Macbeth: William Shakespeare's Macbeth Retold: A Novel

By Jo Nesbø
Translated by Don Bartlett
Read by Euan Morton

The Hogarth Shakespeare Series

17.46 Hours 04/10/2018 unabridged
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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 lords, one of whom—a master of manipulation named Hecate—has connections with the highest in power, and plans to use them to get his way. Hecate’s plot hinges on steadily, insidiously manipulating Inspector Macbeth: the head of SWAT and a man already susceptible to violent and paranoid tendencies. What follows is an unputdownable story of love and guilt, political ambition, and greed for more, exploring the darkest corners of human nature, and the aspirations of the criminal mind.

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A New York Times bestseller

A USA Today Pick of 5 New Books Not to Miss

A Strand Magazine Pick of the Top Ten Books of 2018


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 lords, one of whom—a master of manipulation named Hecate—has connections with the highest in power, and plans to use them to get his way.

Hecate’s plot hinges on steadily, insidiously manipulating Inspector Macbeth: the head of SWAT and a man already susceptible to violent and paranoid tendencies. What follows is an unputdownable story of love and guilt, political ambition, and greed for more, exploring the darkest corners of human nature, and the aspirations of the criminal mind.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

The legions of readers who adore the dark Scandinavian noir of Jo Nesbø will also love Macbeth, his adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous play. USA Today
“Inventive and deeply satisfying…In the end, he offers a dark but ultimately hopeful Macbeth, one suited to our own troubled times.” New York Times
Nesbø infuses the mythic elements of the tragedy with bold strokes of horrific, Don Winslow–like drug-war realism. The result displays in a strikingly original way both the timelessness of Shakespeare’s art and the suppleness of noir to range well beyond the strictures of formula. Booklist (starred)  
“Inventive and deeply satisfying...[Nesbo] offers a dark but ultimately hopeful Macbeth, one suited to our troubled times. James Shapiro, New York Times Book Review (cover)
Nesbo manages the balancing act of being true to the original play without slighting his own interests as a writer: bleak settings, loyalty (or the lack thereof) among crooks, clever escapes from tight spots, the affinities between policemen and the criminals they chase. Washington Post
"Nesbø has adhered to his contract, delivering a book that plays off of Shakespeare's work but succeeds as his own. NPR
Macbeth is a modern-day drug-war, power-struggle, double-cross, lawmen-versus-gangsters recast of Shakespeare’s Scottish play. Associated Press
“[The] latest entry in the Hogarth Shakespeare Project, which reinterprets the Bard’s works across multiple genres. Hewing closely to the story, Nesbø fashions Macbeth as the head of a SWAT unit in a rain-darkened, drug-infested Scottish city…Nesbø infuses the mythic elements of the tragedy with bold strokes of horrific, Don Winslow–like drug-war realism. The result displays in a strikingly original way both the timelessness of Shakespeare’s art and the suppleness of noir to range well beyond the strictures of formula.” Booklist (starred review)
“In this ambitious entry in the Hogarth Shakespeare series, bestseller Nesbø transmutes Macbeth into a crime novel set in 1970s Scotland…The themes will resonate well with contemporary readers…It’s a clever reengineering of one of Shakespeare’s great tragedies.” Publishers Weekly
“The reigning king of Scandinavian noir updates the Scottish play…eminently in the tradition of the gangster remake…On the whole, though, this brutal account is no tragedy. The main takeaway is how remarkably contemporary the most traditional of Shakespeare’s great tragedies remains.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Jo Nesbø

Jo Nesbø is a musician, songwriter, and economist, as well as a writer. His Harry Hole novels include The Redeemer, The Snowman, The Leopard, and Phantom, and he is also the author of several stand-alone novels 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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Runtime: 17.46
Audience: Adult
Language: English