Harry Hole returns - or does he? - in a terrifyingly paced, vertiginous new roller coaster of a thriller by the internationally best-selling author of The Snowman and The Redeemer, "the king of Scandinavian crime fiction" (Kirkus).
The police urgently need Harry Hole…. A killer is stalking Oslo's streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical.
But this time, Harry can't help.... For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry is not in a position to protect anyone.
Least of all himself...
©2013 Jo Nesbø (P)2013 Random House Audio
I loved this book. Police procedurals can all start sounding like one another, but Nesbo brings such a fresh approach with Harry Hole--and his writing skills are so unique--can't wait for the next one.
Of course I miss Robin Sachs wonderful voice, but John Lee does a pretty good job. I can't really think of another narrator who could take over for Robin and still give us the same rough, tough guy voice.
If you have not listened to the series on Harry Hole before, I recommend starting with the first book and continuing in order. When I listened to my first one, it was already far into the story, so I have had to back track somewhat. You will benefit from starting at the beginning, but just remember, they get better - much better - as they progress.
I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha
I was not very impressed with this book at all. For one thing there were way too many people with weird names & most of them were killed by a real maniac. A maniac you have to wait until the last 10 pages to find out who it is. By that time I was yawning. I can see the point of serial murders, but when the author tried to sell the idea that the killings were done in “Love,” that is where I gave up trying to be at all interested. Yuck! Harry Hole was missing until nearly half the book went by because he was almost killed & then he went through it again before the book ended. Enough already. The idea of him trying to save himself from a bomb by climbing in a refrigerator was a bit much but then he had to add another man (without a face) to the mix - & the guy ended up living & having nothing good to say about Harry. Please! Most of the woman characters sounded weak & or confused & just sort of just filled up the spaced between the pages. I am not really sure the ending was a happy one either which if anything it sure deserved a little bit of finality. It seems like Harry Hole can't make up his mind what happiness is. Too bad.
He did the best he could with what he had which was too much!
No. And I am getting a little tired of books coming out that seem to feel they HAVE to include gays, lesbians in them. It is like the authors feel they have to make them as bad as the worst serial killers around like there wasn't enough to write about..
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.
Probably not. I almost never listen to books twice because I already know how they end.
Any other Harry Hole book.
No one in particular.
If you're a fan of Kurt Wallander or Jo Nesbo, you'll enjoy this mystery.
Nesbo is such a superb writing that even his worse is better than most people's best. That said, this novel was not my favorite. I think Nesbo should take a break from the Harry Hole series and write some more stand alone books. This novel was a bit chaotic and a bit too much. There were too many threads going at once, and there was an evil character, who was too evil and too omnipotent.
Some of the characters acted incredibly stupidly.
As a mother and a women some of the scenes were very painful.
The rape scenario was a bit much...
I love the Hole series, but this didn't hold together. I think that Hole himself is such a big character, that if he isn't anchoring the novel, there isn't enough to hold it together.
evil and chaos
As always, this was a tightly woven Nesbo mystery. I only have a slight criticism: the killer could have been revealed a bit sooner. This one went on a little too long. And what is it with gruesome Norwegian murderers? At least it isn't constant gun violence but Nebso sure does come up with awful ways for his characters to die.
Thrilling and well-plotted storytelling but certain improbabilities mar the novel and there is a lot of needlessly gross violence
Nothing like a great audio book. Nothing worse than a bad book - audio or otherwise.
Loved it. Nesbo is incredible. Gotta love Harry Hole. Great plot, characters, and no one can twist and turn like Nesbo can. Tremendous performance too. Release the next one soon!
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