At first, I need to introduce you the author. Jo Nesbø (1960) from Norway is a writer and musician, he also used to be footballer and economist. Now he is one of the best writers of criminal genre books in Europe, maybe he`ll become this also worldwide. His work was translated in 40 languages and selling over 30 million copies all over the world.
The most famous work of Jo Nesbø is a Harry Hole series which contains 11 crime novels. The main character in novels is Harry Hole, police officer and detective who is working in Oslo Crime Squad and later also with the National Criminal Investigation Service (Kripos). Hole is a brilliant detective with often unordinary methods, he is also a chain smoker and heavy alcohol drinker. But instead of all that, at the end we all need to admit that he is very good at his work, actually far better than it seems.
By my opinion Jo Nesbø is one of the best authors of criminal genre books in Europe and maybe even worldwide. His books suck you into it and when you start reading you just can’t stop. These are the sort of books which you need to tell everyone around that they should read it. Definitely something worth to read!
The story involves about Norwegian police officer Harry Hole who is sent to Sidney, Australia to serve as an attache for the Australian police’s investigation into the murder of a young female Norwegian celebrity. Her boyfriend is initially approached as a suspect. There are also some back stories about Harry`s past and culture in Australia.
Hole is assisted by Aboriginal colleague and together they found out that they are dealing with a serial killer who strangles blond women. As the story become more complex Harry struggles to find the killer and becomes more alcoholic. But the hunt for serial killer is on and nothing will stop Harry from finding the truth.
Hole soon discovers that there some secrets around this case. He uncovers tensions between career diplomats and political appointees as well as shameful secrets of ambassador`s family. His task is hard, to solve the case and to avoid the scandal before it goes in media.
Things get even more complicated, when Harry lays hands on some incriminating CCTV footage. A man who gave him the tape goes missing. Harry realizes that failing to solve the case means real danger.
He is actually bored with his job until a report of a rare and unusual gun fire with very expensive rifle. This sparks his interests because of possible link with to Neo-Nazi activity. Later one former soldier is murdered by cut of his throat and then on Harry`s former colleague. Investigation leads him to suspect that crimes have their roots in the battlefields of World War 2, about 60 years ago.
The crime investigation leads him to South Africa and to Austria. Harry finds himself perpetually one step behind the killer. For a hideous conspiracy is rapidly taking shape around Hole-and Norway’s darkest hour may still be to come.
During a bank robbery in Oslo, a lone robber holds one hostage and threatens to kill her unless ATM is emptied within 25 seconds. Because it didn’t happen in such short time, he executes a hostage and flees. The case goes unsolved until a police video evidence expert, Beate Lønn, surmises from the footage that the robber and the hostage knew each other.
While Hole’s girlfriend Rakel and her son Oleg are in Moscow, Hole is invited to dinner with an old girlfriend named Anna. After a dinner and a drunken night with his ex girlfriend Anna, he wakes up at his home with headache, no cell phone and with no memory of past 12 hours. The same day Anna is found shot dead in her bedroom, which makes Hole the main suspect.
He begins to receive strange e-mails. Meanwhile, the bank robberies continue. Hole is forced to go on streets of Oslo in a race to solve two cases and clear his name.
This is a story about very young woman who has been found dead in her Oslo apartment. Her finger was severed and under her eyelid was secreted the red diamond in a shape of five point star – pentagram (the devil star).
A wave of similar murders is then on horizon. An emerging pattern suggests that Oslo has a serial killer on its hands, and the five-pointed devil’s star seems to be the key to solving the riddle.
Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case with his ruthless and corrupt fellow police officer Tom Waaler and actually doesn´t want to be part of it. Harry is already on final warning about the job and doesn´t have much alternative but to drag himself out of his alcoholic stupor and get to work.
On the start of novel there is we see the description of incident which took place in 1991, at a youth camp in Norwegian Salvation Army. A young girl was raped on public toilet. Because of Army`s hierarchical setup and reputation a girl remains silent about the incident.
Twelve years later there is a Christmas concert in a square in Oslo, a Salvation Army soldier is executed by a man in the crowd. A press photographer has caught a suspect on one of the photos of the concert. Beate Lønn, the identification expert, is confused by how the face can change from one photo to the next.
Inspector Harry Hole’s search for the faceless man takes place on the seamy side of the city, among those who seek eternal – or just momentary – redemption. But the gunman didn’t complete his mission yet.
In 1980, a married woman has illicit sex with a lover while her adolescent son waits in a car outside; their lovemaking is disturbed when they think somebody is looking at them from outside the window, but that turns to be only a tall of a snowman.
In November in Oslo the first snow has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes up in the night and find out his mother is gone. Then suddenly through the window outside he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day snowman with a pink scarf around his neck.
After the second woman disappears the detective Hole is sure something bigger is going on. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn in an increasingly terrifying game whose rules are devised—and constantly revised—by an actual serial killer.
Following the traumatic Snowman case former police officer Harry Hole exiles him in Hong Kong. Kaja Solness, a new Norwegian Crime Squad officer, tracks down Hole and asks for his help to investigate possible serial killings in Oslo. Hole is convinced to return to Norway, especially when he got information that his father Olav is very ill.
In the winter time a killer stalks in city streets. His victims are two young women both found with twenty-four inexplicable puncture wounds and drowned in their own blood. The crime scene offer no clues, police is running out of options and the media is reaching fever pitch.
Hole has no intention to be working on the case but when third victim is found brutally murdered in a city park, Hole became interested to take an action.
When Harry left Oslo again for Hong Kong – fleeing the traumas of life as a cop – he thought he was there for good. But then something really unusual happened. Oleg, the son of a Rakel – a woman he loved and lost, was arrested for murder: Oleg, the boy Harry helped raise but couldn’t help to desert when he fled. So, Harry went back to Norway again to prove Oleg is not a killer.
Barred from rejoining police force, he sets out to a solitary, increasingly dangerous investigation that takes him to the world of virulent drug ever which hits the streets of Oslo, by that he discovered connections to some highly officials of the city. He will find the wrenching true that matters to his son and for himself.
There is a killer stalking in Oslo streets. Police officers are murdered on the places where they investigate crimes but didn’t solve the cases. The murders are very brutal and the media reactions are hysteric.
This murder has a very devious modus operandi, luring police, ex police involved in unsolved murders to the scene of the crime to kill them there.
Harry Hole`s dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people but instead of that, this is one of the most complex cases ever, even for him.
Again, another killer is scaring city of Oslo. A woman is found murdered after internet date. There were some specific marks found on her body which shows to police that they are dealing with very vicious killer.
Under pressure from the media to find the murderer, the force know there’s only one man for the job.
But Harry Hole is reluctant to return to the place that almost took everything from him. But later he discovered that there is a connection between this murder and one of his failed case in the past.
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