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Harry Hole returns--or does he?--in a terrifyingly paced, vertiginous new roller coaster of a thriller by the internationally best-selling author of The Snowman and The Redeemer, "the king of Scandinavian crime fiction" (Kirkus).  The police urgently need Harry Hole . . . A killer is stalking Oslo's streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they onceHarry Hole returns--or does he?--in a terrifyingly paced, vertiginous new roller coaster of a thriller by the internationally best-selling author of The Snowman and The Redeemer, "the king of Scandinavian crime fiction" (Kirkus).  The police urgently need Harry Hole . . . A killer is stalking Oslo's streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical.   But this time, Harry can't help . . . For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry is not in a position to protect anyone.  Least of all himself . . ....

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Police Reviews

  • Phrynne
    2019-02-16 10:16

    I know I am a sucker for a Harry Hole book but this one has to be the best yet. I simply could not put it down. Nesbo spends most of the book playing mind tricks on the reader and even in the last chapter he gives things a little twist that has you sitting on the edge of your seat. Multiple murders, multiple murderers and the loss of some very unexpected people make it completely enthralling. There are more things I would like to say but at the same time I do not want to give anything away that might spoil other people's enjoyment. You need to read this book knowing nothing about it except that it is really, really good.

  • Maine Colonial
    2019-02-24 14:31

    Interesting plot line marred by too much gimmickry and manipulationA killer is targeting police officers; specifically officers who were involved in the investigation of unsolved murders. The killer lures an officer to the scene of the previous crime and kills the cop in a way similar to the original murder. The investigators believe that if they can only figure out the killer's motive, maybe they can find this relentless killer, who has left them few, if any, other clues.Meanwhile, a man lies in a coma in a heavily-guarded hospital room. Newly-appointed Oslo police chief Mikael Bellman worries about what the man might reveal if he ever returns to consciousness.Nesbø sets up three main suspects in the police murders and spends most of the book manipulating the reader into thinking it's X, then Y, then Z. He also tries to generate excitement by putting characters in apparent danger, cutting away to another scene and then returning to the danger scene. Quite often the danger scene turns out to be not at all dangerous, because the mysterious threat is now revealed to be a friend or co-worker. Nesbø also frequently makes a situation seem threatening by not telling the reader who a character is, just referring to him as "he," so that the reader thinks the worst.These gimmicks to gin up excitement and fear in the reader are so frequent and obvious that it becomes like the fable of the boy who cried wolf. After he's done it a few times, the reader recognizes the gimmick and just wants to get through the scene.There is a broader repetition in Nesbø's writing. He repeats certain key characters' places in Harry's life and plot developments involving those key characters from earlier books to this book. I can't say more without being spoiler-y, but if you've read the early books in the series, you'll spot it. In Nesbø's serial killer books, I also feel like the killer's "voice" is virtually identical from book to book. Nesbø's writing in the non-serial killer books (like Phantom, for example) is far stronger and more engaging.Maybe I expect too much of this series, now up to 10 books. I started reading it when The Redbreast was first published in the US, and have read every book in the series, except The Cockroaches. After this long with a series, I feel I know Harry, his colleagues, enemies, and very small circle of loved ones, and I welcome reading more about them. I always find the depiction of Oslo and its society and politics fascinating. And I did read every last bit of The Police. I just wish I didn't spend so much of the time feeling manipulated and as if Nesbø had been relying more on tricks and set pieces than heartfelt storytelling.

  • Nicole~
    2019-02-02 15:26

    10 starsPoliceAnyone who doesn't dare to stand up for justice should have a guilty conscience.Police is a riveting follow up to Phantom, the previous novel in the Harry Hole series and seamlessly picks up where Phantom ended. Excerpt from the end of Phantom - (view spoiler)[The recoil made the barrel jump and the third bullet hit him in the head. He fell. Beneath him, darkness. And he plunged into it. Until it swallowed him up and swept him into a cooling, painless nothing. At last, he thought. And that was Harry Hole's final thought. That at long, long last he was free. (hide spoiler)]Nesbø's exceptionally developed characters, Beate Lønn, Katrine Bratt, Ståle Aune return in this multilayered, most creatively plotted detective mystery yet. Corruption still exists as high up as City Hall and Chief of Police.He was asleep in there, behind the door. The guarded hospital room smelt of medicine and paint. The monitor beside him registered his heartbeats.Isabelle Skøyen, the Councillor for Social Affairs at Oslo City Hall, and Mikael Bellman, the newly appointed Chief of Police, hoped they would never see him again.That no one would see him again.That he would sleep until eternity.There's a new series of executions in Oslo: the killer targeting police officers whose cases remained unsolved. There are no loose ends left behind, no tracks, no evidence- only vengeance. As cops are violently murdered by a killer who perfects his executions with precise detail, yet remains elusive, Oslo's Crime Squad desperately misses their old star crime solver, Hole, his sharp intuitive skills and ability to "see" what's not there.But, Harry Hole is no longer a presence at Oslo Police.Krimteknisk and Crime Squad must now team up to solve the murders of their own.Beate Lønn and Katerine Bratt work so well as a team that I was distracted from even missing Hole during the first third of the book. Ståle Aune's expert mental analyses and insights into the machinations of the deranged criminal mind kept me intrigued, it was hard to put Police aside. Nesbø is a master at baiting and teasing the reader, building up smoke screens- blurring the truth, directing logic and controlling the reader's deductive reasoning.The demented psychological plot lines are so well constructed that they could stand singularly without a doubt, but are ingenious, collectively and cohesively.Nesbø, brilliant at crime-storytelling - informing the reader of cutting-edge forensic techniques and current psychological schools of thought; weaving in, for the appreciation of those who have read the Hole series, recognizable aspects of previous cases Harry had been involved in - takes a major risk in reinventing a character that has already morphed over these last 10 novels into a global phenomenon.Hole's re-creation might be the greatest move he has made, raising the bar for crime fiction series' altogether, and proves Nesbø is thinking out of the box. It's what keeps him on top of the leaderboard in crime fiction, and guarantees a faithful reader turn-out for the next Nesbø production.Well done...Skål!

