Macbeth (Hogarth Shakespeare) by Jo Nesbø @vintagebooks @PenguinRHUK #JoNesbo #MacBeth #DonBartlett(Translator)

Firstly I wish to thank Rali Chorbadzhiyska Marketing Intern at Vintage, Penguin Random House for inviting me to read and review MACBETH by Jo Nesbø.

Macbeth by [Nesbo, Jo]


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 kills for it.

‘The king of all crime writers’




I loved the idea of the re-telling of Shakespeare’s master pieces by present day authors. MacBeth, I must say, is one of my favourites and which I have read so many times over the years and seen it performed both with original settings and as a modern-day war version on stage. Jo Nesbø set his personal take on the story in 1970’s Scotland with a far more detailed expansion, making it a mighty read. The reception that it appears to be getting is that of the three bears, you can’t please everyone’s tastes.

I felt that Nesbø worked the essence of the core story into his own work quite well. I could easily follow the characters and how it was coming together as the corruption ran riot within the forces that should have been there to protect its citizens. It has all the key elements from greed to murder and everything in between. The plotting and conniving of the very eerie Lady MacBeth , which is well portrayed by ‘Lady’ through her restless nights sleep walking and trying to wash the blood from her hands. Paranoia runs rife in MacBeth after years of dabbling on the wrong side of drugs, which makes a lethal combination in a position of power.

Once I had all the characters in their new roles sorted out the rest fell into place and I found myself right in the middle of what was going on. It is strange as in my mind the scenes flashed between each version of the story as I read. All in all I really enjoyed this book which has been translated back and forth to get to this version. A very recognisable reconstruction of the original with the unmistakable Nesbø flare as icing.


Jo Nesbo is one of the world’s bestselling crime writers, with The Leopard, Phantom, Police, The Son and his latest Harry Hole novel, The Thirst, all topping the Sunday Times bestseller charts. He’s an international number one bestseller and his books are published in 50 languages, selling over 34 million copies around the world.

Before becoming a crime writer, Nesbo played football for Norway’s premier league team Molde, but his dream of playing professionally for Spurs was dashed when he tore ligaments in his knee at the age of eighteen. After three years military service he attended business school and formed the band Di Derre (‘Them There’). They topped the charts in Norway, but Nesbo continued working as a financial analyst, crunching numbers during the day and gigging at night. When commissioned by a publisher to write a memoir about life on the road with his band, he instead came up with the plot for his first Harry Hole crime novel, The Bat.


Macbeth by [Nesbo, Jo]

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