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Three strikes followed by a grand slam,
This review is from: The Devil's Star: A Novel (Harry Hole Series) (Hardcover)
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When I started reading this book I quickly found three reasons why I probably wasn't going to like it.
For starters, 'The Devil's Star' is book five of Nesbo's Harry Hole series and they probably should be read in order. I didn't and I spent the first third of the book trying to figure out what was part of the main story and what was back story.
Second, the book starts with two cases that, at first glance seemed rather mundane. For a while I was wondering where this book could possibly go that was remotely interesting. Fortunately I got my answer.
Finally, Harry Hole is an alcoholic with all the self-destructive habits that go with it. Some people can relate to this and find it an enjoyable part of the story. I'm not one of them. I know that noir fiction, be it Nordic or otherwise, requires a flawed protagonist but sometimes I just want to slap him upside the head and scream 'Get your [$...] together, already!'
I know I've just given you three reasons not to read this book but, if you don't read it, you are making a really, really big mistake. Nesbo shows his transcendent writing skill in the first scene and it continues throughout the entire book. When I first saw the movie 'Jaws' in the theater I yanked my legs up onto my seat when the shark jumped out of the water. Never until now has a book had that affect on me. In 'Devil's Star' there are several scenes that are so visceral that I reared back from the page.
Once I was hooked I spent the majority of a camping trip glued to it. At one point the likely killer was identified, the police were closing in and I was perfectly content to chalk this one up as a really good read. It was then that I realized that a full third of the book remained and that the rollercoaster ride the book had turned into still had several twists in store.
I can't recommend this book highly enough. It is my first experience with Jo Nesbo's books and it definitely will not be the last.