Second only to Snowman. Nesbo gets better and better and this one is intricate and thrilling. Robin Sachs is a terrific narrator and perfect for the tone of this series. But someone should tell him how to pronounce Harry's last name. It has two syllables.
maybe, I found this book a little less enjoyable than the previous Harry Hole stories. This book takes you to very dark place. Watching a loved one become lost in drug addiction is not for the faint of heart. I think Nesbo hits the nail on the head depicting what the addiction does to an addict's mind and soul. But having seen this happen to friends ("back in the day") and to kids of friends and family, I just don't enjoy it being used for entertainment.
This is still a Harry Hole story. All the wonderful characters with all their strengths and weaknesses. And the plot twists and turns and keeps you guessing right up to the end.
Robin Sachs is amazing. He has a way of whispering in your ear. I love his voices and the pace of his reading. He is one of my favorite readers.
Well, if I did not have a life outside of listening to great books, I would have.
Like all Nesbo books, this is one where, if you think you know who did it and there is more than five minutes left in the book, you probably don't. I ended up staying up way too late both nights during the two days it took me to listen to this book. Another fabulous addition to the Harry Hole series.
The book is written with the ingenious narration by Gusto, the expiring socio-pathic drug addict. The opening scenes fully draws you in....you have to know what happens next.
Like all the novels in the Harry Hole series, nothing as it seems. The inter-relationships and deceits run deep and wide. Harry, while fighting his own demons of strained relationships with Rakel and Oleg and his struggle with Jim Beam, can't help himself, being a policeman is all he can do, even when no longer officially on the force. The bad guys fear Harry and try to assassinate him in nearly every conceivable way. This book has so many close shaves, it would be ideal as a movie.
My favorite scene is when a drenched Harry confronts Cato who is incredulous Harry's survived the special attempt made on his life.
Harry Hole faces his greatest fear, a future with Rakel and the worst possibility for Oleg.
When I like something I'll let you know. If I don't, I'll let you know that too!
If your have read the rest of the series, you must listen to Phantom. Harry returns to investigate criminals charges against his almost step-son. True to form, Harry gets to the bottom of it all (surprisingly without losing any body parts). I'm not going to give you any more details, because doing it could spoil it for you. For Nesbø/Harry Hole fans, this is a slam dunk, credit worthy, get it immediately purchase.
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Hollywood aught to make movies about these Harry Hole novels. This one was like all of the others, action packed from start to finish. Harry Hole is quite the character, a flawed detective like most crime thrillers. I highly recommend this series
I'll be short, because it would be easy to slip in spoilers. This is the best Harry Hole yet, and you should not miss it.
By "best yet" I mean in the order produced by Audible.com. The first Harry Hole has just been translated and released by Audible.com. If you can read it before this you should, but that's not strictly necessary.
It is dark, and poor Harry has a rough time of it. You think Mike Hammer got beat up a lot? He's a cream puff compared to Harry. The physical assaults are nothing though, compared to the assaults on his heart.
The translation is outstanding. If you did not know that this book was not written in English you would not guess it from this rendering.
Robin Sachs gets 5 stars even though, as you will discover in "The Bat", Harry's last name is not pronounced like a hole in the ground.
Harry's one true love's son is in trouble. Oleg has been arrested for murder and is under the spell of a potent drug called violin. Detective Hole returns from Hong Kong to help the boy and confront a ruthless drug overlord who operates under the name of Dubai. This evil man is a formidable adversary who manoeuvres so elusively, nobody can identify him.
There are a lot of threads to untangle. Who is a corrupt cop, who isn't. Did Oleg really murder his friend. What is the murdered friends connection to Dubai. As usual in a Nesbo books there will be several twists and turns. The final one left me breathless.
Gripping plot, great writing, but so sad! How much more can Harry endure? Do not read this series out of order!
Exciting plot, well developed characters. I've never used drugs, but the description of the drug addicts' relationships with their drugs seemed very realistic.