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The Kingdom
By (author): Jo Nesbo Translated by: Robert Ferguson
9780735280953 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Psychological Nov 10, 2020
$34.00 CAD
Forthcoming 6.35 x 9.53 x 1.86 in | 1.74 lb 560 pages Knopf Random Vintage Canada Random House Canada
Jo Nesbo, author of the bestselling Harry Hole crime series, is back with a vivid psychological thriller about the bond between orphaned brothers. How far would you go to be your brother’s keeper?

Before Roy’s father died in the car crash that also killed Roy’s mother, he told his teenaged son that it was his job to protect his little brother, Carl, from the world and from Carl’s own impulsive nature. Roy took that job seriously, especially after the two were orphaned. But a small part of him was happy when Carl decided that the tiny town of Os in the mountains of Norway wasn’t big enough to hold him and took off to Canada to make his fortune. Which left Roy to pursue the quiet life he loved as a mechanic in the place where they grew up.

Then suddenly an older Carl is back, full of big plans to develop a resort hotel on the family land, promising that not only will the brothers strike it rich, but so will the town. With him is his fierce and beautiful wife, Shannon, an architect he met on his travels, a woman who soon breaks down the lonely Roy’s walls. And Carl’s reappearance sparks something even more dangerous than envy in his brother’s heart—it sparks fear. Carl’s homecoming threatens to shake loose every carefully buried family secret.

As psychologically acute as it is disturbing, with plot twists you never see coming, Jo Nesbo’s new novel is the work of a master of noir at the top of his game.

Story Locale: Os, Norway

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER: Always #1 in the UK and Europe, and now consistently hitting bestseller lists in Canada and the US. His books have been translated into 50 languages and sold 40 million copies worldwide.

HE’S COMING: Nesbo will be in the US in Fall 2020 and has promised to make another trip to Canada.

TOP OF HIS GAME: Nesbo won the 2018 Raymond Chandler Award, honouring lifetime excellence in the thriller and noir literary genres. Other winners include John Grisham, Elmore Leonard, John le Carré, and Margaret Atwood.

HOLLYWOOD: Blood on Snow will be Tobey Maguire’s directorial debut (release date TBD); and The Son teams Jake Gyllenhaal with Quebec director, Denis Villeneuve (release date also TBD).

JO NESBO is one of the world’s leading crime writers, which he claims only partially compensates for having a promising soccer career abruptly terminated when he tore ligaments in both knees at the age of eighteen. After he studied economics and financial analysis, he worked as a stockbroker by day and played with the band Di Derre (Them There) at night. When commissioned by a publisher to write a memoir about life on the road with his band, he instead came up with the plot for his first Harry Hole crime novel, The Bat. His previous novels, which include The Thirst, Police, Phantom and The Snowman and six others, have sold over 40 million copies worldwide. He is also the author of several standalone novels, including Macbeth, his reinvention of Shakespeare’s play, and the Doctor Proctor series of children’s books. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Glass Key for best Nordic crime novel.

Author Residence: Oslo, Norway

Advance praise for THE KINGDOM:

“I read The Kingdom and couldn’t put it down…. suspenseful…original…this one is special in every way.” —Stephen King

“[The Kingdom] slowly grips the reader in a mesmerising hold, revealing the betrayals and acts of violence in the brothers’ past, building tension page after page, with unexpected twists and building to a gut-wrenching finale. The Kingdom is a stunning novel from a storyteller with few equals.”  —Daily Express, UK

“As dark as a coal mine during a power cut…. The Kingdom has more twists and turns than that Cú Chulainn rollercoaster down in Tayto Park that my daughter forced me to ride. Just as one crisis seems resolved, another one rears up on the following page, resulting in lost hours of sleep as you hasten towards the end…. This is a masterfully crafted novel, which continually pulls the rug out from under you.” —Hot Press, UK

“This being Nesbo there is plenty of deception, death and partial decapitation to come. No Harry Hole this time, but still a sombre delight. There are shades of a Nordic Ripley, or maybe Virginia Andrews on aquavit. Choose your poison.” —The Times, UK

“The pace is uncharacteristically gentle, which is well-handled by Nesbo. But it all ends up as enjoyably over the top as ever.” —Sunday Express, UK

“Jo Nesbo remains the king of Scandicrime…. The Kingdom is the Norwegian writer on assured form.” —Financial Times, UK

“Echoes of such classic noir authors as Dorothy B. Hughes, James M. Cain, and Jim Thompson…Nesbø brilliantly uses the insularity of Roy’s world, both internally and externally, to accentuate the Shakespearean inevitability of the impending tragedy.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Captivating…Guaranteed to be in high demand…The complex characters and twisting plot will keep readers turning the pages.” —Library Journal

“The illusions of a family and its close-knit town constructed and demolished on a truly epic scale.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Twisty…Unsettling…Fans of classic noir such as Double Indemnity will be hooked.” —Publishers Weekly

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