Macbeth by Jo Nesbø review – something noirish this way comes

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Jo Nesbø’s retelling of Macbeth as a gritty crime thriller suffers from not pushing Shakespeare’s play far enough

The latest in the Hogarth series of contemporary retellings of Shakespeare’s work is unashamedly commercial. From the moody cover to the blurb boasting that this is the new thriller from the No 1 bestselling author, there is a determined attempt to drag this tale a million miles away from images of dusty theatres and tights. Only a brief statement by Nesbø that he sees the play as “a thriller about the struggle for power, set both in a gloomy, stormy, noir-like setting and in a dark, paranoid human mind” alludes to its origins. On its own terms, this is a “fair and foul” crime novel with a vivid sense of place that will please Nesbø fans. But as an adaptation of Macbeth, it encourages us to hope that it might be ...