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Phantom (Harry Hole #9)

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Following from Jo Nesbø's electrifying international best-sellers The Snowman and The Leopard, now comes Phantom, which plunges the brilliant, deeply troubled, now former police officer Harry Hole into a full-tilt investigation on which his own tenuous future will come to depend.

When Harry left Oslo again for Hong Kong—fleeing the traumas of life as a cop—he thought he was...more
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Knopf (first published 2011)
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Miles
How on earth do I do justice to a book of this magnitude, the simple and honest answer is I cannot, I’m not even going to try. Phantom is a terrific novel, one that will keep you turning the pages and on the edge of your seat from the very first moment you pick up the book right up until the powerful ending, the author placing you smack bang in the middle of a city torn by drug addiction, murder and corruption - politicians and policeman alike. Trust is at a premium and betrayal the key word of...more
Nancy Oakes
I'd quite forgotten how tense I get while reading one of Nesbø's Harry Hole novels; a little while into the novel upon Harry's return to Oslo and it all came back to me. Harry is a character I've become rather attached to over the years, but I've also become used to things not going so well for him over the course of the series. Phantom is the ninth installment of this series and the seventh to be translated into English; if you've been a faithful follower of Nesbø's novels, you definitely do no...more
Anna
Really, really good.
If you haven't read any Harry Hole books yet, do yourself a favor, and read them in order. The people and the places and things that happen or have happened will make much more sense that way. The first two books of the series have not yet been translated in English (hopefully soon though), so for the English language readers, this is the correct way to proceed (so far): The Redbreast -> Nemesis -> The Devil's Star -> The Redeemer -> The Snowman -> The Leopard...more
Harry
Here's the thing about the recent popularity of Scandinavian writers and if you're a Nordic Thriller aficionado you couldn't care less about the distinction: the novels are depressed, somber, filled with ennui, a lack of humor, with flawed characters if not suffused with a strong tendency towards determinism; in short, whether you're reading Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell, or Jo Nesbo you are likely reading Literary Naturalism. If you live in Scandinavia you might consider this par for the cours...more
Kathy
OMG!!!
Can't really comment without spoiling the book. But it's terribly good.
Emily
I thought this book was brilliant and couldnt't put it down. I've read all the Harry Hole books and enjoyed them all but I blasted through this one in about 48 hours! I thought that I had it all worked out, but Jo Nesbo continues to surprise and lay red herrings to trick you!

I found the general story about drug users and the whole importing/exporting/selling thing very interesting and liked how some of the narrative was from a dead character!

This is a book that will haunt you for a long time af...more
Karen
Such a good book but only because I've read all the previous Harry Hole books so I know the back story which is REALLY important...
FUCKING CLIFFHANGER!!!!!
Carol
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April
I just finished this. I don't know what to say. I'm a blown away. I want friends to hurry up and read this book so we can discuss it. Lord have mercy, that was intense!

I have made no secret of my love for Nesbo, but he has outdone himself with this novel. It starts like any other of his awesome books, but by the halfway point, you realize you are in for a ride. He keeps answering the questions you thought you had.....but you still have 100 pages left. Well, that's because there are questions you...more
Lukasz Pruski
"Phantom" is the ninth novel in Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole series, and his sixth book I have read. Unfortunately, I find it a big disappointment. The usual macho, hard-boiled, and brutal style is ok. Harry being a virtual superman is not a problem. "Phantom" pushes the believability boundaries too far, though. Let me just quote a scene where Harry cuts the throat of someone who is cutting his throat.

There is way too much action. Too many twists and turns. There are too many characters. Not enough tho...more
Joe Maguire
Harry Hole is back in the ninth book of the series. First off, if you haven't read the series so far, don't start here. Knowledge of the back-story is critical to this book so go back and start at the beginning of the series and watch Harry develop along the way; you'll be glad you did. On the other hand, if you have been reading the series this is one you will not want to miss.

So Harry has been away from Norway for three years after the events of The Leopard in an effort to get himself together...more
Noeleen
Phantom by Jo Nesbo is the 7th Harry Hole book to be translated into English and the 9th in the entire Harry Hole series.

