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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

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Good Enough Story but with Some Disappointment

The Devil’s Star, by Jo Nesbø, is the fifth book in the Harry Hole series, but the third and last book in an internal three party trilogy in the complete Harry Hole Series. This internal Trilogy started with The Redbreast, continued into Nemesis and ends with The Devil’s Star. The “trilogy” includes, in addition to each individual novel’s various plots, a competition between Harry Hole and his arch enemy another Investigator Detective on the Oslo/Norwegian police force. The competition between these characters alone make the books enjoyable. Yet, you get each story’s own more complete murder mystery and the competition between the two cops as a sort of extra story. It is not a simple competition; its a tale of good cop practices versus evil cop’s methods. Predominantly evil prevails but . . .

I am not a reader of the first two novels in the Harry Hole series because those books had a poor rating and others explained they were unimportant in getting to know Harry and the series. Yet, the trilogy, which I have read, refers often to what had occurred in the two earliest books, but personally, I have not felt I missed out on any understanding of the series. . . . and who wants to listen to dull content.

Like all Nesbø mystery novels, and as indicated above, there is more than one story playing out in each novel. As one plot progresses detritus from other stories trickles into the narrative and when one mystery is resolved, the next plot takes center stage. It keeps the reader on his/her toes contemplating what data is important, for which plot, and how will it play out in the balance of the story. If you want to keep thinking of what is evil, Nesbø and his characters provide you with good reading (listening) entertainment.

Here we have a serial killer and lots of good and sometimes misleading clues. As the plot(s) continue the clues and their true meaning change. A typical Nesbø twist. All in all a good read or listen.

Yet, I do have one complaint. Harry Hole is an alcoholic. He binges during the first one half of the novel which results in his doing everything stupidly. It is an annoyance having to deal with his illness. It does not add to the intrigue but limits what is otherwise a good story.

There are those artistic renderings, such as Days of Wine and Roses the 1962 film directed by Blake Edwards with a screenplay by JP Miller and starring Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Charles Bickford and Jack Klugman. The film is a true teaching lesson of the downward spiral of alcoholism. The film centers on two average Americans who succumb to alcoholism and attempt to deal with their problem. That story and its depiction was great. It took a sad situation and analyzed it for the viewer to consider. This Nesbø depiction is as bad as the drunk episodes in Stephen King’s 1987 The Tommyknockers. King himself described the story as an awful book. He was correct, and part of that failing was a long drawn out binge alcoholic tale with no purpose other than to disgust the reader. Harry Hole's binge is more akin to the latter literature.

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great story & all around wonderful piece of work.

I did not want to put it down and when I did I got back to it as soon as I could a great story that move along and wonderfully written

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Gotta love Harry!

I have to say that I love Harry, for all of his shortcomings he is a helluva detective. Jo Nesbo is a fabulous writer, a true master of twists and turns! You never REALLY know who done it, til Harry tells you!

Well done! This reader is EXCELLENT. He passed away after this book, an excellent performance!!

You will not be disappointed!

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Good Stuff

If you like this series you will love this one. Harry Hole is great. Excellent writing, wonderfully read well done.

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  • Marjorie
  • Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • 08-26-15

quite complicated plot

struggled to finish - no clear path to the plot, too many characters/similar names. story rambled. certainly not his best.

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Another great one.

Where does The Devil's Star rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

Have you listened to any of Robin Sachs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

They are all good.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

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Another Great Harry Hole Saga

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.

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  • Portland, OR
  • 04-12-15

Wow! Gripping Harry Hole mystery.

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.

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Another overall success by nesbo.

I like this author. I've read all of his work. This one did not disappoint. The ending was a little less exciting, but plausible.

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Good old Harry

another great book by Nesbo. Full of twosts and turns as Harry sets off after an old foe. RIP Mr Sachs