The Thirst (Harry Hole #11) by Jo Nesbo

Book Description:

Published: May 9, 2017

Format: Audio/OverDrive

In Police—the last novel featuring Jo Nesbø’s hard-bitten, maverick Oslo detective—a killer wreaking revenge on the police had Harry Hole fighting for the safety of the people closest to him. Now, in The Thirst, the story continues as Harry is inextricably drawn back into the Oslo police force. A serial murderer has begun targeting Tinder daters—a murderer whose MO reignites Harry’s hunt for a nemesis of his past.

Review –

I love this series and the character of Harry Hole, especially. He is portrayed as a REAL human being, not a Super Cop.

Hole has retired from the murder detective business and is teaching in Oslo’s police academy when a series of grisly murders rocks Oslo. The killer appears to be a “vampirist,” someone who drinks the blood of his victims – presumably, it is thought, to get some kind of kinky sexual thrill.

The early chapters of the book deal with a lot of intramural infighting in the Oslo police department. From a plot perspective, this is necessary to get Harry back into the thick of the investigation as opposed to being merely a lecturer in the academy. Harry assembles a team made up of some characters from previous books as well as a few new additions. His detective instincts come back into full flower as the danger to him increases.

Clever and surprising twists keep the reader on edge, leading up to an exciting crescendo  in the final third of the book. As with previous books by this author, when the twists come, you realize they had been set up all along from the beginning, if only you had been able to recognize them. It’s the kind of plotting device that makes you feel like reading each book a second time!

The  murders are grizzly and creepy as the author describes the killer’s stalking and disposing of victims and his habit of using  pointed steel dentures. Nesbo knows how to do gore.

Harry is no longer sober by the end of the book and I can’t wait for the next book to see how Harry reclaims his life.

Phantom (Harry Hole #9) by Jo Nesbo

Book Description:

Published: October 2, 2012

Following from Jo Nesbø’s electrifying international best-sellers The Snowman and The Leopard, now comes Phantom, which plunges the brilliant, deeply troubled, now former police officer Harry Hole into a full-tilt investigation on which his own tenuous future will come to depend.

When Harry left Oslo again for Hong Kong—fleeing the traumas of life as a cop—he thought he was there for good. But then the unthinkable happened. The son of the woman he loved, lost, and still loves is arrested for murder: Oleg, the boy Harry helped raise but couldn’t help deserting when he fled. Harry has come back to prove that Oleg is not a killer. Barred from rejoining the police force, he sets out on a solitary, increasingly dangerous investigation that takes him deep into the world of the most virulent drug to ever hit the streets of Oslo (and the careers of some of the city’s highest officials), and into the maze of his own past, where he will find the wrenching truth that finally matters to Oleg, and to himself.

Review –

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Loved this book, just wish I had read the  series in order.  Here are the highlights:

