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Phantom: Harry Hole 9 Paperback – 2013
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Amazon Exclusive: An Essay by Jo Nesbø on Harry Hole
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.
*Starred Review* In the Booklist review of Nesbø’s The Leopard (2011), we called Oslo police detective Harry Hole “a good man undone by a bad world and a too-sensitive soul.” How right we were—except, perhaps, that we neglected to say that his undoing also has a lot to do with his inability (and unwillingness) to escape his past. This time Harry, no longer a cop, returns to Oslo from his new home in Hong Kong, once again summoned by trouble in the family. In The Leopard, it was his father; now it’s Oleg, the son of Rakel, the love of Harry’s life. Ironically, Rakel left Harry to protect her son from the horrors of Harry’s world, and now those same horrors have found the boy, even in Harry’s absence. First it was drugs, in the form of violin, a new wonder drug that protects the user from a deadly ovedose but is far more addictive than heroin; now Oleg is in jail, accused of killing a fellow addict. The evidence looks rock solid, but Rakel knows that if anyone can prove her boy is not a killer, it’s Harry. Nesbø begins with this emotionally gripping family drama but surrounds it with an elaborate, beautifully constructed plot involving the new drug and the ruthless man who rules its distribution. The subplots, plot twists (especially the last one), and the fully fleshed supporting characters—many of whom could drive their own novels—are all testament to Nesbø’s remarkable talent, but finally, it all comes back to Harry and the pain he endures in trying to carve out a separate peace from a world and a past that won’t let him go. Superb on every level. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: All those Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson fans have jumped on the Nesbo bandwagon. A far-reaching publicity campaign and a 150,000 first printing will make sure they stay there. --Bill Ott --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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For me, however, I miss the power he exhibited in his earlier works: the earlier Harry Hole and the stand-alone novels. Where the characters reached out, grabbed you by the gut and didn't let go.
This is still an excellent book and well worth the read. Highly recommended.
several confusing plots and subplots that collide and intersect with abandon and only make sense as the end approaches;
an alcoholic, self-hating detective (Harry) who is perversely attractive because he’s so bloody brilliant;
lots of violence, much of it directed at Harry;
many characters with strange Norwegian names;
insightful sketches of people worthy of a clinical psychologist;
enough references to streets and neighborhoods in Oslo that you’ll feel moved to call up a Google map of the city;
more than you would ever expect about corruption in the Oslo police; and
a brilliant young writer’s perceptive views of his country, ranked richest in the world by median income.
Phantom, the ninth of Nesbo’s Harry Hole novels, matches any of the others for suspense, complexity, and psychological depth. Harry, no longer a policeman, returns to Oslo for the first time in three years from Hong Kong, where he’s worked as a debt collector for a shady local character. Back home, he confronts the chilling reality that 18-year-old Oleg, son of Rakel Fauke, the love of his life, has been arrested for the murder of a junkie and is now in prison. The police department refuses to allow him to investigate the case because, by their lights, it’s closed: the evidence is compelling.
In pursuing his desperate effort to prove the innocence of the boy who used to call him Dad, Harry becomes embroiled in a puzzling network of junkies, street people, dope dealers, corrupt policemen, and a politician on the make, and, despite his reluctance, reunites with Rakel. The tale unfolds through twists and turns, puzzling to the end — with major questions left unanswered. It’s this sort of brain-teasing complexity that keeps bringing me back for more of Jo Nesbo’s work.
So far, I’ve read and reviewed Nesbo’s The Bat, Cockroaches, The Redbreast, Nemesis, The Devil’s Star, The Redeemer, and The Leopard. I have two to go: The Snowman and Police. You’ll see my reviews of them in this space in due time.
Reformed alcoholic Harry Hole has left the police force and fled to the far side of the world. A renowned tracker of serial killers, Harry now makes his living as the fist in the velvet glove of a Hong Kong loan shark. His detective skills and instincts are mostly intact, and, for the second time, a compelling situation draws him back to the mean streets of Oslo to unravel a mystery.
The story is complex, and the plot a bit plodding. As noted by most reviewers, there are twists, turns and surprises that gratify and shock the reader. I found the book hard to put down, but I also found it rough around the edges. To wit: essential plot details are provided as background through a dying soliloquy that starts at the beginning of the book and continues at crucial points up until the end. At a certain point, I found myself thinking "Just die, would you?" There are secondary, tertiary, and quaternary characters who seem to eat up far too much narrative space given their relative importance. Keeping the players straight is a challenge, and a bit more vigorous editing would have improved the product. And Harry's relationship with the love of his life, Rakel, is both one of the most puzzling dances to grace the printed page and the underpining of this story.
I'll read the next Jo Nesbo title for sure. I'm just not certain I will be looking forward to it with the same degree of anticipation as I did for Phantom.