The Devil's Star

The Devil's Star

eBook - 2011
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"In the heat of a sweltering Oslo summer, a young woman is found murdered in her flat--with one of her fingers cut off and a tiny red star-shaped diamond placed under her eyelid. An off-the-rails alcoholic barely holding on to his job, Detective Harry Hole is assigned the case with Tom Waaler, a hated colleague who Harry believes is responsible for the murder of his partner. When another woman is reported missing five days later, and her severed finger turns up adorned with a red star-shaped diamond ring, Harry fears a serial killer is at work. But Hole's determination to capture a fiend and to expose Waaler's crimes is leading him into shadowy places where both investigations merge in unexpected ways, forcing him to make difficult decisions about a future he may not live to see."
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2011.
Edition: 1st Harper pbk. ed..
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ISBN: 9780062193964
0062193961
Characteristics: 1 online resource (452 p.) : map.
Subjects: Hole, Harry (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Murder -- Fiction.
Electronic books.
Oslo (Norway) -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction

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AProkesch
Mar 23, 2019

After reading through the first couple of books in this series it is good to finally know how the story between Harry and his adversary (Tom) ends.
Regarding the main story: Detailed descriptions, many clues to possible perpetrators and like always a gripping story. I liked Nemesis and The Redbreast a bit more than The Devil's Star, mainly because I found myself more caught in the murder cases than in this one, but it was still a very good reading experience.

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bresummers
Dec 11, 2018

number 5

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Dream24
Aug 30, 2018

I was given this book by someone who really enjoys mysteries and went in with an open mind. I did enjoy the book, especially the climax, crime scenes and the play on the symbol. Other the other hand, I really didn't like Harry Hole all that much.

I get it, here is a detective who is brilliant but down on his luck due to the unusual death of his colleague (I presume it happened in the previous book), the self sabotaging type (refusing to let his girlfriend and her son help or anyone else, especially the boss), and the use of unusual tactics to get answers that help solve the crime. All these things give him a more relate-able and human element, but I just couldn't connect with him and found him really annoying most of the time.

The crimes and crime scenes were very interesting, with lots of details that provide interesting clues connecting the dots to the crimes and the criminal itself. I quite enjoyed trying to piece together the puzzle.

The subplot of the feud/unusual relationship between Tom and Harry was interesting to say the least. I wonder what and who else this Prince person has on all these important people, guess I'll have to read the previous books to find out.

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jenzbooks
Jun 07, 2012

The understated emotions create palpable tension, the characters, even the bad ones, are fully-fleshed and likeable in a complicated story where many strands are woven together in the end.

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bigreader69
May 23, 2012

Some like to solve puzzles but I like to use my investigative powers on solving crime mysteries. Jo Nesbo, the Norwegian crime writer, creates a pyschologically mesmerizing world in his novel, The Devil's Star. From one moment to the next, you never know where Homicide Inspector Harry Hole of Oslo will lead you, or himself, for that matter. If you are afraid of the dark, better not pick up this story. But if you are addicted to suspense, along with unerringly fine writing, you will be enthralled with this noir tale.
Mary Hamm Barrett
Interlibrary Loan
Downtown Central Library

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tocch101
Mar 08, 2012

Just as addicting as the other books! I absolutely love how well he writes and how encompassing the stories become. Highly recommend it!

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Willip_1945
Oct 18, 2011

On the cover of this book it says "The next Stieg Larsson". He is better that Stieg Larsson! I enjoy his writing!

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c_anderson
Oct 05, 2011

Good, solid thriller with exciting plot twists. Once, just once, I would like to read or watch a police series without a dysfunctional protagonist.

kpalichuk Apr 08, 2011

I can see why this has been compared to Stieg Larsson... brutal crime, potential corruption which goes deep. This is intelligently written, with a translation that wasn't jarring.

debwalker Feb 15, 2011

"Oslo detective Harry Hole is a great character to follow in this dark, twisted, and intriguing story of a serial killer. This page-turner is a Scandinavian crime novel at its finest."--Suzanne Droppert, Liberty Bay Books, Poulsbo, Wash.

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