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5.0 out of 5 stars a phenomenal thriller -- great plot and characters, July 10, 2006
This review is from: The Devil's Star (Mass Market Paperback)
This is a complex thriller set in Norway with an unusually intricate plot and an exceptionally well developed main character --I purchased this in Scotland and finished it within a little more than a day. This is is in the same genre as the stories written by Henning Mankell in the Kurt Wallender series. I would rate this story dealing with a serial killer on a par with Mankell's best. The suspense grinds away and the plot has multiple twists which keep the reader constantly on edge. I am purposely writing a very general review so as not to give away the many twists of this great mystery --it just never lets up and the quality of the writing is superb. This is a s[pecial accomplishment as the story is translated into English. This book far surpasses writings by Michael Connelly, James Lee Burke and even some of Mankell's work.
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Initial post: Jan 31, 2009 6:40:46 AM PST
Susie says:
Southern Train's review comments on just what I look for in a mystery book. He compared Jo Nesbo to Henning Mankell, an author who will never write enough books to satisfy me and that the main character is well developed. That's all I ask for.
The plot isn't as important to me as is the quality of the author's style of writing.

Posted on Jan 31, 2009 6:46:41 AM PST
Susie says:
Southern Train's review comments on just what I look for in a mystery book. He compared Jo Nesbo to Henning Mankell, an author who will never write enough books to satisfy me and that the main character is well developed. That's all I ask for.
The plot isn't as important to me as is the quality of the author's style of writing.

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2010 11:39:09 AM PDT
The jonquil says:
Southern Train, You, among very few, writes a great snappy review without telling the story. Thanks for the titillatiion. Ardantly

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 8:32:57 AM PDT
Pietr Hitzig says:
May I say it? The thrill I would get were I to have a new Nesbo in my hands exceeds that of a new Mankell.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2011 7:09:09 PM PDT
Careful. Mankell is holy ground.
But in all seriousness - to be compared to Mankell sets Nesbo firmly in the elite ranks of this genre. And that is exactly where Nesbo belongs. Probably the most promising crime/thriller writer I have encountered in the last decade.

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 10:50:27 AM PDT
MacGeezer says:
please don't compare Mankell or Nesbo with James Lee Burke and his stable of mental wackos; if you need to read a Burke try Alafair whose writing is improving in every book

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 4:36:16 PM PST
Joe says:
While Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole is of course going to be compared to Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch, I respectfully disagree that Devil's Star "surpasses writings by Michael Connelly..." I like Nesbo, but he can't hold a candle to Connelly.

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 4:12:23 PM PDT
Elise says:
I totally agree. Nesbo is in a league of his own ... Mankell is going to have to take it up a few notches if he wants to play ball with Harry Hole.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 3:00:33 PM PDT
paulaspenn says:
I enjoy Jo Nesbo's books, but, please, better than James Lee Burke?! Burke writes some of the best prose to be found anywhere and there's simply no comparison. Then again, there are very few who can touch Burke's ability to turn a phrase...

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2013 5:44:13 AM PST
9wt says:
Just purchased this book, based on the reviews comparing the author to Mankell, who I think is terrific reading.

One comment though: what is up with the detective's name? No comments in the reviews on this? Was this an unlucky translation from the Norwegian language or some type of joke? Or just unfortunate?

Anyway, looking forward to the read...
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