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Phantom by Jo Nesbø

Phantom (2011)

by Jo Nesbø

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Series: Harry Hole (9)

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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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Harry Hole's back in Oslo, deep in the criminal underworld. Typically gripping and another good volume in the series. ( )
  JBD1 | Oct 9, 2019 |
Harry Hole book #9

Jo Nesbo certainly can do plots but I found “The Phantom” to be less outlandish than some of his previous Hole novels. It is a story very hard to follow.

“Violin” is the new synthetic drug: potent and plays havoc with Oslo’s population and its distribution is controlled by a Russian gangster “Dubai” a shadowy figure who lurks behind all the action in Phantom. Of course the drug syndicate wants Oleg dead and that gives Hole license to pursue.

What a strange way to open your story: a chapter narrated by a rat? Fortunately the story unfolds through two perspectives: a conventional third-person narrative that follows Hole on his journey, interspersed with first-person memories and observations from the drug dealer.

The development rambles a lot and I found it to be a very complicated story with lots of plot threads that doesn’t seem true. This is one story that is woefully overwritten. I was consistently lost as to what and who I was supposed to be paying attention to. Unlike “Snowman” and “Leopard” it felt stale and by far less interesting. It’s also a bit slow-paced. “Phantom” took a long time to build up before anything of note happened. The second half of the book is far better structured with all the requisite twists and turns and with endless action and violence. But the good parts came too late to be an enjoyable read. This story is so hard to follow that I wanted to drop it many times….. But I stuck with it and read it to the end….I knew I needed to do so in order to have a smooth intro to the following novel.

Some stories are better than others…..this one is not my preferred. ( )
  Tigerpaw70 | Sep 21, 2019 |
Oh nooooooooo. So good, but the ending.... Noooo! ( )
  decaturmamaof2 | Nov 28, 2018 |
I haven't read beyond this book in Nesbo's Inspector Harry Hole series. And I am now left to determine if there is another book in this series as quickly as possible. I devoured this incredibly suspenseful gift of a novel. (Audiobook is narrated by the incomparable Robin Sachs who, to me, is Harry Hole.) ( )
  MelissiaLenox | Jan 13, 2018 |
Harry, out of police work for a while now, and sober, returns to Oslo from Hong Kong to take on the only case that could get him out of retirement. His putative son Oleg, son of his former lover Rakel, has been charged with murder, and Harry is determined to prove him innocent.

This one focuses a lot on drugs and drug dealers, and a new drug called "violin" which is more pleasurable than heroin, although it is more expensive. Certain bad guys want to keep their monopoly on violin, and it all gets pretty gory and bloody. There's also a plot/subplot involving corruption in the Oslo police department--all very dark and dismal.

One heads up--this book ends on a cliff hanger, and in addition, many of the plot points in this volume carry over into the next Harry Hole installment. You won't want to wait too long before reading the next book, or you may forget some important plot points. (Or I would.)

3 stars ( )
  arubabookwoman | Dec 18, 2017 |
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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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