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Phantom [Paperback]

Jo Nesbo
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Oct. 2 2012

Summer. A boy, Gusto, is lying on the floor of an Oslo apartment. He is bleeding and will soon die. He is trying to make sense of what has happened. In order to place his life and death in some kind of context he begins to tell his story. Outside, the church bells chime.
     Autumn. Former police detective Harry Hole returns to Oslo after 3 years abroad. He seeks out his former boss at police headquarters to request permission to investigate a homicide. But the case is already closed; a young junkie, Gusto, was in all likelihood shot by a pal in a conflict over drugs. Harry is granted permission to visit the accused boy in prison. There, he meets himself and his own history. It's the start of a solitary investigation of the most impossible case in Harry Hole's life. And while Harry is searching, Gusto continues his story. A man walks the dark streets of nighttime Oslo. The streets are his and he has always been there. He is a phantom.


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LONGLISTED 2014 – International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

"There's no doubt that Jo Nesbo is the master of his genre. Long-term fans will be shaken, shocked and stirred as events unfold on Oslo's dark streets. The final chapter is simply stunning. In short, Phantom is suspenseful, twisting and utterly fascinating."
—TVNZ (New Zealand)

"A first-class thriller...and the complex plot...contains several twists, some of which will make you gasp and at least one of which will make you cry.... Phantom is Nesbo's finest novel."
—London Evening Standard

"Riveting.... Nesbo leads the readers through the underground of Norway's drug trafficking and uses some unusual techniques to keep the plot flowing.... A compulsive read."
—Otago Daily Times

About the Author

JO NESBO is a musician, songwriter, economist and author. His first crime novel featuring Harry Hole was published in Norway in 1997 and was an instant hit, winning the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel (an accolade shared with Peter Høeg, Henning Mankell and Karin Fossum). Phantom is the seventh of Nesbo's novels to be translated into English. The author lives in Oslo, Norway.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Once a policeman, always a policeman April 3 2012
By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Harry Hole returns in Jo Nesbo's latest North American release - Phantom. If this is a new to you series, I wouldn't recommend starting with Phantom. To truly appreciate Harry, you need to hop on at the beginning of the series - and get ready for a heck of a ride. If you've been following this series, then it's one you definitely don't want to miss.

Harry Hole is one of the most tortured, conflicted, complicated protagonists in crime fiction. He's been away from Norway for the last three years in an attempt to clean himself up and step away from his relationship with Rakel. But what brings him back is murder, of course. Rakel's son Oleg has been charged with the murder of Gusto, a known drugs pusher. The evidence is damning, but Harry knows that the gentle little boy he watched grow could not be guilty of such a crime. Harry approaches his old department, but they have no interest in either reopening the case or having Harry back on board. So, Harry being Harry, he decides to investigate on his own. His inquiries catch the eye of the drug trade, in particular the mysterious Dubai, who runs an insidious new product called Violin. Corrupt individuals on the police force and in the political theatre aren't happy with Harry's investigation either. Harry is creating problems and needs to be eliminated. It's just a matter of who gets him first.......

" You can't stop this Harry. It's all happened. It has to run its course. If you get in the way, more will die....It's too big, Harry. It'll swallow you up, swallow everyone up."

Phantom is a stark, bleak tale. Drugs and the resulting carnage wreaked on individuals and society figures prominently. Nesbo's prose conjure up a bleak, barren wasteland where need trumps everything.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Wow! Wow! May 3 2012
By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

Wow! I hardly know what to say about the 9th Harry Hole book. It is dark, gritty and goes to depths of unbelievable character with the main character in this series. The story is action-packed, full of twists, and shocker upon shocker, one of which will leave you numb; it is so unexpected and incredible. This book is equal parts personal story and the actual mystery case. They are so intertwined that it's impossible to separate the two. DO NOT read this book, if you have not read any other Harry Hole books. These books are recommended to be read in order as Harry develops as a character and his life is part of a continuing story that runs through the books. That said I haven't read two of the earlier books, or the two not yet released in English, The Bat is coming in Oct 2012 to the UK (which means Canada, too!) but my recommendation is that at least "The Snowman" onwards must be read in order or you'll miss a great connection between the storylines.

This book is just absolutely fantastic. At just over 450 pgs, I had the book read in 2 days because I just could not put the thing down. If you are a Harry Hole fan, get yourself caught up with the series and READ THIS BOOK! Tremendous! Very dark throughout with a dark ending but this is what Harry Hole fans expect.

Looking at Nesbo's website, he doesn't have any new titles in the works at the moment but fortunately, I have a few back titles left still to read and he has a few other books that have not been translated into English yet either including a short children's novel, a non-fiction title, and a short story collection (yes!). Can we have these too please, Mr & Mrs Publishers?!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another engaging Jo Nesbo book July 20 2014
By heather
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I enjoy the Jo Nesbo books. As crime/thriller books in themsleves they are very engaging and they also add extra interest by taking place in Norway, a country I know very little about. Other books in this genre feature two-dimensional characters but with this series of books you really get to know the characters, their motivations and flaws. I thoroughly enjoy reading his books and empathize with Harry Hole. I don't want to give away the ending or plot line for this book - just that it was hard to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Harry Hole Oct. 13 2013
By David
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A typical Jo Nesbo novel, but with an unusual plot involving Harry's stepson, Oleg. Imaginative plot with interesting characters among the good and the bad. Shows how drugs can take a good person and seduce them into doing anything it takes to get a fix, though a few do achieve redemption of a sort.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Well-Written, Captivating Page-Turner Sept. 13 2012
By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Inspector Harry Hole has returned from exile in the Far East one last time to put things right in not-so-nice Oslo. This time the stakes are high: there is a string of people disappearing off the streets; a wicked new designer drug called Violin is in circulation; his son, a drug dealer, is in the thick of things and not doing well; and the local authorities don't want Hole back in the country stirring up old ghosts. While it is a very complex story, "Phantom" moves very well when it comes to creating some exciting action, believable characters, interesting twists and turns, and well-timed surprises as part of an effective wrap-up. I will be reading more in this series only because Nesbo has an engaging style that takes the reader into the heart of a very dense, dynamic and frightening plot. This is no light read for those who enjoy British murder mysteries like Agatha Christie or Sherlock Holmes. The killing that goes on this story is vivid and visceral in how it is delivered and how it is received. After all, the killers are the denizens of the drug world and nothing is left to the imagination. Pay particular attention to the exhumation scene as testimony to Nesbo's ability to create the ghoulish in style. Young people are especially vulnerable in this wretched culture of drugs, prostitution and murder as perpetrators and victims.
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