Phantom-Jo Nesbø

Phantom

Jo Nesbø

Knopf, Oct 2 2012, $25.95

ISBN: 9780307960474

 

Oslo Police Inspector Harry Hole fled to Hong Kong suffering from PTSD after the horrific Snowman serial case compounded by his debt.  However, he came home when Oslo Homicide Detective Kaja Solness needed his expertise on The Leopard case.  The damaged cop has no plans to stay or remain in Norway.

 

However recovering alcoholic Harry returns to Oslo from Hong Kong once again to help one of the few people he would come home for his estranged eighteen years old Oleg.  The police suspect the teenager killed Gusto Hanssen as each was employed by mysterious Dubai as street pushers of Violin, a synthetic heroin.  With covert help from his former peers, Harry investigates the Norwegian drug trade with ties to the police force of which he once was a member. 

 

The latest Harry Hole case is a fabulous thriller as the former cop escorts his audience around the lucrative drug trafficking in Norway.  However, the inquiry also enables readers to understand a core value of the mentally damaged former detective whose obsession with the truth supersedes his paternal instinct to protect his offspring.  Fans will relish Phantom as Harry’s latest return home is a winner.

 

Harriet Klausner

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