Brilliant, audaciously rogue police officer, Harry Hole from The Snowman and The Thirst, is back and in the throes of a new, unanticipated rage--once again hunting the murderer who has haunted his entire career.
Harry Hole is not in a good place. Rakel--the only woman he's ever loved--has ended it with him, permanently. He's been given a chance for a new start with the Oslo Police but it's in the cold case office, when what he really wants is to be investigating cases he suspects have ties to Svein Finne, the serial rapist and murderer who Harry helped put behind bars. And now, Finne is free after a decade-plus in prison--free, and Harry is certain, unreformed and ready to take up where he left off. But things will get worse. When Harry wakes up the morning after a blackout, drunken night with blood that's clearly not his own on his hands, it's only the very beginning of what will be a waking nightmare the likes of which even he could never have imagined.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Right from the start, Oslo detective Harry Hole is in a tougher spot than ever before. In the Norwegian mystery master’s 12th book, Harry’s wife has left, he’s lapsed back into drinking, and he might have even committed a murder. If that weren’t enough, the sociopathic criminal he jailed years ago is out and spoiling for more mayhem. Jo Nesbø serves up mind-bending plot twists and ratchets up the suspense level, adding more intimate personal drama than ever. We really felt for Harry in his torment.
Nesb 's intricate, inventive, but seriously overstuffed 12th Harry Hole novel picks up on the heels of 2017's The Thirst, but now Hole is separated from his wife, Rakel, and back on Oslo's police force, working cold cases and drinking heavily. When Svein Finne, whom Harry sent to prison 20 years earlier, is released, Finne immediately resumes his particularly twisted crime: terrorizing and raping women, hoping to impregnate them. Finne also seeks revenge on Harry, who, with his standard disregard of the law and procedure, sets out to put Finne away for good. An enormous number of characters, backstories, subplots, and themes (such as flaws in the justice system) fill this long book. At times, it feels as if there are far too many balls in the air, though the action does build to a well-orchestrated denouement. The surfeit of plot and detail will surely delight Nesb 's fans, but may not win him many new readers. 100,000-copy announced first printing.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Compelling and ingenious plot, absorbing concepts, great depth of character throughout, and a wealth of fascinating psychological and other information. Jo Nesbo’s best book yet.
The infamous and brilliant detective has somehow managed to solve, and survive, a case very close to his home and heart of hearts. Thank you Mr Nesbo for such a flawed, and yet resilient good guy as Harry Hole.
Nesbo has once again hit it out of the park
I couldn’t put it down. Twists and turns that keep you guessing. Can’t wait for his next novel!RogerMcq