Another great story from Philip Kerr. Great plot, even this jaded reviewer didn't see how the plot would twist until the author was ready. Narration was superb. This is really very good historical fiction-writing. Read Pale Criminal first, then this one. You will enjoy!
If i understand correctly, this is only the second in the Harry Hole series. I've read all the others, and have been addicted to the characters and plots. I'm a big Baltic Noir fan and Nesbo doesn't disappoint. Except for the first two in the Harry Hole series. This one and the one before (set in Australia) just didn't work for me. I was disappointed big time.
I really like this story, until it went off the rails about 75% of the way through. It really was too bad. I liked all the major characters a lot. They were believable and credible. They reacted to weird developments like normal people would. I don't even have a problem with the notion of the building being more than it appears. But once they go through the door into Apartment 14 ... well, the author's story unravels into increasing silliness. I could come up with half a dozen ending scenarios that would make more sense than what's written.
Two aspects: one is that it's a modern day setting (with flashbacks) but told in a style reminiscent of Victorian novels (it actually works very well) and second is the well-told horror story line.
The opening scenes where the urchin is captured in motion on film. Creepy.
I enjoyed this story right up tp the last couple chapters - it never got bogged down and moved at just the right pace to advance the mystery. The ending really should not be a surprise, you're given all the information you need to figure out how this is going to wind up. That's actually the disappointment. It's too predictable.
No. Never re-listen to books.
Sjowall & Wahloo wrote some really fine Nordic noir procedurals, and this is another one.
Not really, I'm not generally a marathon reader. But it's a good tale.
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!
Nesbo's fixation on Harry Hole's alcoholism just destroys this first novel of the series. And the whores, fights, and poor storyline. You can see the latent writing skills that get progressively better with each sequel. I've sought out and read all the subsequent Harry Hole novels before finding this audiobook (except Cockroaches), and they've been great. (The latest "Police" is a masterpiece".) But, if I had read this one first, I would never have gone further. It's THAT bad.
I've already read all the others in the series. All are good, some great! This one is just bad.
I recommend avoiding this one, and start out with the next in the series, which is "Cockroaches". I haven't found "Cockroaches" in audio yet, the next one after that is "Redbreast", which was very good.
What a letdown. I'm only 6 chapters into this but I can already tell this is a real turkey. The story is written like a second rate TV crime drama. Trust me, this author is no Nesbo, Larson, or Mankell. Pretty juvenile. But it gets worse. The narration at 1x is the slowest I've ever heard in 10 years of listening to Audible. Out of sheer desperation I increased playback speed to 1.25x. At this speed the reading was a more normal pace, but - of course - some of the narrator's voices now sounded cartoonish. But there's more ... this is by far the worst narration I've heard. Now I know why it was only $5. You've been warned!
Every other chapter was from a PKD work I purchased earlier. Actually that story was pretty good. Perhaps it was extracted as a short story - I can't recall. But it featured someone named Al working for Looney Luke's used rocket sales who had a robotic imitation of cute long-dead martians to help sell the rockets because most people were wanting to escape to Mars. This story line is interwoven into Simulacrum.
I really enjoy Phillip Dick's writing but often find them really great (such as Autofac) or awfully bad.
If you have't read the Looney Luke bit before now, I would recommend this one.
Enjoyed every minute of it, and superbly narrated by the author. I highly recommend if you enjoy LeCarre's carefully plotted stories and rich character paintings.
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