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A police procedural, somewhere between Inspector Rebus and Lisbeth Salander (which is only appropriate given the Norwegian setting); a very vivid evocation of ordinary people in a small, cold country trying to grapple with extraordinary and awful things. I hadn't realised that this was the fourth novel in a series, so in fact the protagonist, Harry Hole, comes with some baggage from previous books which here comes back to bite him. The killer is horribly violent, and the plot has plenty of twists, though none of them feels unfair to the reader. As good as I had hoped.

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mcbadger
Mar. 6th, 2014 08:46 pm (UTC)
For some reason the first Harry Hole book, The Bat, was only very recently translated into English.
So, by starting now, you had the chance to read them all in order, and you blew it ;)

Joking apart, three of the books are tied together - Redbreast, Nemesis, and The Devil's Star - by a villain who's first revealed in Redbreast. You should definitely read those in order.
inulro
Mar. 7th, 2014 08:45 am (UTC)
The only one of Nesbo's books I've read was The Redbreast.

It was flawed (can't remember how) but thoroughly enjoyable. I've meant to pick up the others but, well, there's a lot of things on that list.
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