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A Police Procedural That Expands the Boundaries of the Genre,
This review is from: The Devil's Star: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 3) (Mass Market Paperback)
"The hope of the righteous will be gladness,
But the expectation of the wicked will perish."
-- Proverbs 10:28
Before commenting on The Devil's Star, let me strongly urge you to read The Redbreast and Nemesis first. I have three reasons for providing that recommendation:
1. The Redbreast is a remarkably good novel.
2. The Devil's Star contains elements that build on parts of the earlier two books.
3. You won't read The Devil's Star as carefully as you should if you haven't yet become familiar with Mr. Nesbo's style.
If you haven't read the two earlier books, stop reading my review now.
The Devil's Star has many wonderful aspects including:
-- a fascinating serial killer mystery
-- powerful conflict between Harry Hole and Tom Waaler
-- great suspense to enliven what is otherwise mostly a police procedural
-- excellent thrills in several places
-- subtle clues that reward the careful reader with solutions
The Redbreast, Nemesis, and The Devil's Star make for one of the best detective trilogies that I've had the pleasure to read. The primary theme in The Devil's Star is redemption (overcoming past mistakes to follow the righteous path in the present), and I found the writing to be excellent and the character development of Harry Hole to be well above average. The backdrop of the earlier two books brings a color and tension to this book that almost makes it painful to read in places, so strong is the inclination to identify with Harry Hole's problems.
Go into the book with your usual expectations from a story like this, and I think you'll come away impressed with Mr. Nesbo's achievement.