Midnight Sun: A novel
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Date: February 2016
Duration: 5 hours 55 minutes
The internationally acclaimed author of Blood on Snow and the Harry Hole novels now gives us the tightly wound tale of a man running from retribution, a renegade hitman who goes to ground far above the Arctic circle, where the never-setting sun might slowly drive a man insane.
He calls himself Ulf - as good a name as any, he thinks - and the only thing hes looking for is a place where he wont be found by Oslos most notorious drug lord: the Fisherman. He was once the Fishermans fixer, but after betraying him, Ulf is now the one his former boss needs fixed - which may not be a problem for a man whose criminal reach is boundless. When Ulf gets off the bus in Kåsund, on Norways far northeastern border, he sees a "flat, monotonous, bleak landscape . . . the perfect hiding place. Hopefully."
The locals - native Sami and followers of a particularly harsh Swedish version of Christianity - seem to accept Ulfs explanation that hes come to hunt, even if he has no gun and the season has yet to start. And a bereaved, taciturn woman and her curious, talkative young son supply him with food, the use of a cabin deep in the woods, a weapon - and companionship that stirs something in him he thought was long dead.
But the agonizing wait for the inevitable moment when the Fishermans henchmen will show - the midnight sun hanging in the sky like an unblinking, all-revealing eye - forces him to question if redemption is at all possible or if, as hes always believed, "hope is a real bastard."
From the Hardcover edition.