Two brothers. One small town. A lifetime of dark secrets.
A tense and atmospheric standalone thriller from best-selling author Jo Nesbø.
Roy has never left the quiet mountain town he grew up in, unlike his little brother Carl who couldn't wait to get out and escape his troubled past. Just like everyone else in town, Roy believed Carl was gone for good. But Carl has big plans for his hometown. And when he returns with a mysterious new wife and a business opportunity that seems too good to be true, simmering tensions begin to surface and unexplained deaths in the town's past come under new scrutiny. Soon powerful players set their sights on taking the brothers down by exposing their role in the town's sordid history.
But Roy and Carl are survivors, and no strangers to violence. Roy has always protected his younger brother. As the body count rises, though, Roy's loyalty to family is tested. And then Roy finds himself inextricably drawn to Carl's wife, Shannon, an attraction that will have devastating consequences. Roy's world is coming apart and soon there will be no turning back. He'll be forced to choose between his own flesh and blood and a future he had never dared to believe possible.
“Nesbo is always a great storyteller. The world he depicts is bleak and potentially depressing, but he presents it with relentless power.” —John M. Clum, New York Journal of Books
“The Kingdom [is] in some ways more American in tone than Scandinavian . . . [it] picks up speed, until Roy is swept up in the momentum of his own story.” —The New York Times Book Review
“For mystery readers in search of heroes a shade darker than Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, enter . . . Jo Nesbø . . . The Kingdom, Nesbø’s new standalone story, sees him peeling back layers of unnerving secrets surrounding a pair of brothers in Oslo, from their parents’ mysterious deaths to their family’s disturbing history and the secrets of their hometown.”—TIME, “The 42 Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2020”