Paperback - 2012
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The next instalment in the Harry Hole series, from the bestselling and internationally acclaimed Jo Nesbo.

Summer. A boy, Gusto, is lying on the floor of an Oslo apartment. He is bleeding and will soon die. He is trying to make sense of what has happened. In order to place his life and death in some kind of context he begins to tell his story. Outside, the church bells chime.

Autumn. Former police detective Harry Hole returns to Oslo after 3 years abroad. He seeks out his former boss at police headquarters to request permission to investigate a homicide. But the case is already closed; a young junkie, Gusto, was in all likelihood shot by a pal in a conflict over drugs. Harry is granted permission to visit the accused boy in prison. There, he meets himself and his own history. It's the start of a solitary investigation of the most impossible case in Harry Hole's life. And while Harry is searching, Gusto continues his story. A man walks the dark streets of nighttime Oslo. The streets are his and he has always been there. He is a phantom.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, c2012
ISBN: 9780307361073
Branch Call Number: MYS NES
Characteristics: 452 p. : maps ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Bartlett, Don


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Dec 11, 2014

Started Nov 20, 2014, finished, Dec 10, 2014.....Took me a long time to get through this book, but not because I wasn't enjoying it. Just 450 or so pages of very small print, which made it hard to read when I was tired, which was a lot, as it is the busy pre-Christmas season. I found my reading glasses on the last few days, much better than my bifocals while reading in bed. I must pick up a few more pairs, so that I don't have to wait so long to find a pair! I now must get to know Harry Hole much better. I kind of like him! More Jo Nesbo for me coming up in the future. (Thanks to my brother-in-law Wesley, for the recommendation.)

Jun 15, 2014

simple plot with plenty to keep me interested

Jun 12, 2014

The third of the four part series which includes Harry Hole's recovery from drugs and alcohol addictions and crimes involving his girl friend Rakel's son Oleg. These issues and crimes put him in a bind with decisions about his supervisor and his job as a policeman.

Dec 28, 2013

Really good read - suspenseful, characters have depth. Story set in the disturbing Oslo heroin world. Liked it as mystery and Scandinavian literature.

Dec 24, 2013

Nesbo delves deep into the world of drug addiction and the drug trade. As with the Leopold's Apple device from the Leopard, Nesbo this time flawlessly invents a fictional drug, described so perfectly that you are convinced that it must exist.

This is not a feel-good novel (on par with every other Scandinavian book ever written), but it is well written and though long, has a good flow. At multiple times you will think you have things figured out and then second guess yourself.

You will reread the ending 3 times to be sure your eyes didn't deceive you.

Oct 01, 2013

I don't care for this author's writing and books..

Sep 30, 2013

Ceme de la creme. Top of the series?

JCLBrownM Jun 05, 2013

I didn't think this was as good as Nesbo's The Snowman, but I couldn't put it down.

Mar 19, 2013

one must read 'snowman' before this one. in fact, you should read the other hole books first.

Oct 12, 2012

Another great book by Jo Nesbo, but kind of long.

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Sep 20, 2014

hamza111 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 14


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