  • Harry Hole has returned to his life of self-imposed exile in Hong Kong, but is brought back to Norway as the book begins as he is told that Oleg, the son of his on-off girlfriend, Rakel Fauke, has been arrested for the murder of his flatmate, Gusto. Since Harry has become a father figure to Oleg, he comes to Norway to determine the truth about the murder.
  • An airline pilot is arrested for transporting heroin into Norway, but – thanks to a burner within the Oslo Police Force, he is released and – although suspended from his job – is tasked by the heroin smuggling gang to work for them.
  • Harry meets an elderly priest at the hotel where he stays who, throughout the novel, gives Harry seemingly random information that ultimately aids him in solving the murder of Gusto. He also discovers that the drug-scene in Oslo no longer revolves around heroin, but around a morphine-based drug called Violin, which gives a bigger drug “high” and is much more addictive, but lacks some of the fatal consequences involved with the injection of heroin.
  • Harry manages to sneak into Oleg’s cell, pretending to be his lawyer, a man called Hans Christian, who is dating Oleg’s mother. After hearing Oleg’s side of the story he is convinced that the police have the wrong suspect and that Oleg has been arrested to keep the people who run the Violin trade going from being arrested. This theory is confirmed when Oleg is attacked in his cell moments after Harry has left.
  • Throughout the novel, the back-story, told from the point of view of a dying Gusto, explains how Oleg, Gusto and Gusto’s foster-sister, Irene, got involved in the Violin trade and how Irene has been kidnapped by the man who developed Violin to use as a sex slave. There are also passages written from the point of view of a mother rat, who is barred from reaching her hungry children by humans fighting and shooting each other and a falling body blocking her way; the significance of the rat’s experience in the main story told from the human point of view only becomes evident in the end.
  • Harry manages to find where Irene is being kept and free her, and then heads to a house where he has found out that the mysterious man behind the smuggling and dealing ring (a man no-one confirms having met) lives. He kills two bodyguards, but is trapped in the cellar of the house, which fills with water. However using an empty whisky bottle as an air pocket, Harry is able to escape drowning – the alcoholism which had often complicated Harry’s life in this case helping to save them.
  • An object in the drug lord’s house gives Harry a hint about the drug lord’s identity, and he realizes that he unknowingly met him already. He confronts the man in a life-and-death struggle which also involved a paradoxical grudging respect and mutual attraction. The encounter also enables Harry to discover who had killed Gusto, and how he was related to the drug lord. Harry then confronts Gusto’s killer. But before he can be taken in, he fires his gun at Harry apparently fatally.
  • Careful reading of the final part of the novel shows that the mother rat who appears elsewhere in the novel could sense ‘the barely perceptible vibrations’ of Harry’s heart. There are major loose ends – though the drug lord is dead, a corrupt and criminal officer is about to take command of the Oslo Police with the connivance of a corrupt city official – so Harry may survive to deal with them.

I will not tell you who killed the drug addict  at the beginning of the book but let’s just say it broke my heart and because I have already read/listened to the next book (and maybe the last book) in the series, I know that Harry is NOT dead   Hallelujah!!!!!!!

Five stars *****

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The Leopard (Harry Hole #8) by Jo Nesbo

Book Description:

Published: 2009

In the depths of winter, a killer stalks the city streets. His victims are two young women, both found with twenty-four inexplicable puncture wounds, both drowned in their own blood. The crime scenes offer no clues, the media is reaching fever pitch, and the police are running out of options. There is only one man who can help them, and he doesn’t want to be found. Deeply traumatized by The Snowman investigation, which threatened the lives of those he holds most dear, Inspector Harry Hole has lost himself in the squalor of Hong Kong’s opium dens. But with his father seriously ill in hospital, Harry reluctantly agrees to return to Oslo. He has no intention of working on the case, but his instinct takes over when a third victim is found brutally murdered in a city park.

The victims appear completely unconnected to one another, but it’s not long before Harry makes a discovery: the women all spent the night in an isolated mountain hostel. And someone is picking off the guests one by one. A heart-stopping thriller from the bestselling author of the The Snowman, The Leopard is an international phenomenon that will grip you until the final page.

Review –

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The first thing that I noticed about this book was the length, it is longer that most of the other Harry Hole books I have read, and secondly, there is much more violence.

Here is the book in a nut shell:

