After reading through the first couple of books in this series it is good to finally know how the story between Harry and his adversary (Tom) ends.
Regarding the main story: Detailed descriptions, many clues to possible perpetrators and like always a gripping story. I liked Nemesis and The Redbreast a bit more than The Devil's Star, mainly because I found myself more caught in the murder cases than in this one, but it was still a very good reading experience.
I was given this book by someone who really enjoys mysteries and went in with an open mind. I did enjoy the book, especially the climax, crime scenes and the play on the symbol. Other the other hand, I really didn't like Harry Hole all that much.
I get it, here is a detective who is brilliant but down on his luck due to the unusual death of his colleague (I presume it happened in the previous book), the self sabotaging type (refusing to let his girlfriend and her son help or anyone else, especially the boss), and the use of unusual tactics to get answers that help solve the crime. All these things give him a more relate-able and human element, but I just couldn't connect with him and found him really annoying most of the time.
The crimes and crime scenes were very interesting, with lots of details that provide interesting clues connecting the dots to the crimes and the criminal itself. I quite enjoyed trying to piece together the puzzle.
The subplot of the feud/unusual relationship between Tom and Harry was interesting to say the least. I wonder what and who else this Prince person has on all these important people, guess I'll have to read the previous books to find out.
The understated emotions create palpable tension, the characters, even the bad ones, are fully-fleshed and likeable in a complicated story where many strands are woven together in the end.
Some like to solve puzzles but I like to use my investigative powers on solving crime mysteries. Jo Nesbo, the Norwegian crime writer, creates a pyschologically mesmerizing world in his novel, The Devil's Star. From one moment to the next, you never know where Homicide Inspector Harry Hole of Oslo will lead you, or himself, for that matter. If you are afraid of the dark, better not pick up this story. But if you are addicted to suspense, along with unerringly fine writing, you will be enthralled with this noir tale.
Mary Hamm Barrett
Downtown Central Library
Just as addicting as the other books! I absolutely love how well he writes and how encompassing the stories become. Highly recommend it!
On the cover of this book it says "The next Stieg Larsson". He is better that Stieg Larsson! I enjoy his writing!
Good, solid thriller with exciting plot twists. Once, just once, I would like to read or watch a police series without a dysfunctional protagonist.
I can see why this has been compared to Stieg Larsson... brutal crime, potential corruption which goes deep. This is intelligently written, with a translation that wasn't jarring.
"Oslo detective Harry Hole is a great character to follow in this dark, twisted, and intriguing story of a serial killer. This page-turner is a Scandinavian crime novel at its finest."--Suzanne Droppert, Liberty Bay Books, Poulsbo, Wash.
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