  • James Thane
    2019-02-10 10:31

    I'm frank to confess that I have no idea how to review this book, and I will also say that, to my mind, a number of reviewers and even the publishers themselves have given away key elements of the plot that will diminish the enjoyment of the book for anyone unfortunate enough to have read their comments.Suffice it to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was on the edge of my seat for much of the time I spent with it. Readers who have enjoyed Jo Nesbo's series featuring Oslo detective Harry Hole will certainly want to look for this one. One can safely say that the book opens with the murder of a policeman and that it soon becomes apparent that a serial killer is targeting police officers for some reason known only to him or herself. The tension begins to build from the first page and doesn't let up until the last. Readers will spend a good deal of time with their hearts in their throats. But best approach the book blind; don't read reviews (other than this one, of course) and don't look at either the front or the back of the book until you have finished it.(view spoiler)[ My only reservation about this book is that Nesbo gets a little too cute for his own good here. From the beginning, he takes the reader down so many false trails that, in the end, you begin to disbelieve everything that seems to be happening. This is a relatively small complaint, but in the end, it did distract a bit from the thrill of the story. Still, a very good read.(hide spoiler)]

  • Harry
    2019-01-29 16:32

    Book ReviewThe rat bit once into the leather shoe. Licked the metal again, the salty metal that protruded between the two of the fingers on the right hand. Scrabbled up the suit jacket that smelled of sweat, blood and food, so many types of food that the linen material must have been in a garbage can. She ran up the arm, across the shoulder, stopped at a bloodstained bandage around the neck. Then she scuttled up the chest. There was still a strong smell coming from the two round holes in the suit jacket. Sulfur, gunpowder. One was right by the heart. It was still beating. She continued up to the forehead, licked the blood running in a single thin stream from the blond hair. Went down to the lips, nostrils, eyelids. There was a scar along the cheek. The rat stopped again, as if considering how to get through.In endings we find a new beginning. This scrubbing of one death into something newly born, as books in series do, from epilogue to prologue as it were takes time during which trenchant attitudes must give way to calm and patience: Is Harry Hole dead? Did a rodent - a rat - scurry elsewhere or did it drawn by his blood bury its teeth into the scar tissue on his face, and beyond into the elastic flesh and ruthlessly gnaw its way into the soft flesh of Harry's brain? Anticipation. Much like a cockroach is determined when it skitters beneath our floor boards, we grit our teeth and open the book to its first page. And then as a reader, we smirk, perhaps admire Nesbo for playing us like a fiddle in The Phantom, but let's face it, we know Harry isn't dead. The publisher has declared it so by releasing this, another Harry Hole novel and let's face it: it isn't often in the history of publications that a crime series continues on without its hero. And so we sneer, fully expecting Harry to jump out at us in the first few chapters, a tall viking-like figure, victorious, scarred beyond belief but somehow made new and resplendent and yes - flawed beyond redemption - once again ready to flounce his enemies. And you'd be wrong to think it.Flouncing his readers' preconceptions is what Jo Nesbo does for a living. Jo Nesbo is a hidden manipulator. Using vertical and horizontal control bars in different forms the book becomes an ancient form of performance in which we become his puppets; where our feelings are stretched taut like strings in a morality play to which only a master puppeteer holds the key. Fool you once, fool you twice...and fool you thrice.If you've made it this far in the Harry Hole series you understand the veracity of this.GR friends know that what I read is crime fiction. Why I read crime fiction is an entirely different question. So, what follows is the why of it. In painting, something happened after impressionism: post modernism and abstraction took hold moving power away from the artist to the critic (after all, none of it could be understood). In music Stravinsky was the father of such abstraction in classical music. In literature Joyce and others decided a sentence could be pages long, naturalism came to the forefront. More and more literary authors came to believe that just because they thought it, it must be good. Plot was abandoned and now readers of such writing cling to style and prose as their fix having all but forgotten the importance of plot.But we are human beings. Almost everything we do is a choice - it is a built in mechanism from which we cannot escape. We have a cause (something we want), then a choice, and its effect. To effectively maneuver though this maze of choices we need some sort of guide that tells us what is the right choice and which one is wrong. The guides vary of course (religion, greed, self interest, politics, etc.). But there is one fundamental cause behind all of our choices and that is to be alive. All of us share this value regardless of the guide we follow and when this root cause gets threatened, as it does so acutely in the crime genre, human beings make some fascinating decisions - most likely, all the ideas and notions that place us in conflict with others disappear because we all share this value of life. In Police the entire police force usually heavily conflicted move as one to discover the killer of their own, in real life, there were no Democrats and Republicans immediately following 9-11, there were only Americans united as one. Plot is the literary equivalent of human choice. To be human is to be volitional and nowhere is this more acutely represented than in crime fiction. Literature without choice (i.e. without plot) but chock full of concepts to me is like leaving out half the equation and simultaneously demanding the problem be solved.Jo Nesbo is a master of very complex plots, a genius at exploring human motivations, the choices people make and the resultant consequences and in doing so embraces the essence of humanity. I can go into his talent at creating multiple story lines for each of his characters, some resolved and some left dangling for Nesbo's further use. I can tell you his forte at characterization is second to none. But, I'm not going to do that. Let's just say that it's fair to acknowledge that Jo Nesbo has taken over the mantle from Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell and is now the most prominent Scandinavian crime writer today.Police may well be Nesbo's exit strategy, or it may not. We'll never know until a possible next in the series is published.------------------------------------------------------------Series ReviewHere's the thing about the recent popularity of Scandinavian writers and if you're a Nordic Thriller aficionado you couldn't care less about the distinction: the novels are depressed, somber, filled with ennui, a lack of humor, with flawed characters if not suffused with a strong tendency towards determinism; in short, whether you're reading Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell, or Jo Nesbo you are likely reading Literary Naturalism. If you live in Scandinavia you might consider this par for the course, ennui is imbued into the populace (as it is also reflected in the works of prominent Russian writers - Anna Karenina comes to mind). Just as we continue to struggle here in the States with our history of slavery and the resulting racial tensions, so do Europe and Scandinavia struggle in coming to terms with Nazism and the Bolshevik revolution (More than a few reviewers have expressed their dissatisfaction with the Nordic writers' pre-occupation with Nazism). And yet, the rise in popularity of these Nordic thrillers here in the States is puzzling given our strong tendency towards literary Romanticism. We like for the good guys to win, we like emotion, we like our heroes (as opposed to anti-heroes) we enjoy free will, and in general consider ourselves in control of our own lives.Jo NesboHaving said that: there is excellence in Literary Naturalism. The above doesn't mean we can't enjoy a well written novel, an intriguing mystery, a flawed anti-hero, a well crafted story written in the style of literary Naturalism n(though Nesbo seems to be moving away from this towards Romanticism as the series progress). Still, it doesn't mean we can't enjoy the works of Jo Nesbo. I did.In Jo Nesbo's words: "I come from a family of readers and story tellers." With a librarian mother and a father who sat before the fire and told the kids stories they wanted to hear (each repetition bringing something new to the tale) Jo's foundation was carved in stone. Again, in his own life story we sense the determinism filtering into his life: he wanted to be a soccer star but an injury put a quick stop to this; with a dreadful feeling of fate guiding his life he entered the military in the hopes something would happen (what happened was "Self-Discipline"); thinking he might want to be an economist he entered the world of finance which he abandoned as well; someone told him he could play guitar (he only knew 3 chords) and he formed several bands, Di Derre being the most successful; and finally he wrote (on an airplane to begin with) and he never stopped.Yes, the books should be read in order! For an American audience, Harry Hole can be likened to Harry Bosch; he defies authority, is an outcast within his own organization, is best left alone to do this job (his office is at the end of the hall), is more of an anti-hero than a hero, has trouble with his romantic life, lives alone, has a fierce propensity for justice (as opposed to the Law) and once let loose is like a pit bull with a bone fastened to his jaws. But perhaps the most compelling reason why Harry Hole has such a following is Nesbo's devastating characterization of what exactly comprises a flawed hero. Upon reflection, American hard-boiled writers don't come close to accomplishing the same. This is not too dissimilar to the way Nesbo sees himself.Bjarne Møller, my former boss, says people like me always choose the line of most resistance. It's in what he calls our 'accursed nature'. That's why we always end up on our own. I don't know. I like being alone. Perhaps I have grown to like my self-image of being a loner, too....I think you have to find something about yourself that you like in order to survive. Some people say being alone is unsociable and selfish. But you're independent and you don't drag others down with you, if that's the way you're heading. Many people are afraid of being alone. But it made me feel strong, free and invulnerable.And...ah, yes, there is the matter of plot! So how do we justify this decided streak of fate/determinism within the novels with Nesbo's apparent mastery of plot? The two seemingly ought to contradict each other. On the one hand, we have Nesbo's almost Shakespearean tendency to cast characters as marionette puppets on the strings of fate (the very opposite of plot), while on the other hand we are riveted by the very complex actions and reactions made by Harry Hole during his investigations (Nesbo is a master at not adding anything superfluous to his novels). Perhaps it is an unholy marriage between the two that transfixes us. His plots are intricate, very complex, the seemingly irrelevant details exposed throughout the novels become larger than life as the story closes, and they can weave through time, forward and backward, as the story unfolds. But, with a little alacrity, we can remember we are reading Naturalism and so it isn't always Harry Hole making events happen, but rather the reverse, it is the events that move Harry Hole. Again, it is a matter of preference but in Nesbo's case it is done with utter expertise as a writer.The exposition/setting is often Scandinavia: the weather is somber, the descriptions grey-like, the people absorbed with alcohol and withdrawn, if not bundled and sequestered. And yet, the dialogue and scenes are full of references to other milieus', continents, languages, and cleverly hidden philosophical references that speak to a widely cultured audience (as opposed to American writers of this genre who rarely venture beyond the borders of their land, if not their own State). And as with plot, there are no superfluous details. Everything in the novels matters and Nesbo does not forget even the tiniest detail to which he's made a seemingly furtive reference earlier on in the story. This is one of the biggest reasons why I love Jo Nesbo.

