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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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Simply the Best Detective Series In any Language

If this isn't your first Harry Hole novel, all you really need to know that Police is every bit as good as Snowman, The Bat and Devil's Star. And it's read by the best British narrator, john Lee.

If you've never listened to a book by Jo Nesbo, now is the time to start. It's the best in its genre including all the great American and British works. The police work is gritty, meticulous, competitive and brilliant. The story is simply magnificent. It's mystery is unique and, well, mysterious.

Sometimes I hate reviewing books because I simply cannot devote the time to do it justice.
Do yourself a favor and listen to Police.

31 of 34 people found this review helpful

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  • Faja4x
  • Central MA, United States
  • 10-25-13

Thank you Jo!

What a wonderful continuation of the saga. I will leave any description of the story to others... Suffice it to say that Mr. Nesbø does not disappoint and in fact rewards the reader with hours of enjoyment. However being a fan of audio books to bring additional interest to activities like biking, running, laundry, etc. I found myself incredibly disappointed with the book as performed my John Lee. I felt his interpretation of many of the voices to be offputting, especially the females. He just could not capture the essence of the characters that Jo Nesbø has spent 10 books crafting. Using a Welsh brogue for one of the characters was just weird. Sean Barrett also narrates this book. And is far superior and giving you the haunting feel as the plot twists and turns. Please Jo...no more Lee. And I totally understand that the majority of listeners are simply enthralled with Mr. Lee. I am not one of them. If only Robin Sachs were still with us...both he and Sean were far better equipped to handle the special needs required to really bring Jo Nesbø books to life. Let Mr. Lee stick with period piece novels like the Century Trilogy at which he is exceedingly good.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Craig
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 10-31-13

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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The best one yet! But why not Robin Sachs?

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

No. But only because I'm not used to this narrator. I had to check out the book too, just to review that the names he was reading were the ones I was used to hearing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course, Harry had always been my favorite in the series, but I guess now it will have to be Baete Lonn. Or will it? Ha ha.

Would you listen to another book narrated by John Lee?

He is a good narrator, but I've listened to the whole series read by Robin Sachs for the most part. John Lee had more of a WW II "... AND WHAT ABOUT OUR BOYS IN THE PACIFIC...." type of news reporter tone.

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

The one thats already been used somewhere. 'He's back. Or is he?"

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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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how does he do it?!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Jo Nesbo just gets better and better!!! If you like Nesbo's Harry Hole series, then you must read this one. It is a ride and a half. I kept thinking that I couldn't take it anymore, but you just cannot stop listening.
A word about John Lee: I am in love with this man as a narrator. Absolutely the best.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Police?

Several, but all would be spoilers, so...I will keep them to myself.

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

SO many!! And this is as perfect as all the others. He is the best.

Any additional comments?

Listen. You will not regret it.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • adrienne
  • EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States
  • 11-30-13

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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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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  • Joanne
  • United States
  • 01-04-14

John Lee is NOT Harry Hole

Please, please find someone else to perform these wonderful stories! I have not completed this audible, the performance is so jarring....

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  • Jon
  • Charleston, WV, United States
  • 12-05-13

this narrator is intolerable

What would have made Police better?

I love jo nesbo but I can't bear to listen to this narrator

Has Police turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

What didn’t you like about John Lee’s performance?

hated it

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

its written by jo nesbo and I like the harry hole series

2 of 2 people found this review helpful