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It is not easy to summarize the protagonist of the series in a few words, but here are some features of Harry’s personality that are important to me when I write about him: he’s the type of guy who is driven by his good side as well as his darker side. At times he believes in his role as law enforcer, at other times he doesn’t. And occasionally he is so gripped by his emotions that they overwhelm his basic belief in the principles of a state governed by law. He hunts down criminals with such an intense hatred and finds revenge so hard to resist that at times he could be mistaken for the antagonists he is fighting. But at the same time he can feel empathy for, perhaps even a kinship with, the lawbreaker. Harry Hole is a hero with pronounced weaknesses. All interesting heroes have an Achilles heel, and in Harry’s case, it is alcohol.
Harry feels something akin to what the serial killer feels, the same tension and excitement, when he approaches a victim and the same anti-climax after the killer is caught. It is Harry’s ambition to understand both love and evil. He is a passionate guy in all ways. And he is the type of man who has difficulties controlling his impulses. The fact that he cannot set limits permeates his drinking habits and his attitude to his job. He takes on cases and is swallowed up by them. It is the same with his relationships with women. I could have chosen to make Harry and Rakel live happily ever after and have children, but then we have a completely different person. I like the fact that he is in transit in his own life, as far as his emotions and his job are concerned. I'm often asked how much Harry and I have in common. I won't answer that in detail, but when you make a person a hero, as a writer you are bound to have at least a basic set of values, a goal, a need or a longing that you can relate to.
Author always works to complete nearly every facet of the epic ... Not just a simple crime or solution. Complex people in difficult and complex situations. A wonderful series!Published 1 day ago by Jenks
Nesbo's Oslo is a bleak and dark place and nowhere is it more apparent than in 'Phantom'. Harry Hole is a wreck of his former self, passing days as a pathetic opium addicted... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Comrade_Bazarov
Harry is always a good read. Really a 4.5. I can always depend on Nesbo or a good readPublished 1 month ago by nerrn
Another great page turner. Somewhat unrealistic, in that Harry seams to be getting more invincible with each episodePublished 1 month ago by Leonard G.
Every book of Jo Nesbo is excellent. Sometimes I just have to keep reading when I should have turned out the light hours ago. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Busy reader
Harry comes back to Sweden with a bang. Don't worry he's still on the Booze. There's a lot of suspense as usual with series..Published 1 month ago by Jack Wright