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The Devil's Star: A Novel (Harry Hole Book 5) Kindle Edition
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“Readers new to this whitehot series will be impressed by Nesbø’s generous plotting and his insight into dark places in the human soul.” -- Kirkus Reviews
“Astonishingly confident. . . . The Devil’s Star scores with an intriguing plot and Nesbo’s mastery of pace and tension.” -- The Times (London)
“Jo Nesbø is my new favorite thriller writer and Harry Hole my new hero.” -- Michael Connelly
“Superb.” -- Daily Telegraph (London)
“Nesbø has a knack for Euro noir.” -- Entertainment Weekly
“Nobody can delve into the dark, twisted mind of a murderer better than a Scandinavian thriller writer.” -- Vogue
“The dense plot is supremely detailed. . . . A crisp, clean translation. . . . Satisfying.” -- New York Times Book Review
“Readers now can savor NEMESIS. . . . Nesbo’s storytelling abilities are incomparable. NEMESIS is crime novel as art form and great entertainment.” -- USA Today
“A well-crafted rollercoaster of a book. . . . Nesbo sets a cracking pace, the shambolic Hole is exasperating and endearing by turns, and a series of spectacular plot twists lead to a thrilling finale. Highly recommended.” -- The Guardian (London)
“In crime fiction terms, the ongoing Harry Hole is epic along the lines of something Count Tolstoy might have dreamed up. . . . Tremendous emotional resonance.” -- Toronto Star
“[A] beautifully executed heist drama. . . . Expertly weaving plot lines from Hole’s last outing to feature the inspector, The Redbreast (2007), Nesbo delivers a lush crime saga that will leave U.S. readers clamoring for the next installment.” -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[A] bold, ambitious thriller. . . . It’s well worth sticking with the story; both the hero and the villain are as compelling as the portrayal of Norwegians doing whatever it takes to survive the war and then paying the price. Nesbo bids fair to turn Norway into serious competition for Sweden as Scandinavia’s crime center.” -- Kirkus Reviews
“Nesbo offers up another top-notch mystery thriller, thickly layered, perfectly plotted, and briskly paced to keep readers hooked. With ties to events in The Redbreast, this is an excellent sequel. . . . Recommended for all fiction collections and essential for Scandinavian crime lovers.” -- Library Journal
“An elegant and complex thriller . . . Ingenious design. . . . Nesbo’s book eloquently uses its multiple horrors to advance a disturbing argument: suppressing history is an open invitation for history to repeat itself.” -- New York Times Book Review
“A fine novel. . . . THE REDBREAST certainly ranks with the best of current American crime fiction.” -- Washington Post Book World
“Nesbo returns with another novel that is every bit the multitextured, complexly plotted, psychologically rich thriller that made Redbreast such an unqualified success. . . . No doubt about it: Nesbo belongs on every crime-fiction fan’s A-list.” -- Booklist (starred review)
“A gripping tale of political intrigue and sprawling global corruption. . . . With plenty of shootouts and intensely described chase sequences, The Redbreast certainly delivers.” -- Kirkus Reviews
“A complex tale of murder, revenge and betrayal . . . perfectly paced and painfully suspenseful. . . . Readers will delight in Hole, a laconic hero as doggedly stubborn as Connelly’s Harry Bosch, and yet with a prickly appeal all his own.” -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Bucks the trend… Nesbo’s long-range plotting is careful, and the debate about the Norwegian elite’s behaviour during the war cleverly managed.” -- London Review of Books
“Jo Nesbo has a credibly scary line on the power of corruption, and his complex plot culminates in a nail-biting episode with overtones of The Day of the Jackal.” -- The Independent
“Reading THE REDBREAST is like watching a hit movie. . . . The pacing is swift. The plot is precise and intricate. . . . THE REDBREAST is surprisingly witty at times and often grim. But it’s always smart.” -- USA Today
“Searing. . . . Nesbo brilliantly incorporates threads from earlier novels, including Hole’s often tumultuous relationship with his lover, Rakel, without ever losing the current story’s rhythm. . . . Hole is arguably one of today’s most fascinating fictional detectives.” -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) --This text refers to the paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
Oslo is sweltering in the summer heat when a young woman is murdered in her flat. One finger has been cut off and a tiny red diamond in the shape of a pentagram—a five-pointed star—is found under her eyelid. Detective Harry Hole is assigned the case with Tom Waaler, a colleague he neither likes nor trusts. He believes Tom is behind a gang of arms smugglers—and the murder of his partner. But Harry, an off-the-rails alcoholic, is barely holding on to his job and has little choice but to play nice.
Five days later, another woman is reported missing. When her severed finger is found adorned with a star-shaped red diamond ring, Harry fears a serial killer is on the loose. Determined to find the killer and expose the crooked Tom Waaler, Harry discovers the two investigations melding in unexpected ways. But pursuing the truth comes at a price, and soon Harry finds himself on the run and forced to make difficult decisions about a future he may not live to see.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B006IY9FEY
- Publisher : Harper; Reprint edition (January 3, 2012)
- Publication date : January 3, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 3129 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 468 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #105,122 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is the weakest book in the Hole series so far and it’s hard for me to explain why without spoilers so I’ll keep this review as ambiguous as possible and compare Devil’s Star to the books that came before it.
Firstly, the plot is not as complicated or as intriguing as the plots in The Redbreast or Nemesis. It’s just another serial killer hunt and for the first time in the series Hole’s alcoholism felt like a contrived plot device. Secondly, I didn’t understand why the chosen killer was selected as the killer by Nesbo. The motive was feeble and preposterous and the entrapment strange.
