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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.
Can't believe I have just finished my last Harry Hole novel. Come on Jo, back to work! I am nearly Norwegian now!Published 2 days ago by John P.
I felt that this book was very complex and slow. I usually enjoy Harry Hole stories but did not have any desire to finish the story.Published 7 days ago by Lorraine Tubo
Pretty good story, after getting past the weird names and locations. I guess that's to be expected when reading books set in foreign locations written by foreign authors. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Michael S. Anderson
Like all Harry Holes, a true page turner until the early morning hoursPublished 1 month ago by Falko Josef Sellner
Love this character. If you are a fan of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo you will fall in love with Harry Hole.Published 1 month ago by Michele D DuVall
ANOTHER GOOD READ BY A VERY READABLE WRITER. HARRY HOLE AGAIN PROVES TO BE SO INSIGHTFUL, AND YET SO UNABLE TO FIND A WAY TO HIS OWN HAPPINESS. READ THE BOOK, IT'S SO GOOD.Published 1 month ago by barbara a hathaway
Sorry to see the way it ended. That's life. Just when you get your s*** together things go south. Amen.Published 1 month ago by Jill Morelli
Not as gripping as some of the Harry Hole stories, such as The Snowman or The Leopard.Published 2 months ago by Ann Wright
Enjoyed the book. Hope ther will more; but it doesn't sound like it.Published 2 months ago by Tazio