Published: July 6, 2006
A young woman is murdered in her Oslo flat. One finger has been severed from her left hand, and behind her eyelid is secreted a tiny red diamond in the shape of a five-pointed star – a pentagram, the devil’s star.
Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case with his long-time adversary Tom Waaler and initially wants no part in it. But Harry is already on notice to quit the force and is left with little alternative but to drag himself out of his alcoholic stupor and get to work.
A wave of similar murders is on the horizon. An emerging pattern suggests that Oslo has a serial killer on its hands, and the five-pointed devil’s star is key to solving the riddle.
Highlights of this book:
- Harry is now drunk most of the time and his job is on the line.
- It’s been three years since the murder of his partner, Ellen Gjelten.
- He has broken promises to Rakel and she is fed up.
- A serial killer is on the loose in Oslo killing women and cutting off a finger and leaving his calling card of a red diamond in the shape of a five pointed star.
- Tom Waaler has a talk with Harry and openly suggests he sell his soul to the devil.
- Harry lays his card on the table to Waaler and tell him he knows he intimidated the only witness that could identify him in connection to Ellen”s murder and arms running.
- Harry pretends to go “in to business” with Tom Waalar
- Man is framed by the real serial killer so Harry rescues him from jail and then they are both being hunted by everyone, especially Tom Waaler and his minions.
- Harry discovers the identity of the real killer.
- Oleg is kidnapped by Waalar
- Waalar finally gets whats coming to him.
- Harry gets to keep his job.
Five stars *****