It all starts with a Tinder date in a bar appropriately called Jealousy and ends with death on an ice-covered fjord. In between, "The Thirst," the latest Harry Hole crime thriller by Jo Nesbo, is filled with horrific murder scenes intensely detailed enough to chill the blood in your veins.
The women of Oslo, Norway, are being killed by what appears to be a vampire — the perpetrator is drinking their blood — and Hole, now sober and lecturing at the Police College, is drawn into active duty to run a parallel investigation.
Nesbo's cast of characters is filled with potential suspects, careerist cops and Hole's family and friends. They include his wife Rakel, who is suffering headaches, and her son Oleg, who is attending the Police College; a tabloid reporter, Mona Daa, and a policeman who is leaking details to her from the investigation; a criminal forensics expert, Bjorn, and the lead detective on the case; and Katrina, who recently split up with him, as well as a police chief with suspect motivations.