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Midnight Sun

(Blood on Snow #2)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  12,327 ratings  ·  1,211 reviews
Jon is on the run. He has betrayed Oslo’s biggest crime lord: The Fisherman.

Fleeing to an isolated corner of Norway, to a mountain town so far north that the sun never sets, Jon hopes to find sanctuary amongst a local religious sect.

Hiding out in a shepherd’s cabin in the wilderness, all that stands between him and his fate are Lea, a bereaved mother and her young son, Knu
ebook, 224 pages
Published June 4th 2015 by Vintage Digital (first published 2015)
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Linda The first one is a completely different story and though I've just started this one and there are a couple of references to events in the first one I …moreThe first one is a completely different story and though I've just started this one and there are a couple of references to events in the first one I do believe you can read one without the other.

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☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
Could it be that simple? Did you just have to pray? (c)

We got ourselves another introspective villain. Or not quite a villain. A fixer in name only.

Very amateurish for a professional. (c)

He's so very on the run:
Seventy hours on the run. One thousand, eight hundred kilometres. (c)

He would've done well to hide on Mars but, sadly, he can't get there so he'll have to do somewhere around the North Pole.

He hides so very North that he can have the following conversations in all seriousness:
Diane S ☔
3.5 This is apparently the second in The Fisherman series, I haven't read the first. Though this is lacking the depth of the Harry Hole novels, I enjoyed this one. The spare prose seems to fit perfectly this fast moving story. Had never heard of the Laestradians before, but they and there beliefs are a key component of this story. I loved the characters, Ulf or Jon, the reluctant hitman, Lea and her young son, Knut and Mattis, a sami priest. A story of retribution, of second chances and difficul ...more
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
In his second novella, Nesbø offers new insight into the world of drug dealers and the redemption they seek, sometimes in places they'd least expect. Jon Hansen has lived a troubled life, at least since he began peddling hash. After a number of unfortunate events, Jon ends up working for the Fisherman, Oslo's drug kingpin. Taking on the role of debt collector and fixer, Jon makes a calculated error and is on the lam with a large sum of drugs and money, with henchmen after him. When Jon shows up ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It's short, well written and told at a good pace. I found it difficult to put down once I started. I liked the main character, Jon, and really wanted the best for him. I also liked the other characters he meets, particularly Knut. I found the interaction between Knut and Jon humorous and lovely. This story isn't quite as in depth as the Harry Hole series, and I liked this. Sometimes I found the Harry Hole series had too many characters and story lines. This one w ...more
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nesbo, nordic-noir
Finally, he had reached the end of the line, the Finnmark Plateau, where the summer months see no sunset in the land of the Midnight Sun. Peering squinty eyed over the horizon , the sun casting its blood orange hue on the dark, glassy sea, just passed the island that dots its surface, he could imagine the frosty tip of the North Pole. He pulls his jacket closer bracing for the chill, absentmindedly fingers the gun in his pocket and surrenders to the cold isolation and the stark desolation ahead. ...more
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Maybe people do have something in common after all, a desire to hold onto something solid.”

“Midnight Sun” is a quick read, and a little unlike some Jo Nesbø I have read. Many of his books have disappointed me, this one did not!
The plot is simple, a hitman (who has actually never performed a “hit”) flees from a crime boss whose orders he did not follow into the northern Norwegian hinterlands.
This novel reads and feels like noir, and its economic prose is perfect for the text. Nesbø does an excel
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second of this series about Fixers and The Fisherman who is Oslo’s number one drug baron. This one features Jon Hansen or Ulf who is on the run from Fisherman having failed to carry out a ‘fix’. I absolutely love the setting in Finnmark so far north that the sun never sets in summer and the Sami characters that he meets in Kasuna. Mattis is an interesting character and in a slightly dodgy way, he is honourable. The boy Knut is fabulous as is his mother Lea who Jon/Ulf falls for. The ...more
Rachel Hall
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Midnight Sun is essentially a companion piece to Blood on Snow, a standalone featuring a “fixer” (hit man) by the name of Olav and employed by one of the kingpins who control the Oslo heroin market. In that novella, anti-hero Olav stole the hour as a contract killer with a heart, caught up in the crossfire of his bosses battle for control of the drugs trade with arch enemy, The Fisherman. Midnight Sun is a character study of Jon Hansen, a man who is employed like Olav in the role of “fi
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Swedish Noir
Well another tale about somebody from the criminal underworld of Oslo. He is on the run from the Fisherman, a character we first met in Nesbo's "Blood in Snow". Jon has traveled to the utmost north of Norway were in the Summer is no night at all, hence the title Midnight Sun.

