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Phantom by Jo Nesbo

Phantom (2011)

by Jo Nesbo

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Series: Harry Hole (9)

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This has to be one of most well crafted mysteries I’ve read in a long time. Former Norwegian police detective Harry Hole returns to Oslo when he hears that Oleg, the son of his former girlfriend, has been arrested for murder. The crime isn’t at all straightforward though and involves a new drug that has hit the streets of Norway and some dueling crime syndicates. There are plenty of twists and turns in this story and you’ll find the action and surprises come one after the other. There is definitely a lot of violence and there isn’t much that separates the ‘good’ guys from the ‘bad’ guys. I really enjoyed the multiple narrators in this story as the plot is slowly revealed from many different points of view. Part of the enjoyment was trying to figure out what was going on – definitely Nesbo is a master of the ‘show, don’t tell’ method of story telling. This is definitely a series I will be hand selling, although the violence is pretty graphic – not for the faint of heart. ( )
  jmoncton | Mar 17, 2015 |
Nach drei Jahren kehrt Harry Hole nach Oslo zurück - doch nicht ganz freiwillig. Oleg, der Sohn Rakels, die Liebe seines Lebens, sitzt im Gefängnis, angeklagt wegen Mordes. Und die Beweislage scheint eindeutig. Doch Harry kann es nicht glauben, beginnt auf eigene Faust zu ermitteln und landet in einem Verwirrspiel ohnegleichen. Es geht um Drogen, Korruption, Machthunger, Gier, Sucht und nichtzuletzt um Liebe. Harry wirbelt ein fein austariertes System von Politik und Drogenmilieu durcheinander und stößt in ein Wespennest. Doch es kommt noch schlimmer...
Wie schon üblich ;-) ist es ein bis ans bittere Ende spannender Krimi, der es einem schwer macht das Buch zuzuschlagen, bevor man die letzte Seite gelesen hat. Es gibt jede Menge unvorhergesehene Wendungen, wenn vielleicht auch nicht immer ganz so überraschend, da man durch die vorhergehenden Bände schon ein Gespür dafür hat, dass gerade das Unwahrscheinlichste häufig die Lösung darstellt. Doch auch das verblüffenste Ereignis fügt sich logisch und nachvollziehbar in die Geschehnisse ein, sodass an keiner Stelle das Gefühl auftaucht, hier wurde etwas mühevoll konstruiert. Harrys immer wiederkehrenden Kämpfe gegen seine Sucht, seine Schlußfolgerungen die diesen Fall letztendlich lösen, seine daraus resultierende Vorgehensweise - alles fügt sich überzeugend zu einem Ganzen. Lediglich seine fast schon übermenschlichen Überlebensfähigkeiten lassen ein wenig Kopfschütteln zu, aber - sie machen Hoffnung auf den zehnten Band...
Fazit: Für Action- und Krimiliebhaber ist dieses Buch ein Muss. Nicht ganz unblutig, aber mit viel Raum für tiefergehende Darstellungen einzelner Personen. Und man muss die vorhergehenden Bände nicht gelesen haben, um der Geschichte folgen zu können, doch hilft es, die Beziehungen der Protagonisten untereinander besser zu verstehen. ( )
  Xirxe | Dec 2, 2014 |
This installment of the Harry Hole series is excellent! Once again Jo Nesbo creates a great blend of emotional dynamics and complex thriller. Tension continues to mount regarding the degree of corruption in the city police and council members in Oslo. Great read! ( )
  hemlokgang | Aug 14, 2014 |
Harry Hole doesn't need a curly, red wig to render a heart-felt and genuine version of "It's a Hard-Knock Life," although he'd wish himself dead if he were ever to sing it. At the start of the latest account of his difficult life, he's already visibly marked as a man of sorrow. Returned from exile as a debt collector in Hong Kong after throwing in the towel on his police career, Harry is back for the only people who mean anything to him, his former lover Rakel and her son, Oleg. Oleg is slam-dunk charged with the murder of a fellow junkie and Harry, sober three years and still a detective at heart must work outside the forces of law and order to free the boy he considers his son. The trail, as ever, leads to the highest offices of the government and the police force and to the lowest wastrels and waifs before reaching a shattering conclusion. It's a very good read but if, like me, senility is approaching fast, I suggest writing down the names as you go. Trust me. I liked this much more than the previous book, "The Leopard." I suspect it has to do with being able to connect more with Harry when he has more to connect with, like Rakel and Oleg. ( )
  InigoMontoya | Aug 13, 2014 |
This ninth volume in Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole series finds our intrepid hero flying back to .norway from Hong Kong. A drug ring run by the mysterious Dubai has taken over Oslo with a popular, addictive manufactured drug called Violin. Former lover Rakel's son is somehow caught up and stands accused of the murder of another drug runner. Hole is resolved to find the true killer. That he is no longer a member of the police force poses both roadblocks and possibilities. He doesn't always have access to the information he needs, but some things are better handled outside the law. Who or what is Dubai? How far does the drug ring extend? Is the police department involved? Can he ever win Rakel's heart again? The plot races along to a truly amazing cliffhanging climax.

