A must-read for all Harry Hole fans, although this one didn't seem to have the "on-the-edge-of-your-seat" feeling the others did.
This was Jo Nesbo's latest novel on Inspector Harry Hole, #11, and was a very quick read - making me wish it would never end OR that the author was publishing #12 in the series.
I think I have read all of the Harry Hole books by Nesbo. I must confess that I often get confused by the story and the characters. This book is quite clear, Oslo has a murderer on the loose who has “vampiric” tendencies. Harry who has been teaching at the Police College, has been recruited back to the Oslo police force due to his specialization in serial murders. This book calls in his associates from the psychology division. Can Harry solve the case without resorting to his favorite fallback – booze? He has more personal considerations now that he is married. Nesbo is a writer, economist, and musician. He often goes off on musical tangents, in this book, people who like Bad Company – for me, he often writes sounding like a middle-aged hipster, which gets a bit tiresome. A plot line based around vampires was not very intriguing for me (were they going to end up at a Twilight convention?) but Nesbo makes it work. His writing has been labeled as “Nordic Noir.” Some don’t like his writing style, this one is a bit long, but fairly well conceived and explained (or elaborated) which is usually my largest complaint about Nesbo’s writing.
Persevered with Nesbo's long paragraphs of fillers for 3/4 quarters of this novel in which his characters ruminate about a topic of interest to them. Whether its about music, American Indian practices, vampire studies - it was uninteresting to read. However, these passages make the time pass in the novel and stretch the novel to many pages as Harry and his team return to identify a killer with vampire tendencies- a good plotline. The payoff for persistent reading comes with the ending - lots of action and turn arounds. The novel continues where the last novel ended with the same characters and conflicting relationships among colleagues. Mikael Bellman, now Chief of Police, still has a strong connection with his image maker, Isabella, and his childhood friend, Truls Berenstein still hot for his wife, Ulla, has been demoted to a filing clerk position in the police force. Not a novel to begin reading about Harry Hole
Disappointing. Too much imagination, too much plot and not enough literary development. Way below Mankel's average effort. Very bloody, lack of subtle sensibility.
One of my favourite series & maybe my expectations were unrealistic following "The Son" & "Police" which were both amazing reads. Took a while to get into this one. Harry Hole is in a reflective mood due to a personal crisis & the reemergence of a killer he failed to catch in a previous case.
But Nesbo is the master of creating intricate story lines with plenty of misdirection to keep you guessing. After a slow & over long first half, it finally caught fire & the last quarter is a full on page turner. The ending guarantees I'll be waiting on the next instalment.
A little too much gore this time - did some fast-forwarding, but still love Harry.
Maybe it's just me or maybe my expectations were too high but I found this to be a disappointment after Police and The Son. Overly long , kind of dull, too many false endings and extraneous plot lines. Not the page turner I had hoped for.
Jo Nesbo just keeps getting better with his Harry Hole character. Riveting stuff and the twists and turns kept me fascinated right to the end.
Book 11 in the Harry Hole series
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