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The Devil's Star

by Jo Nesbo

This was recommended to me and I thought I'd give it a go because it's by a Norwegian author and set in Oslo, which I visited recently.

It's a rivetting read right from the start! There are plenty of red herrings to keep you guessing and to lend substance to the sense of place and characters. On the surface you could mistake it for an archetypal story of troubled (even damaged) detective battles internal red tape, corruption and stupidity while trying to uphold truth and justice but it's got a lot more going for it than that.

The unfortunately named Harry Hole is strongly reminiscent of Ian Rankin's Rebus character - alcoholism, problems with authority, haunted by his past and failed relationships. Also like Rebus, he's an honest and honourable and, therefore, likeable protagonist and you root for him all the way!

Suggested by Polly, Yorkshire

Tagged with: / compelling gripping riveting

 

Comments

I agree with Polly. Jo Nesbo is such an engaging author. I have read all his books and he never fails to deliver. Although Harry Hole's character couldnt be more flawed he also has a heart of gold. I love the fact that he is not 6ft 4, muscular with the face of an adonis. He is normal, ugly in fact but you just have to love him. Nesbo never lets me down. He deserves a cult following. Thanks Polly for the brilliant review. If it doesnt tempt people to try him then nothing will.
Breda O'Meara
 

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