This Harry Hole is beaten up and weary in both spirit and body. Audiobook narrator Robin Sachs' raspy growl of a voice captures him perfectly. I have been taking this series out of order without much problem. However, I believe "Phantom" and its successor, "Police" must be read in tandem. The surprising denouement of Phantom will send you racing for the next volume. ( )
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There are some readers who will feel such prose itself amounts to a petty crime. But even many of them will be helpless in the face of Nesbo's brilliant, breakneck plotting, which sends Hole back and forth across Oslo, unraveling an intricate series of clues about the city's drug trade and its police force, which is as corrupt as ever.
Three years have gone by since Harry Hole limped out of Oslo in a blur of drugs and booze. Now the ex-cop is back in town, clean and sober, and he’s on a mission. It seems that Oleg, the good kid of past Hole novels, has been nailed for a drug murder. Hole needs to clear the kid.

In the Oleg story, Nesbo expands even his generous concept of tangled narratives, and though it’s a matter of personal taste, the process of expansion seems to have produced more credible entertainment than the last couple of Hole books have presented.
added by VivienneR | editThe Toronto Star, Jack Batten (Jun 2, 2012)
Jo Nesbø viser i «Gjenferd» hvilken virtuos forteller han er innen en sjanger som det nærmest er gått inflasjon i. Når man lukker boka etter drøye 450 sider har man lest noe som enkelt sagt kan ligne på en gresk tragedie i triviallitterær forkledning.
added by annek49 | editDagsavisen, Turid Larsen (Jun 9, 2011)
Harry Hole har sin niende inkarnasjon vært edru i tre år, han er i bedre fysisk form enn på lenge, mens psyken er der den alltid har vært og litt til; gråslitt, selvoppgitt og ridd av melancholiaens Hole spesial. Men; har du først kjøpt og slukt Harry Hole med hud og hår, er det akkurat så sliten han må være nå etter all julingen han har fått siden «Flaggermusmannen» i 1997.
added by annek49 | editNRK, Leif Ekle (Jun 9, 2011)
«Gjenferd» er en kriminalroman som innfrir på alle nivåer. Den er skrevet med engasjement, av en forfatter som tror på sin egen fortelling. Og som behersker to ting bedre enn noen andre samtidskrimforfattere jeg kan komme på. Det første er å bygge opp ytre spenning.
Det andre er å villede leseren når det kommer til det evige spørsmålet om hvem som har gjort det. Du kan prøve, men du har ikke en sjanse

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Determined to prove the innocence of a young man he helped raise, disgraced former cop Harry Hole embarks on an increasingly dangerous investigation linked to Oslo's most virulent street drug.

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