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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.
Kind of difficult to follow all characters in early development of the story line.Published 10 hours ago by Chet
Nesbo at his last book, great story teller, Harry Hole keeps you glued to the book until the very. EndPublished 12 hours ago by H. Cameron
For those who've invested themselves in this searing series, this second-most-recent installment rewards that devotion with an often gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, twisty-turn-y... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Sensible Cat Rescuer
Jo Nesbo delivers well-developed characters and an intricately fashioned plot while succeeding in filling the reader with dread! Well done.Published 8 days ago by Susan Bergh
As gripping as any of Jo Nesbo's with many unexpected twists and turns. Keeps surprising to the last page.Published 1 month ago by Owen Evans