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Police Audiobook

Police: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 10

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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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    Craig Seattle, WA, United States 10-31-13
    Craig Seattle, WA, United States 10-31-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Serialized Harry Hole…Dead…Undead…Dead…Undead???"

    Jo Nesbo can do gritty-city-OMG as well as any of the best contemporary writers publishing today. So, why in this novel do we have to experience the very predictable - "is he dead…not dead…dead…not dead" gimmicks of serialized comic strip writers. Of course he's not dead. If he were dead we would all pack it in and download Arnaldur Indridason instead of Jo Nesbo.

    Serial killers are Nesbo's forte, but I am going to have to say (if reluctantly) that this Harry Hole Novel will leave you feeling a victim of serial manipulation. Please note that I own every Nesbo audiobook available and I know I will buy more. However, in the case of this audiobook (Police)…I am a victim and not a fan.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Katz 08-07-14
    Janet Katz 08-07-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Nesbo at his very best. Breathless thriller!"

    Please read some or all of the previous Harry Hole books as they provide important background that makes this one all the better. This one has the most twists, turns and hold-your-breath moments of any of Nesbo's others. Virtually un-pause-able.

    Narrator does a good job - gets better as he goes.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 11-30-13
    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 11-30-13 Member Since 2009
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    "New lifestyle for Harry!"

    There are several places in the book that the listener/reader isn't sure who Jo Nesbo is talking about. These mysteries are resolved, but it is difficult to write a review and not give any spoilers.

    Of course Harry has survived. The previous book left us wondering if it was the end of the series as Harry was so badly injured.

    His survival and new lifestyle make the personal part of the book. There is also, of course, a string of depraved murders with much gore and several possible perpetrators. Previously introduced "bad cops" and a young woman intent on creating a scandal are woven throughout. We are once again left with a cliffhanger ending.

    John Lee, as always, gives a stellar narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christie Cummins jacksonville fl United States 11-10-13
    Christie Cummins jacksonville fl United States 11-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "jo nesbo is a master"
    Where does Police rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is so good I longed to find out the end but when it came I wanted more of it. Nesbo is
    a fantastic writer. The Harry Hole series is a must listen to


    What did you like best about this story?

    the heros and that the end let you know its never over


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    nice different voices


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

    no


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    KP Oakland, CA 12-04-13
    KP Oakland, CA 12-04-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Harry Hole does not disappoint!"

    This was really enjoyable crime fiction! I could hardly stop reading it, which makes it rank high in my book. I was glad to see some of the same characters and references to episodes from the last book, The Phantom. I do think this would make it harder for a newcomer to the Harry Hole series to understand or get as involved in the book as it was for a veteran of Jo Nesbo, but for me, it made it like a homecoming!

    One thing that I didn’t like about the book is the way Jo Nesbo was constantly trying to build suspense by, basically, tricking the reader into thinking one thing was happening, only to reveal a little later on that it was really something else. The biggest examples of this technique had to do with Harry Hole, the main character, and whether he was alive or not. There were many smaller examples, however, that kept cropping up. These DID serve to keep me on the edge of my seat, but after a while it also seemed overdone or contrived. One example (spoiler alert) was when the reader is led to believe that the young 12-year-old girl, Aurora, is the victim of the horrible serial killer. Nesbo does this by juxtaposing the section of the book with scenes of the young victim alongside the next section where Aurora is discovered missing. Of course, the reader begins to assume that Aurora is the victim.

    One other problem I had was that the first suspect, Valentin, is sort of dropped half way through, and then there is a tiny bit of evidence at the end that he might have shown up again. However, this whole tangent was too unresolved, in my opinion. It seems obvious there will be another book (yea!), but still, Nesbo needs to finish this one off in a bit more of a polished fashion.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Clodhopper Tucson, AZ, United States 11-23-13
    Clodhopper Tucson, AZ, United States 11-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "One too many"

    I assume, if you are reading this review, that you are familiar with the Harry Hole detective series.

