A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2018
Shakespeare's dark and tragic play retold in a heart-pounding New York Times bestselling 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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"It's disappointing to report that this entry in this intriguing series of Shakespeare plots rewritten by modern masters just doesn't work, at least in this audio version. Narrator Euan Morton's use of an aggressively glottal Scottish accent for the entire text, not just dialogue, distracts from the narrative badly. Worse, Nesbo's strength is noir thriller plotting, and this plot is not his. He's made Macbeth, Banquo, and the rest into police detectives jockeying for career advancement while at war with a drug lord called Hecate. The weird sisters are junkie hookers, okay fine, but can you call Macbeth's girlfriend "Lady" without laughing? Nesbo's tale is a murder story, but Shakespeare's is a tragedy of a human condition, and Morton certainly doesn't help Nesbo approach that. B.G. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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