  • Thomas Edmund
    2019-02-17 11:13

    After Phantom's amazing twist-hanger I was almost delirious with glee and trepidation when I heard the next Harry Hole book Police was coming out.So was my anticipation satisfied?Yes - however not in the way I expected. Police is a weightier tome than other Hole novel's and thusly the length of the novel evokes tension as a slow-burn rather than a furious action packed feast. While perhaps less immediately exciting Nesbo plies us with a smorgasbord of corruption, deeply disturbing villains, and tormented decisions from our main characters which had my nerves fraying to the point of madness.Nesbo has a talent for taking crime thriller tropes and twisting them into deranged scenarios than leave most other authors behind as cliche peddlers. While it takes time to warm up to this book it is definitely worth it. The end, perhaps not as shocking as the Phantom, I feel will stick in heads for a while yet.As to a aforementioned twist-hanger? Don't expect fireworks and or huge magical reveals. Expect ambiguity and sneaky oblique plotting that keeps you guessing throughout the novel. I admit I was hoping for a dramatic conclusion to the events at the end of Phantom, but what Nesbo presents is cool in its own way.Overall Police reads differently from other Oslo Sequence books. Longer and more nuanced, expect a familiar level of violence, but Nesbo revs up the psychological and sexually perverse aspects of crime. Ultimately creating a novel that is disturbingly original, with just enough light to satisfy.

  • Reckoner
    2019-02-24 13:37

    Πιστεύω είς ένα Θεό, τον Τζο τον αιματοκυλιστή και μέγιστο τεχνίτη τής πλοκής. Και γαμάτων χαρακτήρων.

  • LeeAnne
    2019-02-13 16:19

    I think this will be my last Jo Nesbo novel. This book starts out great but it becomes purposely confusing and misleading, to the point of utter annoyance. The storyline is all over the place with several plot threads happening simultaneously, jumping back and forth. There are 3 main suspects and the pronoun "he" is often used in place of a name to keep the reader guessing the identity of the killer. "He did this, then he did that". When you combine that with the confusion of so many convoluted, interwoven plots and red herrings, it became tiresome and frustrating. In the end, I didn't care who did it. I just wanted this book to end.

  • Tony Nielsen
    2019-01-29 18:32

    Jack Reacher versus Harry Hole. That's been a contest during my August reading, but sorry Mr Child, Jo Nesbo has blown you out of the water. I've been lucky enough to receive a preview copy of Police, the new Harry Hole story, and its a five star, no if's or but's. Nesbo is boxing very clever in Police, giving us leads that are really ruses, especially as regards the state of health or otherwise of Harry. In fact we have to wait until Chapter 18 to get a real sense as to Harry's inclusion in the story. Harry has taken on a new life but the latest series of murders, all involving police officers is proving hard to solve. The new Chief of Police and Harry don't see eye to eye either. And then there's Harry's life with Rakel and Oleg which is now heading into uncharted territory. Its hard to say more without giving the game away. You'll just have to trust me that Jo Nesbo has raised the bar to new heights in Police. Despite the Snowman, the Leopard, Phantom and the rest, I think this just might be the best Harry Hole thriller yet.

  • Artemis Slipknot
    2019-01-27 12:20

    Η χρονιά ξεκίνησε με ένα πάρα πολύ καλό βιβλίο που δεν με άφησε να κοιμηθώ!!

