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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Harvill Secker (20 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843432161
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843432166
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 3.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,631,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A well-crafted rollercoaster of a book . . . Nesbo sets a cracking pace . . . A series of spectacular plot twists lead to a thrilling finale. Highly recommended." --"Guardian ""Compelling . . . Shocking and surprising . . . Expertly paced . . . I place Nesbo high up in the Scandinavian mystery league." "--The Times" "From the Paperback edition."

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Detective Harry Hole: an angry and off-the-rails detective who wants to play the game by his own rules --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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143 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Big John on 12 Sept. 2008
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Want a good read? This is a very good one. But be warned, Redbreast, although a little disjointed, and therefore harder to read, is a better place to start the Harry Hole series from. If you dont start from there some things might not make sense. In fact you will miss out on what is actually a continuation of the plot from the first book in some ways.Of course Nemesis comes in between just to confuse us all! But what ever you decide to do, this book is well written, as Nesbo really gets into his stride. The plot is full of twists and turns that you just dont expect so that makes it all the more enthralling! It is the kind of page turner that is really good for long air journeys or for sitting up late reading with page turning excitement! Characterisations? Oh yes! Very well constructed and keenly observed! Above all enjoy this Norwegian treasure!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Mar. 2010
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(4.5 stars) In the third novel of this outstanding mystery series to be released in the US, alcoholic police inspector Harry Hole, "the lone wolf, the drunk, the [Oslo Police] department's enfant terrible...and the best detective on the sixth floor" has been AWOL from his job for a month, on a bender which he seems unable to end. He is obsessed with identifying and finding the killer of Ellen Gjelten, his former partner and friend. And Rakel, the woman he dearly loves, has told him to stay away from her and her young son until he resolves his problems. When Bjarne Moller, the Crime Squad Chief, calls him to investigate the death of a young woman, Moller is so short-handed that he has to put Harry on an investigation team with Tom Waller, a man Harry despises and believes to be involved in criminal enterprises.

Norwegian author Jo Nesbo begins this novel with the best first three paragraphs that I have read in years. Ostensibly a description of a water leak which works its way from a fifth floor apartment into the apartment below, it is, in reality a menace-filled mood-setter which presages real horror. And when the ceiling in the fourth floor apartment starts to leak on the young couple preparing a pot of potatoes on the stove, Nesbo's truly wicked sense of humor kicks in, to re-emerge at other critical points in the novel. Before long the police have more murders and a missing persons case. A "devil's star," with one point on the bottom and two at the top, has been found at every crime scene, and each victim has a star-shaped red diamond inserted under the eyelid. Each also has a finger missing.

The mystery here is compelling-the story of a twisted killer being sought by policemen who also have their own problems-but Nesbo is at least as concerned with character.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Kate on 29 Aug. 2010
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Although I absolutely loved The Devil's Star" I was devasted to realize that I had read the last one first in the trilogy. You must read "The Redbreast" first and then "Nemesis" as "The Devil's Star" follows on from them. It is a great shame that this isn't made clear in these editions. On the inside cover of The Devil's Star it says"the first of Nesbo's novels to be translated into English" so I took a guess and read it first. So be warned! I became suspicious when I started on "The Redbreast" and certain characters were alive who shouldn't have been! I checked out Jo Nesbo's official website and discovered that there are two more Harry Hole novels preceding these three, "The Batman" and "The Cockroaches". Do hope that they are translated soon as it is such a shame not to be able to read them in the correct running order. If you enjoyed Stieg Larsson you will love these books.
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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Dec. 2005
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Excellent book. Another excellent Scandinavian book. More colourful than a lot of these dour Scandinavian things, too: engaging, likeable Harry Hole is a step above Rebus, a step above Rebus. In the alcoholic stakes, he's probably only trumped by Robicheaux and then only just. He's a mess of a man who only survives in his job thanks to a boss who recognises his talent for what it is, and makes a pleasing change to all the antagonistic authority figures you normally see in novels like this.
Oslo makes for a good and unusual setting to the story, and Nesbo renders it atmospheriocally. The plot is clever, absolutely gripping, very well structured, and Nesbo handles everything very well indeed. Part of what makes this novel great is that this is never really the book, plotwise, that you think it is. It begins with a disappearance, morphs into an interesting serial killer novel, and over 100 pages from the end, when Hole aprehends the killer, it morphs into something quite different. Just when you think the book is winding down and surely can't have far to go, it kicks right off into a tense thriller. There's enough plot here for two good books, but Nesbo condenses it excellently into one. Yet again I look forward to reading even more from this new foreign writer.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Nick Proctor on 11 Feb. 2006
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A serial killer. An alcoholic cop in trouble with his superiors. Yes, the ingredients seem familiar, but Jo Nesbo's The Devil's Star rings a few changes and is an extremely promising introduction to Oslo detective Harry Hole. The solution to the story is all but unguessable and along the way Nesbo gives a refreshing insight into Norwegian society and creates a series of vivid character portraits that add considerable depth to what might have been formulaic material. I particularly liked the relationship between Hole and his nemesis Waaler, the latter a truly repellent character. The plotting is tight, with red herrings judiciously deployed, whilst throughout the writing is measured, sardonic, compelling. Often lurid, with the cast's sexual pecadilloes explored to telling effect, the next in the series cannot come too soon.
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