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Title:Phantom
Authors:Jo Nesbo
Info:Knopf (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 400 pages
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Phantom by Jo Nesbo (2011)

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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. ( )
1 vote michigantrumpet | May 26, 2014 |
Jo Nesbo did it again. It's the 9th book of the Harry Hole series and it's as fresh, exciting and a page-turner as ever. He starts his investigation for a personal reason but what he finds at the end is no less than an ancient greek tragedy. Shocking.... ( )
  TheCrow2 | Mar 18, 2014 |
My first Nesbo. Probably not my last, but maybe not the best place to start. A lot of back story that it would be helpful to know, so maybe I'll go back to some earlier Harry Hole stories and catch up. Nesbo writes a great crime yarn with many twists and turns and some lovely surprises. He caught me out entirely with the location for the body! No spoiler, but he laid out the clues, and I didn't put them together until the reveal. Very satisfying. ( )
  PhilipJHunt | Dec 31, 2013 |
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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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