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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.
None of Jo Nesbo's novels have ever disappointed me. I love the complex characters and plots. There's never a dull moment.Published 2 days ago by Bonnie P.
It's a page turner but I find I don't really care about Harry Hole.Published 3 days ago by Diana Walker
I have read all of Nesbo's books, the Hole series was overall the bestPublished 10 days ago by Al Wysocki
Harry Hole, grew tired of his life in Oslo. His life working homicide for the police and the people he saw touched and destroyed by events. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Stevec50
I have enjoyed all of the Harry Hole thrillers some of which are a little far fetched! This was also the case with the Phantom where Harry attempts to survive another murderer's... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Greg Cole
I didn't put it down unless I had to charge my Fire. Like all -Nesbo's books, with the exception of Headhunters, this is a first class crime novel. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Bill Hoyler
Another interesting tale of the adventures of detective Harry Hole. As usual for Nesbo the ending is a surprise.Published 29 days ago by Robert O. Weitzeil