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The Devil's Star 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 StarDetective 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 WorkA 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

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    Harry had felt the gnawing ache for alcohol from the moment he woke up that morning First as an instinctive physical craving, then as a panic stricken fear because he had put a distance between himself and his medicine by not taking his hip flask or any money with him to work Now the ache was entering a new phase in which it was both a wholly physical pain and a feeling of blank terror that he would be torn to pieces The enemy below was pulling and tugging at the chains, the dogs were snarli Harry had felt the gnawing ache for alcohol from the moment he woke up that morning First as an instinctive physical craving, then as a panic stricken fear because he had put a distance between himself and his medicine by not taking his hip flask or any money with him to work Now the ache was entering a new phase in which it was both a wholly physical pain and a feeling of blank terror that he would be torn to pieces The enemy below was pulling and tugging at the chains, the dogs were snarling up at him from the pit, somewhere in his stomach beneath his heart God, how he hated them He hated them as much as they hated him Fassbender is Harry Hole.Harry Hole has always been a heavy drinker, but the longer he has been a cop, thebaggage he has acquired, which has recently escalated his drinking from the problem stage to the critical stage If he could stop being a cop, maybe he would drink less If he drank less, maybe he could be with the woman he loves If he could be with the woman he loves, then maybe he could fight the demons in his head The new case he has been assigned has elements that intersect his own life He is having horrible nightmares, and fears the torture that sleep has become A symbol he is unfamiliar with is found at the crime scene This design takes on new significance when he learns of its meaningIt s what we call a mare cross, or a devil s star A mare cross A pagan symbol They used to carve it over beds or doorways to keep away the mare The mare The mare, yes As in night mare A female demon who sits on the chest of a sleeping person and rides him so that he has bad dreams I know it sounds a bit sexy having a female demon in your bed riding your chest, but this isn t some goth chick you ve picked up down at the local dance club for a bit of horizontal action This demon, in the form of a woman, is terrifying, and if Harry can t find a way to get her off his chest, she will ride him right into the grave This She Demon has been riding Harry like the free ride pony at the state fair Drunk or sober, she strokes those things back to life that he fears and turns them into horrors She takes the bad memories already staining his mind, and twists them into dreadful, sweat inducing terrors Meanwhile, there is a case to be solved He has been paired with Tom Waaler, the other great detective in the department Harry believes that Waaler is dirty, not just dirty, but filthy dirty Their animosity for one another has reached an arch nemesis level I ve stepped over the corpses ofthan a few of my arch nemeses over the years, and frankly, as much joy as there is in the vanquishing, there is always something missing when they are no longer there to create that burst of stimulating sparks.Women are being murdered, so whatever problems they have with each other catching the killer has to be the top priorityHe intrudes where women feel at their most secure Into their home Into a street in broad daylight Into the Ladies room at work The killer leaves a token behind, maybe a payment for their lives or maybe just a bit of showmanship A red diamond in the shape of a star Harry s resignation asked to leave papers are ready to be signed, but the city of Oslo needs Harry to step up onetime and catch this killer before that she demon starts riding everyone s chest Being paired with Waaler isthan enough motivation for Harry to stow the sauce and start being the brilliant detective they need him to be, but with a convoluted case that is baffling the force, Harry can t help but start to care again The problem is, when anyone starts to care again, they open themselves up to being emotionally eviscerated Jo NesboI saw a trailer for the new movie starring Michael Fassbender called Snowman, based on the Jo Nesbo book I instantly, in the dark of the theater, did a mental calculation to determine how many Nesbo books I needed to read before that movie comes out The Devil s Star, Redeemer, and Snowman, so no problem Three months, three books Too easy All I really need is three days So don t be surprised if you see another Nesbo review from me next month and another the month after that I might be behind on Harry, but Harry is always there waiting for me If you want to try your hand at some Nordic Noir, Nesbo is a great place to start If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