  • João Carlos
    2019-02-06 16:11

    Parque Frogner - Monólito - Oslo, Noruega”Polícia” (2013) é o décimo livro da série Harry Hole do escritor norueguês Jo Nesbo (n. 1960).Depois do final enigmático e em aberto de ”O Fantasma” (2011) o detective Harry Hole está ausente na parte inicial de o ”Polícia”. Os seus colegas são confrontados com um assassino à solta em Oslo que selecciona cuidadosamente as suas vítimas: todos eles eram polícias que directamente se envolveram em anteriores investigações de crimes violentos que nunca foram resolvidos. As vítimas são assassinadas em circunstâncias muito semelhantes às dos crimes anteriores que estavam a investigar.Mais uma vez Jo Nesbo constrói um enredo complexo e intenso com base numa equipa de investigação heterogénea e ambígua com destaque para Gunnar Hagen – chefe da Brigada Anticrime, Mikael Bellman, Beatte Lonn, Katrine Batt e o psicólogo Stale Aune, entre muitos outros; concebendo e caracterizando de uma forma exímia as personagens e os seus envolvimentos pessoais e profissionais. Polícia é a obra da série Harry Hole em que existem mais referências ao anterior livro da série, pelo que se torna imprescindível a leitura de ”O Fantasma”. Jo Nesbo escreve mais um excelente policial com um suspense e níveis de violência atrozes e perversos, destacando-se uma inigualável componente sexual,(view spoiler)[ - Um dos exemplos é o diálogo entre Mikael Bellman (chefe da polícia) e Isabelle Skoyen (conselheira Municipal):"- Bem, meu querido, que tal te parece a vista?- Impressionante. (...)- Não me refiro a essa vista - disse ela. - A esta.Virou-se para ela. A mais recente conselheira para os Serviços Sociais afastara as coxas. As cuecas estavam ao lado dela, no parapeito. Por diversas vezes Isabelle dissera que não entendia os encantos de uma rata rapada, no entanto, Mikael calculava que tinha de existir um meio-termo enquanto olhava para a púbis farfalhuda e repetia num murmúrio o seu comentário sobre a vista.Verdadeiramente impressionante." (Pág. 47) (hide spoiler)] quase sempre ausente nas anteriores livros; realçando as noções de justiça, as ligações políticas e corruptivas no seio das forças policiais, e no final todas as diferentes subtramas se interligam.Venha o próximo… NOTA: Não entendo e não aceito que se traduza um livro em norueguês do Jo Nesbo a partir de uma tradução do inglês. A tradutora insere setenta e nove notas de rodapé - mas depois não tem a "coragem" de introduzir uma nota de rodapé a "explicar" ao leitor o que é o site Pornhub, revelando um puritanismo inexplicável. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Dimitris Passas
    2019-01-31 12:31

    Εάν κάποιος μου έλεγε πρίν από 1-1,5 χρόνο ότι θα ερχόταν η ώρα που θα βαθμολογούσα ένα βιβλίο της σειράς Harry Hole με μόλις ένα αστεράκι, σίγουρα θα τον περνούσα για τρελό. Να όμως που το τελευταίο, μέχρι στιγμής, βιβλίο του Jo Nesbo κατάφερε να με κάνει σχεδόν να το μισήσω.- WARNING SPOILERS!!!Κατ' αρχάς ο Nesbo χρησιμοποιεί ένα φτηνό αφηγηματικό τρίκ για να κρατήσει τον αναγνώστη σε αγωνία σχετικά με την τύχη του Χάρι, ο οποίος πυροβολείται στο στήθος και στο κεφάλι (!) στο φινάλε του '' Φαντομά΄΄, για να τον εμφανίσει λίγο πρίν το βιβλίο φτάσει στη μέση. Οι πάντες γνώριζαν ότι το ''Αστυνομία'' είναι η νέα περιπέτεια του Χάρι Χόλε. Δεν μπορούσε λοιπόν να υπάρξει κανενός είδους σασπένς σχετικά με αυτό.Δεύτερον: Περίπου τα 2/3 του βιβλίου καταλαμβάνονται από τις έρευνες και την προσπάθεια να συλληφθεί ο σαδιστής βιαστής και εγκληματίας Βαλεντίν. Ποια σχέση έχει τελικά ο Βαλεντίν με την ιστορία μας; ΚΑΜΙΑ. Πρόκειται για το μεγαλυτερο red herring που έχω συναντήσει μέχρι σήμερα σε οποιοδήποτε crime book. H ιστορία αυτή δεν καταλήγει ΠΟΥΘΕΝΑ, η σχέση της με την κεντρική πλοκή είναι ανύπαρκτη και ο αναγνώστης μένει άναυδος και προσπαθεί να καταλάβει για ποιόν λόγο έπρεπε να σπαταλήσει κάμποσες ώρες από τη ζωή του για να διαβάσει μια ιστορία που μοναδικό στόχο έχει την ΠΑΡΑΠΛΑΝΗΣΗ αυτών που θα έχουν την ατυχία να διαβάσουν το βιβλίο.Τρίτον: H αποκάλυψη τόσο του δολοφόνου όσο και των κινήτρων του προσωπικά με άφησε ανικανοποίητο, αφού αφήνει ανεξήγητα μια σειρά από πράγματα που έχτιζαν το σασπένς και συνιστούσαν μέρος του κεντρικού μυστηρίου της ιστορίας. Έχω καταλήξει στην πεποίθηση ότι ο Nesbo πιεζόταν από τον εκδότη του να τελειώσει το βιβλίο και έγραψε τις τελευταίες 100-150 σελίδες κυριολεκτικά στο πόδι..Τέλος, άλλο ένα γεγονός που συμβάλλει στην απαξίωση του εν λόγω μυθιστορήματος είναι η δολοφονία μιας από τις πιο συμπαθητικές ηρωίδες όλης της σειράς Harry Hole, της ντροπαλής και πανέξυπνης Μπέτε Λεν με την υπεραναπτυγμένη ατρακτοειδή έλικα που την καθιστά ικανή να θυμάται καθε πρόσωπο που συνάντησε στη ζωή της. Βέβαια, πιστός στο πνεύμα του συγκεκριμένου βιβλίου, ο Nesbo δεν προσφέρει κανενός είδους εξήγηση για το τι πραγματικά συνέβη όπως και για την ταυτότητα του θύτη. Ειλικρινα ελπίζω ότι στο νέο βιβλίο του που θα κυκλοφορήσει σύντομα (''Thirst'') θα μάθουμε την αλήθεια σχετικά με την δολοφονία αυτή.

