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
struggled to finish - no clear path to the plot, too many characters/similar names. story rambled. certainly not his best.
I have listened to most of this author's books. They are very good. You have to really listen because they all move to the different issues and characters so smoothly you hardly notice. It is easy to miss things.
They are all good.
Okay I thought I learned my lesson with the Harry Hole series and I was not going to listen to another book. I am not sure why I wavered. Harry is an alcoholic tormented Norwegian investigator who has recently been dumped by his girlfriend. Harry then slips into a weeks long alcoholic binge. Again.
Nesbo continues to be the master of the detective novel with Devils Star. it holds you in suspense right up until the end and it could not be better.
This was the best of the series so far. I've gotten more used to the complexity of Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole mysteries. I think knowing to expect the stories within stories has made it easier to track details and make the connections that the author so skillfully weaves into this series.
Gripping, surprising, and philosophical. Can't wait to listen to the next one. I liked this narrator too.
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.
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