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    I enjoyed The Devil s Star and in general I enjoy Nesbo Howeverhe has this tendency to suddenly kinda stray from the story and go into what feel like stream of consciousness rambles that only kinda make sense in context to the book In these rambles, he will suddenly get excessively specific using terms for things the average person is not likely to use in daily conversation Also, during these side rants, he tends to add explicit sexual content Others may not find this odd or may not I enjoyed The Devil s Star and in general I enjoy Nesbo Howeverhe has this tendency to suddenly kinda stray from the story and go into what feel like stream of consciousness rambles that only kinda make sense in context to the book In these rambles, he will suddenly get excessively specific using terms for things the average person is not likely to use in daily conversation Also, during these side rants, he tends to add explicit sexual content Others may not find this odd or may not even notice it, but every time I have read a Nesbo, it stands out to me.Here is an example, if Mary Had a Little Lamb was retold by Nesbo keeping in mind that my goal here is to mainly just share what we have come to know and love in the first verse of the classic nursery rhyme Mary had a little lambIts fleece was white as snowAnd every where that Mary went especially as she traversed the lamentable line between normalcy and the dark underbelly of Nursery Rhyme Land She would often don her leather dominatrix outfit that would allow for the stimulation of even the most hidden of erogenous zones These zones were not only on the body, but also deep in the cerebral cortex by way of the neurons that passed along the medulla oblongata Her cousin, Sven, who also had a little lamb who was friends with Mary s lamb but who had a mysterious history with Mary, would meet her in the darkest of corners and mix sand with sweat to build a physical and mental wall between reality and the fantasy world often found in the most mundane of nursery rhymes And, even if Sven would not depart after the deeds were done and Mary continued on her journey to salvation or damnationThe lamb was sure to go So, thanks Mr Nesbo for entertaining, confusing, and disturbing me all at the same time

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    While a huge chunk of the planet has made Stieg Larrsson the new J.K Rowling I have been attending a different church, The House of Jo Nesbo Harry Hole is Nesbo s man He s a loner, he drinks, he s prickly, he doesn t like authority and cannot successfully sustain a romantic relationship In other words he has all the attributes of the cliche copper according to detective fiction What makes him different Jo Nesbo In another writer s hands Harry would be the any one of a thousand detectives While a huge chunk of the planet has made Stieg Larrsson the new J.K Rowling I have been attending a different church, The House of Jo Nesbo Harry Hole is Nesbo s man He s a loner, he drinks, he s prickly, he doesn t like authority and cannot successfully sustain a romantic relationship In other words he has all the attributes of the cliche copper according to detective fiction What makes him different Jo Nesbo In another writer s hands Harry would be the any one of a thousand detectives but Nesbo brings a hundred tiny details to Harry personality, full developed supporting casts and magnificent plotting to his mysteries There is no room to relax when reading a Nesbo novel He keeps the tension coming not just by superbly crafted stories and interesting villains but also by the relationships between his main characters, the victims, the witnesses and the suspects.Harry Hole, like all the best anti heroes, lives and works in a gritty world Jo Nesbo is as good at creating atmosphere as he is storylines and characters He uses locations and settings that enhance the underlying suspense in his stories and bring clarity to circumstance Nesbo has recreated Oslo with all the detail of a travel writer but this Olso is not for tourists.Coming to Harry recently delayed my love sob but did give me the opportunity to read a fist full of these addictive like crack novels in one long juggernaut of thrills First up in the Harry Hole to read list is Redbreast, then Nemesis, The Devil s Star and coming in May 2011 will be The Snowman, but I was lucky enough to have the Brit edition where it is already available There are other Hole mysteries The Batman, The Cockroaches, The Redeemer and The Leopard that are available outside of the U.S Batman and Cockroaches are the first and second books in the series but when HarperCollins decided to publish Nesbo in the U.S they opted to start with book three It looks like The Leopard will be released sometime after The Snowman I m not sure what is going on with The Redeemer It s in print in Canada but not herewhy Getting these books you have to solve your own mysteries You know though, there is a down side to this the first one is free ecstasy slavery I have been living I am now caught up with all of Nesbo s books that have been translated into English Damn I should have listened to my Mama and learned Norwegian

