Midnight Sun

“Jo Nesbo is back with a taut thriller set on his home turf…Midnight Sun tells a simple story — in the best sense of the word — and tells it well. Unlike thrillers that deal in incomprehensible plots and cheap thrills, this is the believable, focused story of a young man trying to escape the consequences of crime and facing hard choices about love, religion and life itself.” —Washington Post

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A wayward hitman, mourning a recent loss, arrives in a tiny town on Norway’s far northeastern border. He calls himself Ulf and gives a halfhearted excuse for his presence, but the locals, who seem as if out of a folk story from a previous century, ask him few questions and supply him with food, shelter, and a gun.

In his previous life, Ulf worked as a fixer for The Fisherman, one of the cruelest drug kings in Oslo, a man whose reach spans the globe. After acting foolishly (but out of mercy and desperation) Ulf has now become the man his boss needs fixed. Can this strange town–and especially a curious, lonely boy with his taciturn mother–offer Ulf a chance at redemption while he awaits the arrival of those who would hunt him down?

Author Note

The descriptions of Finnmarkwhich is fairly unfamiliar territory even for Norwegians–are partly drawn from my own experiences of traveling and living in the area in the 1970s and early 1980s, and partly from other people’s accounts of Sami culture, including Øyvind Eggen, who has kindly given me permission to use extracts from his dissertation on Læstadianism.