  • Following the traumatic events of the previous novel, The Snowman, former police inspector Harry Hole has exiled himself in Hong Kong and frequents the Opium Dens.
  • Kaja Solness, a new Norwegian Crime Squad officer, tracks down Hole and asks for his help in investigating a series of possible serial murders in Oslo.
  • Solness convinces Hole to return when she tells him that his father, Olav, is seriously ill and will not live much longer.
  • Harry returns to the Crime Squad unit to find it engaged in a power struggle with Kripos—Norway’s national crime investigation unit that investigates organized and serious crime. Its power-hungry head, Mikael Bellman, seeks to have all Norwegian murder investigations placed under his agency’s jurisdiction. From the very moment of landing in Norway, Hole finds himself the target of Bellman’s hostility—though the head of Kripos is not averse to obtaining the results of Hole’s investigation and taking credit for them.
  • Hole and Solness discover that all three victims had stayed at the same ski lodge some time previously, all on the same night. Harry deduces that the murders are part of the killer’s attempts to cover up his trail. Suspicion initially falls on a man known to have been at the ski lodge at the time, but he is eliminated from the enquiry when it is discovered that he has been murdered by the killer.
  • Following a discussion with The Snowman, from his previous case, Harry believes that the murderer is someone whom he knows and who has become close to him. This person is arrested but, unfortunately, Harry’s instincts are proven wrong. It is then discovered that the real killer has fled to the Congo, where Harry and Solness pursue the killer. There Harry—and separately Solness—are kidnapped by associates of the killer. Harry manages to escape and, following clues given by one of the killer’s associates, finally confronts and kills the murderer at the lip of a live volcano.
  • Later, at the funeral of his father, Harry spots his former lover, Rakel, and her son, Oleg, who have fled from Norway following the events of The Snowman murders. At this short meeting, Harry manages to confirm that they are happy away from Norway. It becomes apparent that Rakel is the one great love of Harry’s life—that no other woman can truly replace her, and that Kaja’s deep love for Harry and her aspiration to build a life together with him are doomed to failure and to heartbreak.
  • Harry returns to see The Snowman, who is gravely ill and who feels some remorse for his crimes. It is tacitly suggested that Harry helps The Snowman to commit suicide out of remorse for having failed to follow his father’s request for him to perform euthanasia.
  • By the end of the novel, Harry has accumulated many new traumatic memories and haunting “ghosts”—having been very near death several time. He mutilated his own face to get free of the killer’s fiendish trap. He shot an African mercenary who turned out to be a young boy. He twice saved Kaja’s life by ruthlessly sacrificing somebody else’s: during an avalanche, while resuscitating Kaja, he allows another police officer to suffocate to death and, at the final showdown in Africa, while shooting down the murderer, Harry inadvertently kills another woman who was held hostage. Though not facing any charges for these deaths, Harry is well aware of what he has done and is determined to return to Hong Kong for good.

I feel so bad for Harry because he just could not catch a break in this book and now he goes back down the rabbit hole in Hong Kong. (makes me want to cry)

Five stars *****

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The Redeemer (Harry Hole #6) by Jo Nesbo

Book Description:

Published: March 9, 2010

A 14-year old girl is raped at one of the Salvation Army summer camps. Twelve years later, at a Christmas concert in a square in Oslo, a Salvation Army soldier is executed by a man in the crowd. A press photographer has caught a suspect on one of the photos of the concert. Beate Lønn, the identification expert, is confused by how the face can change from one photo to the next. Inspector Harry Hole’s search for the faceless man takes place on the seamy side of the city, among those who seek eternal – or just momentary – redemption. And the gunman has not yet completed his mission.

Review –

Highlights of this book:

  • Story starts off with the assault and maybe murder of a 14 year old girl by a Salvation Army soldier in 1991.
  • Rakel has dumped Harry and now he has stopped drinking and taken up getting fit.
  • A junkie is found dead in a shipping container and is pronounced a suicide.
  • Harry’s boss (who protected him from the higher ups) is taken a new position in another town.
  • The new POB (a real ass) doesn’t like Harry and will look for anything to get rid of him.
  • Brothers Robert (dark) and John (light) are soldiers in the SA and Robert knew the girl from 1991.
  • Harry doesn’t believe the facts in the shipping container case and discovers that the father of the junkie killed him to save his wife from the stain the son was putting on her.
  • One of the brothers raped the 14-year-old girl in 1991 and a hit has been put on his head (I can’t tell you who ordered the hit-too much of a spoiler)
  • The hit is to be carried out by a Croatian national with the nickname The Little Redeemer.
  • Harry’s partner, Jack Halverson, is murdered.
  • Harry finds out his beloved old boss was involved in the gun smuggling.
  • The rapist brother is killed.

