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
A serious 'Crime Thriller' written by Norway's Jo Nesbo.
I have read three books in the Harry Hole series and this was my favorite. It had a well-considered plot, good dialogue, positive character development, and the writing was expertly handled.I enjoyed the character study of Harry Hole (the hero/anti-hero). He is funny in a pathetic, yet lovable way.
There were multiple minor plot lines that intersected during the chase for an elusive serial killer; I felt this added interest to the story, and thickened the plot. I do not always enjoy multi-tiered stories, but in this case it was a welcome addition.
The descriptions of the crimes were mild given that the subject matter involves a serial killer and multiple victims, but would nevertheless give it a strong R-rating for violence and graphic sexual content.
*Recommended for fans of the genre only.
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.
I have not read the print version
the small moments, pauses and reflections bring right to the time and place in these stories. These books make me want to write
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!
Better that Stieg Larson. Deserves more recognition.
This one may even surpass The Redbreast. Disappointed when no resolution to a key murder in Redbreast not resolved in Nemesis. It is resolved here and then some!
Avid reader. Constant Audible listener. Currently deep into foreign crime detective novels. Especially a fan of noire and police procedural.
I love reading about the failed relationships, alcoholic stupors induced to forget and the haunting nightmares of Harry Hole, witness to some of the most horrificly twisted criminal minds -- and how he brilliantly triumphs over odds stacked against his favor.
No. I've read every Jo Nesbo book that has been translated to English but missed this one.This case took place a decade ago. It was entertaining to recall how his character has developed into its current status.
Yes, there's always a darker side or sharp edge waiting to take you in a different direction.
Yes, Oleg referring to Harry as "Dad".
Robin Sachs and Harry Hole are the best combo in Audible entertainment!
Reading, the arts and physical activity clarify, explain, illustrate, and interpret life’s goods and bads.
The Devil’s Star, by Jo Nesbø, is the fifth book in the Harry Hole series, but the third and last book in an internal three party trilogy in the complete Harry Hole Series. This internal Trilogy started with The Redbreast, continued into Nemesis and ends with The Devil’s Star. The “trilogy” includes, in addition to each individual novel’s various plots, a competition between Harry Hole and his arch enemy another Investigator Detective on the Oslo/Norwegian police force. The competition between these characters alone make the books enjoyable. Yet, you get each story’s own more complete murder mystery and the competition between the two cops as a sort of extra story. It is not a simple competition; its a tale of good cop practices versus evil cop’s methods. Predominantly evil prevails but . . .
I am not a reader of the first two novels in the Harry Hole series because those books had a poor rating and others explained they were unimportant in getting to know Harry and the series. Yet, the trilogy, which I have read, refers often to what had occurred in the two earliest books, but personally, I have not felt I missed out on any understanding of the series. . . . and who wants to listen to dull content.
Like all Nesbø mystery novels, and as indicated above, there is more than one story playing out in each novel. As one plot progresses detritus from other stories trickles into the narrative and when one mystery is resolved, the next plot takes center stage. It keeps the reader on his/her toes contemplating what data is important, for which plot, and how will it play out in the balance of the story. If you want to keep thinking of what is evil, Nesbø and his characters provide you with good reading (listening) entertainment.
Here we have a serial killer and lots of good and sometimes misleading clues. As the plot(s) continue the clues and their true meaning change. A typical Nesbø twist. All in all a good read or listen.
Yet, I do have one complaint. Harry Hole is an alcoholic. He binges during the first one half of the novel which results in his doing everything stupidly. It is an annoyance having to deal with his illness. It does not add to the intrigue but limits what is otherwise a good story.
There are those artistic renderings, such as Days of Wine and Roses the 1962 film directed by Blake Edwards with a screenplay by JP Miller and starring Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Charles Bickford and Jack Klugman. The film is a true teaching lesson of the downward spiral of alcoholism. The film centers on two average Americans who succumb to alcoholism and attempt to deal with their problem. That story and its depiction was great. It took a sad situation and analyzed it for the viewer to consider. This Nesbø depiction is as bad as the drunk episodes in Stephen King’s 1987 The Tommyknockers. King himself described the story as an awful book. He was correct, and part of that failing was a long drawn out binge alcoholic tale with no purpose other than to disgust the reader. Harry Hole's binge is more akin to the latter literature.
I did not want to put it down and when I did I got back to it as soon as I could a great story that move along and wonderfully written
I have to say that I love Harry, for all of his shortcomings he is a helluva detective. Jo Nesbo is a fabulous writer, a true master of twists and turns! You never REALLY know who done it, til Harry tells you!
Well done! This reader is EXCELLENT. He passed away after this book, an excellent performance!!
You will not be disappointed!
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