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    The Devil s Star is a demonstration of a talented writer hitting his stride and making it look easy.Nesbo s creation of Harry Hole, a brilliant investigator but also an alcoholic and a difficult team member, made him a writer to watch and invited comparisons with his wildly successful fellow Scandinavian writer Stieg Larsson Oslo s sullen and damaged detective is drawn in classic noir style and exhibits a representative example of the Nordic noir genre dark storylines and bleak urban settings The Devil s Star is a demonstration of a talented writer hitting his stride and making it look easy.Nesbo s creation of Harry Hole, a brilliant investigator but also an alcoholic and a difficult team member, made him a writer to watch and invited comparisons with his wildly successful fellow Scandinavian writer Stieg Larsson Oslo s sullen and damaged detective is drawn in classic noir style and exhibits a representative example of the Nordic noir genre dark storylines and bleak urban settings Nesbo s ubiquitous descriptions of Oslo is also an endearing element Oslo is Hole s town and like policeman the world over, his protective instincts are territorial.The first four Hole novels are all good but inconsistent, highlighted by the third in the series, 2000 s The Redbreast Nesbo graduates from journeyman status in this novel, The Devil s star is a taut, relentless thriller filled with intriguing characters, fast paced action and all the elements of a first rate mystery.Nesbo follows Hole and the divisive team of Oslo investigators to solve a serial killer s homicidal pattern before he strikes again We also share in Hole s battle with his addictions, anxieties and depressions and also with the internal drama with bad guy detective Tom Waaler.An excellent book and a great must read for Nesbo fans

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    This is another excellent, complex thriller from Jo Nesbo, featuring his tormented protagonist, Oslo homicide detective Harry Hole This story continues a number of developments that were set into motion in the last Hole novel, Nemesis, when someone close to Harry was murdered Harry knows who the killer is but cannot produce the evidence to make the case and it appears that the killer is going to go unpunished.The effect on Harry is brutal As the book opens, he has descended into an alcoholic This is another excellent, complex thriller from Jo Nesbo, featuring his tormented protagonist, Oslo homicide detective Harry Hole This story continues a number of developments that were set into motion in the last Hole novel, Nemesis, when someone close to Harry was murdered Harry knows who the killer is but cannot produce the evidence to make the case and it appears that the killer is going to go unpunished.The effect on Harry is brutal As the book opens, he has descended into an alcoholic haze and has alienated virtually everyone around him, including his lover and his most ardent defender on the police force He is constantly drunk, barely able to function and only days away from losing his job.Harry hits rock bottom in the middle of a sweltering summer in Oslo, when many of the other detectives are on holiday attempting to escape the heat Then a woman is found ritually murdered in her apartment and, short handed, Harry s boss has no choice other than to assign Harry to the case, even though Harry is clearly impaired To make matters worse, Harry is assigned to work the case in tandem with another detective whom he hates.Harry assumes that this is the last case he will ever work and so pulls himself together, at least enough to make an effort Five days after the initial murder, a second woman goes missing and seems clearly to be the victim of the same killer What follows is an intellectual duel between Harry and a very clever adversary Clearly there is a method to the killer s madness the only question is whether Harry can figure it out in time to save other potential victims.This is a very tense and gripping story The case itself is fascinating, and eveninteresting is the psychological drama that plays out as Harry battles to control his own demons and to set right injustices that have occurred outside the boundaries of the case he is investigating at the moment In Harry Hole, Jo Nesbo has created one of the most intriguing characters to come along in crime fiction in quite some time, and it s a pleasure to watch both Nesbo and Harry work their magic

