Macbeth by Jo Nesbø


He’s the best cop they’ve got. When a drug bust turns into a bloodbath it’s up to Inspector Macbeth and his team to clean up the mess. He’s also an ex-drug addict with a troubled past. He’s rewarded for his success. Power. Money. Respect. They’re all within reach.But a man like him won’t get to the top.Plagued by hallucinations and paranoia, Macbeth starts to unravel. He’s convinced he won’t get what is rightfully his. Unless he...

Details Macbeth

Release DateApr 5th, 2018
GenreFiction, Mystery, Crime, Thriller, Retellings

Reviews Macbeth

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    ”There is only so much a man can take before he gives in, before he breaks every tattooed oath and does everything---absolutely everything---he thought he would never do. For eternal loyalty is inhuman and betrayal is human.” The Sam Worthington and Victoria Hill Scottish Gangster version of Macbeth (2006) is my favorite Macbeth and probably the closest cinematic version to this novel.Inverness.1970s.Setting: Run down industrial town with tox...
  • Amalia Gavea
    ‘’A seagull swept in over Fife through the silence and moonlight under a cloud-free night sky. Below, the river shone like silver. On the west of the river- like an immense fortress wall- a steep black mountain rose to the sky.’’ Without any prologue and lengthy introductions, I must tell you that this book is a masterpiece. It has the status of a classic, the making of a novel that will defy time. Nesbø took the masterpiece by William S...
  • Debra
    "You’re a better man than me, Macbeth."Jo Nesbo's Macbeth is his contribution to the Hogarth Shakespeare Project. This book started slowly for me. Which is funny because the book opens to action but nevertheless it was S-L-O-W. There is a lot going on all at once and there are a lot of characters with their own agendas. I found I put this book down a lot in the beginning and turned to other books but kept coming back to this one. As I said I st...
  • Paromjit
    Jo Nesbo, with his Scandi-Noir credentials, reinterprets Shakespeare's Macbeth within the provinces of a police force in the 1970s in a bleak declining town riven with gang warfare, drug addiction, corruption and all other manner of darkest deeds and where little differentiates the cops from the criminals. This novel mostly follows the trajectory of the original play, albeit in a suitably blood drenched and twisted fashion. Nesbo gives us a tale ...
  • Matt
    First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Jo Nesbø, Hogarth, and Crown Publishing for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.Contributing to the Hogarth Shakespeare collection, Jo Nesbø has created a modern retelling of the Bard’s Macbeth. Set around 1970, the story opens with a police raid on a local gang running narcotics. When the authorities bungle things exquisitely,...
  • Carol
    What a cast of ruthless psychotic killers! Is anyone NOT a cold blooded assassin in Jo Nesbo's reimagined take of Shakespeare's MACBETH? Is there even a hero to root for? Well, you'll have to read it to find out. Having not experienced the classic myself, I have nothing to compare to, but will surely be reading it sooner than later. My interest is now peaked!DARK and DEADLY from start to finish, I could not believe the betrayals....the backstabbi...
  • Jaidee
    2.5 "hazy, lazy, Tarantino " stars !!!Second Most Disappointing Read of 2018 Award Like a Tarantino film this has blood, gore, lots and lots of action, hot babes, strong dudes and kept you entertained from beginning to end. I am not sure that this is what I wanted from a re-telling of Macbeth. I found this book lazy and hazy. Characters that had no depth, cheap psycho-babble explanations and tons of conveniences that would just pop up to carry th...
  • Barbara
