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Phantom: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 7) (Harry Hole 9) [Hardcover]

Jo Nesbo , Don Bartlett
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15 Mar 2012 Harry Hole 9


Harry Hole is back in Oslo. He's been away for some time, but his ghosts have a way of catching up with him. The case that brings him back is already closed. There is no room for doubt: the young junkie was shot dead by a fellow addict.


Denied permission to reopen the investigation, Harry strikes out on his own. Beneath the city's eerie tranquillity, he discovers a trail of violence and mysterious disappearances seemingly unnoticed by the police. At every turn Harry is faced with a conspiracy of silence.


Harry is not the only one who is interested in the case. From the moment he steps off the plane, someone is watching his every move and tracing his every call.


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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Harvill Secker; First English Edition edition (15 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846555213
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846555213
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (409 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Like a Scandinavian police version of the Jason Bourne series... a compulsive page turner... Nesbo leads us into the murky back-streets of Oslo and a world of drug addiction and smuggling, gang warfare and corrupt officialdom – all of which social context is handled with real skill by the author." (Independent on Sunday)

"Jo Nesbo writes tightly plotted, claustrophobic thrillers with plenty of snow and a brutal yet hopelessly romantic policeman hero with the wonderful name of Harry Hole... they're also exuberantly, ingeniously gruesome." (John Preston Sunday Telegraph)

"Phantom is arguably a much better book than any previous instalments. Nesbo wrings out the tension, by turns painful and delicious, with consummate skill." (Davd Connett Sunday Express)

"Nesbo’s extraordinary writing power still mesmerises" (The Times)

"Phantom will maintain Jo Nesbo’s unstoppable momentum" (The Independent)

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The thrilling follow-up to Jo Nesbo's #1 bestseller The Leopard

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162 of 174 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry's last stand? 23 Mar 2012
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I have read all the Harry Hole novels in order several times, and I eagerly awaited this instalment. Unlike many, I enjoyed the Leopard, even if at times it did feel over long.
Phantom is just the right length, and continues three years after the end of the Leopard, as Harry steps off the plane from Hong Kong, this time in an expensive suit, no sign of the trademark Doc Martens and Diesel jeans.
He is back to investigate the death of a junkie, the man accused of his death being Harry's surrogate son Oleg.
No longer a policeman, Harry does not know who he can trust, and many of the characters we have come to know from previous novels turn up along the way, CSI chief Beate, Gunnar Hagen, Bellman, Beavis and of course Rakel, Oleg's mother and the love of Harry's life.
The plot unfolds through the seamier side of Oslo, and we meet the drug dealers, pushers and prostitutes, this is not a tour of Oslo for the tourist.
Poor Harry, having been scarred for life in the Leopard, he has to undergo all manner of physical and mental battering in this one.
Some of his escapes from death do stretch credibility a bit, he is after all meant to be a chain smoker, alcoholic and opium user in his mid forties, but this did not detract anything from this stunning book for me.
The final third is a complete roller coaster, with so many twists and turns, that I read it in one chunk, and I was completely stunned by the ending.
I cannot recommend Phantom too highly, but I do recommend you read all the Harry Hole novels in order, plot and characters will be easier to understand.
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74 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like a phantom, this book will haunt you. 19 Mar 2012
I have just finished reading this book and I have to admit that I am absolutely blown away. I am a devoted Jo Nesbo fan and I have read all the Harry Hole novels published in the UK. Jo Nesbo continues to excel himself and surprise readers. I bought Phantom on its first day of publication, really hoping it would be good after the disappointment of The Leopard. Phantom is set three years after the events of The Snowman (still my favourite Harry Hole novel) and once I recovered from the initial shock of discovering why Harry Hole has returned to Oslo, the story just kept getting better. Only a master of his craft like Jo Nesbo can begin a book from a rat's viewpoint and keep his readers gripped. Unlike The Leopard, every twist in this book is riveting and while nearly every character is flawed, their flaws only serve to make them feel more real. I was stunned by the final twist at the end and reading the book I actually felt a gut-wrenching pain in my stomach and horror at what was revealed. The cons of this book such as learning the back story through the eyes of a dead character (an unnecessary plot device, in my opinion), are far outweighed by the pros. Phantom is a fantastic, fast paced, exciting, thrilling and touching novel that packs an emotional punch. Although I recommend newcomers read all the Harry Hole series in the right order otherwise some of the novel's resonance will be lost. Phantom deserves high praise for being such a thoroughly enjoyable and brilliantly plotted novel with a lead character you really root for. While I think The Snowman is Nesbo's best work, Phantom reminded me of The Redeemer, another excellent novel in the series. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bleak but still excellent 20 Feb 2013
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I have read, and re-read, all the Harry Hole books (with the exception of The Bat - waiting to come down in price on the Kindle first!). I have really enjoyed all of them, with perhaps The Leopard being the least satisfying. This is, at times, a bleak book as it deals with the drug sub culture of Oslo. Never the less, I wasn't dissappointed with The Phantom and it is up there with the best. The main character of Harry is great - flawed but still likeable and I will be sad when the Hole novels end as I look forward to each installment. I had to read the ending twice ( you will know what I mean when you read it)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best novel in Harry Hole series 21 Mar 2014
By Denis Vukosav TOP 50 REVIEWER
‘Phantom’ is a ninth installment in the Detective Harry Hole series masterfully written by Jo Nesbø which brought once again the exciting and, in the last few sequels, often disturbing events and crimes that this unusual Detective is trying to solve.

This novel after the previous placed in Hong Kong, again takes place in Harry’s homeland, in Oslo, when Oleg, the son of Rakel, the love of his life and the boy Harry helped when he was kid, has been arrested for homicide. Harry will not be able to accept that Oleg is a murderer, while both reader and Harry will remember that Oleg’s mother left Harry to protect her son from all the horrors which surround Harry.

However bad things caught up the boy, therefore Harry will decide to come back home after three year exile, trying to prove Oleg’s innocence but also trying to found the real killer. Though Harry is not anymore formally Detective, his quest will take him deep into the underground of narcotics world where he will find out about the new drug that becomes more popular each day. It comes in the form of violin and protects the user from a deadly overdose being much more addictive than any other.

This investigation will be the most personal one so far, making Harry not only to find out uncomfortable truth about a boy accused of killing fellow addict whom he almost considered his son, but also about his own past and present…

It is likely that if you read this novel you are already familiar with dark hero and style of the author that made Nesbø currently probably the most popular thriller author, especially in Europe.
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