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Publisher's Summary

A veritable crime lover’s delight from a true master of mystery and suspense. Experience the number one New York Times best-selling author as never before in this dark and thrilling short story collection that takes us on a journey of twisted minds and vengeful hearts.

Jo Nesbø is known the world over as a consummate mystery/thriller writer. Famed for his deft characterization, hair-raising suspense and shocking twists, Nesbø’s dexterity with the dark corners of the human heart is on full display in these inventive and enthralling stories. 

A detective with a nose for jealousy is on the trail of a man suspected of murdering his twin; a bereaved father must decide whether vengeance has a place in the new world order after a pandemic brings about the collapse of society; a garbage man fresh off a bender tries to piece together what happened the night before; a hired assassin matches wits against his greatest adversary in a dangerous game for survival; and an instantly electric connection between passengers on a flight to London may spell romance, or something more sinister. 

With Nesbø's characteristic gift for outstanding atmosphere and gut-wrenching revelations, The Jealousy Man confirms that he is at the peak of his abilities.

©2021 Jo Nesbø, Robert Ferguson (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"The twelve tales in this impressive collection from bestseller Nesbø (the Harry Hole series) blend taut suspense with sharply limned characters. . . . Frederick Forsyth fans will be enthralled.” Publishers Weekly

"Nesbø delivers stories ranging from dystopian visions to time-honored tales of duplicity and revenge. . . . Wonderfully atmospheric. . . . He never runs out of ideas." Kirkus Reviews 

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Pretend you don't know Hole and it's pretty good

I compare everything non-Hole Nesbo writes to his Harry Hole series, which I enjoy immensely. That's not fair to Nesbo. To get past that with this book, I played a little mind game and pretended this was written by a new author I have never heard of before. The result was that I enjoyed the stories more than other short story collections. The dialogue is believable and engaging. The stories have a wide variety of settings. I learned things in each one. Overall they are entertaining. Nesbo uses his trademark abrupt twists and turns which I always appreciate. I have a couple of criticisms. Nesbo gets a little too heady and psychological in a few places, which lost me. The other is indicative of a good short story. I was left wanting more.
I felt all the narrators were well chosen. They performed a variety of characters with distinct voices. Their cadence rose and fell with the tension.

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Mostly monologues.

The only reason I kept listening was because I had purchased it. I usually love Jo Nesbo, but this was awful.

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Nesbo at his finest

Like many others, I have come to love the Harry Hole series, especially the predictable unpredictability. Having said that, the Harry Hole novel format creates a framing that to some degree constrains an author as creative as Nesbo. This new collection vividly makes that point, as many stories contain elements that would be impossible to apply within a Harry Hole construct. Prepare to be dazzled, in new ways! For instance, first person narration is applied to very different characters, with very different psychologies and styles…

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Great collection of stories.

Jo Nesbo never disappoints! I love the Harry Hole books and would love more of him, but these short stories were thought provoking and held my interest! Thank you, Jo Nesbo!

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Jealousy and Power

I've been a fan of Jo Nesbo for a long time, especially his Harry Hole series. Some of the short stories were typical of Nesbo's writing style, so I liked them. I'm not a fan of dystopian writing, so I didn't care for those stories.