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(Harry Hole #11)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  35,766 ratings  ·  2,654 reviews
Etter tre år i relativ harmoni braker helvete igjen løs i Oslo. Unge kvinner som har vært aktive på sjekkeappen Tinder blir drept i sine egne hjem, og Harry Hole trekkes inn i etterforskningen.
Hardcover, 527 pages
Published March 21st 2017 by Aschehoug
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Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You cannot imagine how excited I was to see that Harry Hole was back! I was so sure that Jo Nesbø had decided to move on to other things after the last book but thankfully I was wrong and here is Harry called back from his quiet job as a college lecturer to chase the one who got away.
And this is not just any Harry Hole book but one that is up there with his best work. Harry has become a legend in his own life time. He is still just as flawed, still an alcoholic, still unable to completely relate
James Thane
The opening of the eleventh entry in the Harry Hole series finds the famed Norwegian detective happily retired from the homicide division and teaching at the police academy. He's clean, sober and recently married, building his relationship with his wife and his stepson. Hard as is may be to believe, Harry Hole is actually happy.

Any fan of the series knows that this can't possibly last long, and Harry fears it as well--he knows that his life is too good to be true. Sure enough, when two women are
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bayb-2018

3.5 stars

In this eleventh book in the "Harry Hole" series, the Oslo police detective is chasing Valentin Gjertsen, a serial killer who's been Harry's nemesis for years. The book can be read as a standalone but readers familiar with the series will understand the characters' motivations better.


As the story opens, recovering alcoholic Harry Hole - who's probably the best detective in Oslo - has been on the wagon for three years.

Harry is finally married to the love of his life, Rakel Fauke
Crime by the Book
My full review here:

It's official: Nesbø has outdone even himself with this BRILLIANT book. I honestly was so sad for this book to end - I miss Harry already. THE THIRST is Nesbø at his finest: he's crafted a gritty, chilling, violent, emotional, utterly immersive crime novel. I couldn't get enough. Plus: the ending of this book?!?! Talk about a dramatic and BRILLIANT conclusion to this twisted story. I love Harry SO much, and this book also showed how fl
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Thirst is another solidly entertaining installment of the Harry Hole series. This time, a serial killer is targeting women on Tinder, killing them by biting and draining them of their blood. Harry is no longer with the police force, but he recognizes from the murders that a killer from his past is back.

This series has been so consistently compelling, and this book is no different. Each of the five books I've read so far (I started with The Snowman - #7) has been gripping and fast-paced. This
Meredith (On Vacation)
I just love this series! It keeps getting better and better!

Harry Hole is back!

Working as a lecturer and married to Rakel, Harry is content. But true to form, Harry's happiness doesn’t last long. Drawn into a murder investigation to catch an elusive serial killer, Harry’s life slowly starts to spiral out of control.

Of course, all is not as it seems, as Nesbo has once again created a multi layered mystery/thriller. The ending sets things up for some rather interesting developments in Harry’s
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have I mentioned I like Jo Nesbo? What about Harry Hole? Oh. The fact that I’ve read 11 of these gives you a big fat clue! 😂. Harry is a lecturer at the Police College in Oslo, he’s married to Rakel and sober. Oleg is at Police College and in a relationship. Happy days. Until a vampirist goes on a rampage. The delightful (not) Mikael Bellman blackmails Harry to come back and assist DI Katrina Bratt and her team. What follows is dark, twisty, full of ups and downs and I loved it!!!
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Jo Nesbø, and Random House Canada for providing me with a copy of this book, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

The reader can always expect a treat when Harry Hole re-emerges on the written page. Nesbø's latest novel is no exception. While Nesbø has taken his protagonist on many a wild ride, there is always something sinister and dark that pulls the reader (and the jaded murder detective) back into the mix. As the novel ope
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nordic-noir
Its been jus over THREE years since the last Harry Hole novel..... really....?? WOW!!! No wonder I struggled a bit with the names early doors.......

