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Publisher's Summary

Harry Hole returns - or does he? - in a terrifyingly paced, vertiginous new roller coaster of a thriller by the internationally best-selling author of The Snowman and The Redeemer, "the king of Scandinavian crime fiction" (Kirkus).

The police urgently need Harry Hole…. A killer is stalking Oslo's streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical.

But this time, Harry can't help.... For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry is not in a position to protect anyone.

Least of all himself...

©2013 Jo Nesbø (P)2013 Random House Audio

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  • Helen
  • Great Cacapon, WV, United States
  • 05-20-14

Read them all...this is a favorite.

Once again, Jo Nesbo succeeds in delivering just the right amount of gritty suspense and mayhem without sacrificing the loyal reader's bond with our beloved Harry. I was kept in breathless anticipation for Harry to...yet again...screw up his personal life. Or, even worse, die!
I admire the way that the reader was led to suspect one after another character as the cop killer.....and then to be blind sided when the real murderer was revealed. Nice writing to pull that off! Nesbo at his best.
So, have we said goodbye to Harry as he rides off into a happy future with Rakel and Oleg? Somehow I both doubt it...and hope NOT!
Only negative on this book....I wasn't happy with the reader. I agree with other reviewers...bring back the previous series reader. I loved John Lee's reading of the Follett books for which a nice Welsh accent was a plus. But it just didn't work for this Norwegian cast of characters.

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Depressing but great!

What did you love best about Police?

I am unsure why this very depressing character Harry Hole draws me to read all of Jo Nesbo's books. With his alcoholism, Harry Hole hits rock bottom again and again, and somehow he manages to survive. Had to leave the book and come back to it. Harry Hole is now so depleted, and I wonder even with his change of life events, if he will make it.

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Boring

I'm already three hours into this book and Harry Hole has not yet appeared. Actually, I got so bored with this book that I went to other books.

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  • Stevon
  • Tempe, AZ, United States
  • 02-07-14

another great one by Nesbo

When I first saw the title to this book, "Police", I have to admit it didn't excite me too much. But, I've enjoyed the Harry Hole series so much I, of course, had to buy it. But, I tell you waht, I wasn't disappointed, in fact, was very pleasantly surprised at how good it is and how much I enjoyed it. I'll look forward to the next in the series. I read in some of the reviews that listeners didn't like the narration. At the beginning of this book, it is announced that the original narrator of the series, Robin Sachs, had died and John Lee is his replacement. Death is about as good a reason there is for changing a narrator. Lee was one of those you hear and think, where have I heard him before. It turns out he narrated the two long Ken Follett trilogies, which I also enjoyed. Having more of a Norwegian accent might have made it more authentic but I thought John Lee did a great job of it and didn't detract from the story whatsover. If you've enjoyed the rest of this series, you'll really enjoy this one, of course, if you haven't read anything in the series, go back to the beginning, the series gets better as it progresses but it is told in sequence. Enjoy!

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Harry Hole....Are you dead or alive????

I read all the Nesbo Harry Hole books...including the one where we think he's dead. That was shocking. Hole is brought back in this book...and it is handled pretty well considering we all thought him dead. But I think once killed....characters should stay killed. I'm hoping Nesbo finds another character to develop...as I love his writing but am now off Harry.

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  • Jan
  • LAGRANGE, KY, United States
  • 02-05-14

The best yet

Would you consider the audio edition of Police to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version however it is less distracting to hear the Norwegian names spoken than to have to try to guess at the correct pronunciation.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Police?

There are many- the author teases us with red herrings all the way to the end.

Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

Harry Hole is always a favorite- desperately flawed yet still looking for peace and absolution. <br/><br/><br/><br/>

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

As with all of the Harry Hole novels I find myself wanting to cry out to Harry that he is treading on familiar yet treacherous ground.

Any additional comments?

A very satisfying book, I will probably listen to it again and love it again.

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  • James
  • Ithaca, NY, United States
  • 02-01-14

but...

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As always, Jo Nesbo delivers a well constructed mystery/thriller with Harry Hole once again saving the Oslo from certain disaster. And for a change, Harry doesn't self destruct! However, I felt that Nesbo used the writing style of trying to make you believe one thing happened but actually didn't (by his omission of key references to characters by name) just a little too much in this story. It only takes a quarter of the novel to finally find out Harry really didn't die. Accepting these "cliffhanger tactics", the story moves well and you can't help finding yourself cheering on every move Harry makes. And Nesbo has left himself plenty of room for future Harry Hole stories. Robin Sachs will always be truly hard to replace but I feel John Lee has captured the "new and improved" (but not THAT new and improved) Harry quite well and his voice is easy to accept as we (and Harry) move forward.

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Narration just doesn't grab you

I wanted to like this book but the narration didn't grab me and the story line couldn't keep me.

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"Police" is 5 stars and then some!

Would you listen to Police again? Why?

All of the Harry Hole books are 5 star -- but this one tops them all. I highly recommend this entire series -- if you start in the middle of the series, say # 5, you will go back to #1 because you don't want to miss out on each of these terrific stories.

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Too rough for me

I've listened to the other Harry Hole books and enjoyed them. But I could not take this one - too graphic and horrible. The others were certainly violent, but in this one he seemed to be trying to one-up the others - gratuitous violence and degradation. I was hoping to be hooked like I was by the others, but finally gave up. Maybe I should give Nesbo's children's books a try - I'm obviously not adult enough for this one.

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