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3.42  ·  Rating details ·  10,084 ratings  ·  1,822 reviews
A heart-pounding new thriller from the author of The Snowman and The Thirst

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
Paperback, Reprint Edition, 464 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by Hogarth Press (first published April 2018)
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Annamarie I have read all of Nesbo's novels - the Harry Hole series and the independent novels. This is completely different. A total standalone. Dark, well,…moreI have read all of Nesbo's novels - the Harry Hole series and the independent novels. This is completely different. A total standalone. Dark, well, like Shakespeare's Macbeth. In the Harry Hole novels, you get to sink into the character and those around him. I recommend starting with the first Hole novel - The Bat - and go in order. The third book, the Redbreast, really takes the series into the stratosphere, but the first two are necessary for background.
Michaela Mcguigan it mentioned that a lot of the people in the town had lung conditions because of the pollution from the factories and from working with toxic…moreit mentioned that a lot of the people in the town had lung conditions because of the pollution from the factories and from working with toxic materials in the factories (that's how Vera, Banquo's wife died) so I assume the coughing was related to that. (less)
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Jeffrey Keeten
”There is only so much a man can take before he gives in, before he breaks every tattooed oath and does everything---absolutely everything---he thought he would never do. For eternal loyalty is inhuman and betrayal is human.”

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The Sam Worthington and Victoria Hill Scottish Gangster version of Macbeth (2006) is my favorite Macbeth and probably the closest cinematic version to this novel.



Setting: Run down industrial town with toxic air and poisoned earth. Crime is high as more and
Amalia Gavea
‘’A seagull swept in over Fife through the silence and moonlight under a cloud-free night sky. Below, the river shone like silver. On the west of the river- like an immense fortress wall- a steep black mountain rose to the sky.’’

Without any prologue and lengthy introductions, I must tell you that this book is a masterpiece. It has the status of a classic, the making of a novel that will defy time. Nesbø took the masterpiece by William Shakespeare and elevated it to new heights. If you follow
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"You’re a better man than me, Macbeth."

Jo Nesbo's Macbeth is his contribution to the Hogarth Shakespeare Project. This book started slowly for me. Which is funny because the book opens to action but nevertheless it was S-L-O-W. There is a lot going on all at once and there are a lot of characters with their own agendas. I found I put this book down a lot in the beginning and turned to other books but kept coming back to this one. As I said I struggled in the beginning of this book as it was
Glenn Russell

King of Norwegian crime fiction soaked in blood, Jo Nesbø is the perfect choice for a retelling of Shakespeare's Macbeth.

I say this having read a string of Jo's adrenaline pumping novels: The Snowman, The Leopard, Phantom, Police and The Son.

I'm in good company. James Shapiro has been teaching Shakespeare at Columbia University for nearly 40 years and his New York Times review of the novel is glowing: "One of the pleasures of reading this book is watching Nesbø meet the formidable challenge of
Jo Nesbo, with his Scandi-Noir credentials, reinterprets Shakespeare's Macbeth within the provinces of a police force in the 1970s in a bleak declining town riven with gang warfare, drug addiction, corruption and all other manner of darkest deeds and where little differentiates the cops from the criminals. This novel mostly follows the trajectory of the original play, albeit in a suitably blood drenched and twisted fashion. Nesbo gives us a tale of ruthless political ambition, betrayal, ...more
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Jo Nesbø, Hogarth, and Crown Publishing for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

Contributing to the Hogarth Shakespeare collection, Jo Nesbø has created a modern retelling of the Bard’s Macbeth. Set around 1970, the story opens with a police raid on a local gang running narcotics. When the authorities bungle things exquisitely, leaving blood and bodies scattered around the
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those expecting a beach read thriller and not anything more
Recommended to Jaidee by: I wanted to read this for months
2.5 "hazy, lazy, Tarantino " stars !!!

Second Most Disappointing Read of 2018 Award

Like a Tarantino film this has blood, gore, lots and lots of action, hot babes, strong dudes and kept you entertained from beginning to end. I am not sure that this is what I wanted from a re-telling of Macbeth.

I found this book lazy and hazy. Characters that had no depth, cheap psycho-babble explanations and tons of conveniences that would just pop up to carry the quick plot along.

On a beach this might be great
What a cast of ruthless psychotic killers!

Is anyone NOT a cold blooded assassin in Jo Nesbo's reimagined take of Shakespeare's MACBETH? Is there even a hero to root for? Well, you'll have to read it to find out. Having not experienced the classic myself, I have nothing to compare to, but will surely be reading it sooner than later. My interest is now peaked!