    3.5 starsThe Hogarth Shakespeare project invites current writers to update Shakespeare’s plays, setting them in modern times with modern characters. "Macbeth" by Jo Nesbø is a retelling of Shakespeare's play "Macbeth", which was set in the Middle Ages. The original story centers around a high-ranking Scottish military leader named Macbeth who - urged on by his ambitious wife Lady Macbeth - secretly murders the King so he can take the throne. A...
  • Phrynne
    I always think Macbeth is one of the most memorable of William Shakespeare's plays. It has some of the most quotable quotes and outstanding characters. Who can forget Lady Macbeth washing her hands over and over, and that great scene on the moor with the three witches and the cauldron. Well Jo Nesbø takes all that and the rest and makes it into the best book!However it is not a light read. There are many long, descriptive passages and the charac...
  • megs_bookrack
    A tour de force of brutality & ambition!!! I was so excited when it was announced that the Hogarth Shakespeare series was adding Macbeth to its line up. It is my favorite of all Shakespeare's tragedies and I was looking forward to seeing how Nesbo would give it a modern twist. I have never read any of his books before but having heard good things, I went into this with high expectations. He certainly did not disappoint!The action takes place in a...
  • Emma
    This is a brutal, blood soaked reimagining of Shakespeare's classic play. And when I say there's some death in it, I seriously mean it, once the book gets going you'd be forgiven for thinking there might not be anyone left by the end. Of course, if you've read Macbeth, you know how at least three of the characters end up (everyone always remembers the main three). Still, that does nothing to negate the constant sense of danger that pervades the b...
  • Anna
    ΠΡΟΣΟΧΗ! Για την κριτική του βιβλίου θεωρώ ότι γνωρίζετε πως ο Μακβεθ είναι μια τραγωδία του Σέξπιρ όπου οι περισσότεροι ήρωες σκοτώνονται με τραγικό τρόπο και πως ο ομώνυμος ήρωας τρελαίνεται. Για τηλεοπτική μεταφορά προτείνω Φασμπέντερ-Κοτιγι...
  • Sandy
    When I was in high school, I was that weird girl in your english lit class who actually liked Shakespeare. The Hogarth Shakespeare project gave 8 authors a chance to recreate one of the Bard’s classic plays & when I heard Jo Nesbo was taking on MacBeth, I had to read it. And he’s done a remarkable job.It’s a daunting challenge. After all, we already know who did what & how it ends. But Nesbo has given it a modern facelift by turning it into...
  • Paula Kalin
    Review to come...
  • Crime by the Book
    Full review to come! For now, find my top 3 reasons this book belongs on your 2018 TBR here: COW. This book is freaking brilliant. It’s a dense read to be sure - but that is NOT a flaw. In fact I think that’s necessary in order to capture the moral complexity of Shakespeare’s play. This book has action thriller scenes, political machinations, and Nesbø’s trademark superb character development....
  • Skorofido Skorofido
    Το ό,τι θα βαριόμουνα τη ζωή μου διαβάζοντας Νέσμπο ούτε στα πιο τρελά μου όνειρα… αλλά ποτέ μην λες ποτέ τελικά… βαρέθηκα τόσο πολύ τη ζωή μου που μέρες λιβάνιζα τις τελευταίες 50 σελίδες γιατί ειλικρινά δεν έβρισκα κανένα λόγο να τις διαβάσω…Δε...
  • Gary
    I am already a fan of Jo Nesbo novels so was probably always going to get round to reading his contribution to the Hogarth Shakespeare project where current writers are invited to update Shakespeare’s plays, setting them in modern times with modern characters. If I am completely honest it did take me a while to get fully submerged in this one. The story is set in the 1970's with the Police force trying to eradicate it's serious drug problem. Ma...
  • Joseph
