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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books (Nov. 2 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099546760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099546764
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.5 x 19.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,759 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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In the heat of a sweltering Oslo summer, a young woman is found murdered in her flat—with one of her fingers cut off and a tiny red star-shaped diamond placed under her eyelid. An off-the-rails alcoholic barely holding on to his job, Detective Harry Hole is assigned the case with Tom Waaler, a hated colleague whom Harry believes is responsible for the murder of his partner. When another woman is reported missing five days later, and her severed finger turns up adorned with a red star-shaped diamond ring, Harry fears a serial killer is at work. But Hole's determination to capture a fiend and to expose Waaler's crimes is leading him into shadowy places where both investigations merge in unexpected ways, forcing him to make difficult decisions about a future he may not live to see.

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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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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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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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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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