He decides to take cover in a little village in the middle of nowhere where he meets Knut and his mother. They know something is wrong about him but leave him to himself while giving him the hospitality he never expected. Du
Bruce Hatton
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: norwegian-crime
This is a relatively short story from the author of the Harry Hole series and centres around a petty criminal called Jon Hansen who, in an attempt to evade Oslo crime boss The Fisherman, flees to Finnmark: an area at the extreme north of Norway close to the Russian border. He soon discovers his intended sanctuary is home to a small, bizarre religious sect.
Jon is the archetypal “criminal with a conscience”. His debt to the Fisherman was incurred because he was trying to buy treatment for his youn
May 28, 2015 rated it liked it
After crossing Oslo’s drug kingpin The Fisherman, low-level thug Jon flees to a tiny mountain town a stone’s throw from the North Pole. Careful not to get too comfortable as his enemies are just over the horizon, Jon takes up the temporary alias of “Ulf”, a hunter from the city, and befriends a single mother, Lea, and her young son, Knut.

Already suffering from a drug-deprived insomnia, Jon underestimated just how difficult it would be to live where the sun never sets. Coupled with intense parano
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I guess the only part that I didn't find that engaging was that whole religion thingy going on it this one. But in a way, it fit the theme with the plot of forgiveness and redemption. But still.... (-1 because of that whole religion. Just a tiny bit too much for me)

Also, Nesbo seems to be quite a romantic. Once again, the main character was quick to fall in love (even in a foolish, but kind of cute way,) and at some point even turned into a teenage boy (in that aspect of feelings, thoughts, acti
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jon is on the run from the Fisherman, and heads to Finnmark, a remote area in Northeast Norway, near Russia and Finland, where life is very hard. Jon has a pile of ill-begotten cash, and stumbles into a devout religious community, where he finds a broken family, who find him worthy of redemption. Now called Ulf, he deals with his fears of being discovered and his shortcomings as both a father and lover. Nesbo does a nice job capturing a religious sect and the indigenous Sami tribe.
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, nordic
Second book in the Blood on Snow series, this can be read without the first one.

Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this much more than Blood on Snow, the first novel in the series. I need a little something in my crime stories besides constant violence. I enjoyed the northern fishing village as a setting and felt like I learned a little about the landscape of Norway and the Laestadian people.

If you haven't read Blood on Snow, you won't be lost reading this one. There isn't a continuing storyline, it's more like another story in one particular crime family. I'm very curious about book 3 now... I'd
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Midnight Sun – Blood on the Snow #2

If you are hoping this is part of Jo Nesbo’s highly successful Harry Hole series this is not part of that series but a new one, but this story is completely different from the first, so can be read as a standalone book. Like previous books this is set in the late 70s in a world that is fighting hard to fight back progress, with the added problem that the sun does not set in summer. So it can be permanently light and play with your mind during the summer months
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
You have to marvel at the skill of Jo Nesbø in weaving a story that is as faithful to its location and environment as he has achieved here in the second in the Fisherman series.
In book one we saw that the drug baron 'The Fisherman' always put business ahead of sentimentality. Cross him and even if you run you cannot hid; his justice reaches everywhere and you be be assured one day he will settle the account.
So when we meet Jon getting of a bus in Finnmark and find out he is on the run from Oslo
Kenneth Iltz
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I may be the only person on the planet that hasn’t previously read a book by Jo Nesbo. Not anymore. I loved this book. It is far more than just a thriller with lots of bullets flying. There is a real story here with an author that knows how to write. I have put his earlier novel Blood on Snow on my “want to read soon” list.

A man who calls himself Ulf is trying to hid in Norway above the Arctic circle, where the sun never sets. Ulf is hiding from Oslo’s most notorious drug lord: the Fisherman. H
Quick and easy read - bit predictable though (having read the toilet scene from Headhunters, I guessed the almost as gross hiding place from the killers that the main character went for in this one quite easily !) and not a patch on Harry Hole. Will still keep reading everything that Jo Nesbo writes though.
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
Jo Nesbø is one of favorite thriller writers. He knows how to write characters, plot, and scenery. I have not been disappointed so far.
Mar 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Fast paced late summer escapade where the sun shines at midnight.