    I have heard quite a bit of praise for Jo Nesbo in the past and saw this as a chance to evaluate the author. I loved the setting and the descriptions. 1970s gritty is perhaps my favorite setting for fiction. I grew up in the 1960s and 70s in a very gritty city myself. I really like the start of the book but after a while, the Shakespeare seemed forced into the story. It was like the story and the Shakespeare were fighting each other for dominence...
  • Menia
    γι'αυτό και ο κύριος Νέσμπο είναι ο κυρίαρχος του παιχνιδιού, ακόμα και στο retelling σαρώνει!buddy-reading με την Geo
  • Dave
    For several years now, modern authors, acting under the auspices of the Hogarth Shakespeare Project, have reimagined Shakespeare's classic plays some 400 years after he wrote them. Before reading this book I was entirely unfamiliar with either the Hogarth Project or any of Nesbo's books. Let me be entirely frank when I say that Nesbo hit a grand slam with this amazing noir-filled literary masterpiece. For those who know MacBeth, it's all here fro...
  • Brian
    “They had lost their way, but there had to be a way back, back to where they had come from.”“Macbeth” is the second book in the Hogarth Shakespeare series that I have read. The Hogarth project sees “Shakespeare’s works retold by bestselling novelists of today.” The premise of “Macbeth” is clever. It takes place in the 1970s in a dingy postindustrial town and Macbeth is a Police Inspector, who rises very quickly to the top Police...
  • Louise Wilson
    When a drug bust turns into a bloodbath, it's up to Inspector MacBeth and his team to clean up the mess. He's also an ex-drug addict with a troubled past. This is quite a brutal and blood soaked remake of Shakespeare's play. If you have read the original book then you already know that there is a lot of blood shed. This book has been given a modern take to it, turning it into a dark and brutal story of cops versus criminals. This book has more bl...
  • Maria Bikaki
    Εξαιρετικό retelling της γνωστής ιστορίας του Σαίξπηρ. Θα μου πείτε πως το λέω έτσι ελαφρά την καρδία δεδομένου ότι δεν έχω διαβάσει τον Μάκβεθ του Σαίξπηρ αλλά γνωρίζω απλά σε γενικές γραμμές την ιστορία. Θεωρώ εν τούτοις ότι ο Νέσμπο έχει κάνει με αρ...
  • Αλκιβίαδης Βασίλειος
    Αιματηρό! 😜 Δυνατό! 😎 Καταιγιστικό! 😎 Και διαβάζεται μονορούφι! 🚔🚔 Ένα βιβλίο με κινηματογραφική δράση, με ιδιαίτερους και καλοδουλεμένους χαρακτήρες, ζωντανούς διαλόγους, και την απολαυστική πινελιά του NESBO! 🚔😎😜🚔Το συστήνω ανεπιφύλακτ...
  • Kyriaki
    Αντικειμενική με βιβλίο του Jo Nesbo δεν θα μπορούσα ποτέ να είμαι και αυτό το βιβλίο δεν αποτελεί εξαίρεση. Αν και για να πω την αλήθεια σε μια ακρούλα στο πίσω μέρος του μυαλού μου διατηρούσα μια μικρή αμφιβολία κυρίως γιατί ο Μάκβεθ ανήκει στο Hogarth S...
  • Dennis
    Joe Nesbø's Macbeth is a standalone retelling of William Shakespeare's Macbeth with a modern day, Joe Nesbø crime fiction spin that we all love and respect from the Stephen King of police drama novels. The novel starts sets the stage in the 1970s, in a destitute, crime and drug ridden town in rural Norway, where the townsfolk are ruled by addiction. Both drug ring leaders, Sweno and Hecate, are the supreme leaders of the organized crime and d...
  • Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
    Τα τελευταία χρόνια έχουν κυκλοφορήσει αρκετά retellings κλασσικών βιβλίων και παραμυθιών τα οποία, επί του πρακτέου, δεν αποδείχθηκαν ιδιαίτερα πετυχημένα. Σε προσωπικό, τουλάχιστον, επίπεδο, με απογοήτευσαν οικτρά, με το ένα να είναι χειρότερο από ...
  • Stephen Robert Collins
    JO NESBØ the Norwegian Thrillar writers new book is one of not a sequal to Harry Hole. You have two choices here to read this as some people will a great crime book or go down the second road which is what this book is. A new series of authors each writing a book separate from each other but all based on plays by The Bard William Shakespeare's plays called The Hogath series -The Tempest, Othello, Hamlet,The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, The Tam...