The story was a bit too convoluted for me but I loved it anyway.

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The Devil’s Star (Harry Hole #5) by Jo Nesbo

Book Description:

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.

Review –

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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 *****

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Nemesis (Harry Hole #4) by Jo Nesbo

Book Description:

Published: January 1, 2009

How do you catch a killer when you’re the number one suspect? A man is caught on CCTV, shooting dead a cashier at a bank. Detective Harry Hole begins his investigation, but after dinner with an old flame wakes up with no memory of the past 12 hours. Then the girl is found dead in mysterious circumstances and he beings to receive threatening emails: is someone trying to frame him for her death? As Harry fights to clear his name, the bank robberies continue with unparalleled savagery…

Review –

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This is my favorite book in the Harry Hole series to date and here are a few of the highlights of the story:

  • Rakel and Oleg are in Russia for a custody court hearing.
  • Harry wakes up in his apartment and can’t remember anything from the night before.
  • Harry’s ex-girlfriend (who he had dinner with and had sex with the night before) is found dead.
  • Harry is being sent emails and being framed for her murder.
  • Bank robberies and murders
  • Anna’s neighbor has a split personality
  • Anna killed herself
  • Accountant  killed his wife during the bank robbery and framed his brother because she wanted to leave him and marry the brother.
  • Accountant is captured.
  • Even after Harry slept with his ex-girlfriend, Racal and Harry are okay.
  • He and his partner work on the Ellen Gjelten case.
  • Harry finds a witness who can place Tom Waaler at the location of Ellen’s murder.

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The Redbreast (Harry Hole #3) by Jo Nesbo

 Book Description:

Published: November 2, 2009

1944: Daniel, a soldier, legendary among the Norwegians fighting the advance of Bolshevism on the Russian front, is killed. Two years later, a wounded soldier wakes up in a Vienna hospital. He becomes involved with a young nurse, the consequences of which will ripple forward to the turn of the next century.

1999: Harry Hole, alone again after having caused an embarrassment in the line of duty, has been promoted to inspector and is lumbered with surveillance duties. He is assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities; fairly mundane until a report of a rare and unusual gun being fired sparks his interest. Ellen Gjelten, his partner, makes a startling discovery. Then a former soldier is found with his throat cut. In a quest that takes him to South Africa and Vienna, Harry finds himself perpetually one step behind the killer. He will be both winner and loser by the novel’s nail-biting conclusion.

The Redbreast won the Glass Key prize for the best Nordic crime novel when it was first published, and was subsequently voted Norway’s best crime novel. The Devil’s Star, Nesbø’s first novel featuring Harry Hole to be translated into English, marked Nesbø as a writer to watch in the ever more fashionable world of Nordic crime.

Review –

Another great book in the Norwegian character Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo. This is a very convoluted plot driven story and you have to be alert and keep up with the going back and forth in time situation and all the many characters involved in the story line. I have to hand it o  the author because there really was genius involved in the writing of this book.

Some of the highlights are:

Harry, through no merit of his own, is made an Inspector.

He first meets Rakel. (his main love interest in the series)

His partner, Ellen Gjelten, is brutally beaten to death with a baseball bat and the case goes unsolved. (the reader knows who did it, Sverre Olsen, but he was told to do it by a man called the Prince, who is in actuality Tom Waaler, a Senior Inspector on the police department.

I loved it!

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Cockroaches (Harry Hole #2) by Jo Nesbo

Book Description:

Published in Norwegian in 1998. Published in English: February 11, 2014

When the Norwegian ambassador to Thailand is found dead in a Bangkok brothel, Inspector Harry Hole is dispatched from Oslo to help hush up the case.

