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Phantom | [Jo Nesbø]

Phantom

When Harry left Oslo again for Hong Kong - fleeing the traumas of life as a cop - he thought he was there for good. But then the unthinkable happened. The son of the woman he loved, lost, and still loves is arrested for murder: Oleg, the boy Harry helped raise but couldn't help deserting when he fled. Harry has come back to prove that Oleg is not a killer. Barred from rejoining the police force, he sets out on a solitary, increasingly dangerous investigation that takes him deep into the world of the most virulent drug to ever hit the streets.
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Publisher's Summary

Following from Jo Nesbø's electrifying international best sellers The Snowman and The Leopard, now comes Phantom, which plunges the brilliant, deeply troubled, now former police officer Harry Hole into a full-tilt investigation on which his own tenuous future will come to depend.

When Harry left Oslo again for Hong Kong - fleeing the traumas of life as a cop - he thought he was there for good. But then the unthinkable happened. The son of the woman he loved, lost, and still loves is arrested for murder: Oleg, the boy Harry helped raise but couldn't help deserting when he fled. Harry has come back to prove that Oleg is not a killer. Barred from rejoining the police force, he sets out on a solitary, increasingly dangerous investigation that takes him deep into the world of the most virulent drug to ever hit the streets of Oslo (and the careers of some of the city's highest officials), and into the maze of his own past, where he will find the wrenching truth that finally matters to Oleg, and to himself.

©2012 Jo Nesbø (P)2012 Random House Audio

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    Theresa 01-17-13
    Theresa 01-17-13 Member Since 2010

    I love audio books. As I spend hours a day driving they keeps me going. Thank you great performers and delightful writers.

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    "Oh Harry."

    The pain Harry goes through is heart wrenching. This is not the book to start with if you are going to read Jo Nesbo...

    What defines a person? Murder defines Harry. That and being a policeman.

    I relistened to the last few chapters to make sure... I cried for the people left standing. Robin Sachs is the reason Harry touches your heart.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Chemel 11-30-12
    Lee Chemel 11-30-12 Member Since 2009
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    "ooooh, a great one!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pete Marietta, GA, United States 11-16-12
    Pete Marietta, GA, United States 11-16-12 Member Since 2009
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    "a little disappointed"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Phantom to and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Robin Sachs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Well, if I did not have a life outside of listening to great books, I would have.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Mesa, AZ, United States 11-05-12
    Sarah Mesa, AZ, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Perfect Nesbo"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 10-21-12
    Robert 10-21-12
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    "Best Harry Hole Novel Yet!"
    What did you love best about Phantom?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is when a drenched Harry confronts Cato who is incredulous Harry's survived the special attempt made on his life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Harry Hole faces his greatest fear, a future with Rakel and the worst possibility for Oleg.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Howard Cumberland, MD, United States 10-21-12
    Howard Cumberland, MD, United States 10-21-12 Member Since 2010

    When I like something I'll let you know. If I don't, I'll let you know that too!

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    "Another great story."

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 12-23-12
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2015

    I love books!

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    "Another Great Nesbo"

    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

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bull Blacksburg, VA, USA 10-20-12
    Bull Blacksburg, VA, USA 10-20-12 Member Since 2015

    Doctor Bull

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    "Pretty damned dark"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joan Akron, OH, United States 01-17-15
    Joan Akron, OH, United States 01-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Heartbreaking"

    Gripping plot, great writing, but so sad! How much more can Harry endure? Do not read this series out of order!

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    Anita St George San Diego, CA USA 10-27-13
    Anita St George San Diego, CA USA 10-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Very well written"

    Exciting plot, well developed characters. I've never used drugs, but the description of the drug addicts' relationships with their drugs seemed very realistic.

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