    If not, go back and get started with "The Bat". There is no noir like Nordic noir, and Jo Nesbo writes great Nordic noir. In my opinion, he is the best of the surprisingly large and productive group of modern, Scandinavian mystery writers,

    But if you are familiar with the Harry Hole series, proceed at you own risk. From an aesthetic perspective, the series should end with "The Phantom". By the end of that novel, Nesbo has wrought a Grecian tragedy and brought it to a perfect denouement. Unfortunately Nesbo, like Harry Hole, cannot stop, even when he knows he should; the result is a bit of a hangover.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Old Hippy 11-26-13
    Old Hippy 11-26-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Fabulous, great, best Harry Hole in the series!"
    If you could sum up Police in three words, what would they be?

    Complex, Gripping, Surprising.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Police?

    When the villain(s) murder one particularly memorable officer.


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

    Harry


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Someone is brutally killing police officers previously linked to unsolved and unrelated murders - but, why?"


    Any additional comments?

    I thought I had beat Harry in figuring out who was the murderer, but not why. Turns out I was right ... but there's more to the story. Kudos to Jo Nesbo for such a thriller and such a puzzler, ... even up to the second-last chapter I was still questioning whether I had it right. And, it was only in the last chapter that Nesbo makes all the pieces fall into place.

    What a great story!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 07-31-17
    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 07-31-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Best since The Snowman"

    Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole always delivers. Yes, I do sometimes get frustrated with the characters and length, but they are always solid and entertaining reads. Police is my favorite. It's Harry 2.0 and it feels like a new beginning for the series, which it may have needed at this point. This book made me cry and my heart race. I can't wait to continue with book 11.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Russell Keswick, ON, Canada 04-25-17
    Russell Keswick, ON, Canada 04-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Five Star Book in a Five Star Series"

    Their have been several narrators and few different pronunciations of Harry's last name in this series. One constant has been the high quality of the stories. If you have read the preceding books, you will expect to be played with as Jo Nesbo leads you down several different paths as we try to figure out who the serial killer of police personnel is. I made the mistake of telling my daughter who had already listened to the book who I knew had to be the murderer. She didn't verbally give anything away - but the look in her eye told me a lot - amateur detective and deep reader into people's expressions (when they are related to me) that I am.

    So I knew my hunch was incorrect. But that is okay, because later on even Harry Hole was convinced that he knew who the killer was and was wrong as well. Our dependable brilliant detective planned to take justice into his own hands to avenge the loss of a dear friend on the wrong murderer.

    There are a lot of layers to this story and it feels like Nesbo has an ear for authenticity in the messy world of capturing despicable criminals. You won't like everything that happens in this book. You won't be pleased with the ending. But there is an uplifting scene near the end that makes everything worthwhile. Kind of like real life, which is not always a fairy tale, but there are times that soar in our souls. Most of us would be bored with a perfect detective in a perfect world. This book is certainly not boring. Now, I am already committed to listening to book eleven in the Harry Hole universe.

    I see it is called "The Thirst" and has a new narrator - I wonder how this guy is going to pronounce Harry's last name.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 05-01-15
    Richard 05-01-15
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    "Gratuitous violence and contrived plot disappoint"

    I've read most of the Harry Hole books despite a growing sense that the series -- like Harry Hole himself -- is growing tiresome and less interesting over time. Nonetheless I've kept coming back, hoping that I would find myself once again engaged in the characters and story. In this book Nesbo indulges in detailed and excessively repulsive descriptions of violence and torture, almost as if he wants to see just how far he can push the reader's sense of fear, loathing, and disgust for no other purpose than to test his considerable ability as a writer. For me at least, this exercise served no purpose. I resorted to skipping over whole passages that were bogged down in such description. To make matters worse the plot is convoluted and contrived. In an effort to deliver the customary twist in the conclusion Nesbo seems to throw everything at the proverbial wall to see what sticks. I finished this book with no interest in reading another Harry Hole book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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