I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
Another great book from Nesbo. To enjoy this book fully, you must read "The Redbreast" and "Nemeis" prior to reading this "trilogy" as there is a dramatic resolution to a long-running murder that is referenced in these three books. Harry Hole's obsession with this murder has caused his downfall into drunkenness, unreliability, hostility and estrangement from his loved ones. At times, I wanted to give up on Harry, but his vulnerability and empathy had me cheering for him. Harry's redemption in the end is so satisfying to the story and to me.
That said, the main story line is about a serial killer loose in Norway during a hot Summer. The killer is leaving behind a star-shaped diamond and taking away a finger at each scene. In addition, Harry is made to work with someone he despises. The story builds and builds to a twisty resolution that will have you holding your breath. Robin Sachs is "Harry Hole" to me. Since his recent death, I have learned to savor every book narrated by Mr. Sachs.
The story starts off so strange -- a droplet of water moves through a centuries old house and ultimately causes the finding of the first victim. After replaying it several times, I realized how creative and brilliant a writer Nesbo can be. I would pay to read his shopping list.
I first tripped across The Snowman and really loved the story, so natural progression was to read this one. I think there were some parts that dragged on a bit more than The Snowman, but the book kept my interest to the very end. Very much worth the read for me.
I have not read the print version
the small moments, pauses and reflections bring right to the time and place in these stories. These books make me want to write
Its pretty disturbing overall. I do think that Nebso's description of Harry's addiction is well done and in this case it make Harry Real!
Better that Stieg Larson. Deserves more recognition.
Reading, the arts and physical activity clarify, explain, illustrate, and interpret life’s goods and bads.
The Devil’s Star, by Jo Nesbø, is the fifth book in the Harry Hole series, but the third and last book in an internal three party trilogy in the complete Harry Hole Series. This internal Trilogy started with The Redbreast, continued into Nemesis and ends with The Devil’s Star. The “trilogy” includes, in addition to each individual novel’s various plots, a competition between Harry Hole and his arch enemy another Investigator Detective on the Oslo/Norwegian police force. The competition between these characters alone make the books enjoyable. Yet, you get each story’s own more complete murder mystery and the competition between the two cops as a sort of extra story. It is not a simple competition; its a tale of good cop practices versus evil cop’s methods. Predominantly evil prevails but . . .
I am not a reader of the first two novels in the Harry Hole series because those books had a poor rating and others explained they were unimportant in getting to know Harry and the series. Yet, the trilogy, which I have read, refers often to what had occurred in the two earliest books, but personally, I have not felt I missed out on any understanding of the series. . . . and who wants to listen to dull content.
Like all Nesbø mystery novels, and as indicated above, there is more than one story playing out in each novel. As one plot progresses detritus from other stories trickles into the narrative and when one mystery is resolved, the next plot takes center stage. It keeps the reader on his/her toes contemplating what data is important, for which plot, and how will it play out in the balance of the story. If you want to keep thinking of what is evil, Nesbø and his characters provide you with good reading (listening) entertainment.
Here we have a serial killer and lots of good and sometimes misleading clues. As the plot(s) continue the clues and their true meaning change. A typical Nesbø twist. All in all a good read or listen.
Yet, I do have one complaint. Harry Hole is an alcoholic. He binges during the first one half of the novel which results in his doing everything stupidly. It is an annoyance having to deal with his illness. It does not add to the intrigue but limits what is otherwise a good story.
There are those artistic renderings, such as Days of Wine and Roses the 1962 film directed by Blake Edwards with a screenplay by JP Miller and starring Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Charles Bickford and Jack Klugman. The film is a true teaching lesson of the downward spiral of alcoholism. The film centers on two average Americans who succumb to alcoholism and attempt to deal with their problem. That story and its depiction was great. It took a sad situation and analyzed it for the viewer to consider. This Nesbø depiction is as bad as the drunk episodes in Stephen King’s 1987 The Tommyknockers. King himself described the story as an awful book. He was correct, and part of that failing was a long drawn out binge alcoholic tale with no purpose other than to disgust the reader. Harry Hole's binge is more akin to the latter literature.
I did not want to put it down and when I did I got back to it as soon as I could a great story that move along and wonderfully written
I have to say that I love Harry, for all of his shortcomings he is a helluva detective. Jo Nesbo is a fabulous writer, a true master of twists and turns! You never REALLY know who done it, til Harry tells you!
Well done! This reader is EXCELLENT. He passed away after this book, an excellent performance!!
You will not be disappointed!
struggled to finish - no clear path to the plot, too many characters/similar names. story rambled. certainly not his best.
I have listened to most of this author's books. They are very good. You have to really listen because they all move to the different issues and characters so smoothly you hardly notice. It is easy to miss things.
They are all good.
Okay I thought I learned my lesson with the Harry Hole series and I was not going to listen to another book. I am not sure why I wavered. Harry is an alcoholic tormented Norwegian investigator who has recently been dumped by his girlfriend. Harry then slips into a weeks long alcoholic binge. Again.