Midnight Sun – Jo Nesbo

I always look forward to reading the latest Jo Nesbo book, and Midnight Sun was certainly an enjoyable read. Unfortunately, at just over 200 pages (using a large font) it has to be said that there was also, initially, a certain sense of disappointment at how short the book was. I will come back to that. First, the plot.

Jon has run foul of the Fisherman, Oslo’s crime boss. So, he flees to the far reaches of Norway, where the sun never sets, and awaits the inevitable pursuit. While there, he encounters the Sami culture, the Laestadian religion, and some friendly, and not so friendly locals. Lea offers him shelter in an old hunting cabin, and Jon and her son become close. From there, the action heats up toward the inevitable, bloody, finale.

The author does a wonderful job of economically portraying the setting and the oppressive threat permanently in the background. And he is no slouch when the atmosphere is superseded by the action.

One of the reasons the book is short is that there is virtually no fluff; it’s escape and pursuit and showdown. Nesbo has resisted temptation to add bells and whistles to a simple tale (though there are surprises) and that makes it that much more effective.

So, in summary: short and sweet. Very sweet, indeed.