DARK and DEADLY from start to finish, I could not believe the betrayals....the backstabbing....the threats....the blackmail....the


3.5 stars

The Hogarth Shakespeare project invites current writers to update Shakespeare’s plays, setting them in modern times with modern characters.

"Macbeth" by Jo Nesbø is a retelling of Shakespeare's play "Macbeth", which was set in the Middle Ages. The original story centers around a high-ranking Scottish military leader named Macbeth who - urged on by his ambitious wife Lady Macbeth - secretly murders the King so he can take the throne. Afterwards, the usurper becomes a murderous tyrant who
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I always think Macbeth is one of the most memorable of William Shakespeare's plays. It has some of the most quotable quotes and outstanding characters. Who can forget Lady Macbeth washing her hands over and over, and that great scene on the moor with the three witches and the cauldron. Well Jo Nesbø takes all that and the rest and makes it into the best book!

However it is not a light read. There are many long, descriptive passages and the characters frequently dwell at length on their own
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A tour de force of brutality & ambition!!!

I was so excited when it was announced that the Hogarth Shakespeare series was adding Macbeth to its line up.

It is my favorite of all Shakespeare's tragedies and I was looking forward to seeing how Nesbo would give it a modern twist. I have never read any of his books before but having heard good things, I went into this with high expectations. He certainly did not disappoint!

The action takes place in a crime-ridden city in the 1970s. Drug dealers
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a brutal, blood soaked reimagining of Shakespeare's classic play. And when I say there's some death in it, I seriously mean it, once the book gets going you'd be forgiven for thinking there might not be anyone left by the end. Of course, if you've read Macbeth, you know how at least three of the characters end up (everyone always remembers the main three). Still, that does nothing to negate the constant sense of danger that pervades the book, the who's-next paranoia such as that felt by ...more
When I was in high school, I was that weird girl in your english lit class who actually liked Shakespeare. The Hogarth Shakespeare project gave 8 authors a chance to recreate one of the Bard’s classic plays & when I heard Jo Nesbo was taking on MacBeth, I had to read it. And he’s done a remarkable job.

It’s a daunting challenge. After all, we already know who did what & how it ends. But Nesbo has given it a modern facelift by turning it into a dark, violent tale of cops vs criminals set
Crime by the Book
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Full review to come! For now, find my top 3 reasons this book belongs on your 2018 TBR here:

HOLY COW. This book is freaking brilliant. It’s a dense read to be sure - but that is NOT a flaw. In fact I think that’s necessary in order to capture the moral complexity of Shakespeare’s play. This book has action thriller scenes, political machinations, and Nesbø’s trademark superb character development. I loved it!!!
Joseph Spuckler
I have heard quite a bit of praise for Jo Nesbo in the past and saw this as a chance to evaluate the author. I loved the setting and the descriptions. 1970s gritty is perhaps my favorite setting for fiction. I grew up in the 1960s and 70s in a very gritty city myself. I really like the start of the book but after a while, the Shakespeare seemed forced into the story. It was like the story and the Shakespeare were fighting each other for dominence. I could not fall into the story.
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“They had lost their way, but there had to be a way back, back to where they had come from.”

“Macbeth” is the second book in the Hogarth Shakespeare series that I have read. The Hogarth project sees “Shakespeare’s works retold by bestselling novelists of today.” The premise of “Macbeth” is clever. It takes place in the 1970s in a dingy postindustrial town and Macbeth is a Police Inspector, who rises very quickly to the top Police Commissioner’s spot through the machinations of a drug lord
For several years now, modern authors, acting under the auspices of the Hogarth Shakespeare Project, have reimagined Shakespeare's classic plays some 400 years after he wrote them. Before reading this book I was entirely unfamiliar with either the Hogarth Project or any of Nesbo's books.

Let me be entirely frank when I say that Nesbo hit a grand slam with this amazing noir-filled literary masterpiece. For those who know MacBeth, it's all here from the grimy foggy moors to the haunting dreams to
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Thou hast it now: king, Cawdor, Glamis, all,
As the weird women promised, and I fear
Thou played’st most foully for ’t. Yet it was said
It should not stand in thy posterity,
But that myself should be the root and father
Of many kings. If there come truth from them—
As upon thee, Macbeth, their speeches shine—
Why, by the verities on thee made good,
May they not be my oracles as well,
And set me up in hope? But hush, no more.”