Following on from The Leopard and after three years spent in Hong Kong, Harry returns to Oslo where he takes it upon himself to investigate the murder of a drug addict and drug pusher, Gusto. Unfortunately, Oleg, the son of Rakel (Harry's love interest) has been charged with the murder. No longer a policeman, Harry takes it upon himself to investigate the murder and so introdu...more
Doreen
Whew! What a roller coaster ride! For all fans of Harry Hole and Jo Nesbo, this is a must-read.

Harry returns to Oslo from Hong Kong after a three-year absence. Oleg, the son of Rakel (Harry's one, true love), has been charged with the murder of Gusto Hanssen, a drug user who was also Oleg's friend. Although no longer a police officer, Harry sets out to investigate the case against his surrogate son; this investigation soon leads to the discovery of other criminal activity. In particular, Harry t...more
Trish
Harry Hole just keeps coming back. It reminds me a little of a Monty Python script…this time he has a facial scar and a titanium finger but he is sober and ready for more. Oslo has changed and not: there is a beautiful new Opera House but street drugs are still ubiquitous. This has to be one of the best of the series so far—Harry manages to save himself from drug lords using his titanium finger in one instance, and an empty bottle of Kentucky Bourbon in another.

Harry fills out his photo album wi...more
Tony Nielsen
I'm the self-appointed Jo Nesbo ambassador for New Zealand so I've been looking forward to his latest Harry Hole episode. And it was every bit as good as I'd hoped, the only downside was that I read it quickly and I didn't want it to end. What a dilemma. The Phantom finds Harry returning to Norway from Hoong Kong, fitter, healthier and wealthier after his departure three years previously after the travails of the Leopard and before that the Snowman. This time Harry is back because Rakel's son Ol...more
Lucy
This is the third Jo Nesbo Harry Hole thriller that I have read and, like the others, once I started I was unable to put it down! It follows on from the Snowman, though could be read as a stand alone novel. A darkly fascinating insight into the narcotics underworld of Oslo, it is at times very graphic but this is within the context of the novel. Pretty disturbed by the ending, I immediately logged on to purchase the next book in the series!
Highly recommended if you like a page-turning, edge of y...more
Mal Warwick
Here’s what’s in store for you if you read Phantom or any other of Jo Nesbo’s engrossing Harry Hole novels:

maddening suspense;
several confusing plots and subplots that collide and intersect with abandon and only make sense as the end approaches;
an alcoholic, self-hating detective (Harry) who is perversely attractive because he’s so bloody brilliant;
lots of violence, much of it directed at Harry;
many characters with strange Norwegian names;
insightful sketches of people worthy of a clinical psycho...more
Simon Gosden
Harry Hole is back in a superb crime thriller set once again in Oslo. Arriving from Bangkok, Harry finds himself trying to find out who killed the junkie his son has been charged with murdering. This convoluted and atmospheric tale involves Russian gangsters, sexy sirens and a lot of bloodshed and grief. A stunning novel....
Kate
After reading The Leopard and The Snowman, both featuring Harry Hole, I was really looking forward to this new offering from Jo Nesbo. Initially I found it intriguing; who starts a book from the point of view of a rat and actually manages to twist it into a great revelation come the conclusion of the book?
But, as I read on, I had mixed feelings about Phantom. I love Harry as a character, but the whole drugs theme isn’t really something that appeals to me. I didn’t find it anywhere near as engagi...more
Mary Manahan
SPOILER ALERT...

I feel like I'm in mourning. I will miss Harry Hole, but look forward to the Cohen brothers' depiction of him in future movies (as they bought the rights to the series), especially The Snowman.

