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Police: Harry Hole 10 Paperback – 2014
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The life of Insp. Harry Hole, who was shot in the head by his surrogate son in the finale of 2012's Phantom, hangs in the balance for much of Nesbø's powerful 10th novel featuring the Oslo homicide cop. Secondary players who have helped out along the way step into the spotlight: forensics expert and facial-recognition whiz Beate Lønn; the brilliant but psychologically unstable detective Katrine Bratt; Harry's longtime friend Bjørn Holm; and the slippery new police chief, Mikael Bellman. The police force itself is at stake when it becomes apparent that the seemingly unrelated deaths of police officers are actually part of a larger pattern: each officer was slain at the site of an unsolved crime. In Nesbø's able hands, Harry's absence is a character unto itself, but this will only make readers more eager to learn Harry's fate. Author tour. 150,000-copy announced first printing. Agent: Niclas Salomonsson, Salomonsson Agency (Sweden). (Oct.) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
*Starred Review* Three shots fired at point-blank range. Harry Hole has to be dead, doesn’t he? And, yet, here is a new “Harry Hole novel,” not an earlier installment of the series published out of order. Ever since word of this novel’s publication started leaking, fans of Nesbø’s best-selling series have been scratching puzzled heads: Harry alive? Well, you’re not going to find the answer in this review, and in fact, you won’t find it definitively until page 505 of Nesbø’s maddening yet riveting cat-and-mouse game of a novel. But let’s leave poor Harry in a kind of literary limbo for the moment and focus on what—with or without Harry—is one hell of a thriller. Police officers in Oslo are being murdered by a serial killer with a bizarre agenda: each victim is discovered at a crime scene that mimics the scene of an earlier unsolved murder. Not only that but the new victims all participated in the investigations of the earlier crimes. Is the killer a fellow cop? Working as an off-the-books task force, Harry’s former colleagues—Beate Lønn, Stale Aune, Bjorn Hølm, and Katrine Bratt—set out to find the answers. It’s clear that Chief of Police Mikael Bellman and his henchman, Truls Berntsen, are dirty, but are they killers? Nesbø cunningly plays with the reader throughout this devilishly plotted tale, introducing multiple corkscrewing twists and, while we’re worrying about Harry, slipping in a horrifying shocker from another direction altogether. The narrative is ingenious, but it grips us the way it does because, after nine novels, we’ve formed abiding relationships with these characters and don’t like to see them messed with. Nesbø messes with everyone here, especially the reader, but furious as we’d like to be, in the end we’re willing supplicants. --Bill Ott --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Someone is going around killing Norwegian police officers involved with unsolved murders. Punishment for failure? Or something deeper? Harry Hole has left the force and is teaching at the police academy where he has more than his share of problems with a student determined to seduce him. Meanwhile, his old team is begging him for help, while Bellman, his corrupt nemesis, now chief of police, would love him to stay away.
Harry eventually capitulates and joins the hunt ... and makes several wrong decisions leading to some very dark dealings. He eventually identifies the killer (hmm... not quite, because cops were involved in the unsolved cases) but taking him down becomes exceedingly creepy.
Happy end? The corrupt police chief and his faithful sidekick Truls remain in place, a bit the worse for wear, and Harry might even be content for once in his life. But crime fails to take a holiday and there are still a few killers out there (some identified and left hanging). Is this the end of the series or just a breather? I'd love to see everything wrapped up, but I guess life isn't like that.
This series was one of my best discoveries. Though these novels are definitely not "feel-good"in their outcomes, they are very much worth the read.
He emerged from that super dark phase after these three books, and with Police, he really concentrates on the characters and lives that he's built throughout the entire series. I'm very interested in what will happen next in the lives of these characters, which says a lot as I'm always in it for the police procedural and mystery side of novels. But Nesbo has created a world and characters that have hooked me.
*The great thing about this series is that you can pick it up at any point - it is fantastic to read them in order to follow the threads of the main characters but not necessary. EX. I started somewhere in the middle of the series and eventually went back to read the first few.
**Also, check out THE SON if you want to read a stand alone novel by Nesbo. Loved it. Couldn't put it down.
Expertly weaving all the disparate threads of story together, Nesbo is the master of deception, keeping the reader guessing until the end as to who has done what, and to who. Although I've read all the Harry books except one, and have seen this all before thank you very much, I was just floored once the moment arrived for the pieces to start fitting together. As a veteran of the series and confident I understood the author's tricks, at the one-third mark of the book I wrote a note to myself, "The killer is ____."
How wrong I was. But ... but! I didn't know I was wrong until the very end. At every turn my theory held up ... until it didn't. That's how good Mr. Nesbo is.
Nesbo is also the first author I can recall since Stephen King's The Shining to truly frighten me with his prose. He creates wonderfully descriptive scenes, but it isn't just his inventive and often gory death scenes -- Nesbo creates menace and tension in often the most mundane and innocuous settings.
As noted, I've read nearly all of the Harry books, but Police must rank atop the list as Nesbo's finest. Having said that I can honestly say I don't see how anyone can pick it up as their first read in the series and get quite the same reaction as a long-time fan. There are call-backs to the earliest books, the flowering of plot seeds planted in the previous three or four novels, and -- happiest of all for series fans -- some important things left dangling so we know Harry must return again.
Although I'd encourage readers to enjoy all of the Harry Hole books, which are now finally all available in the United States, to have an appreciation for how good Police is I recommend at least starting with The Snowman and working forward from there.
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