Book 9, Harry Hole
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HARRY'S IN TROUBLE...
After the horrors of a case that nearly cost him his life, Harry Hole left Oslo and the police force far behind him. Now he's back, but the case he's come to investigate is already closed, and the suspect already behind bars.
THE POLICE DON'T WANT HIM BACK...
Denied permission to reopen the investigation, Harry strikes out on his own, quickly discovering a trail of violence and mysterious disappearances apparently unnoticed by the police. At every turn, Harry is faced with a wall of silence.
THE CRIMINALS DON'T WANT HIM BACK...
But Harry is not the only one interested in the case. From the moment he steps off the plane, someone is watching his every move.
...SOMEONE WANTS HIM SILENCED
From Publishers Weekly
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Having read the Snowman and the Leopard, I was eager to read the latest instalment in the Harry Hole series.
On the whole I really enjoyed the book, it definitely builds and becomes a stronger and quicker paced read in the second half, with the final chapters in particular being relentless page turners. There were some bizarre choices, such as using a rat for narrative at points, and I also felt it meandered a bit too much in the early stages. Gone are the serial killers of the last two books (but still plenty of violent ways to die) and instead we are faced with a drug lord controlling distribution of a new drug violin on the streets, and Harry Hole returning to investigate the murder of an addict by another addict.
It's hard to get more into the plot without churning up spoilers, but suffice to say Harry comes back of his own accord rather than being dragged back as he was in The Leopard.
Whilst I originally picked up Jo Nesbo based on his portrayed similarities to Stieg Larsson, it's safe to say he has well and truly set himself out as a fantastic writer in his own right. Overall Phantom is a great read, and the heart pounding ending has left me hoping Jo Nesbo won't take too long in providing us with another great novel to scratch the itch.
The usual great read, but perhaps best avoided if you are feeling in any way depressed. Total scando grimness from start to finish.
Excellent plot - nicely written and narrated. Shame Harry is such a basket case and his death would be a relief. Rachel and her son are irritating - as usual - but the twists make up for these shortcomings and new characters are well crafted with real persona. Worth listening to.