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    Excuse me while I put on a helmet and some body armorsee some of my friends here really like this book and this series, and some were apparently waiting to see what I was going to say.Well, I wasn t overly thrilled with it I mean how can a book about a serial killer leave me someah First there s the protagonist, a worn out guy who does his own thing no matter what it costs others That s a quote from the book He goes along till the climax of course with the go ahead and fire me a Excuse me while I put on a helmet and some body armorsee some of my friends here really like this book and this series, and some were apparently waiting to see what I was going to say.Well, I wasn t overly thrilled with it I mean how can a book about a serial killer leave me someah First there s the protagonist, a worn out guy who does his own thing no matter what it costs others That s a quote from the book He goes along till the climax of course with the go ahead and fire me attitude we all love so much in our protagonists who are also burned out while being all in all sort of blah anyway.I followed the book along, and I m sorry people but I was frequently bored I m not sure if some of the sexual elements were meant to be edgy or if it s just that standards differ between our countries, but even that I found yawn worthy.Finally the climaxit s a somewhat trite situation with some emotional manipulation thrown in So, if you like the book, I m happy for youreally, enjoy It s just not for me and I doubt I ll follow it up No I don t plan to follow it up I saw where someone wrote that Jo Nesbo was the next Stieg Larsson Sorry he s justnot

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    This book couldn t have ended any better I was hooting and hollering and cheering my ass off My wife and I were supposed to finish MINDHUNTER tonight, but I got to reading this and forgot all about that I don t read Nesb for the plot His stories are pretty basic mystery thriller material, all aside from THE REDBREAST That one had a wonderfully original plot for a crime novel I also dug all the bouncing around in time that one did But that was book three Now I m on book five and I ve fou This book couldn t have ended any better I was hooting and hollering and cheering my ass off My wife and I were supposed to finish MINDHUNTER tonight, but I got to reading this and forgot all about that I don t read Nesb for the plot His stories are pretty basic mystery thriller material, all aside from THE REDBREAST That one had a wonderfully original plot for a crime novel I also dug all the bouncing around in time that one did But that was book three Now I m on book five and I ve found that I, at some point in time, came to truly care about Harry and all the people in his life I wish them all the best, but knowing Harry, the best isn t laying in wait for anyone who sthan a passing acquaintance of Inspector Hole, whose name is pronounced who lay, you gutter minded fish fucker.I still haven t read the first two books in this series and I still do not feel like I m missing anything, even though Harry mentions the case that occurred in Sydney in every book I ve read so far Nesb simply doesn t address the other storylines as if they matter, and if he doesn t care, neither do I I m thinking about skipping THE REDEEMER and jumping right into THE SNOWMAN so I can watch the supposedly garbage film adaptation Can anyone tell me if I d be missing anything important by skipping book six, please and thank you In summation Come for the Norwegian crime fiction and stay for a cast of great characters written by an author who knows well how to walk that fine line between drama and melodrama Final Judgment My second favorite in the series so far

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    A serial killer is murdering people around Oslo, taking a finger from each body and leaving a star shaped diamond Detective Harry Hole is assigned to work the case with a colleague he despises, Detective Tom Waaler Harry is convinced Waaler is a dirty cop who murdered Harry s former partner, but he can t prove it Moreover, Harry s continual problems with drinking and not showing up for work irritates his superiors, who don t put much credence in his accusations The plot is complex and the ki A serial killer is murdering people around Oslo, taking a finger from each body and leaving a star shaped diamond Detective Harry Hole is assigned to work the case with a colleague he despises, Detective Tom Waaler Harry is convinced Waaler is a dirty cop who murdered Harry s former partner, but he can t prove it Moreover, Harry s continual problems with drinking and not showing up for work irritates his superiors, who don t put much credence in his accusations The plot is complex and the killer is wily but Harry and Waaler, no matter their differences, work well together Harry especially uses his usual excellent detective skills along with some hallucinogenic drugs to unearth clues and put ideas together While working the case Harry is once again trying to salvage his relatiohship with Rakel, the great love of his life, and to be a father figure to Rakel s son Oleg Harry s alcoholism and obsession with work keep driving Rakel away and Harry seriously considers taking alternate though not particularly respectable employment As usual with Nesb s books, there are plenty of engaging characters, including Harry s police colleagues and friends as well as the suspects, witnesses, and interviewees in the case Nesbo has a deft hand with characterization and I literally could almost detect a scent when he described some of theunhygienic characters When Harry finally confronts the killer, the perpetrator very obligingly explains his whole motivation and execution a plan that s so intricate it could only happen in fiction This put me off a little as I preferrealistic resolutions to mystery stories Still, this is a good mystery thriller with a satisfying resolution Highly recommended you can t go wrong with a Jo Nesb mystery.You can follow my reviews at

