times“Nesbo’s adaptation sings when he departs from the original script. . . . This author packs his novel with action, from shootouts to chase scenes, and there’s something compelling about the drive behind them, about the need these characters have to construct something greater and more interesting than the circumstances meted out to them by the universe. . . . Nesbo followers will devour it in one sitting.” —NPR“The grim Scandinavian genre is a perfect match for this grimmest of plays, and Jo Nesbo’s update totally fulfills that promise.” —The News & Observer