A lot of tension from the get-go as you realise/anticipate murders (a la horror film style) are coming but not sure whose “gonna get it” & thats the instant hook with The Thirst. I love Nesbo’s writing, he works the characters in very well around the MC Hole to the point where you are rooting for others now as well as Harry who ive enjoyed from the e
Shane Harrison
I thought I'd never finish this book. It is was too long and too gruesome. Much as I have loved the Harry Hole series, I doubt that I will follow it any further. Nesbo is, I think, aware of being stuck in a rut and, in recent episodes, has fiddled with the concept of Harry's demise. Unfortunately, I think he has painted himself into a corner and is grasping for ever more outrageous solutions to dig him out. Fundamentally I find the serial killer to be a poor focus for a murder mystery unless att ...more
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery

If you are a fan of books you can finish in a day or two, you wouldn’t like The Thirst or any other Jo Nesbø book. But if you, like me, love to be in a long-term relationship with a book without being bored to death, aka sit your ass down, grab a cuppa and let the book take you deep inside the minds of the characters, then you are in for a treat.

Is there a vampire lurking in the streets of Oslo or just a sick serial killer with a thirst for blood? The unique Harry Hole is back in yet another
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harry Hole is not the character you come to like immediately. However, after several novels with him I accepted his vices and his individualism.
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 11th offering in Nesbo’s popular Norway Noir series featuring the flawed detective Harry Hole. Harry is less of a ‘mess’ than he usually is. He is now married to Rakel and staying away from alcohol. Could he possibly be dealing with something as foreign as happiness? Hah—not for long. A serial killer needs to be caught and the corrupt Chief of Police, Mikael Bellman, is black-mailing him to take the case.

The killer appears to be a ‘vampirist’ using metal teeth and ever more horrific
Lew Watts
I am a huge Jo Nesbo fan, and while I realize that it would be almost impossible to live up to the magnificence of The Leopard, this was a huge disappointment. Harry Hole was there, in print, but the unpredictable angst was gone—in fact, he was almost unrecognizable at times. When the rapid-fire pacing that Nesbo is known for meandered into political discourse, which happened all too often, I felt my shoulders fall. Nesbo's famous false turns and plot-shocks were peppered through the text, but w ...more
Michael Martz
'The Thirst', Jo Nesbo's latest Harry Hole mystery, is a bit of a departure in that Harry has become a much more domesticated, and therefore less interesting, lead character. He retired from the force and has seemingly entered into legendary status among most (not all) of the current crop of crime fighters. When a series of particularly bloody murders occurs, Harry is called back into action.

The plot is on the sensational side. A 'vampirist' seems to be ravaging Oslo and murdering (and draining
Ken Fredette
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say about Jo Nesbø that hasn't been said before. Wow, his story blew me away. Every time you thought it was solved it would implode on itself again and again and again. But I liked that kind of action. You are kept on your toes about the characters, you didn't know whether to like, distrust, or hate any new character. People please read the book and enjoy. ...more
Toni Osborne
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book # 11 in the Harry Hole series

Our unorthodox detective is back, facing another killer, one that will remind him of an old nemesis in his past. In this chilling and emotionally charged mystery Harry is drawn back to the Oslo police force and soon is on the tail of a serial killer working the streets and targeting people using the online dating service, Tinder.

This is a crime fiction at its best: gritty, atmospheric, violent and gripping. “The Thirst” is top notch writing and one of the blood
Alan Cotterell
Try again. Goodreads app didn't save my review last time.
Well worth the wait, This is probably the best book in an already outstanding series.

How on earth he keeps the pace up so high for over 630 pages I don't know. There are so many layers to this story, but somehow they all fit together and are easy to follow.

Love the Harry Hole character, so different to the standard maverick cop in so many other novels.

