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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 Hole reviews. Needless to say again, but I will, Jo Nesbo's written a terrific serious that is savory steak for true no nonsense mystery readers. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Manny
I've read all ten of the Harry Hole mysteries. Nesbo does a good job of keeping the reader in the dark as to the identity of the villain until the very end of the book. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Jim Tanski
Protagonist Harry Hole returns to his native Oslo from Hong Kong, where he has been trying to forget that he is a homicide detective, when learning that 18-year-old Oleg, whom he... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Patricia Austin
Great novel I read in a few days !!!!Impossible stop reading!!!Published 19 days ago by Vivianne Pancani Gandelhman
I always like the books but this one somehow seemed grim. The ending left me feeling bereft. Well written and plotted.Published 1 month ago by Belle
Author always works to complete nearly every facet of the epic ... Not just a simple crime or solution. Complex people in difficult and complex situations. A wonderful series!Published 1 month ago by Jenks