Fans of the Harry Hole (that’s pronunced Hoo-leh by the way) series will be pleased to see the return of this dark and dysfunctional detective. This long running Oslo based crime series goes from strength to strength with this new work, the twelfth in the series. The glimmer of hope offered to Hole in the previous novel is cruelly extinguished by forces beyond his control, leaving him an inebriated depressive mess (again!). As usual he is surrounded by an interesting cast of supporting players who attempt to provide a survival network as he tries to chase down an old adversary from his past. There is the usual plethora of red herrings and misdirections which make these five hundred pages of Scandinavian angst fly by on the way to an unexpected yet satisfying climax This obsessive character continues to engage in this well thought out and cleverly paced novel. It’s a long book, laden with back-story and many characters, but it never feels ponderous, and once it draws you in you can’t put it down. As Hole says near the end ‘It’s up to you how much you want to know.’
Length of Read:Long
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Scandi – noir, crime thrillers. ‘I haven’t lost everything’ says Hole at one point ‘I still have my anger’. Indeed he does, and the somewhat ambiguous ending suggests there may yet be more to come for this tortured character.
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I’d be interested to hear what Afterworders based in that general part of the world make of this big selling author.