Can't wait for May and the next installment- Macbeth.
Kylie H
Jun 06, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book 11 in the Harry Hole series and I thought I was nearing the end, but see that book 13 is to be released soon.
In this book Harry, who is now lecturing to Police is drawn back into an investigation for the 'one who got away'. The perpetrator in this case appears to be a vampirist and attacks his victims wearing iron teeth.
Once again Harry is also battling his inner demons with Rakel ill and him finding himself part owner of a bar, ironically enough.
I could go on and on, but if you hav
Craig Monson
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Given the title, Harry Hole fans might imagine that Harry has fallen off the wagon. But there are several different thirsts here: Harry’s perennial battle with the bottle, Mikael Bellman’s desire for power and the limelight (“When some of the people standing up came between Bellman and the cameras, he took a step forward so the photographers could get an unimpeded view”—sound familiar?), and, of course—and most importantly—a cunning “vampirist’s” taste for human blood. It’s particularly hard to ...more
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great story. Never knew there was a condition called vampirism. I also enjoyed the twist and the idea of a monkey trap.

A different Harry Hole. Finally married to Rakel and teaching as a police lecturer. This is a happier Harry Hole. However, he is once again chain smoking, having issues with Oleg and of course Rakel. Enough twists and turns for an entertaining read.

People using tinder are being murdered. The use of social media and Tinder is also well incorporated. A sub plot is the corrupt
Now retired as a homicide detective, Harry Hole is working as a lecturer at the police college and happily married to Rakel, but things go awry as "the one that got away" starts killing again and his personal life goes south too. Blackmailed into the serial murder investigation by police chief, Mikael Bellman, the perp is using Tinder to identify his victims. Detective Inspector Katrine Bratt is joined by Truls Berntssen and a new young cop and psychologist, while the killer taunts the team. Jus ...more
Jacob Overmark
True to habit, Jo Nesbø presents a complex thriller involving a lot of blodshed.
Well written, entertaining in the particularly disgusting way of old and a resurfacing of Harry Hole.
Does it have to feel authentic? Naarh … probably not, parts of the plot are could-happenish, others are reeeeally far fetched.
Anyway, it will keep you occupied for some hours.
David C Ward
A decent series that has always been too heavy on the personal angst. And this one triples down on the angst and emotional overload. It just has too much going on, too much drama, too many red herrings and too much blood. And it all comes down to academic ambition. . .
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nesbo's latest installment in the Harry Hole series is not to be missed. Nesbo grabs the reader and takes them on an unforgettable reading adventure. The key to his success is simple. He makes you love some characters, loathe others, and be intrigued by them all.
In The Thirst, Hole is asked to consider becoming a consultant in the hunt for a ruthless killer who is thought to be drinking the blood of his victims. Harry has a nagging thought that something feels familiar about this murderer, alth
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most anticipated reads of 2017. Harry Hole is back so Oslo be aware that anything can happen.

The Thirst; the Thirst for many things... love, respect, desire, fame, and money.

My third read of Harry Hole and not the last. I will have to go read The Snowman before the movie comes out this year.

Harry in the Thirst is meeting the napoleon of adversaries and it's going to drive him crazy to catch him and make sure he is the right man.

The killer uses the dating app Tinder to find the victi
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Another outing for maverick misfit, brilliant ex-cop and recovering alcoholic Harry Hole. Harry is now a lecturer at the police college but when a vampire serial killer starts terrorising Oslo it is time for him to hang up his chalk and return to sleuthing as a freelance.

What follows is a pacy thriller - a wee bit formulaic given that this is Hole #11, but monstrous fun.

Nesbo is one of my many guilty secrets, he is a master of the art of misdirection, and I both hate and admire him for it. This
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murhat, rikoskirjat
This one was so worth the wait. It's just unbelievable how good Nesbø is. Nobody else can spin the plot like this and still make it believable. I'm always so sure I know who the murderer is, and again and again, Nesbø pulls the rug from underneath my feet. I love it! :) The whole book was amazing in its gruesomeness, and it was so great to see Harry and Katerine and Bjørn and everyone again, felt like meeting old friends. I just hope I don't have to wait 4 years for the next book to be out. ...more
Pantelis Andreou
I think this is the second greatest Harry Hole adventure (first being the snowman) looking forward to the next one! Full review soon!
Alex Givant
Harry Hole is back and demons of the past chasing him. Another good one from Jo Nesbo, wish this guy can release like book a week about Harry. Enjoyed it a lot.
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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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