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'Midnight Sun' is a softer, gentler Jo Nesbø - as far as that goes

'Midnight Sun' is a softer, gentler Jo Nesbø - as far as that goes

A former soccer player, a literal rock star and the reigning king of Nordic noir, Jo Nesbø has built his literary career out of violent thrillers pulsing with testosterone and adrenaline. His Harry Hole novels follow a hardboiled Oslo homicide detective as he tracks down neo-Nazis and serial killers; 2014's "The Son" featured a hypercompetent antihero on a gory revenge rampage.

But since last year's "Blood on Snow," Nesbø seems to have taken a softer turn, examining the emotional inner lives of criminals. His newest novel, "Midnight Sun" — not to be confused with the Stephenie Meyer "Twilight" retelling of the same title...

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