  • Thomas Strömquist
    2019-01-26 17:24

    It took me a while to get around to this book and I think it was at least partly due to it being of a quite daunting thickness (well over 600 pages in paperback in contrast to the early ones of the series that clocked in at just over half that). It very soon became very clear to me, however, that if Nesbø writes this well, he can use as many pages as he wants to, as far as I'm concerned (or... almost, anyway). The return of Harry Hole is a very effectively told roller-coaster ride of a story and packed with both surprising and shocking events. Two times the author tricked me really good, but when he tried pulling the wool over my eyes about the ending, it was one too many. I didn't mind, though (was way too relieved for that I guess). All in all, a highly recommended, very well written police thriller. The missing star is really only due to the aforementioned length of the book. Not a huge problem, but there is a part in the second half that really could have been edited down with nothing lost, and the story loses some momentum here.

  • Anna
    2019-02-23 11:16

    Καταρχήν μέχρι τη σελίδα 200 πάει η ψυχή μας στην Κούλουρη και ξαναγυρνά όσον αφορά τη σωματική υγεία του Χάρι… Δεύτερον εκείνο το έγκλημα κάπου στη μέση του βιβλίου, εκεί που ο Χάρι είναι τόσο χαρούμενος… έλεος ρε Νέσμπο, κολλητός του Μάρτιν είσαι; Άδικος φόνος και αχρείαστος… Στο τελευταίο βιβλίο λοιπόν της σειράς που κυκλοφορεί προς το παρόν, ένας παρανοϊκός δολοφονεί αστυνομικούς και ο Χάρι καλείται να τον ανακαλύψει. Συν τοις άλλοις, οι περιπέτειες του Όλεγκ δεν έχουν τελειώσει, καθώς αναμένεται η δίκη για την περιπέτεια που μας απασχόλησε στο προηγούμενο βιβλίο (είναι συνεχόμενα, το ξαναλέω: ΜΗΝ διαβάσετε την «Αστυνομία» πριν το «Φαντομά»). Ο Χάρι πλέον είναι μια ευτυχισμένη οικογένεια με τη Ράκελ και τον Όλεγκ, ο οποίος είναι καθαρός πλέον από τα ναρκωτικά, αλλά οι ηθικές αρχές του Χάρι έχουν υποστεί πλήγμα. Και θα υποστούν ακόμα μεγαλύτερο με το ξεκαθάρισμα αυτής της υπόθεσης. Προσωπικά ο δολοφόνος και το κίνητρό του δεν με έπεισαν: μιλάμε όμως για βαριά ψυχικά άρρωστες καταστάσεις και ανθρώπους, και ο ήρωάς μας με τους οικείους τους έχουν πλέον βυθιστεί βαθιά στα μαύρα σκοτάδια. Το βιβλίο κλείνει με μια νότα αισιοδοξίας, η οποία δεν είναι παρά η εξαίρεση σε όλα όσα έχει να αντιμετωπίσει ο Χάρι και τις απώλειες που έχει υποστεί, τουλάχιστον όμως θα έχει έναν ώμο να στηριχτεί, ο οποίος δεν θα είναι το μπουκάλι του Jim Beaver. Αρχίζουμε λοιπόν να αναρωτιόμαστε ποιοι δαίμονες ήταν τελικά περισσότερο αληθινοί: οι τωρινοί ή το αλκοόλ; ΑΝΑΜΕΝΟΥΜΕ ΜΕ ΑΓΩΝΙΑ ΚΑΙΝΟΥΡΙΟ ΧΑΡΙ ΣΤΑ ΤΕΛΗ ΜΑΡΤΙΟΥ ΤΟΥ 2017!!!

  • Đorđe Bajić
    2019-02-16 17:37

    Najavljen kao završni deo serijala o Hariju Huleu, Policija je zapravo samo uvod u Žeđ, jedanaesti roman o vitkom, visokom, plavokosom i alkoholu sklonom norveškom lovcu na ubice. Iskreno, nije mi se dopalo kako je u Policiji razrešena situacija sa Harijevim posinkom Olegom koja je kulminirala na kraju devetog romana. Nije mi to delovalo uverljivo. Nimalo, zapravo. To mi je prva zamerka, ali i ne i ključna. Roman ima dve narativne linije - ona zanimljivija je samo nagoveštena (biće razrađena, i to veoma uspešno, u Žeđi), dok je druga, primarna, prilično rutinski osmišljena... Takođe, likvidacija jednog od stalnih likova mi nije legla, bila je previše programirana i delovala mi je kao pokušaj da se napravi još jedan šok, a ne kao nešto što je proizašlo iz priče. Naravno, daleko je ovo od katastrofe, ali mi je dosta slabije od Sneška, Oklopnog srca, Utvare... Jednostavno, kad podigneš rampu, treba to dosegnuti. Nije lako, znam.

  • Diogenis Papadopoulos
    2019-02-23 16:36

    "I need a hero..." τραγούδησε η Bonnie Tyler ζητώντας απεγνωσμένα τον ήρωα της, για να ακολουθήσει ο David Grohl με τους Foo Fighters στο "There goes my hero". Όλοι θέλουμε τον ήρωα μας και στην δική μου περίπτωση τα πράγματα είναι απλά. Είμαι μεγάλος για τον Spiderman. Ο "Πολύ σκληρός για να πεθάνει" John McClane έχει γεράσει. Ζήτω ο Χάρι Χολε! Ο οποίος σ' αυτή την ιστορία ενισχύει τον μύθο του "Πολύ σκληρός για να πεθάνει". Ίσως η καλύτερη ιστορία για τον Επιθεωρητή Χολε μέχρι στιγμής. Θα διαβάσω τη "Δίψα" και θα σας πω. Μέχρι τότε όμως ... Yippee ki yay, motherfucker! υ.γ. Η ιστορία συνοδεύεται ευχάριστα με το Cop Killer των Bodycount.

  • Mirela Ivancevic
    2019-02-23 18:28

    Uvijek me podsjeti zašto ga volim . Kad knjigu od 500 stranica ne možeš ispustiti iz ruke i pročitaš ju u jednom danu. Savršen .

