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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.
Jo Nesbo adds to the mystery by placing
you in the middle of a conversation and not letting you know who's.s speaking. Read more
The last in a series of 9....all were very well written and made me sad they had to end.Published 9 days ago by Charles Willoughby
Good book. As always with a Harry Home novel has the elements of action, and a good pace.Published 17 days ago by Venkat
I've not read the Harry Hole series in order. I love his flaws and his incredible ability to find answers. Jo Nesbo is a great crime writer.Published 19 days ago by Coach
One of my favorite Harry Hole adventures. Certainly learned a lot about the drug culture so bravo to Mr. Nesbo for his researching. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Knolls949
Working my way through Nordic Noir, concentrating on Nesbo at the moment. Great plot, interesting (if tortured) characters, especially Harry Hole. Great Noir story line. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Paul Stasz
It's for anyone who enjoys a good mystery .If yr a Harry hole fan .read this one with great anticipation. .......A tortured soul exposed.Published 24 days ago by Michael Bennette