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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.
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 13 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 18 months ago 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 24 months ago by Vicki Swim
Jo Nesbo has me hooked. This gave me a thrilling ride into the intrigue of the good and evil found in all walks of life. Read morePublished 24 months ago by firstname.lastname@example.org
I have read all of Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole series and can hardly wait for more. The excitment, smart writing, and plots that twist kept me enraptured throughout the read. Read morePublished on March 10 2013 by Deb