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
Dynamite outing by Nesbo. I would call it a page-turner if there were pages. Captivating, fun and with the usual Nesbo twists and turns. It will speed your commute, ease the pain of your workout, or provide a not-so-soothing time alone with a peculiar evil.
The characters, of course.
Robin is one of my favorites. Now, the fact that the Norwegian characters lurch into Liverpudlian dialects could be distracting if you pay attention, but it gets the point across and his Norwegian place-names and pacing are crackerjack. Four thumbs up!
Yes- but too long to acccommodate. Also quite good in bite-sized ear bits.
How a uniquely American art form- the noire tale- became bread-and-butter for our Scandanavian cousins is quite remarkable. Still, I suppose if the dry Soccoro winds in LA that made the meek housewife with her carving knife eye her irritating husband's neck, it may be that the endless night of winter brings on a similar taste of Seasonal
I loved reading for years, but now I've become so attached to Audible I'm finding reading tedious. Is that a bad thing?....
Absolutely my favorite new writer, Nesbo's character development, plot, the twists and suspense rival Thomas Harris and Larsson. I loved every second of this and The Snowman.
Jo Nesbo is brilliant! He manages to keep the reader careening around unexpected curves from the beginning to the end of this book. I am so taken with his main character, Harry Hole. He is like the Norwegian version of Jack Reacher but with more human flaws. I can't wait to begin the next Harry Hole book.
I love books!
This is a great book, intense, a page turner. Nesbo is a very imaginative author, he tells a good, tight story with good human insight. I can't wait for my next one.
For years Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series has been my very favorite. After listening to my first Jo Nesbo book "The Snowman" I was hooked and downloaded everyone of his books the main character Harry Hole is now my second favorite series.
I have to commit on the narrator Robin Sachs as the narrator can make or brake a great book he is one of the best you can always tell what character is talking with out doubt his narrating will keep you on the edge of you seat.
If your looking for a new series then look no further.
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 absolutely love Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole, even though he is soooo "convoluted." Started with the "Snowman," and couldn't believe how the characters played out - every one interesting...never guessed who the Snowman was. The same with "The Devil's Star." I am now an avid fan. Harry, you might have to stay sober, but don't change a thing about your skills.
Are you listening, Jo Nesbo? Lois in Chicago
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 is the third book by Jo Nesbo that I've read. Each time I like the lead character Harry Hole more and more. He has such wonderful intuition..and you feel such compassion for this guy who seems to be unable to get off the self destruct bus.....even when he is
( single handedly) solving the most convoluted and tricky mystery. I enjoy the Norwegian
names and references..it's just another element that makes the book more interesting.
And...of course..its a great who dunnit.
I could not put the story down at the end because of the way it wrapped up the Red Breast story. If you are looking for the right book to pick up after Red Breast, this is it.
Nesbo's stories are complex enough that it is a good idea to have both the written and audible portion. Note to Amazon: Whispersync was not working even though my accounts said it would.
Great detective work, clever lines.
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