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Product details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (3 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099546760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099546764
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (313 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The next Stieg Larsson" (Independent)

"Nesbo sets a cracking pace... A series of spectacular plot twists leads to a thrilling finale. Highly recommended" (Guardian)

"Compelling... Shocking and surprising...expertly paced" (The Times)

"Many authors know how to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Jo Nesbo's one of the few who keeps them there" (Lindwood Barclay)

"An astonishingly confident debut. The Devil’s Star scores with an intriguing plot and Nesbo’s mastery of pace and tension" (The Times)

About the Author

Jo Nesbø is a musician, songwriter, economist and author. His first crime novel featuring Harry Hole was published in Norway in 1997 and was an instant hit, winning the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel (an accolade shared with Peter Høeg, Henning Mankell and Karin Fossum). Another of the series was recently voted best Norwegian crime novel of all time by Norwegian readers. The Devil's Star is the first of his novels to be translated into English

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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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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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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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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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this book isnt the first book of harry hole. it is the 3rd according to his own website. Why then are the first two missing? I was looking on kindle so not sure about paperbacks but amazon have got this one wrong, and not for the first time.
I suggest checking author sites before buying and if needbe, buy elsewhere to get the missing novels first.
This series are as follows -

The batman
The cockroaches
The redbreast
Nemesis
The devils star
The redeemer
The snowman
The leopard

get it right amazon !!!!!
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Of the crime novels I have read in the last year this was my favourite and this includes offerings from Hennig Mankell,John Harvey,both books by that Icelandic bloke,Michael Connelly and Minette Walters.I was surprised that I would warm to a character with the name Harry Hole,( is this a strange translation of a Norwegian name?) but as a dysfunctional character he beats the hell out of Wallander or Rebus.

I liked the book so much that I was almost beside myself with excitement when I found what I thought was the sequel in the form of The Redbreast.It was a big disappointment to discover that allthough this book was printed after Devils Star it is in fact the first book. So if you are new to Jo Nesbo please read Redbreast first and you wont be disappointed.
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