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The Devil's Star Paperback – International Edition, November 2, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. A serial killer taunts Harry Hole in Nesbø's searing third crime novel to feature the Oslo police detective to be made available in the U.S. (after Nemesis). Still suffering from alcohol-fueled demons and obsessed with hunting for evidence against a clearly dirty cop, Hole grudgingly agrees to help look into the murder of a woman whose finger has been amputated and a red diamond stuck under her eyelid. More bodies follow, with the murderer leaving identical five-pointed diamonds (the titular devil's star) at each crime scene. At first the killings appear to be random, but Hole soon discovers an ominous pattern. Nesbø brilliantly incorporates threads from earlier novels, including Hole's often tumultuous relationship with his lover, Rakel, without ever losing the current story's rhythm. Even with—or perhaps because of—his flaws, Hole is arguably one of today's most fascinating fictional detectives. 5-city author tour. (Mar.)
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From Bookmarks Magazine
Maybe it's something in the icy water. Along with Ã…ke Edwardson (Sweden), Karin Fossum (Norway), Stieg Larsson (Sweden), and Henning Mankel (Sweden), Jo Nesbo¸ is one of a growing number of Scandinavian crime writers who have burst with great fanfare onto the international scene in the last few years. Much of the action in The Devil's Star will be familiar to aficionados, though the author's characters and atmosphere make clear why Nesbo¸'s star is on the rise in America (he's already wildly popular in Europe). Crime readers who don't yet know Nesbo¸ will embrace the author, his tormented Harry Hole (comparisons have been made to Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch), and the complex, noirish Norway hiding beneath the placid surface. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
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Detective Harry Hole (this is the fifth in the Harry Hole series) faces his nemesis Insp. Tom Waaler in this installment. Harry is compelled to work on an investigation involving the murder of a young woman in an Oslo flat. The unusual thing is that a tiny five-pointed red diamond was placed behind her eyelid, a devil's star. When another victim turns up dead, and a man reports his wife missing, the investigative team realizes it has a serial killer on its hands.
There's a lot going on in this novel - there's the tension between Hole and Waaler whom Hole suspects is involved in some illegal activities though this is difficult to prove given Waaler's high profile and respected status in the force; Hole finds his personal life in a shambles as his long-time girlfriend Rakel (who also makes an appearance in the other Hole novels) distances herself from him; there's Hole's on-going struggle with alcoholism; and, of course there's the case itself which puzzles Hole.
Despite his personal flaws and internal struggles, Hole is an astute detective and he eventually puts the pieces of the puzzle together, making for some startling revelations and a high level of suspense that keeps up till the very end. I'd highly recommend this to any fan of excellent crime fiction.
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