The Devil's Star Hardcover – Mar 9 2010
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Pub Date: 2010-03-09 Pages: 464 Language: English Publisher: HarperCollins US When Alex Powell stops into a Los Angeles bookstore on a rainy spring night. shes planning to write a column on the author who is reading and signing books there. But what she gets instead is a firsthand look at the murder of a controversial African American writer. James Simpson Lee Hastingss death sends seismic shock waves through Los Angeless black and white elite. and reveals how some of the citys well-to-do are connected in ways theyd rather leave unmentioned. But trying to unravel those connections might mean that the next time Alexs name shows up in her paper. it wont be as a byline. but in her own obituary.
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In the meantime, his relationship with his lover, Rakel, is jeopardized when she, fed up with his drinking and his devotion to the job, asks him to leave. And then Harry continues to pursue the Inspector whom he believes responsible for the death of his key witness in his search for the reason behind his partner's death. And in this effort, he uncovers a broad conspiracy within the police department.
All these elements make for an extremely complicated novel, almost as complex as Harry himself. But the writing and characters are so well-done that the reader is carried along swiftly to a rousing denouement that only Harry can wrap up.
Jo Nesbo was nominated for an Edgar for best novel this year for "Nemesis." "The Devil's Star" should garner it for him next year, and it is highly recommended.
This captivating Scandinavian crime fiction is an excellent police procedural with a great plot that deals with a Norwegian serial killer and a tormented alcoholic protagonist who is about to lose his job and along with it, his relationship and his sanity.
It opens with a serial killer on the loose in Oslo. The killer cuts off his victims' fingers and leaves a tiny five corner red diamond shaped star as his signature.
This very sophisticated plot with many interesting minor characters to keep track of, takes us into the dark corners of Oslo with Harry Hole as prime investigator. He once again proves that his escalating bad habits cannot take away his ability to be a great investigator with an outstanding record at solving crimes. There is good depth in the characterization and a lot of vignettes and back-stories to add colour to the mystery.
In a sub-plot Harry battles with his own demons and corruption in the Oslo police force. He has always made it his mission to flush out criminals even if they are corrupt individual amongst his own ranks. Although, the beginning may seem slow and overly detailed the interplay between the two threads and the clever number of twits and turns successfully kept me on my toes. I found myself dragged into a black hole of mystery, a vortex of intrigue that escalated as I fingered through the pages. Needless to say, I was captivated till the end.
This book is extremely exciting and entertaining, a brilliant crime fiction with well-developed characterization, superb plotting and endless suspense. ''The Devil's Star'' is the best I have read so far in this series.
This book deals with three levels of criminality. How can criminality be leveled? Someone is stealing on the grand scale, another is killing people, basically randomly, and a third makes it all possible by betrayal of his profession and friends. I see the first as a crime, and the two others as sins at the metaphysical level. It is also interesting how the criminals expect to be punished. The thief knows he will go to jail, but he wants to make clear that he never killed anyone. The insane killer kills himself. The traitor hopes to escape.
There is much information in this book and that is what a reader expects. By Nesbo, he gets richly rewarded.
One item, however, I don’t understand. The book was, incredibly, written, just before the fall of the Berlin Wall. But in the text, with the exception of Norwegian kronen, we are quoted prices in Euros, which came into being only in 1999. I cannot find out when the book was revised.
Nesbo is very famous, and I think that it is justifiable.
I like the books for several reasons, and I include the Wallander as well as numerous British crime writers' books for the following reasons. As a Canadian it is a pleasure to get away occasionally from American crime and police stories which tend to dominate the best seller lists. I find that too many American police or crime characters are almost bigger than life. Always free of major flaws, tall and attractive and in some cases like a fictitious super hero capable of amazing feats of endurance and shooting power. Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels come to mind. The European books I have been reading have characters that come with warts and all just like real people. It is enjoyable to learn a bit more about countries I will probably never visit and interesting how similar we all are in the author's social commentaries of the 21st century. Although I have only read one Harry Hole book and despite his problems with drinking I think there will be some excellent character development especially if I can read them in chronological order. I look forward to a good winter of reading.
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This one gets back to the basics. Less complicated context more I keeping with the 1st novel. The climactic scenes are pure page turners. Read morePublished 3 months ago by pollywog
I find it a bit demeaning to Nesbo that 'the next Stieg Larsson' is written on the cover of the book. Nesbo does not need to be anyone but Nesbo, nor compared to anyone. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Elle Morgan
All the Nesbo books have interesting plots, and are well written. It is better to read them in sequence thoPublished on Nov. 8 2013 by Neil C
With many writers the stories of one character tend to be the same over and over again....not so with Harry Hole. Read morePublished on June 5 2013 by Vicki Swim