Brutal. I love [author:Jo Nesbo|8384972]'s writing and the characters that he creates, but the things that he does to the victims in his books are just twisted. I have really been getting into Scandinavian crime writing. It seems to me to contain a lot less sexual assault, rape, and damage towards women. In addition to this I really like the depth that female characters have, beyond being objects of victimization. Having said that, he's just a little too creative with the torture and deaths that his characters suffer. I'll probably read a few of his earlier novels, hoping that they have just gotten worse, since this is the 8th in this series.
Jo Nesbo can write. Intrigue, suspense, unique plots and storyline, and protagonist Detective Harry Hole. Actually, one would be remiss if they didn't read, in order, what is essentially a four part series consisting of a) Snowman, b) Leopard, c) Phantom, and d) Police. Harry Hole solves unique crimes in each of these venues in spite of the impediments created by a changing politically and philosophically police enforcing establishment.
A page turner! Good translation of a novel written in Swedish. Didn't get turned off by Harry Hole's addictions. Hole's Swedish policing colleagues depend on his skills to solve murders. In this novel Harry figures out the connection between the murders of several women who had shared a skiing lodge one weekend.
I really don't care for this author's writing..
Excellent mystery. A very compelling series.
I enjoyed this book more than his previous, The Snowman. Another Harry Hole crime novel at its best. I'm glad I had read another book and new some of Inspector Harry Holes history or it would have been lost on me. Hole leads us on a great mystery as well as a messed up personal life. He constantly keeps you guessing with who is the murderer. And the story was interesting in that it led you from China to Oslo to Africa. You were never in the same place very long.
Another well written intriguing book. Always enjoy these. The endings are hard to swallow occasionally, but good nonetheless.
tried to get into it and couldn't, rarely do I not finish a book but there are too many to read to waste anymore time on this one.
This book #8 in the Detective Harry Hole series set in Oslo but it is important to read the earlier books in the series (especially The Redbreast, #3 in the series) BEFORE you read this one because of logical linkages among the stories; this is a very complex story that is well-paced and that kept me turning the pages; the most important feature of the storyline is that whenever you think you know what is going on it turns out that you don’t; but I did not always like who got charged with what and when, plus the denouement was not especially satisfying.
If you're a fan of this series, this will not disappoint. Harry can't catch a break as he strives to make sense of his personal life after the fallout from Snowman. Meanwhile, people in Oslo are dying horrible deaths. This author is inventive and a master of the red herring and as usual, just when you think you have it figured out, you're wrong. He never writes down to the reader. It's smart & complicated & when the killer is finally revealed, it makes sense, no giant leaps of faith required and no pat endings.
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