A young woman is murdered in her Oslo flat. One finger has been severed from her left hand, and behind her eyelid is secreted a tiny red diamond in the shape of a five-pointed star - a pentagram, the devil's star. Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case with his long-time adversary Tom Waaler and initially wants no part in it. But Harry is ...
A young woman is murdered in her Oslo flat. One finger has been severed from her left hand, and behind her eyelid is secreted a tiny red diamond in the shape of a five-pointed star - a pentagram, the devil's star. Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case with his long-time adversary Tom Waaler and initially wants no part in it. But Harry is already on notice to quit the force and is left with little alternative but to drag himself out of his alcoholic stupor and get to work. A wave of similar murders is on the horizon. An emerging pattern suggests that Oslo has a serial killer on its hands, and the five-pointed devil's star is key to solving the riddle.
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This is the third of Nesboe's books that I have read, and--by chance--I read them in perfect sequence. They are well written and wonderfully translated.
Harry Hole is a real person in a very real setting. Every
detail adds to the mood of these exciting crime stories.
These are probably the best murder mysteries/police procedures I have ever read.
(I wish the translator had translated the term "gate" to street or road or whatever. Unfortunately in English we read that Harry walked up Karl Johan's Gate or down Sofia's Gate--that must be confusing to the one not familiar with Oslo.)
Apr 11, 2013
Another great read from a writer who can weave a complex and interesting story.
Oct 4, 2012
This is the third book of a story trilogy that had me on pins and needles! Very intriguing mystery/crime novel.
Publishers Weekly, 2010-01-18 A serial killer taunts Harry Hole in Nesbo'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. Nesbo 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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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