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
In Nesb s deeply moving seventh Harry Hole novel to be published in the U.S. (after 2011 s The Leopard), Harry returns to Oslo from Hong Kong to help his estranged 18-year-old son, Oleg, who has fallen in with a group of drug users and is now accused of fatally shooting another teenager, Gusto Hanssen. Both Gusto and Oleg were pushing a new street drug in Oslo, a synthetic heroin known as violin, for a mysterious man known only as Dubai. Operating both under the radar and with the covert help of his remaining friends on the force, Harry delves into the world of drugs in Norway, from corner selling to an importation scheme that involves airline pilots. Harry uncovers a web of corruption that ensnares the very police force he abandoned three years earlier. This is Harry s most personal case, and yet Nesb never allows Harry s paternal feelings for Oleg cloud his need for truth, however costly that pursuit may be.
Best book by Nesbo yet
I think I've read all the Nesbo books and this was by far the best.
Every book I have had trouble sorting out who had done it but so far nothing I just love his writing.
It is important that the reader has read at least one or two other Nesbo novels, and preferably the entire series of Harry Hole detective stories, before embarking on Phantom. Best to start with Redbreast and continue in order from there.
That said, Phantom is a powerful, gripping, and complex novel in the best traditions of modern Scandinavian fiction. At times very cryptic, and with a mixture of flashback and real time which takes some getting used to, it is one of Nesbo's best, and I recommend it to anyone who likes crime thrillers. While not as gritty as Steig Larsson, there is significant violence to absorb along the way, but it all contributes to a great work.