harry hole is so damaged you just have to support him.
I love this series, its as good as all the Walander novels
i always look for his work because he makes the story so appealing
This is the second Jo Nesbo I have listened to and both are wonderful. Smart and well-paced, it really kept my interest. If you like Jo Nesbo you might also like the Roy Grace series by Peter James.
I am enjoying Nesbo's Harry Hole series. Nesbo is strong in his characterizations and descriptive passages. The narration is perfect for the material. Overall, very well done
My third Jo Nesbo/Harry Hole novel, and so far I think it's the best. I am excited to read the next few books. The story is complex, there are several themes, the obvious one of the murders and who done it, then the politics of the police and what's going on there, then lastly Harry's life and relationships with those living and dead. These themes are woven together into what was a wonderful read. I do think this book could be read independently of the other/earlier books, but it did help to have read the Redbreast and even Nemisis (though that one was hard to listen to).
I love Robin Sachs narration. Did I mention, he is the voice of Harry Hole.
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If you like Jo Nesbo and Harry Hole, this will not disappoint. The plot was intricate and the details were gross and gory. I can't say I got attached to any of the characters but it was a satisfying whodunit. As a teaser, I'd ask the reader to think about where to hide a human finger so a trained dog can pass right by it and be fooled.
The reader actually did a decent job but Harry went without so much sleep, drank so much, and smoked so many cigarettes, I felt sick and dreaded hearing he lit up again. I can't say I find Mr. Hole attractive and don't know what Rachael finds appealing. He's been on a four week drunk, his apartment is wall to wall garbage--cigarette butts, ashes, empty liquor bottles, etc. I don't think he showered or slept more than a cat nap in a taxi. This guy is a great detective; he keeps lining up the pieces and working the information until it makes sense but I don't know how the brain functions on nicotine alone. Perhaps the author is doing his job when the reader imagines the smell of booze, body odor and tobacco smoke but at some point it distracts from the story. I kept wishing the story had begun with a detoxed detective.
The ongoing story of the dirty police department holds some interest.
I think it was Lee Child's recommendation to read Nesbo, and although it did take a bit to get into the style, I have found that he is now one of my favorites, and Harry Hole is one of my favorite characters. The character's development is seamless, continuous and subtle. You can't help pulling for this fractured, damaged person. I find myself wondering who or what was Nesbo's model for this character. The story lines are solid, and both books I have read leave me wanting more. While I might not characterize his books as "great", they are certainly very, very good. Worth the time and the $.
But not a bad murder mystery. It lacked the depth of character and attention to detail I really enjoyed in Larsson's stories. Narrator was excellent though.
Nesbo's mysteries are always intricate and unpredictable. There were a variety of interesting characters in this one.
In my opinion, the narrator should be a younger-sounding guy who can do different voices. It's hard to tell who's talking.