I'm a geologist and I use Audible books to while away long hours on the road... My pickup truck is my reading room!
I assume, if you are reading this review, that you are familiar with the Harry Hole detective series.
If not, go back and get started with "The Bat". There is no noir like Nordic noir, and Jo Nesbo writes great Nordic noir. In my opinion, he is the best of the surprisingly large and productive group of modern, Scandinavian mystery writers,
But if you are familiar with the Harry Hole series, proceed at you own risk. From an aesthetic perspective, the series should end with "The Phantom". By the end of that novel, Nesbo has wrought a Grecian tragedy and brought it to a perfect denouement. Unfortunately Nesbo, like Harry Hole, cannot stop, even when he knows he should; the result is a bit of a hangover.
Complex, Gripping, Surprising.
When the villain(s) murder one particularly memorable officer.
"Someone is brutally killing police officers previously linked to unsolved and unrelated murders - but, why?"
I thought I had beat Harry in figuring out who was the murderer, but not why. Turns out I was right ... but there's more to the story. Kudos to Jo Nesbo for such a thriller and such a puzzler, ... even up to the second-last chapter I was still questioning whether I had it right. And, it was only in the last chapter that Nesbo makes all the pieces fall into place.
What a great story!
Their have been several narrators and few different pronunciations of Harry's last name in this series. One constant has been the high quality of the stories. If you have read the preceding books, you will expect to be played with as Jo Nesbo leads you down several different paths as we try to figure out who the serial killer of police personnel is. I made the mistake of telling my daughter who had already listened to the book who I knew had to be the murderer. She didn't verbally give anything away - but the look in her eye told me a lot - amateur detective and deep reader into people's expressions (when they are related to me) that I am.
So I knew my hunch was incorrect. But that is okay, because later on even Harry Hole was convinced that he knew who the killer was and was wrong as well. Our dependable brilliant detective planned to take justice into his own hands to avenge the loss of a dear friend on the wrong murderer.
There are a lot of layers to this story and it feels like Nesbo has an ear for authenticity in the messy world of capturing despicable criminals. You won't like everything that happens in this book. You won't be pleased with the ending. But there is an uplifting scene near the end that makes everything worthwhile. Kind of like real life, which is not always a fairy tale, but there are times that soar in our souls. Most of us would be bored with a perfect detective in a perfect world. This book is certainly not boring. Now, I am already committed to listening to book eleven in the Harry Hole universe.
I see it is called "The Thirst" and has a new narrator - I wonder how this guy is going to pronounce Harry's last name.
Likes intelligent mysteries, spy thrillers, world history, most anything Ancient Roman. Hates bad writing
I've read most of the Harry Hole books despite a growing sense that the series -- like Harry Hole himself -- is growing tiresome and less interesting over time. Nonetheless I've kept coming back, hoping that I would find myself once again engaged in the characters and story. In this book Nesbo indulges in detailed and excessively repulsive descriptions of violence and torture, almost as if he wants to see just how far he can push the reader's sense of fear, loathing, and disgust for no other purpose than to test his considerable ability as a writer. For me at least, this exercise served no purpose. I resorted to skipping over whole passages that were bogged down in such description. To make matters worse the plot is convoluted and contrived. In an effort to deliver the customary twist in the conclusion Nesbo seems to throw everything at the proverbial wall to see what sticks. I finished this book with no interest in reading another Harry Hole book.
This was the best yet in the Harry Hole series. It kept me guessing to the very end and I couldn't stop listening.....and can't wait for the next one.
Yes. He should have written a Harry Hole book!
Harry Hole was missing in action most of the time.
No. Not this book.
I was surprised at this book. I think he just wrote it as a filler for the money. It's like he didn't take the time. If he's going to put the Harry Hole brand on it, then let him write a Harry Hole novel.
Please, please find someone else to perform these wonderful stories! I have not completed this audible, the performance is so jarring....
If someone else narrated it.
I like all of the characters. They all have such depth.
He read the book as if it were some kind of children's story. His voice was way too animated. Harry Hole is a dark character and the reading should reflect that. I suggest Mr. Lee listen to Robin's reading of the Hole stories to see how "less" can be so much "more." I found myself losing the storyline because his reading was so singsongy.
Yes, because I wanted to know what happened.
This is the first Harry Hole audiobook that has made me wish I'd read a hard copy of the book rather than listen to the audiobook. Perhaps I'm just too accustomed to Robin Sachs' characterizations. Robin Sachs is greatly missed. May he RIP.
I love jo nesbo but I can't bear to listen to this narrator
its written by jo nesbo and I like the harry hole series