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Jo Nesbø Gives 'Macbeth' A Gritty, Action-Packed Update

The latest installment of the Hogarth Shakespeare series sees crime novelist Nesbø taking on the Scottish Play in an adaptation that comes alive the farther he strays from Shakespeare's original.
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"Macbeth" is the most recognizable of Shakespeare's plays, a sort of Elizabethan suspense thriller filled with unforgettable and almost over-the-top moments: Witches brewing, villains handwringing, ghosts walking.

Small wonder the editors of The Hogarth Shakespeare, who have previously tapped Margaret Atwood for () and Edward St. Aubyn for () assigned the "Scottish Play" to superstar crime novelist Jo Nesbø. Best known for his books featuring Swedish cop Harry Hole, Nesbø hoists the flag of

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