From the publisher: From the internationally best-selling author of the Harry Hole novels comes this short, lyrical tale of a man on the run from a crime lord’s deadly retribution, lost far beyond the Arctic Circle, where the sum remains in the sky for months on end. 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?
The tale begins with this introspection from our protagonist, 35 years and whose real name appears to be John Hansen, a solitary person who acts as a fixer, getting rid of persons his pimp boss wishes to remove from the living world: “We store up all sorts of stories with fabricated logic, so that life can look as though it has some meaning. So I may as well start here, in the midst of the confusion, at a time and a place where fate seemed to be taking a short break, holding its breath. When, just for a moment, I thought I was not only on my way, but had also already arrived.” He also thinks “I was an evolutionary aberration, and the future of humanity would only be served by my immediate extinction.” Which seems to be a real possibility, as The Fisherman has men searching for him with just that goal in mind. It is August of 1978, in a place called Kasund, close to the North Pole. It is said that “The Fisherman always finds what he’s looking for.”
This new series continues to give what the reader expects from Mr. Nesbo: gorgeous writing. The setting plays an important role: “Even the urban landscape had something oddly desolate and relentless about it: here too you had a nagging sense that nature was in control, that human beings were tiny and impotent . . . Even when the midnight sun was at its zenith, it was as if nature was resting, as if its heartbeat had slowed down.” As with the first book in the series, “Blood on Snow,” as well as the Harry Hole series, the newest book is highly recommended....Continua