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Harry Hole is not in a good place. Rakel--the only woman he's ever loved--has ended it with him, permanently. He's been given a chance for a new start with the Oslo Police but it's in the cold case office, when what he really wants is to be investigating cases he suspects have ties to Svein Finne, the serial rapist and murderer who Harry helped put behind bars. And now, Finne is free after a decade-plus in prison--free, and Harry is certain, unreformed and ready to take up where he left off. But things will get worse. When Harry wakes up the morning after a blackout, drunken night with blood that's clearly not his own on his hands, it's only the very beginning of what will be a waking nightmare the likes of which even he could never have imagined.
Publisher: Toronto :, Random House Canada,, 2019
ISBN: 9780735275348
Branch Call Number: MYS NES
Characteristics: 451 pages ; 25 cm


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Mar 13, 2020

This was very good, probably one of the best Harry Hole books. I agree with one of reviewers below in that it could have been probably 25% shorter. How many ways can he say how much Harry loves Rakel and Oleg or what it is like to be drunk? As opposed to another reviewer, I thought the ending was very good with twists right up to the end and also having the end lead to the next in the series. One thing I liked was the introduction of a new character--Sung-min Larsen. At least I think he is new. He seems the kind of character that could actually be the main guy in a future book.

Mar 11, 2020

Good as most of Nesbo's books with lots of tension and speculation. A bit stretched and the surprise end feels like a quick conclusion.

Jan 02, 2020


Dec 01, 2019

Reminds me of my favorite Agatha Christie mysteries. Every twist and view point is carefully considered and surprising.

Nov 15, 2019

Nesbo is back - one of his best after the Macbeth debacle.

Oct 03, 2019

A tour de force, even by Harry Hole standards.

Tricky, so you have to pay attention. The red herrings are particularly red and there are many individuals with inner demons, many suffering from PTSD and others just plain-out evil, who populate Harry's world.

The ending is subtle. You have to think about it; well, I had to before I figured it out.

Oct 03, 2019

This was not half as good as the other Harry Hole books, confusing and the ending was so convoluted that you have to wonder if the author couldn't come up with an ending so he threw everything together into a mixed bag. Disappointing.

Oct 01, 2019

I have read all the Harry Hole books and always looked forward to the next one. Unlike other commenters, this probably is my least favorite but not because of the plot. The book needed a stronger editor. I found myself skimming large sections of the internal dialogues, descriptions, etc., thinking "Nesbo has become impressed with the sound of his own voice" (relatively speaking) to the detriment of the flow of the book. Of course I'll continue reading; perhaps a break is needed for the author to recharge, just like Harry.

Sep 29, 2019

I also have read all the Harry Hole novels and agree this is his best!!

Aug 22, 2019

One of the best.

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