The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo
I can honestly say that I don’t think I have ever experienced a book with more twists and turns than The Devil’s Star. Every time I thought that I had it all figured out, I was thrown for a loop and clambering for more.
How is that for a rousing start to a review?
Harry Hole is an Oslo detective that is circling the drain. Alcoholism, a failed relationship, his partner murdered and just coming off a jag of trying to punish her killer, a dirty cop, Hole is that man that no one wants to be. Burned out? You bet. Still in the fight? Barely.
Hole is thrown into a serial murderer case by happenstance; he was the only one available when the first murder came to light. The murders all seem to be missing a finger and have diamonds left on their bodies in the shape of a star, the titular devil’s star.
While trying to stay out of the bottle, Hole has to keep his head up and his job long enough to find the killer. Not an easy job when at one point, the whole world seems to be looking for him, many of those people bad cops wanting to silence him.
My one gripe with this book, who in the heck names their great character Harry Hole? I know that it shouldn’t bother me, but the name does. It is like the poor guy never had a chance.
Jo Nesbo has sold more than one and a half million copies of his novels in his native Norway and I can see why. I want more of Nesbo and his unfortunately named detective. This just one book in the series with Hole, excuse me while I go order the others………