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    In Oslo, our hero, the very, very human Inspector Harry Hole, is trying to survive his alcoholism one day at a time, or is that one bottle at a time But self medicating against regular nightmares about horrific events in his past cannot kill the pain, or lessen his fears His career is on the skids and his soul is under constant pressure from a dark side member of the force Hole s obsession with work has alienated the woman he loves His need to prove that a fellow cop is responsible for the d In Oslo, our hero, the very, very human Inspector Harry Hole, is trying to survive his alcoholism one day at a time, or is that one bottle at a time But self medicating against regular nightmares about horrific events in his past cannot kill the pain, or lessen his fears His career is on the skids and his soul is under constant pressure from a dark side member of the force Hole s obsession with work has alienated the woman he loves His need to prove that a fellow cop is responsible for the death of his partner may be the only thing keeping him going But he is, of course, a detecting genius That comes in handy when women start turning up dead sans a finger, and the hunt is on for a serial killer A good portion of the fun here is in trying to figure out whodunit along with Harry Nesbo makes the game interesting, as there s enough red herring here for a Soviet smorgasbord, with plenty of suspects among which to choose None are painted too finely, but we get a nice taste of each And although the story is set in Oslo, it seemed to me that there was not enough local color to make the siting compulsory Really, it could have been set anywhere Harry is a very engaging hero, someone you can root for and the crimes are a fun challenge Enjoy ps This is the fifth in Nesbo s Harry Hole series But it was the first one for me It made me want to read the others

