Book Review

Book review: In Killing Moon, Jo Nesbo breathes new life into the tired trope of the renegade cop

If you’re not familiar with the multimillion bestselling crime writer Jo Nesbo, you’re in for a treat as he takes the hard-drinking, suicidal Harry Hole for his latest outing

Norwegian writer Jo Nesbo has sold more than 55 million books. Picture: Hollandse Hoogte/Shutterstock

While I happen to know several members of An Garda Síochána who turn up to work on time and diligently perform their duties, police in fiction are a different story. The thriller shelves of your local bookshop would be sparsely populated without the cliché of a cop on the edge.

Go all the way back to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The dependable if prosaic Dr Watson may have been narrating events, but it was the ...