The Devil’s Star-Jo Nesbo

The Devil’s Star

Jo Nesbo

Harper, Mar 10 2010, $25.99

ISBN: 9780061133978

Oslo police detective Harry Hole drowns his greatest professional and personal failures with alcohol.  He tried to persuade his superiors that Detective Tom Waaler killed Harry’s police partner Ellen Gjelten (see The Redbreast), but no one believed him; Harry also believes the dirty cop sells weapons on the streets.  On the personal front, he has been inept in connecting with his girlfriend and her son.

Ironically, Chief Inspector Bjarne Moller teams up Hole and Waaler on the murder investigation of Camilla Loen whose finger was removed and a devil’s star shaped diamond jammed under her eyelid.  Harry is assigned a missing person’s case that soon ties back to the Loen murder.  Those corpses are followed by similar bodies as Hole realizes a serial killer is on theloose.

The third Hole Norwegian police procedural is a great whodunit as the hero struggles to sober up in order to work the case ALONG side his Nemesis.  The story line is fast-paced from the onset and never slows down as Harry struggles in all aspects of his life except investigating a homicide.  Sub-genre fans will relish his latest caseload on and off the job.

Harriet Klausner

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