  • Karen Brooks
    2019-02-18 14:19

    This is such a hard book to review because even the smallest detail about the content - the way the story unfolds (which can be very persuasive in a review) - runs the risk of spoiling what is an absolute cracker of an addition to the Harry Hole canon. All I can say is that the narrative didn't begin as I anticipated at all, even though it follows on from the events in the last book, The Leopard, and it’s this defying of expectations that sets the standard and pace for the rest of the tale. As Police opens, we’re back in Oslo, there are grisly murders a-plenty only, this time, the stakes are even higher as it’s members of the force that are being killed. Not only that, but their deaths are a brutal reenactment of cold cases – cases that the new victims were once assigned to solve. As the body count grows, so does the pressure and the fear – who will be next and why?Never has the act of reading been so analogous to riding a roller coaster as you are lifted to great heights before being flung into complete, heart-stopping despair; there are twists and turns, false corners and such sharply angled ones, you sustain the equivalent of literary whiplash reading this book.What is also evident from the moment the story starts, is that you're in the hands of a master. There's a sense in which, as gruesome as this bloody tale of revenge and thwarted intentions is, Nesbo is having fun with the reader... He is playing mind games with us and they damn well work. Persuading us into one way of thinking only to reveal another, Police, perhaps more than any other of the Hole books, allows us to identify with the investigation, gives us access to the minds and feelings of the frustrated investigators as we share their experiences, concerns and suspicions. Nesbo not only leads us up one garden path, that he has cobbled, bordered with plants, lit brightly or plunged into darkness, strewing it with characters we expect to find and those we do not, he then strands us in the middle of what we quickly understand isn’t a path, it’s a labyrinth. A psychological, emotional and physical one that familiar characters and new ones inhabit with varying degrees of comfort and control. There is never a dull moment in this tale, nor is there an opportunity to catch your breath. Not for the faint-hearted, this latest (and I hope not final as has been rumored) addition to the Hole series is simply brilliant.

  • Vicky Ziliaskopoulou
    2019-02-16 14:15

    Δηλώνοντας από την πρώτη σειρά ότι δεν είμαι οπαδός του Νέσμπο (είναι καλός, αλλά υπάρχουν πολλοί και πολύ καλύτεροι), να πω ότι τελειώνοντας την "Αστυνομία" δεν μπορώ να καταλήξω αν μου άρεσε ή όχι (γι' αυτό και τα τρία αστέρια). Αρνητικά:Έμπλεξε πολλά άτομα. Έχει ενεργό ρόλο όλη η αστυνομική δύναμη του Όσλο (οκ, αυτό είναι υπερβολή) και αν δεν είσαι αρκετά εξοικειωμένος με τους υπόλοιπους αστυνομικούς χάνεις τη μπάλα. Κοινώς: δεν είναι ένα βιβλίο κατάλληλο για να κάνεις την πρώτη σου γνωριμία με τον Χάρι Χόλε.Επίσης, δε μου άρεσε η αιτιολόγηση των δολοφονιών. Νομίζω ότι ήθελε να κάνει ένα βιβλίο- φόρο τιμής σε όλους τους δευτερεύοντες πρωταγωνιστές των προηγουμένων βιβλίων του και τον απασχόλησε λιγότερο ο τρόπος που θα δέσει την ιστορία και η αληθοφάνεια της αιτιολογίας για τις δολοφονίες.Θετικά: Έχει μερικές πολύ δυνατές σκηνές, από αυτές που σπάνια συναντάω πια σε αστυνομικά, όπου κάθεσαι με τα μάτια τεντωμένα πάνω από τις γραμμές και όλο το σώμα σου σε εγρήγορση επειδή είσαι σίγουρος ότι τώρα θα χτυπήσει ξανά ο δολοφόνος.... αλλά αυτό δε συμβαίνει, οπότε ξαναχαλαρώνεις. Παίζει με τα νεύρα μας δηλαδή, δημιουργεί τεράστια ένταση και αυτό είναι καταπληκτικό. ΜΗΝ το διαβάσετε αν δεν έχετε διαβάσει τον Φαντομά, θα χάσετε όλο το μυστήριο, αποκαλύπτει όλη την υπόθεση.

  • Ed
    2019-02-08 15:24

    Thinking about this book, the series and how it has evolved, I can't help contrasting it with the works of certain American "best seller" mystery/thriller authors whose series characters now lack the imagination, energy and complexity they showed in earlier books. "Police", Jo Nesbo's 10th Harry Hole book, takes the series and the genre itself, to a whole new level of non-formulaic excellence and establishes him on the cutting edge. Without giving away the plot lines, Nesbo has created an exotic fictional universe in Oslo Norway, peopled by dynamically good and evil characters that evolve in multi-dimensional ways in tandem with the plot. What I most liked about this book was it challenged my thinking process about the "who" and the "why", which is in my view, the objective in an effective mystery. Those questions get answered in the authors uniquely brilliant and original style in this masterpiece of suspense. ...........Ed

  • Nancy Oakes
    2019-01-26 11:38

    Police is #10 in Nesbø's wonderful Harry Hole series, and by golly, it's a winner. I have read all but The Bat and Cockroaches from this series, but I don't know whether or not my guts have ever been so twisted while reading any Nesbø novel prior to this one. The suspense tempted me so many times to turn to the end, but to my credit, I didn't cheat.From the very outset, the author delights in playing with your head. In a guarded hospital room, a man is laying in a coma. While he's hovering between life and death, someone is luring members of the Oslo police force to their deaths. The victims seem to be connected to old, unsolved cases, and they die in extremely terrible ways on or near the anniversaries of the crimes. Harry's old friends on the Oslo police force are stymied ... there is very little in the way of clues or forensics left behind, and the police are under a great deal of pressure to do something about these murders before any more policemen get killed. They're also under pressure from Harry's nemesis Mikael Bellman, the current police chief, to get the cases solved because he has ambitions, and taking credit for solving these murders will help him move up the political ladder. The team goes behind Bellman's back to try to stop the killer from striking again, but things get really ugly when when a particularly brutal murder hits very close to home.Around this central plot, which ultimately focuses on the search for justice, there's much more going on. A particularly nasty suspect gives the police a run for its money; police burner Truls Berntsen and his crony Mikael Bellman are up to their old dirty tricks once more and through it all, things get really twisty as the book comes to a startling conclusion. I swear -- for once it was me, rather than the characters, who became angst ridden over how this was all going to play out -- my insides were churning waiting to see a) who the killer was and why he/she did what he/she did and b) how much nastier Bellman and Berntsen could possibly get while continuing to manipulate things behind the scenes. And through it all, you will be kept wondering and guessing. I don't care what anyone says, I LOVED this book! I know I say this a lot about Nesbø's books, but this just might be my favorite of the entire series. It is twisty and turny, frightening and unrelenting in the tension it managed to produce in my insides, and it is truly Nesbø at his writing best. If you're new to the most excellent work of Jo Nesbø you may wish to start at the very beginning and make your way forward through the series, as each book builds on what comes before; if you don't want to take that much time, at least read the novel prior to this one, Phantom. Highly, highly recommended!