But once he arrives Harry discovers that this case is about much more than one random murder. There is something else, something more pervasive, scrabbling around behind the scenes. Or, put another way, for every cockroach you see in your hotel room, there are hundreds behind the walls. Surrounded by round-the-clock traffic noise, Harry wanders the streets of Bangkok lined with go-go bars, temples, opium dens, and tourist traps, trying to piece together the story of the ambassador’s death even though no one asked him to, and no one wants him to—not even Harry himself.

Review –

Harry has been traumatized by events of the previous book, The Bat, and finds the best way to cope is to stay drunk.  But his boss has other plans for Harry.

A Norwegian Ambassador has been killed in a brothel in Bangkok and Harry is sent to help solve it. He doesn’t want to go and the Bangkok police don’t want him.

Needless to say, it’s not a simple murder of a diplomatic figure. There are drug lords involved,along with gangsters and loan sharks.

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Police (Harry Hole #10) by Jo Nesbo

Book Description:

Published: October 15, 2016

The police urgently need Harry Hole . . . A killer is stalking Oslo’s streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical.

But this time, Harry can’t help . . . For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry is not in a position to protect anyone.

Least of all himself . . .

Review –

Another great chapter in the Harry Hole Series by Norwegian writer, Jo Nesbo.

In this one Harry is no longer employed by the Oslo Police Department ( I don’t know why because I haven’t read the book in order) but they need his help in solving a rash of serial killing where the victims are police officers.

His romance with Raquel is still going strong and her son Oleg is no longer a young boy,

This is a great story with fast paced action and plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing.

I highly recommend this series!

ADDITION as of 06/21/16

Having read Phantom (Harry Hole #9) I now have a greatly understanding of this book.

Harry is not introduced into the story until Chapter 16 and at that time is working as a lecturer at the Police Academy. Up until now he has been in a coma at a hospital under police guard night and day because they are afraid whoever tried to kill Harry in the previous book will want to finish him off if it’s leaked that he is still alive.

 

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The Bat (Harry Hole #1) by Jo Nesbo

Book Description:

Published in 1997. Published in  English: July 2, 2013

Before Harry took on the neo-Nazi gangs of Oslo, before he met Rakel, before The Snowman tried to take everything he held dear, he went to Australia. Harry Hole is sent to Sydney to investigate the murder of Inger Holter, a young Norwegian girl, who was working in a bar. Initially sidelined as an outsider, Harry becomes central to the Australian police investigation when they start to notice a number of unsolved rape and murder cases around the country. The victims were usually young blondes. Inger had a number of admirers, each with his own share of secrets, but there is no obvious suspect, and the pattern of the other crimes seems impossible to crack. Then a circus performer is brutally murdered followed by yet another young woman. Harry is in a race against time to stop highly intelligent killer, who is bent on total destruction.

Review –

I have a bad habit of reading series books out-of-order due to no fault of my own, so that’s why I’m just getting to the first in the Harry Hole Series.

Harry Hole is a Norwegian police officer and a drunk. His drinking is key in every book I’ve read so far and after what I discovered in this book you’d have thought he would never touch a drop of liquor every again., but that’s not the case.

He has been sent to Australia to help solve the murder of a Norwegian woman now living there. She has been raped and thrown from a cliff. Along the way to solving this crime he meets, Birgitta, a Swedish witness and the two become very close and this becomes a pivotal part of the book. He goes to boxing matches, a gay nightclub, learns about the drug culture, and meets and becomes friends with Andrew Kensington, an Australian Aborigine and a homicide detective with the Sydney Police Department and Robin Toowoomba, a boxing match champion and protégé of Andrew’s.  Both of these men play a VERY important role in this story.

Reading this book is like a roller coaster ride and there are plenty of twists and turns along the way.  I loved it.  Too bad I didn’t get to read it before I read the others because in this one we learn why Harry Hole acts the way he does. He is a great character!

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