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This 5th Harry Hole novel is a well-written, suspenseful, and very satisfying sequel to The Redbreast and Nemesis
on March 12, 2016
What kind of detective is Harry Hole? Harry is taunted by Tom Waller, a corrupt cop whom Harry knows (but cannot yet prove) engineered the death of Harry's partner, Ellen, in the previous novel, Redbreast. Waller tells Harry he has a reputation for drunkenness, unauthorized absences, abuse of authority, insubordination to superiors, and disloyalty to the force. But then Waller says he respects Harry as a professional because he is goal-oriented, smart, creative, has unimpeachable integrity, and, above all, is mentally tough (p. 103-4). Waller makes Harry a dangerous proposition: to join his secret group of cops who dispense vigilante justice to criminals who cannot be proven guilty. Both Hole and Waller are investigating a series of murders in which a five-point Devil's star is left at each scene. There seems to be no connection between the victims, but all the murders eventually point to someone who is innocent but has no alibi. The author has a gift for suspenseful story-telling. A superb and very satisfying sequel to The Redbreast and Nemesis. Harry's last name is pronounced as two syllables (HO-leh) and is the name of an historic Norwegian town with Viking origins.