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The Devil's Starby Jo Nesbo
When did Northern Europe turn into a hotbed of great crime novels? Fans of Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson can rejoice, as Scandinavian writer Jo Nesbø's Harry Hole series continues with The Devil's Star. Expect a bit of gloom and introspection, yes, but also a first-rate thriller with unforgettable characters that will make you rush to get the previous books.
Synopses & Reviews
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 Nesbo 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 Nesbo at his absolute best, combining powerful emotional resonance with truly stunning suspense.
"A serial killer taunts Harry Hole in Nesb's searing third crime novel to feature the Oslo police detective to be made available in the U.S. (after Nemesis). Still suffering from alcohol-fueled demons and obsessed with hunting for evidence against a clearly dirty cop, Hole grudgingly agrees to help look into the murder of a woman whose finger has been amputated and a red diamond stuck under her eyelid. More bodies follow, with the murderer leaving identical five-pointed diamonds (the titular devil's star) at each crime scene. At first the killings appear to be random, but Hole soon discovers an ominous pattern. Nesb brilliantly incorporates threads from earlier novels, including Hole's often tumultuous relationship with his lover, Rakel, without ever losing the current story's rhythm. Even with — or perhaps because of — his flaws, Hole is arguably one of today's most fascinating fictional detectives. 5-city author tour. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Jo Nesbo is my new favorite thriller writer and Harry Hole my new hero." Michael Connelly
"Compelling . . . Shocking and surprising . . . Expertly paced . . . I place Nesbo high up in the Scandinavian mystery league." The Times
"A well-crafted rollercoaster of a book . . . Nesbo sets a cracking pace . . . A series of spectacular plot twists lead to a thrilling finale. Highly recommended." Guardian
“Astonishingly confident. . . . The Devils Star scores with an intriguing plot and Nesbos mastery of pace and tension.” — The Times (London)
From one of the most celebrated crime writers in Europe and the award-winning author of The Redbreast comes an epic thriller featuring Police Detective Harry Hole. In the vein of the crime novels of James Patterson and Dennis Lehane, Jo Nesbos The Devils Star is an intricately plotted and suspenseful thrill-ride from beginning to end.
About the Author
Jo Nesbo is a musician, songwriter, economist, and author. He is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards including the Glass Key, the Riverton Prize, the Booksellers Prize, and one of his Harry Hole novels was voted best Norwegian crime novel of all time by Norwegian readers. He lives in Oslo.
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