  • nikolaos
    2019-02-24 15:29

    Κλασικός και πολύ καλός ο Νέσμπο και στην Αστυνομία. Στο ίδιο στυλ με τα προηγούμενα βιβλία του. Αν και νομίζω ότι σε αυτό το βιβλίο ‘’παίζει΄΄ περισσότερο με τους αναγνώστες. Τους οδηγεί λοιπόν, με τον τρόπο που γράφει, σε συμπεράσματα, τα οποία τα αφήνει να πλανούνται σε αρκετές σελίδες και μετά τα ανατρέπει τελείως. Η Αστυνομία μπορεί να χαρακτηριστεί, εν μέρει και ως συνέχεια του Φαντομά. Δεν είναι δηλαδή και εντελώς αυτόνομο βιβλίο. Όπως έγραψε και ο συγγραφέας, η σκέψη του ήταν να γράψει τον Φαντομά ΙΙ, επειδή είχε αφήσει τον Φαντομά σε κρίσιμο σημείο, αλλά το βιβλίο αναπτύχθηκε τόσο που έγινε ένας ανεξάρτητος τόμος .Αρκετά σημεία του βιβλίου είναι πολύ καλά , με αποκορύφωμα την φοβερή και πανέξυπνη ανατροπή των τελευταίων σελίδων . Κάποια άλλα όμως σημεία-ανατροπές, προσωπικά, πώς να το πω … είτε τα βρήκα λίγο τραβηγμένα, είτε δεν τα εξήγησε πλήρως ο συγγραφέας(ή και ίσως εγώ να μην τα κατάλαβα πλήρως, εννοείται)… λίίίίίγο με ξένισαν. Εν αναμονή λοιπόν του επόμενου βιβλίου της σειράς που κυκλοφορεί τον Μάρτιο 2017.

  • Menia
    2019-02-21 13:16

    readathon17: 10/26 αστυνομικό βιβλίο ;pπιθανά spoiler οπότε αν δεν το διαβάσατε, continue at your own risk,μας έσκασες βρε κύριε Νέσμπο μας, μας έβγαλες την ψυχή, μας στριφογύρισες το μαχαίρι και επιτέλους στο τέλος μετά από 10 βιβλία του δωσες του ανθρώπου αυτό που περίμενε από την εποχή του χιονάνθρωπου!επίσης υποθέτω ότι το επόμενο βιβλίο θα αφορά την Αουρόρα... δυστυχώςέλα ρε Νέσμπο μη μας το κάνεις αυτό, τόσους έχει ξεκάνει!επίσης κανά 2 καθίκια την έχουν γλιτώσει, άρα φαντάζομαι ο Βαλεντίν θα επιληφθεί το θέματος.ουφ αυτά, περιμένω τη Δίψα

  • Marko Đaković
    2019-02-12 18:17

    Hule se vratio na velika vrata. Dugu sam pauzu napravio od poslednjeg romana i sad se pitam zasto.Dosta wtf momenata u ovom nastavku, kraj odlican. Hule po starom sto se tice posla, malo se kao unormalio sto se tice privatnog. Moramo po sledeci deo, ne vredi cekati.

  • Sarah ~
    2019-02-23 18:36

    الشرطة - سلسلة هاري هول 10.بتُ الآن على قناعة كلما سرنا قدماً قي السلسلة تكون الروايات أفضل وأفضل.وهذا الجزء أفضلها على الإطلاق والمفضل لديَ أيضاً .

  • donna_ehm
    2019-02-18 14:22

    I hemmed and hawed over a 2 or 3 star rating, then eventually decided the excellent (view spoiler)[fake out at the end (hide spoiler)] deserved the third star. Overall, this book showcases Nesbo's ability to manipulate multiple storylines and characters such that you're always kept guessing as to how it's all going to turn out. This time, though, I felt that the plot was wobbly around the edges, like he didn't quite have as firm a hold on those threads as he usually does. Some things I just didn't buy, like (view spoiler)[ Trul's remarkable recovery from essentially having his head and face smashed to bits. I didn't believe for one second that he could be up and around with seemingly only the physical scars/damage to show for it, rather than the extreme brain damage you'd fully expect, given how the murderer treated his previous victims. And in this case, the murderer didn't intend to leave Truls alive, so there's no reason to think that the violence would be any less thorough or complete.(hide spoiler)]Also, I think the entire sub-plot with (view spoiler)[ the academy student who has a crush on Harry (hide spoiler)] could have been dropped entirely. I thought it was completely unnecessary, and it's only real purpose (beyond being a bit of a red herring for the reader) was to provide yet another level for Harry to sink to (view spoiler)[, i.e. a potential rapist. (hide spoiler)] Those scenes really annoyed me, to be honest, because no matter how dark and tortured Harry is, I truly don't believe that he'd (view spoiler)[ actually consider raping someone. It's irrelevant that the situation was described such that the sex would have been entirely consensual, because the important thing is that Harry still thought of the situation as one of rape, and he was willing to go there. (hide spoiler)] I just thought Harry didn't need yet one more thing to be tormented by, and for all his faults, this particular demon is not one of his. It just came across as titillation for its own sake, and nothing I could take seriously as part of the story. Plus the idea of it being wrapped up in (view spoiler)[ the cliche of 'man freaks out after proposing/thinks he'll fuck everything up' was just really lame. We've been down that road with Harry many times before. He knows he wants to be with Rakel at this point. Tossing that in there in order to get the reader to think he might - yet one more time! - do something to jeopardize that was just lazy writing, I think. (hide spoiler)]The final thing that really annoyed me (and had me contemplating that two star rating) was (view spoiler)[ the death of Beate. I really, really liked her character and how she evolved into this very cool person in her own right, not to mention her great relationship with Harry. But what made her death even more frustrating was that it came across as the thing that had to be done in order to draw Harry into the investigation officially. Like, her character was sacrificed as a means to move the plot in a particular direction, and after that it didn't have any meaning or really resonate with the reader. By comparison, the death of Harry's first partner, Ellen (in The Redbreast) comes with a lot of emotional consequences and ramifications for Harry, not only for the rest of that book but for the next one or two that come after. So as a reader you really feel how that death not only affected the plot but also how it affected the characters. It had meaning beyond just mobilizing Harry, and that was woven into the plot itself. But Beate's death seemed much more to be just this thing, this event that happened and then the story carried on. I thought the character deserved much more than that, so that was very disappointing. (hide spoiler)]On the upside, I was pleased that (view spoiler)[ Harry got a happy ending. He's never going to be a sunny, well-adjusted guy, we all know that and so do the characters in the novels (especially Rakel). But I think it's realistic to see him being rewarded, if you will, because he truly has been trying to turn his life around as much as he can. He knows the importance of this relationship, he knows his own weaknesses as well as his strengths, so while he'll probably always be a work in progress, he has been moving slowly forward ever since meeting Rakel. I have liked that his addictions have never been downplayed or waved away with a magic wand because that's the reality of having those addictions. But at the same time, I think the self-destructive loner cop/detective is such a cliche, so I really wanted Harry to having something positive, something real and true because I also think that's the reality for many people dealing with these types of issues. You can deal, you can make some sort of peace with who you are and what you have, you can have a good life. The reactions of Harry, Rakel and Oleg during the wedding scene felt very genuine, so I was happy to read that. (hide spoiler)]There's obviously another story in the works, although this would certainly be a fitting end to the series, if Nesbo wanted to play it that way.

