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Jo Nesbø, 1960-

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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 sus...pects 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.

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Series
Nesbø, Jo, 1960- Harry Hole series ; 12.
Subjects
Genres
Detective and mystery fiction
Mystery fiction
Suspense fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
Published
New York : Alfred A. Knopf 2019.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Norwegian
Physical Description
451 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780525655398
0525655395
Main Author
Jo Nesbø, 1960- (author)
Other Authors
Neil (Neil Andrew) Smith (translator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Who is the darkest of them all? If there was a crime-fiction magic mirror somewhere, and one were to put this query to it, hoping to determine whose novels were the darkest in mood, in theme, and in the protagonist's soul, the answer, almost certainly, would be Jo Nesbø. No one knows darkness like Nesbø's Harry Hole, the Oslo supercop who continually confronts demons both in the external world and—every bit as terrifying—in his own mind and heart. So it is here, in Nesbø's latest Hole adventure. The inner demons take the first bite, sending Harry tumbling off the wagon yet again and prompting his wife, the long-suffering Rakel, to throw him out. But that's only the beginning. There's a new serial killer in town, but Harry, confined to cold cases, isn't free to track him or to make the case that this killer isn't new at all. Harry's bête noire, Svein Finne, is out of jail (where Harry put him 10 years ago), and, in Harry's mind at least, is on the rampage once more. Yes, but bouts with booze and serial killers are old hat for Harry. So Nesbø delivers a haymaker to Harry's solar plexus that leaves him reeling as he's never reeled before. Want to know more? No, you really don't, at least not now. Focus instead on Harry doing what he does when the darkness descends: finding killers with the kind of intuitive and analytical mind you wouldn't think would still work after all that Jim Beam. But work it does in what may be Nesbø's best storytelling yet. It's not just clever; it's diabolical, and let's be glad it is, because the corkscrewing plot provides a measure of relief from the pain on view in this uncompromisingly intense and brilliant novel. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Winner of Glass Key honors for best Nordic crime fiction, Norwegian author Nesbøreturns somewhat the worse for wear. His beloved Rakel has said goodbye forever, and he is starting over with the Oslo Police but in the cold case office. He's more worried about Svein Finne, the serial rapist and murderer he put away, who will soon be out of prison. Then Harry awakens after a drunken spree to find his hands covered in blood. Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

In the 12th installment of this best-selling series (after The Thirst), Harry Hole's life has sunk to a new low. Assigned to work cold cases for the Oslo police, he's unable to investigate longtime adversary Svein Finne, recently released from prison. Additionally, since separating from his wife, Rakel, he's started drinking heavily again, so he's not too shocked when he wakes up covered in blood with no recollection of the evening before. When he's called about a murder that literally hits close to home, his world is utterly shattered. Harry is forbidden from officially investigating the case, but naturally he finds a way to follow leads and question suspects with the help of his friends. As evidence increasingly points to him, his despair and hopelessness send him into a downward spiral from which he might not emerge. VERDICT Dark, gritty, and clever, this is quintessential NesbØ, a powerhouse of a storyteller. Familiarity with the characters is beneficial, but not required, to appreciate this well-plotted mystery. Series fans will either love or hate this, but either way it's a must-read. [See Prepub Alert, 1/14/19.]—Anitra Gates, Erie Cty. P.L., PA Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Nesbø'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 Nesbø's fans, but may not win him many new readers. 100,000-copy announced first printing. Agent: Niclas Salomonsson, Salomonsson Agency (Sweden). (July) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Harry Hole is working cold cases, but he is more worried about the rapist and murderer, Svein Finne, who will soon be out of prison, and when he wakes up from a drunken blackout with blood on his hands, it marks the start of a waking nightmare.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Learning that a serial rapist and killer he helped put away has been released from prison, Harry Hole wakes up from a drunken blackout with mysterious blood on his hands. By the best-selling author of The Thirst.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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.