Banquo’s famous lines shed light on the treachery within treachery within
Louise Wilson
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

This is quite a brutal and blood soaked remake of Shakespeare's play. If you have read the original book then you already know that there is a lot of blood shed. This book has been given a modern take to it, turning it into a dark and brutal story of cops versus criminals. This book has more blood shed in it. It's all here in this novel; the
Joe Nesbø's Macbeth is a standalone retelling of William Shakespeare's Macbeth with a modern day, Joe Nesbø crime fiction spin that we all love and respect from the Stephen King of police drama novels. The novel starts sets the stage in the 1970s, in a destitute, crime and drug ridden town in rural Norway, where the townsfolk are ruled by addiction. Both drug ring leaders, Sweno and Hecate, are the supreme leaders of the organized crime and drug power in the town. Another ruler of the town is ...more
Roman Clodia
The combination of Shakespeare's Macbeth and Nesbo' s dark brand of crime writing should have been a match to die for - but somehow this novel just doesn't work for me. The most successful of the Hogarth series (and imitative adaptations and appropriations more generally) take the Shakespeare text as their starting point but invest the appropriating text with a life of its own: that's what made Atwood' s Hag-Seed: The Tempest Retold and Jacobson' s Shylock Is My Name both so wonderful - they do ...more
Stephen Robert Collins
JO NESBØ the Norwegian Thrillar writers new book is one of not a sequal to Harry Hole. You have two choices here to read this as some people will a great crime book or go down the second road which is what this book is.
A new series of authors each writing a book separate from each other but all based on plays by The Bard William Shakespeare's plays called The Hogath series -The Tempest, Othello, Hamlet,The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, The Taming of the Shrew,The Winter's Tale & here
Patrice Hoffman
I'm placing Jo Nesbo's retelling of Shakespeare's Macbeth back on my to-read list. I know I rated it. What I read so far was great. My high school (ETHS) didn't require that we read too much Shakespeare. I remember only reading Romeo & Juliet and the Midsummer dream one. Although I've never read Macbeth it didn't exempt me from hearing about it and some out damn! spot scene. Unless I'm confusing it with some other Shakespeare work.

Either way. I rated it 4-stars because Nesbo manages to
Janelle | She Reads with Cats
Thank you so much Crown Publishing for providing my free copy of MACBETH by Jo Nesbo - all opinions are my own.

This book is EXACTLY what it says it is: a really well done retelling of Shakespeare’s Macbeth with a modern crime twist. As soon as I started reading, I recognized Nesbo’s signature writing style with graphic descriptions and phenomenal character development. I am not going to lie, it’s a big, dense book. And even though I read fast, it took me a bit to hit my stride, but I loved it!
Nancy Oakes
like a 3.7, rounded up.

I've been sitting here trying to figure out exactly what to say about this book but it I'm getting absolutely nowhere. The other entries that I've read in the Hogarth Shakespeare series didn't have the double edge of this one -- the fact that it is both crime thriller and Nesbø's updated revamp of Shakespeare's play makes it tougher for me.

First, the book gets heavily into the question of what is it about Macbeth, a hero, idealistic, and well respected by friends and
Jo Nesbø is the latest author to participate in the Hogarth Shakespeare project. Launched in October 2015, the project’s stated aim is ‘to see Shakespeare’s plays reimagined by some of today’s bestselling and most celebrated writers. The books are true to the spirit of the original plays, while giving authors an exciting opportunity to do something new.’

This is the first book by Jo Nesbø I’ve read, although I’m aware of his books and his many fans across the world. Therefore, I came to the book
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

See me talk about this briefly in my May wrap up:
Patrick Sherriff
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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If I had just read this, rather than listened to is as an audio book, I'm not sure I would have rated it so highly, but with the excellent interpretation by Scottish actor Derek Riddell, what could have veered off course into the unbelievable or completely unrecognisable instead kept to this side of reality. At 17 hours, it made for a long audio book, about five times the length of the Shakespeare play. Which begged the question: What could Nesbo possibly do that Shakespeare couldn't? I'm not ...more
BAM The Bibliomaniac
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Netgalley #9
2018 Reading Challenge: involves a heist

Many thanks go to Jo Nesbo, Random House especially Hogarth, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.

I recently learned about the Hogarth series and had to have ALL THE BOOKS. Macbeth is the latest in the series. Nesbo is well known for his Harry Hole thriller series, Nordic noir. This was just superbly written. It was quite easy to follow the Shakespeare plot though the story. In fact I caught myself
Kasa Cotugno
I was excited to learn that Jo Nesbo had been tapped to provide the latest in Hogarth's updated Shakespearean series, and he did not disappoint. With his trademark attention to detail, even to the most minuscule, he brings Macbeth into the 1970's literally with a bang. Having seen many productions of the original, it is the play I'm most familiar with, and Nesbo's signposting of characters in the choice of their names was spot on in this depiction of desire for power and resultant guilt. Here, ...more
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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, ...more

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