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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books (Nov. 2 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099546760
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.5 x 19.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A well-crafted rollercoaster of a book . . . Nesbø sets a cracking pace . . . A series of spectacular plot twists lead to a thrilling finale. Highly recommended.”

“Compelling . . . Shocking and surprising . . . Expertly paced . . . I place Nesbø high up in the Scandinavian mystery league.”
—The Times

"The Next Big Thing... Absolutely gripping."
— Daily Telegraph

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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.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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 500 REVIEWER on May 12 2010
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave and Joe TOP 100 REVIEWER on Feb. 10 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Feb. 17 2011
Format: Hardcover
I read my first Jo Nesbo book a couple of years ago (The Redeemer) and absolutely loved his recurring character - Detective Harry Hole. Nesbo is a an award winning Norwegian writer whose books are making a splash in North America as well.

The Devil's Star opens with a deliciously drawn scene that starts the book in a most unexpected way. With no one else to call on, Inspector Moller sends Harry Hole to the scene - it looks like a minor incident. It turns out to be anything but....

Seemingly random victims are turning up in various parts of Oslo, with phalanges missing and star shaped diamonds left with the bodies at every scene. Harry is still on the case, but must answer to Tom Waaler - a cop Harry suspects of being very dirty, but he can't prove it.

Nesbo has created an incredibly intricate and very clever plot, one with twists and turns I didn't see coming at all. Just when I thought the story was going right, it quickly veered left. There are many players and each has a story to tell - both cops and suspects. Nesbo fleshes each of these out with lots of detail that makes for an incredibly absorbing and fulfilling read. The action is non stop and the story is told at breakneck pace. Short chapters from the killer add to the tension.

But it is Harry that makes this series so enjoyable. Harry is the walking wounded - his alcoholism has cost him the woman and child he loved. Moller has covered for him for many years, but can't any longer. The one thing that has driven him all these years has been his work. He is a brilliant detective, making connections that others miss. Is his career to end? What then?

"The clock above the door showed 9:15.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER on Feb. 16 2012
Format: Paperback
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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