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  • Hardcover: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins (March 9 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061133973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061133978
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #406,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“There’s Nordic noir, and then there’s Nesbo noir. Jo Nesbo’s reputation as the reigning bad boy of Norwegian crime fiction has grown steadily in the USA with the critically acclaimed novels The Redbreast and Nemesis and now THE DEVIL’S STAR.” (USA Today)

“Readers new to this whitehot series will be impressed by Nesbø’s generous plotting and his insight into dark places in the human soul.” (Kirkus)

“Astonishingly confident. . . . The Devil’s Star scores with an intriguing plot and Nesbo’s mastery of pace and tension.” (The Times (London))

“Jo Nesbø is my new favorite thriller writer and Harry Hole my new hero.” (Michael Connelly)

“Superb.” (Daily Telegraph (London))

“Nesbø has a knack for Euro noir.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“Nobody can delve into the dark, twisted mind of a murderer better than a Scandinavian thriller writer.” (Vogue)

“The dense plot is supremely detailed. . . . A crisp, clean translation. . . . Satisfying.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Readers now can savor NEMESIS. . . . Nesbo’s storytelling abilities are incomparable. NEMESIS is crime novel as art form and great entertainment.” (USA Today)

“A well-crafted rollercoaster of a book. . . . Nesbo sets a cracking pace, the shambolic Hole is exasperating and endearing by turns, and a series of spectacular plot twists lead to a thrilling finale. Highly recommended.” (The Guardian (London))

“In crime fiction terms, the ongoing Harry Hole is epic along the lines of something Count Tolstoy might have dreamed up. . . . Tremendous emotional resonance.” (Toronto Star)

“[A] beautifully executed heist drama. . . . Expertly weaving plot lines from Hole’s last outing to feature the inspector, The Redbreast (2007), Nesbo delivers a lush crime saga that will leave U.S. readers clamoring for the next installment.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“[A] bold, ambitious thriller. . . . It’s well worth sticking with the story; both the hero and the villain are as compelling as the portrayal of Norwegians doing whatever it takes to survive the war and then paying the price. Nesbo bids fair to turn Norway into serious competition for Sweden as Scandinavia’s crime center.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Nesbo offers up another top-notch mystery thriller, thickly layered, perfectly plotted, and briskly paced to keep readers hooked. With ties to events in The Redbreast, this is an excellent sequel. . . . Recommended for all fiction collections and essential for Scandinavian crime lovers.” (Library Journal)

“An elegant and complex thriller . . . Ingenious design. . . . Nesbo’s book eloquently uses its multiple horrors to advance a disturbing argument: suppressing history is an open invitation for history to repeat itself.” (New York Times Book Review)

“A fine novel. . . . THE REDBREAST certainly ranks with the best of current American crime fiction.” (Washington Post Book World)

“Nesbo returns with another novel that is every bit the multitextured, complexly plotted, psychologically rich thriller that made Redbreast such an unqualified success. . . . No doubt about it: Nesbo belongs on every crime-fiction fan’s A-list.” (Booklist (starred review))

“A gripping tale of political intrigue and sprawling global corruption. . . . With plenty of shootouts and intensely described chase sequences, The Redbreast certainly delivers.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“A complex tale of murder, revenge and betrayal . . . perfectly paced and painfully suspenseful. . . . Readers will delight in Hole, a laconic hero as doggedly stubborn as Connelly’s Harry Bosch, and yet with a prickly appeal all his own.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

“Bucks the trend… Nesbo’s long-range plotting is careful, and the debate about the Norwegian elite’s behaviour during the war cleverly managed.” (London Review of Books)

“Jo Nesbo has a credibly scary line on the power of corruption, and his complex plot culminates in a nail-biting episode with overtones of The Day of the Jackal.” (The Independent)

“Reading THE REDBREAST is like watching a hit movie. . . . The pacing is swift. The plot is precise and intricate. . . . THE REDBREAST is surprisingly witty at times and often grim. But it’s always smart.” (USA Today)

“Searing. . . . Nesbo brilliantly incorporates threads from earlier novels, including Hole’s often tumultuous relationship with his lover, Rakel, without ever losing the current story’s rhythm. . . . Hole is arguably one of today’s most fascinating fictional detectives.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

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Oslo is sweltering in the summer heat when a young woman is murdered in her flat. One finger has been cut off and a tiny red diamond in the shape of a pentagram—a five-pointed star—is found under her eyelid. Detective Harry Hole is assigned the case with Tom Waaler, a colleague he neither likes nor trusts. He believes Tom is behind a gang of arms smugglers—and the murder of his partner. But Harry, an off-the-rails alcoholic, is barely holding on to his job and has little choice but to play nice.

Five days later, another woman is reported missing. When her severed finger is found adorned with a star-shaped red diamond ring, Harry fears a serial killer is on the loose. Determined to find the killer and expose the crooked Tom Waaler, Harry discovers the two investigations melding in unexpected ways. But pursuing the truth comes at a price, and soon Harry finds himself on the run and forced to make difficult decisions about a future he may not live to see.

One of the brightest stars of Scandinavian crime writing, Jo Nesbø has been compared to Ian Rankin, Michael Connelly, and Henning Mankell. His novels are bestsellers throughout Europe, acclaimed by critics and revered by aficionados of thrillers and mysteries. Brilliantly plotted and paced, The Devil's Star shows Nesbø at his absolute best, combining powerful emotional resonance with truly stunning suspense.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Toronto Tommy on March 27 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
First off, please read the Redbreast first. This book continues the life of Harry Hole following the events in The Redbreast, although this book is not a sequel. Despite the problems of Harry Hole, he is likeable, and you root for him to succeed (in life). It's another perfect read for the beach or cottage and I couldn't put it down. I won't repeat the storyline that is noted above, other than a serial killer takes hold of Oslo. Pick it up, you won't put it down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ted Feit TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 12 2010
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There are several questions raised in this novel, the third in the Harry Hole series. And they apparently can only be answered by Harry Hole, the Norwegian alcoholic detective, if he sobers up. Haunted by the death of his partner he is frustrated after pursuing proof of the identity of her murderer for two years and goes on a four-week binge resulting in his superior finally giving up on Harry and putting papers in for his dismissal. But a three-week reprieve before the final papers can be signed allows Harry to be part of the search for what appears to be a serial murderer.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER on Feb. 16 2012
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Book 3, in the Harry Hole series

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave and Joe TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 10 2007
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OKOKOKOK so if you are reading this review you are considering this book. Well, first off, if you haven't read Nesbo's first book in this series, 'The Redbreast' buy them both at the same time and then read as one. Amazing. I haven't been so tense reading a book as I was with The Devil's Star in years. Time disappeared when immersed in the story. I envy you discovering this book.
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Jo Nesbo: The Devil’s Star.

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.
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Friends got me on to the Kurt Wallander series by Henning Mankell based in Sweden and recently suggested books by Jo Nesbo. By chance the first book I got was "The Devil's Star". The book is a real page turner with lots of twists and turns. It is excellent and I will now continue to read his Norwegian detective Harry Hole's books starting at the beginning of the series.
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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