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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.
Harry is a great detective, a drunk and many other flaws. but his adventures are very real and great plots. Read morePublished 1 day ago by William Tiewater
As usual Harry is a fascinating character and his adventures are dark and twisted. In this, his return home, no longer a policeman, there is only one possible ending and you sense... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Colleen McKissick
Harry Hole, a Norwegion updated version of James Bond - he gets all the women! At this distance in time, the Bond novels do not hold up so well though. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Mark Raven
Nobody captures the addictive personality so well. a thriller with insights into love and duty.Published 12 days ago by Nebs
Another so good thriller by Jo Nesbo. I begun the book, got hooked and needed to finish to read it right away. My story did not end there! Read morePublished 19 days ago by isanews