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
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.
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.
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.
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.
They were all engaging, even the sickos.
I loved listening to the narrator change from character to character.
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!
I will be reading more Jo Nesbo as soon as I finish my creepy Halloween choice of Stephen King's 'It'.
Probably not. But I'm not usually a guy who listens to books more than once.
Please! OK.. spoiler alert. (pause) ... The inevitable meeting between Harry and Voller in the hallway.. and then the lift.. was classic.
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.
Made me cringe in a few spots. But all the Nesbo books do.
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!
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
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.
Unexpected plot twists.
Yes, because of the plot twists.
He sounded like what I would imagine Harry Hole would sound like.
Guessing til the end!
Harry Hole, of course!
Robin Sachs' performance is spot on as usual. He is telling the story as if he is living it....i actually forget I am listening to a "book".
This is Nesbo's very best Harry Hole novel. It has fascinating twists and turns and scenes that I am itching to see in a movie one day. Rarely does an audiobook make my heart pound while I listen to it, but this one did several times. One again Robin Sachs narrates and does a perfect job. He is fantastic with every character. You must make a point to keep up with the names as they are all Nordic and not naturally easy to remember - at least not for this English speaker.
IMPORTANT NOTE: IT SEEMS "The Leopard" BY NESBO HAS BEEN RE-RECORDED USING ROBIN SACHS. I recommend you listen to a sample of it and if the voice is the same as this book, go for it. Thor Knai's name is still on as narrator, but when I clicked on sample today I heard Robin Sachs! Great news!
harry hole is so damaged you just have to support him.
I love this series, its as good as all the Walander novels
i always look for his work because he makes the story so appealing
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