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The Devil's Star: Harry Hole 5: The edge-of-your-seat fifth Harry Hole novel from the No.1 Sunday Times bestseller Kindle Edition
A pulse-racing Harry Hole thriller that will keep you guessing till the finale page.
'This tale of revenge has twists galore' Time Out
Harry can't trust his own memory
A man is caught on CCTV, shooting dead a cashier at a bank. Detective Harry Hole begins his investigation, but after dinner with an old flame wakes up with no memory of the past 12 hours.
Someone wants him out of this picture
Then the girl is found dead in mysterious circumstances and he begins to receive threatening emails: is someone trying to frame him for her death?
And they'll stop at nothing to fulfil their bloodlust...
As Harry fights to clear his name, the bank robberies continue with unparalleled savagery...
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Terrific... A stunning twist turns this into a first-rate thriller ― Sunday Telegraph --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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A young woman is murdered in her flat and a tiny red diamond in the shape of a five-pointed star is found behind her eyelid.
Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case, alongside his long-time adversary Tom Waaler, and initially wants no part in it.
But Harry is already on his final warning and has little alternative but to drag himself out of his alcoholic stupor when it becomes apparent that Oslo has a serial killer on its hands. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B0035OC80I
- Publisher : Vintage Digital (10 Nov. 2009)
- Language : English
- File size : 4781 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 468 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 13,858 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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 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.
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.
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.
But have to confess that I found the first half hopelessly confusing.
Maybe because I'm now 71!😅
But also found the excrement under finger nails material, no spoilers, needlessly gross!