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The Devil's Star | [Jo Nesbø]

The Devil's Star

A young woman is murdered in her Oslo flat. One finger has been severed from her left hand, and behind her eyelid is secreted a tiny red diamond in the shape of a five-pointed star - a pentagram, the devil’s star. Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case with his long-time adversary Tom Waaler and initially wants no part in it. But Harry is already on notice to quit the force and is left with little alternative but to drag himself out of his alcoholic stupor and get to work. A wave of similar murders is on the horizon....
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A young woman is murdered in her Oslo flat. One finger has been severed from her left hand, and behind her eyelid is secreted a tiny red diamond in the shape of a five-pointed star - a pentagram, the devil’s star.

Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case with his long-time adversary Tom Waaler and initially wants no part in it. But Harry is already on notice to quit the force and is left with little alternative but to drag himself out of his alcoholic stupor and get to work.

A wave of similar murders is on the horizon. An emerging pattern suggests that Oslo has a serial killer on its hands, and the five-pointed devil’s star is key to solving the riddle.

©2009 Jo Nesbo (P)2011 Random House Audio

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    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 06-29-14
    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 06-29-14 Member Since 2010

    I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.

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    "Written by a Master!"

    Another great book from Nesbo. To enjoy this book fully, you must read "The Redbreast" and "Nemeis" prior to reading this "trilogy" as there is a dramatic resolution to a long-running murder that is referenced in these three books. Harry Hole's obsession with this murder has caused his downfall into drunkenness, unreliability, hostility and estrangement from his loved ones. At times, I wanted to give up on Harry, but his vulnerability and empathy had me cheering for him. Harry's redemption in the end is so satisfying to the story and to me.

    That said, the main story line is about a serial killer loose in Norway during a hot Summer. The killer is leaving behind a star-shaped diamond and taking away a finger at each scene. In addition, Harry is made to work with someone he despises. The story builds and builds to a twisty resolution that will have you holding your breath. Robin Sachs is "Harry Hole" to me. Since his recent death, I have learned to savor every book narrated by Mr. Sachs.

    The story starts off so strange -- a droplet of water moves through a centuries old house and ultimately causes the finding of the first victim. After replaying it several times, I realized how creative and brilliant a writer Nesbo can be. I would pay to read his shopping list.



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    Wendy TEMPERANCE, MI, United States 02-08-12
    Wendy TEMPERANCE, MI, United States 02-08-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Read on"

    I first tripped across The Snowman and really loved the story, so natural progression was to read this one. I think there were some parts that dragged on a bit more than The Snowman, but the book kept my interest to the very end. Very much worth the read for me.

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    joseph flueckiger 12-22-11 Listener Since 2009
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Devil's Star to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version


    What did you like best about this story?

    the small moments, pauses and reflections bring right to the time and place in these stories. These books make me want to write


    Which character – as performed by Robin Sachs – was your favorite?

    Harry Hole


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Its pretty disturbing overall. I do think that Nebso's description of Harry's addiction is well done and in this case it make Harry Real!


    Any additional comments?

    Better that Stieg Larson. Deserves more recognition.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald Ridgecrest, CA, United States 12-28-14
    Ronald Ridgecrest, CA, United States 12-28-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Like the stories - hate Harry Hole"
    What did you like best about The Devil's Star? What did you like least?

    4th novel I have listened to by Nesbo. He writes very credible complicated plots. I love the stories themselves. I usually see Harry begin to catch his prey, but then see there are many more hours left to the novel. That is when the story takes some unexpected turns. Very entertaining to the reader.


    Any additional comments?

    The main thing I do not like about these stories is Harry Hole. He is a self destructive alcoholic. I do not want to deny the problems alcoholics have, but then I do not care to read about them either. They make for very boring and predictable stories and add nothing to the storyline. Just filler. Worse - it becomes repetitive across novels. A second issue I have with Harry is his reckless disregard to the safety of his friends and colleagues because he always goes it alone. In this novel he even puts a little boy in jeopardy. There are always better approaches that can be taken in the story.

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    Donna 11-15-14
    Donna 11-15-14
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    "Always A Hit"

    Another great thriller by Joe Nesbo, with my favorite detective, Harry Hole. Always fun to try to figure out who the bad guy is, but I never get it right. Time to pick up the next one in this exciting series.

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    Melanie 10-05-14
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    "Entertaining mystery, great narrator"
    What did you love best about The Devil's Star?

    The characters were interesting and believable, and the narrator did an excellent job of bringing them to life. He even managed to make women sound like real human beings, which seems tough for many narrators.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They were all engaging, even the sickos.


    Which character – as performed by Robin Sachs – was your favorite?

    I loved listening to the narrator change from character to character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was relieved when the convenient ending turned out, in fact, not to be the ending at all. It's a weird thing when you're listening to a story and you have no visual perception of how much is actually left. I'm sure other audible listeners know what I mean!


    Any additional comments?

    I will be reading more Jo Nesbo as soon as I finish my creepy Halloween choice of Stephen King's 'It'.

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    dkdenver 07-09-14
    dkdenver 07-09-14
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    "Harry's revenge is coming...but not without pain"
    Would you listen to The Devil's Star again? Why?

    Probably not. But I'm not usually a guy who listens to books more than once.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Devil's Star?

    Please! OK.. spoiler alert. (pause) ... The inevitable meeting between Harry and Voller in the hallway.. and then the lift.. was classic.


    What about Robin Sachs’s performance did you like?

    Everything! Sachs is one of my favorites. I'm a reader snob, and I mourn the fact that he isn't reading ALL the Hole books.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me cringe in a few spots. But all the Nesbo books do.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I liked this one the best so far.. starting from the beginning of the series. Partially because Sachs is the reader, but also because it draws some loose ends together and sets the stage for the next phase of Harry's existence. I didn't say "life," because he still seems to be tackling it one day at a time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Perris, CA, United States 06-03-14
    Diana Perris, CA, United States 06-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "TERRIBLE NARRATOR"

    Why don't the authors and the producers of these audio production tell the narrators how to pronounce their characters names!?!?!?! Of why don't the narrators do their homework?!?!?! Can't stand to listen when the narrator pronounces the main characters name wrong every single time. Harry Hole (who-la) is a cop so most people call him by his last name

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    jillbo0 phonebooth 03-11-13
    jillbo0 phonebooth 03-11-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Another fantastic book by Jo Nesbo"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I can't wait to get my hands on the next Jo Nesbo book or audio book. Robin Sachs is the best narrator in the series. Never a dull moment reading or listening to this author. My favorite so far was the Snow Man and The Leopard.


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    Thomas Gardner Laguna Niguel 02-25-13
    Thomas Gardner Laguna Niguel 02-25-13 Member Since 2011

    Literary Genius

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    "Great character development"
    If you could sum up The Devil's Star in three words, what would they be?

    Unexpected plot twists.


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

    Yes, because of the plot twists.


    What does Robin Sachs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He sounded like what I would imagine Harry Hole would sound like.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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