Phantom has so many twists and turns and plots and subplots, it will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end. Not as gory as The Snowman, Phantom takes a close look at Oslo's drug culture and the psychological make-up of dealers, abusers, cops, and Harry's own relationship with addi...more
Carol
The best of the Harry Hole novels. Oleg, the son of his former girlfriend Rakel, is arrested for murder of a drug dealer and Harry returns from Hong Kong to investigate. Sober and cleaned up, longing for Rakel the love of his life, Harry is still fighting against his love for Jim Beam. The story is told from two viewpoints: a third person narrative and by the dying junkie Gusto, whose entire story is told during the duration of chiming church bells. Old characters from previous novels (Redeemer,...more
Tony
PHANTOM. (2012). Jo Nesbo. ****.
This is Nesbo’s latest installment in his Harry Hole detective series. He is his usual gritty self as he finds himself back in Norway from his current job in Hong Kong to prove the innocence of his son who has been accused of murder. It seems that there is a new drug on the scene: violin. It is stronger than heroin and cheaper, but does not lead to overdoses and subsequent deaths. Hole thought that he would be in Hong Kong forever, working for the head of a carte...more
Patrick O'Neil
Okay, Stieg Larsson's deceased, the Millennium series trilogy is over, been read a long time ago, and all that "lost book" crap has thankfully been forgotten – but there's a void still here, rife for the next "International Bestseller." And then up pops another Nordic author, only this time he's Norwegian. But what's the difference to American readers? Hell most of them don't know a fjord from Aebleskiver, as their vision of one barren snow covered wasteland looks pretty much the same as the nex...more
Steve
I was a huge fan of Redbreast, the first book that I read by Jo Nesbo. I also very much enjoyed the next three books translated into English, Nemesis, The Devil’s Star and The Redeemer. I thought that The Snowman and The Leopard were too much over the top and “Hollywood” in nature (proof in point: Martin Scorsese has been signed up to direct Snowman, the first Harry Hole novel to be brought to the screen). I also thought that Headhunters was a disappointing read (the movie was very good, but tha...more
Kellyann Zuzulo
I've never been disappointed with any of the Harry Hole books by Jo Nesbo and this no exception. The writing is classic Nesbo; spare, direct, and perfectly woven to keep the tension going until the end. I think he did something new here with a couple of scenes told from the perspective of a rat. That was interesting and actually pivotal to the ending, though I don't think a less experienced writer could have pulled it off.

Harry returns to Norway to investigate whether Oleg, the son of his true...more
Barbara Tiede
I could kick myself for reading this book out of sequence. That said, it’s one of Nesbo’s best. Harry Hole returns to Oslo from Hong Kong after a three-year absence when Rakel’s son, Oleg, is charged with the murder of Gusto Hanssen, a drug dealer and user who was also Oleg's friend. Although no longer a police officer, Harry sets out to investigate the case against his surrogate son, and the investigation soon leads to the discovery of other criminal activity. In particular, Harry tries to iden...more
David Lowther
I'm a big fan of Jo Nesbo and have read all of the Harry Hole thrillers except The Bat. I think all of us expect incredibly dark thrillers from the Nordic Noir genre but this, for me, went too far. The novel was utterly depressing and was littered with cliches; Russian gangsters, bent cops etc. Poor old Harry. He's returned from a cushy life in the Far East, has managed to stop drinking and yet he's drawn back to Oslo to solve a particularly personal case. Oslo, what a terrible place; crime ridd...more
Alyson Dickerman
I love Nesbo. There is a terribly gritty reality to his novels that makes reading them satisfying as well as troubling. I love that. Harry Hole is, by far, my favourite detective ever. I love that he is so wildly imperfect and that he knows it. I love that he struggles with demons that could be tired old tropes in the hands of a less talented writer, but in the hands of Nesbo make Hole bleed reality.

I loved this book. There are so many surprises that I don't think I can write a review without sp...more
Kevin
This is a long book and most Harry Hole afficianados (and I am not one!) would probably advise that the other books in the sequence should be read first - which is maybe where I went wrong. The first third of the book was spent updating on the characters from earlier novels.

There is a good book in here somewhere - it is deftly written and the plot unfolds nicely. The general Oslo location is nicely described and there are some fun characters and peppy dialogue. But Harry Hole's exploits and enco...more
Robert Intriago
The best one since "The Devil's Star" I was disappointed with his last book "The Leopard", but this one makes up for it. Harry returns from Hong Kong after a three year absence. He has cleaned himself up and is asked by his previous love, Rakel, to investigate a crime that her son, Oleg, has been accused of.

The book is packed with action and violence. There are crooked policemen, drug users and dealers and the assorted types of characters that Nesbo always includes in his narratives. The differe...more
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Jo Nesbø is a bestselling Norwegian author and musician. He was born in Oslo and grew up in Molde. Nesbø graduated from the Norwegian School of Economics with a degree in economics. Nesbø is primarily famous for his crime novels about Detective Harry Hole, but he is also the main vocals and songwriter for the Norwegian rock band Di Derre. In 2007 Nesbø also released his first children's book, Dokt...more
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