- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Books (Nov. 2 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099546760
- ISBN-13: 978-0099546764
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 381 g
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Devil's Star Paperback – Nov 2 2009
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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 Next Big Thing... Absolutely gripping."
— Daily Telegraph
From the Back Cover
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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product description
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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 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.
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.