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    Here s the thing about the recent popularity of Scandinavian writers and if you re a Nordic Thriller aficionado you couldn t care less about the distinction the novels are depressed, somber, filled with ennui, a lack of humor, with flawed characters if not suffused with a strong tendency towards determinism in short, whether you re reading Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell, or Jo Nesbo you are likely reading Literary Naturalism If you live in Scandinavia you might consider this par for the cours Here s the thing about the recent popularity of Scandinavian writers and if you re a Nordic Thriller aficionado you couldn t care less about the distinction the novels are depressed, somber, filled with ennui, a lack of humor, with flawed characters if not suffused with a strong tendency towards determinism in short, whether you re reading Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell, or Jo Nesbo you are likely reading Literary Naturalism If you live in Scandinavia you might consider this par for the course, ennui is imbued into the populace as it is also reflected in the works of prominent Russian writers Anna Karenina comes to mind Just as we continue to struggle here in the States with our history of slavery and the resulting racial tensions, so do Europe and Scandinavia struggle in coming to terms with Nazism and the Bolshevik revolution More than a few reviewers have expressed their dissatisfaction with the Nordic writers pre occupation with Nazism And yet, the rise in popularity of these Nordic thrillers here in the States is puzzling given our strong tendency towards literary Romanticism We like for the good guys to win, we like emotion, we like our heroes as opposed to anti heroes we enjoy free will, and in general consider ourselves in control of our own lives.Having said that there is excellence in Literary Naturalism The above doesn t mean we can t enjoy a well written novel, an intriguing mystery, a flawed anti hero, a well crafted story written in the style of literary Naturalism It doesn t mean we can t enjoy the works of Jo Nesbo I did.In Jo Nesbo s wordsI come from a family of readers and story tellersWith a librarian mother and a father who sat before the fire and told the kids stories they wanted to hear each repetition bringing something new to the tale Jo s foundation was carved in stone Again, in his own life story we sense the determinism filtering into his life he wanted to be a soccer star but an injury put a quick stop to this with a dreadful feeling of fate guiding his life he entered the military in the hopes something would happen what happened was Self Discipline thinking he might want to be an economist he entered the world of finance which he abandoned as well someone told him he could play guitar he only knew 3 chords and he formed several bands, Di Derre being the most successful and finally he wrote on an airplane to begin with and he never stopped The Redbreast is Jo Nesbo s third Harry Hole pronounced Hooleh novel the other two not being translated for a US audience as of yet and is Nesbo s claim to fame So, this is where we start Yes, the books should be read in order For an American audience, Harry Hole can be likened to Harry Bosch he defies authority, is an outcast within his own organization, is best left alone to do this job his office is at the end of the hall , isof an anti hero than a hero, has trouble with his romantic life, lives alone, has a fierce propensity for justice as opposed to the Law and once let loose is like a pit bull with a bone fastened to his jaws But perhaps the most compelling reason why Harry Hole has such a following is Nesbo s devastating characterization of what exactly comprises a flawed hero Upon reflection, American hard boiled writers don t come close to accomplishing the same This is not too dissimilar to the way Nesbo sees himself Bjarne M ller, my former boss, says people like me always choose the line of most resistance It s in what he calls our accursed nature That s why we always end up on our own I don t know I like being alone Perhaps I have grown to like my self image of being a loner, too.I think you have to find something about yourself that you like in order to survive Some people say being alone is unsociable and selfish But you re independent and you don t drag others down with you, if that s the way you re heading Many people are afraid of being alone But it made me feel strong, free and invulnerable.Andah, yes, there is the matter of plot So how do we justify this decided streak of fate determinism within the novels with Nesbo s apparent mastery of plot The two seemingly ought to contradict each other On the one hand, we have Nesbo s almost Shakespearean tendency to cast characters as marionette puppets on the strings of fate the very opposite of plot , while on the other hand we are riveted by the very complex actions and reactions made by Harry Hole during his investigations Nesbo is a master at not adding anything superfluous to his novels Perhaps it is an unholy marriage between the two that transfixes us His plots are intricate, very complex, the seemingly irrelevant details exposed throughout the novels become larger than life as the story closes, and they can weave through time, forward and backward, as the story unfolds But, with a little alacrity, we can remember we are reading Naturalism and so it isn t always Harry Hole making events happen, but rather the reverse, it is the events that move Harry Hole Again, it is a matter of preference but in Nesbo s case it is done with utter expertise as a writer.The exposition setting is often Scandinavia the weather is somber, the descriptions grey like, the people absorbed with alcohol and withdrawn, if not bundled and sequestered And yet, the dialogue and scenes are full of references to other millieus , continents, languages, and cleverly hidden philosophical references that speak to a widely cultured audience as opposed to American writers of this genre who rarely venture beyond the borders of their land, if not their own State And as with plot, there are no superfluous details Everything in the novels matters and Nesbo does not forget even the tiniest detail to which he s made a seemingly furtive reference earlier on in the story This is one of the biggest reasons why I love Jo Nesbo.I thoroughly enjoyed Jo Nesbo s The Redbreast and am currently reading the remaining Harry Hole novels I remain intrigued by events left undone such as the fate of our undiscovered villain in this and other stories You ll just have to read the novels to find out .Oh, yes, as with other series this review is likely to be repeated for all unless there is a drastic divergence from what I have written here So, if you ve read this review, you ve read em all Enjoy

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