  • Mohikanos
    2019-01-31 13:29

    Σε αυτό το βιβλίο συναντάμε έναν εντελώς διαφορετικό Nesbo, ο οποίος γράφει μια πολυεπίπεδη ιστορία που εστιάζει στις ζωές πολλών διαφορετικών ανθρώπων, με συνεχείς ανατροπές σε σημείο που θα μπορούσαν να χαρακτηριστούν ως ‘inside jokes’ και με ένα τέλος που αφήνει ανοιχτή την πόρτα σε μια νέα περιπέτεια.Φυσικά ο Χάρι Χόλε ζει και βασιλεύει και φαίνεται να έχει ηρεμήσει στη ζωή του, όμως ο διάβολος έχει πολλά ποδάρια, οπότε αποφασίζει - για άλλη μια φορά - να του την καταστρέψει και να τον αντιμετωπίσει με ότι πιο σαδιστικό και τραβηγμένο τρόπο μπορεί. Και οι απώλειες για άλλη μια φορά είναι μεγάλες σε προσωπικό και συναισθηματικό επίπεδο…Είναι πραγματικά εντυπωσιακός ο τρόπος που ο Nesbo στήνει την ιστορία του, αναλύοντας τόσους πολλούς χαρακτήρες χωρίς να αφήνει ανολοκλήρωτο κανέναν, φτιάχνοντας μέσα σε 700 σελίδες ένα παράλληλο σύμπαν που νομίζεις ότι ζει και αναπνέει δίπλα και γύρω σου όσο διαβάζεις το βιβλίο και ότι θα δεις στις ειδήσεις τα γεγονότα που περιγράφονται σε αυτό. Επίσης, είναι εντυπωσιακές οι ανατροπές στη ροή της ιστορίας που σε πιάνουν αδιάβαστο. Επιπλέον, η ανάλυση που κάνει για τα παιχνίδια εξουσίας στην Αστυνομία και στον υπόκοσμο είναι πραγματική ανατριχιαστική. Τέλος, είναι εντυπωσιακός ο τρόπος που φέρεται σε όλους τους ήρωές του (‘καλούς’ και ‘κακούς’), χωρίς να δείχνει συμπάθεια και ανοχή σε κανέναν, σε τέτοιο σημείο που κάποια στιγμή πίστεψα ότι στο επόμενο βιβλίο του δεν θα είχε αφήσει κανέναν τους ζωντανό!!! Όμως, νομίζω πως ο Nesbo άφησε λίγο πίσω την αστυνομική ιστορία, η ανακάλυψη του δολοφόνου έρχεται λίγο βεβιασμένα από τον Χάρι, η ‘στιγμή της αλήθειας-κρίσης’ θα μπορούσε ίσως να ήταν λίγο πιο δυνατή και τα κίνητρα του ‘κατά συρροή’ δολοφόνου πιο στιβαρά και λογικοφανή. Ίσως αυτό να ήταν το τίμημα ώστε να μπορέσει να γραφτεί αυτό το πολυεπίπεδο βιβλίο που αναφέρω πιο πάνω χωρίς να ξεπεράσει τις 1.000 σελίδες...8/10, λοιπόν, και αναμένουμε με αγωνία το επόμενο βιβλίο της σειράς, το οποίο πραγματικά δεν μπορώ να φανταστώ τι χειρότερο και πιο δραματικό μπορεί να επιφυλάσσει για τον Χάρι…

  • Tanja Berg
    2019-01-30 10:31

    4* out of 5. Reviewing a book I read in Swedish by a Norwegian author in English feels silly, but I'm doing it anyway. It will be translated before long. I can't remember the last time I have been so impressed by a crime novel. *draws a blank* I am particularly surprised at how impressed I am because I wasn't really a Jo Nesbø fan. He just wrote mildly entertaining novels one notch above mediocre and is the most famous author in the country I live in, so of course I have to read him. But this, this was something else.Oh, I don't like Harry Hole, the anti-hero investigator either. Didn't until now that is. He was just too seriously mired in his own problems - his smoking habit, his alcoholism and women trouble. So the fact that he was shot at the end of the last book and appears to be in a coma, well, that was a nice touch. Get him out of the way. And then I can't really say anything more, or I'll be revealing spoilers. There are some truly shocking events within the first 200 pages of this book.Someone is killing police officers. Police officers involved in unsolved murders. These officers are killed in a similar manner, at the same place as the victims. The head of police, Mikael Bellman, is heading into trouble since he cannot solve these new crimes either. After I finished this breathtaking rollercoaster ride I was so caught up in the excitement I did not even notice that there were a few lose plot threads, mostly caused by various red herrings. I'm deducting a star for those. In truth though, I couldn't care less. This was a page-turner, a nail-biter and one hell of a ride like nothing I have experienced for a long, long time. Almost always there's a "meh" part in a book. Usually several. In this book, there wasn't a single one. A+ for entertainment, that's for sure.

  • Anastasia Ts.
    2019-02-19 11:18

    Για την ακρίβεια θα έδινα 3,5 αστέρια. Περνάει ευχάριστα η ώρα.Τίποτε παραπάνω. Γενικά δεν μπορώ να πω ότι ο Nesbo έχει να παρουσιάσει κάποιο ιδιαίτερο στοιχείο στην γραφή του. Πατά στα κοινά μονοπάτια του αστυνομικού μυθιστορήματος, που κάποιες φορές μάλιστα καταλήγουν κλισέ. Αν έχετε κουραστεί από κλασικά μυθιστορήματα, ή ακόμα αναγνώσματα που απαιτούν δυναμική ανάγνωση το συνιστώ!

  • Julie
    2019-01-25 17:29

    Better than The Snowman. Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole always delivers. Yes, I do sometimes get frustrated with the characters and length, but they are always solid and entertaining reads. Police is my favorite. It's Harry 2.0 and it feels like a new beginning for the series, which it may have needed at this point. This book made me cry and my heart race. I can't wait to continue with book 11.