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Macbeth : Hogarth Shakespeare Series - Jo Nesbo


Hogarth Shakespeare Series

By: Jo Nesbo

Paperback Published: 2nd April 2018
ISBN: 9781781090268
Number Of Pages: 304

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Set in a dark, rainy northern town, Nesbo's Macbeth pits the ambitions of a corrupt policeman against loyal colleagues, a drug-depraved underworld and the pull of childhood friendships.

Get ready to helter-skelter through the darkest tunnels of human experience.

Review by Sarah McDuling

If you have ever found yourself wondering what Macbeth would be like if it was set in the 1970s and reimagined as a gritty cop drama … no need to wonder anymore! In this latest addition to the Hogarth Shakespeare series, Jo Nesbo recreates ‘The Scottish Play’ as tale of corrupt cops versus underground criminals.

Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth is a dark, ominously grim retelling of Shakespeare's famous play. Combining Jo Nesbo’s absorbing writing style with Shakespeare’s powerful themes of ambition, power, greed and corruption, this retelling is a must-read for crime buffs and Shakespeare fanatics alike.

Bleak, brilliant and utterly riveting, this is the Macbeth retelling you never knew you always wanted!

Industry Reviews

"Majestically satisfying...a deliciously oppressive page-turner" -- Steven Poole * Guardian *
"Immensely enjoyable and gloriously dark... He has accomplished that toughest of literary feats: putting his own unmistakable mark on one of Shakespeare's most celebrated plays" -- Matt Gibson * Daily Express *
"Inventive and deeply satisfying... a dark but ultimately hopeful Macbeth, one suited to our own troubled times" -- James Shapiro * New York Times Book Review *
"Nesbo makes excellent use of all the atmosphere of his genre, and the stakes at play are every bit as convincing as those in the original... This is Nesbo doing what he's good at" -- Lucy Scholes * Independent *
"Macbeth as a SWAT team leader. His wife as a former prostitute. The three witches as drug dealers. It's Shakespeare's darkest tale -- reimagined by the king of Nordic noir" -- Graeme Thomson * Mail on Sunday *

Don't waste your money


Oh Jo Nesbo. What happened? Coffers low and you had to churn out a quicky and thought your audience would lap up anything as long as it was written by you? I was disappointed, bored and left bereft reading this novel. I couldn't go further than the first 50 pages or so which NEVER happens to me. Get back to true form Nesbo or your days as a bestselling author are numbered. Seriously people, do NOT waste any coin on this miserable slop.



This is one stupid book


I am always the first in line for a new Nesbo book, but in this one he's fallen to publisher pressure and turned out the most implausible piece of tosh ever. Shakespeare or no, the plot is totally ridiculous, the characters are ludicrous and its convoluted and dull.





So disappointing - loved all the Jo Nesbo books but this one is confusing to follow, too many unsympathetic characters and a trial to read.

Central West NSW


Plot is un believable


Having read all Jo Nesbo books I was looking forward to this one, however I was extremely disappointed due to the excessive murders by the lead character. Knowing this was loosely based on Shakespeare's Macbeth I continued to read hoping for something else other than gattling gun wipeouts and massive assassinations. Bring back Harry Hole.

Sydney, Australia



1.8 4


ISBN: 9781781090268
ISBN-10: 1781090262
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 2nd April 2018
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4  x 4.2
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 1

Jo Nesbo

About the Author

With his eight internationally acclaimed crime novels featuring Detective Harry Hole, Jo Nesbø has achieved an unparalleled success both in his native country Norway and abroad, winning the hearts of critics, booksellers and readers alike. Translated into more than forty languages, awarded a whole range of awards and boasting record-breaking sales, Nesbø has been lavishly praised by international critics for broadening the scope of the contemporary crime novel, and is today regarded as one the best crime writers of our time.

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