Finally, there were a lot of characters and a lot of sub-stories that were completely unnecessary. The book felt really busy and all of these characters and sub-stories were distracting. The only reason I enjoyed the book was because we finally got the showdown between Hole and his arch-enemy Tom Waaler.
If you have not read the previous 4 books featuring Norwegian detective Harry Hole ("Hol-lei""), I recommend you do. While not critical to the plot here, characters, relationships and allusions to previous cases are numerous, and helps give some sense of why Hole is where he is. In _Devil's Star_ Hole is on the verge of resigning from the police, such is the crippling nature of his alcoholism. The emergence of a possible serial killer, however, forestalls his resignation (perhaps only temporarily). Matters are complicated further in that Hole is tasked to work under his nemesis (from earlier books), Tom Waaler - a dirty cop Hole has been unsuccessful in bringing to justice. Waaler is well aware of this, the tension between them is palpable.
The pattern of the serial killer's murders were easily identified well before Hole put the pieces together, the alleged perpetrator arrested 4/5 through the book. That Nesbo has an ace up his sleeve was apparent, given the lengthy remainder of the novel; what followed was a head-spinning turn of events that I wouldn't spoil, suffice it to say that Nesbo's plotting of the story and its conclusion was both masterful and simply brilliant. Of the Hole novels, this is far and away his best to date - even with the deeply troubling and frustrating personal struggles Hole wrestles with.
Readers familiar with this Scandanavian noir writer are in for a special treat. Those who have yet to discover this writer - and his characters - I cannot recommend Jo Nesbo highly enough: this is a "must read" author of a fantastic series of mystery/thrillers.
I am not interested in reading book after book about how horrible life is for someone cursed with an addiction. Flawed characters can add to the complexity and attraction of a good story but, when overdone, the use of such a strategy interferes and detracts from the story. The author offers nothing new from one book to the next regarding Harry's addiction. Enough already. I read Nesbo's novels because I hoped to enjoy a great mystery.
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This baffling case brings the dysfunctional Harry into contention once again with his long-time adversary and rival fellow Detective: the super smooth Tom Waaler. Initially, Harry wants no part in the investigation and is already on notice to quit the force on account of his drink problem. And to make matters worse, his relationship with the lovely Rakel and her young son: Oleg has been comprised by his erratic behaviour. However, he is given no alternative but to drag himself out of his alcoholic stupor and give it his all as he comes to realise that a wave of similar killings is about to unfold. An emerging pattern of clues point to the work of a serial killer and that the five pointed Devil's Star is the key to establishing identity and motive.
This is book is a well written and pacy thriller; Nesbo is adept in exploring dark recesses, depraved behaviour and emotional complications in this latest tale of Nordic angst.
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The other point may well say as much about me as it does about the writer but I had a hard time in the early part of the book empathising with Harry Hole. His pitiful alcoholism, his raging propensity to destroy himself and those he loves , his cavalier attitude to his boss and his job…none of this is anything I can find sympathy for much less admiration. All that shaking, drinking, smoking, panicking, nightmares, indecisiveness? Does the lead detective in the story need to have so little backbone?
But then he begins to pull himself together and the story takes off. It becomes a real mystery and eventually an enthralling, edge-of-the-seat thriller. It has a great climax and although I have initially planned to give the book three stars, and then maybe four, I got so caught up in the last half of the book that I have to give it five. My earlier misgivings aside, I have to recommend this book to anyone who likes great mysteries with plenty of red herrings and I now know that I will be trying to get my hands on every other book that Jo Nesbo has written.
The Devil's Star follows the excellent Nemesis, with Harry having to join forces with his rival and enemy in the police force, Tom Waaler, to track down a serial killer. As usual, Nesbo crafts a chilling story around Harry's personal struggles.
The story reaches a thrilling conclusion, although I was somewhat surprised by it. A recurring theme since The Redbreast is effectively resolved (no spoilers!) but I was surprised Nesbo chose to conclude this storyline at such an early stage in the series. I had expected this to continue through to the last book but my surprise is not unwelcome. Nesbo has just thrown a curve ball, leaving room to develop something new and I'm really excited to see how he takes the series forward.
A fearsomely callous serial killer is operating in the sun-baked streets of central Oslo as summer rages and seemingly random victims are targeted. But soon enough this somewhat makeweight chiller turns into a rather good thriller, as Harry gets to grips with a rival in the form of Tom Waaler, a fellow cop with quite a few demons of his own. The plot is devious and even when the murders are apparently solved, there is another twist, and corruption at the heart of the whole force which, rather improbably, Harry has to get to grips with on his own, with only the help of a forensic scientist, Beate, but can Beate conquer her fears of the nastily touchy-feely Waaler?. It's a complex but very compelling read. Harry isn't someone you come to like, his psychology is locked into his fraught and difficult past, but where his family are concerned his heart is in the right place.
As damaged heroes go, Hole is probably the most damaged of them all, and the book starts as we find him drinking himself to oblivion as both career and relationship disappear down the toilet. His dismissal from the force is just awaiting rubber stamping, and he couldn't give a damn. Then, enter a bizarre series of crimes. Just bizarre enough to entice Harry to crawl out of his glass and go into battle one last time. Unfortunately for Harry, it means working alongside arch enemy Waaler. And there seems to be no way things can end happily for Harry.
It helps to have read the earlier books, certainly The Redbreast, to understand the context here, but it's a great thriller even if you haven't. And Harry Hole is one of my favourite characters. Even though he brings a lot of his woes on himself, you can't help but root for him. But has he bitten off more than he can chew this time? You will have to see for yourself, I wouldn't want to spoil it.