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Set in the 1970s in a run-down, rainy industrial town, Jo Nesbo's Macbeth centers around a police force struggling to shed an incessant drug problem. Duncan, chief of police, is idealistic and visionary, a dream to the townspeople but a nightmare for criminals. The drug trade is ruled by two drug lords, one of whom -- a master of manipulation named Hecate -- has connections with the highest in power, and plans to use them to get his way. Hecate's plot hinges on steadily, insidiously manipulating Inspector Macbeth: the head of SWAT and a man already susceptible to violent and paranoid tendencies. What follows is an unputdownable story of love and guilt, political ambition, and greed for more, exploring the darkest corners of human nature, and the aspirations of the criminal mind.
Publisher: New York : Hogarth, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, [2018]
Edition: First United States edition
ISBN: 9780553419054
Characteristics: 446 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Shakespeare, William 1564-1616 Macbeth


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Sep 11, 2018

I'm a huge Nesbo fan. So huge in fact that I was about 30 pages in before I stopped and went - wait, this ISN'T taking place in Norway? So, good to see him leave his Oslo comfort zone.

This isn't his best book (try Nemesis or Headhunter), but Nesbo with a headcold and a hangover is still better than most mystery writers.

The gimmick works. Changing knights and kings to cops, the Inverness from a castle to a casino, the witches into prostitutes; it's a brilliant update. He is faithful to the story, but changes it enough that if you're familiar with the play (I wasn't) there are still surprises.

The ending potentially sets up a sequel. I hope he writes that sequel, but it's a strong ending even if he doesn't. Power corrupts, but goodness can triumph, but the ending is a reminder that: yeah, but just wait....

Sep 10, 2018

Nesbo takes darkness to a new level. It was creative but soon became predictable. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.


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