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The Devil's Star by Jo Nesbo
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The Devil's Star (2003)

by Jo Nesbo

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Series: Harry Hole (5)

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Struggling with alcoholism and disillusionment, Oslo police detective Harry Hole has been holding onto his job by a tenuous thread for quite a while. Thankfully, despite his somewhat erratic behavior, his detective skills are as sharp as ever, but that doesn't mean he gets to call the shots. So Harry has little recourse when his sympathetic supervisor Bjarne Moller assigns him to work a serial killer case with Tom Waaler, the corrupt cop Harry believes to be mixed up with arms dealing and guilty in the death of his former partner Ellen Gjelten. Ghosts of the past haunt Harry as he investigates this increasingly disturbing case--more bodies turn up and Harry uncovers connections he was not expecting between this case and Waaler. With this gripping mystery with a charmingly dysfunctional hero at its center, Norwegian crime novelist Jo Nesbo picks up where his critically acclaimed NEMSIS left off. ( )
  icre8dstny | Jun 30, 2015 |
Number five of Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole series. I've been reading all of these out of order, which has been fine for me. However, beware that certain character/plot spoilers are in subsequent books which might inhibit some readers' enjoyment. Flawed detective Harry Hole is called upon yet again (!) to investigate the work of a serial killer loose in Olso. Like Jessica Fletcher's Cabot Cove, there are a stunning number of (serial) killers in town! This time the woman victim is found with a red five point diamond under her eyelid. ... and the game is afoot! I find these fast-paced and engaging thrillers. As the series progresses, Nesbo sharpens his ability to ratchet up the suspense. If you are only 1/2 into the series, get ready!
  michigantrumpet | Jun 8, 2015 |
Loved the complexity but felt like this one went on a little too long. Too many "ah ha!" moments that weren't "ah ha!" moments. Still love his writing and his plot construction. ( )
  Caryn.Rose | Mar 18, 2015 |
Harry's wife murdered, he thinks by a fellow cop, Waaler. Investigating serial killer with Waaler. Three story lines, all fascinating, gross. Understated emotions, palpable tension, pathetic alcoholic, failed relationship. New love and her son for Harry. Characters fully fleshed and even the bad ones are likeable, complex story. Really scary -- especially the waterbed! Setting a bit fuzzy. Don't have to read series in order. ( )
  jenzbaker | Jan 23, 2015 |
READ IN DUTCH

I had read one book by Jo Nesbo (I don't know how to create that special character) and I liked it, so when I came across Marekors (in Dutch: Dodelijk Patroon) I wanted to read it).

Each fifth day, there's a ritual murder in Oslo. Harry Hole starts with his final weeks at the police due to his drinking problem. But he still gets involved in this case. So is his archenemy, Tom Waaler...

I didn't read all the books about Harry Hole yet, so I couldn't understand where everything about Tom Waaler was all about. But I guess that's my own mistake, because I didn't read them in the right order. I like the book. Especially in the beginning it starts with quite some murders and you are thrown right in to the story. I liked the writing style, it was fast and nice to read. It took me some time to get respect for the end of the book and the way Nesbo (forgive me that last letter) had made up the story.

But I start to think that alcoholism is an occupational disease for policemen... ( )
  Floratina | Jan 4, 2015 |
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Jo Nesboprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Andersen, Allan HiltonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bartlett, DonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bartulović, MislavTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Berntsen, AdaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Čuden, DarkoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Font i Mateu, LaiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Das Haus war 1898 auf lehmigem Grund errichtet worden.
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O detetive Harry Hole está de volta. Tentando superar a morte da ex-parceira de trabalho, obcecado em provar a culpa do também investigador Tom Waaler, abandonado pela namorada e afundado no alcoolismo, ele ainda tem de lidar com um misterioso assassinato de uma jovem. Quando novas mortes começam a ocorrer, e elementos em comum vão surgindo aos olhos de Harry, ele percebe que está diante de um perigoso serial killer.
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In the heat of a sweltering Oslo summer, a young woman is found murdered in her flat—with one of her fingers cut off and a tiny red star-shaped diamond placed under her eyelid. An off-the-rails alcoholic barely holding on to his job, Detective Harry Hole is assigned the case with Tom Waaler, a hated colleague whom Harry believes is responsible for the murder of his partner. When another woman is reported missing five days later, and her severed finger turns up adorned with a red star-shaped diamond ring, Harry fears a serial killer is at work. But Hole's determination to capture a fiend and to expose Waaler's crimes is leading him into shadowy places where both investigations merge in unexpected ways, forcing him to make difficult decisions about a future he may not live to see.

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"In the heat of a sweltering Oslo summer, a young woman is found murdered in her flat--with one of her fingers cut off and a tiny red star-shaped diamond placed under her eyelid. An off-the-rails alcoholic barely holding on to his job, Detective Harry Hole is assigned the case with Tom Waaler, a hated colleague who Harry believes is responsible for the murder of his partner. When another woman is reported missing five days later, and her severed finger turns up adorned with a red star-shaped diamond ring, Harry fears a serial killer is at work. But Hole's determination to capture a fiend and to expose Waaler's crimes is leading him into shadowy places where both investigations merge in unexpected ways, forcing him to make difficult decisions about a future he may not live to see." --from back cover.… (more)

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