Harvill Secker is publishing a new Harry Hole detective novel in May 2017.
The Thirst continues the story of the last novel to feature maverick cop Harry Hole, Nesbo's 2013 novel Police, which saw him protecting those closest to him from a killer bent on revenge on the police. The latest 11th instalment of the series will see Harry drawn back to the Oslo police force when a serial killer begins targeting Tinder daters with a signature killing method that leads Harry on the hunt of a nemesis from his past.
Liz Foley, publishing director at Harvill Secker, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) from Niclas Salomonsson at the Salomonsson Agency.
Nesbo said: "I was always coming back to Harry, he is my soul mate. But it is a dark soul, so it is - as always - both a thrill and a chilling, emotionally exhausting experience. But Harry and the story make it worth the sleepless nights."
Liz Foley, Harvill Secker publishing director, said 2017 was "the year of Harry Hole", with a 20th anniversary edition of Nesbo's first Harry Hole novel The Bat set to be published in January 2017 and a film adaptation of The Snowman coming in October.
Foley said: "2017 will be the year of Harry Hole. We are delighted to be bringing the millions of Jo Nesbo fans a thrilling new Harry Hole novel in The Thirst and celebrating Harry’s first adventure with our special anniversary edition of The Bat, as well as watching Harry’s first foray onto the big screen with the film adaptation of The Snowman next autumn. It’s going to be brilliant to be back in Harry’s world again."
Nesbo’s bestselling crime fiction series has sold over 30m copies worldwide and the books published in 50 languages, according to the publisher.
The Thirst will publish on 4th May 2017.