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.
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I love audio books. As I spend hours a day driving they keeps me going. Thank you great performers and delightful writers.
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.
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.
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.
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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 have enjoyed Jo Nesbos books in the past and I love the character of Harry Hole. But this story was not that interesting, about Russian gangsters. The best parts were the graphic details of the tortures while the complex trail of the multiple characters was actually a little hard to follow. The personal life of Harry was given some precidence but a thriller has to have better villains and a more engaging plot.
I am by no means a critic. I listen to audible books every day on the way to work and on the way home to keep myself distracted from the idiots on the road. I get 1.5 hours listen each way and I am careful of what books I pick so that they keep my mind occupied.
Most of the Jo Nesbo books have kept me firmly focused on the book as I sit at a standstill for the 1.5 hours it takes to drive 20 miles. But I don't know what is wrong on this one. The book just couldn't keep my focus and I found my mind wandering to other things. I had to rewind and listen to chapters 2 or 3 times to keep with the story. I think it interleaved 3 different narratives together hopping between the three on each chapter that I just couldn't find the overall goal. It wasn't till after chapter 30 that I realized what Harry's whole goal was that I should have picked up in the start.
This was in no way the same kind of book as The Snowman. I think The Snowman was the best in the series. And I don't like that this one tried to end the book on a cliff hanger. that is just not the style of the other books and disappointing.
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