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Dark, dismal and disappointing,
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This review is from: Phantom: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 7) (Kindle Edition)
After reading (and liking) all the previous Harry Hole novels, I found this one to be a disappointment. Well written and a carefully crafted 'crimmi', as always, but an unpleasant read. Necessarily dark, it becomes dreary and dismal after a while, and you long to slap the protagonists and tell them to sort themselves out - probably Nesbo's intention, actually. There is, unfortunately, a great deal of flashback from the point of view of the main murder victim, with whom it is imposibgle to empathise (again, Nesbo scores points), and this alternates with Harry's narrative (and occasional other unexpected points of view); this all becomes very irritating after a while. Likewise, Harry's constant morose nihilism has become a bore by now. His excruciating no-way-out predicament is successfully cringe-making, but he is one heck of an unlucky so-and-so: you'd think he'd have learned to avoid these situations by now, having encountered similar in previous outings. The denoument was predictable; and the conclusion (if it was indeed such) a damn relief after all that angst. Should Nesbo resurrect Harry for another outing, I shan't bother.