It's humorous and features an on the run Jon who has renamed himself Ulf. He can't seem to pull the trigger and so is quite the incompetent enforcer.

It's Jo Nesbo. It's bloody, drug laden and there are always nasty bits.

Authoritative and rigid religion plus physical realities in this sparsely populated section of Finnmark Platteau are the focus tenets. But eventually, there's lots of other sarcasm, duplicity and also some outcomes
The Cats’ Mother
Novella, nominally a sequel to Blood on Snow, but the only link is The Fisherman, who again features little but is the malignant force driving the plot.
Jon is a lost soul on the run, who heads from Oslo to the North of Norway to arctic Finnmark and finds refuge in a tiny village where the locals are either highly religious or strange Sami. Brilliant story-telling as ever, great characters and evocative writing. Just as well it's only 220 pages or I'd have been reading well into the night!
David Highton
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The connection with the previous book, Blood on Snow, is really limited to the Fisherman, the crime lord from Oslo, from whom our lead character is running. Set in 1978, this story is played out in Finnmark, in the very north of Norway, and at its core is a story of redemption and love. The setting and the people who live there provide a compelling backdrop for this novel. Nesbo is a very good writer.
Ulf is a criminal on the run. Well, let’s be clear. Jo Nesbo’s (please pardon me, but you will need to imagine that there is a line through the “o” in Nesbo’s last name. Thank you) hero from his new novel Midnight Sun is a criminal the same way Julia Roberts was a whore in the movie Pretty Woman. He’s Hollywood bad (which actually means he might be the nicest criminal in the history of Norway. I personally wouldn’t mind him marrying my daughter, I’d like him to attend my birthday party this Sund ...more
Luanne Ollivier
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Midnight Sun is the second book in Jo Nesbo's Blood on Snow series.

What ties these two together is The Fisherman, crime kingpin of Oslo. Jon worked for The Fisherman selling drugs and other 'special' jobs as needed. Except Jon couldn't do it - he couldn't kill. So now he's run to a remote village at the top of Norway where the sun never sets. And he took along drugs and money that weren't his to take - and The Fisherman wants it back....

A local woman, Lea, and her son Knut, give Jon shelter in a
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
While I have read other Scandinavian noir books, I hadn't read anything by Jo Nesbo. I did not know this is the second in the series, or I would have found the first one and read it first. Anyway, this story moved along at a fast clip keeping me engaged. And I liked the main character, John or "Ulf." He is a most reluctant hitman and finds himself on the run from his boss in Oslo. He reaches the end of the line--in Finnmark, the Norwegian county which is in the northeast corner of the country, b ...more
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: precinct-81
I’d give this book a 3,5 stars.
This novel describes in detail the flight from Oslo by a criminal to the land of the Sami in the north of Norway. The setting of the book matches in an excellent way the desolate region and the suspense is sensible through the novel. Actually it is a very good book and my rating might be too low, but I missed the darkness and depth of Harry Hole. Maybe I just need get used to missing him:-)
Ken Fredette
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked this story very much, not to give it away it was not a noir piece. I like the way Nesbø handled the outcome of Ulf, Lea and Knut. If there is a continuation don't let me read it, I like the way it turned out. Nesbø has a way of grossing his readers out, with ill humor attached, but how else was Ulf to survive.
Brad Lyerla
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
I like Nesbo's prose. Or just as likely, I like his translator's prose. Either way, the writing is simple and crisp. MIDNIGHT SUN is short and satisfying if fairly unimaginative.

I am undecided if I will read Nesbo again.
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel felt like a breakaway from the earlier part of the series with more being about relationships and finding oneself than a crime thriller even though there are flashbacks to a younger Jon
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Jo Nesbø is a bestselling Norwegian author and musician. He was born in Oslo and grew up in Molde. Nesbø graduated from the Norwegian School of Economics with a degree in economics. Nesbø is primarily famous for his crime novels about Detective Harry Hole, but he is also the main vocals and songwriter for the Norwegian rock band Di Derre. In 2007 Nesbø also released his first children's book, Dokt ...more

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