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Police: A Harry Hole Novel (Harry Hole #10)

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  8,587 ratings  ·  1,213 reviews
The police urgently need Harry Hole . . . A killer is stalking Oslo's streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical.

But this time, Harry can't help . . . For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. H...more
Hardcover, Deckle edge, 436 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Knopf (first published 2013)
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10 stars
Anyone who doesn't dare to stand up for justice should have a guilty conscience.

Police is a riveting follow up to Phantom, the previous novel in the Harry Hole series and seamlessly picks up where Phantom ended. Excerpt from the end of Phantom - (view spoiler)...more
T. Edmund
After Phantom's amazing twist-hanger I was almost delirious with glee and trepidation when I heard the next Harry Hole book Police was coming out.

So was my anticipation satisfied?

Yes - however not in the way I expected. Police is a weightier tome than other Hole novel's and thusly the length of the novel evokes tension as a slow-burn rather than a furious action packed feast. While perhaps less immediately exciting Nesbo plies us with a smorgasbord of corruption, deeply disturbing villains, and...more
Maine Colonial
Interesting plot line marred by too much gimmickry and manipulation

A killer is targeting police officers; specifically officers who were involved in the investigation of unsolved murders. The killer lures an officer to the scene of the previous crime and kills the cop in a way similar to the original murder. The investigators believe that if they can only figure out the killer's motive, maybe they can find this relentless killer, who has left them few, if any, other clues.

Meanwhile, a man lies i...more
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The rat bit once into the leather shoe. Licked the metal again, the salty metal that protruded between the two of the fingers on the right hand. Scrabbled up the suit jacket that smelled of sweat, blood and food, so many types of food that the linen material must have been in a garbage can. She ran up the arm, across the shoulder, stopped at a bloodstained bandage around the neck. Then she scuttled up the chest. There was still a strong smell coming from the two round holes in the su...more
Tony Nielsen
Jack Reacher versus Harry Hole. That's been a contest during my August reading, but sorry Mr Child, Jo Nesbo has blown you out of the water. I've been lucky enough to receive a preview copy of Police, the new Harry Hole story, and its a five star, no if's or but's. Nesbo is boxing very clever in Police, giving us leads that are really ruses, especially as regards the state of health or otherwise of Harry. In fact we have to wait until Chapter 18 to get a real sense as to Harry's inclusion in the...more
Karen Brooks
This is such a hard book to review because even the smallest detail about the content - the way the story unfolds (which can be very persuasive in a review) - runs the risk of spoiling what is an absolute cracker of an addition to the Harry Hole canon. All I can say is that the narrative didn't begin as I anticipated at all, even though it follows on from the events in the last book, The Leopard, and it’s this defying of expectations that sets the standard and pace for the rest of the tale. As P...more
Thinking about this book, the series and how it has evolved, I can't help contrasting it with the works of certain American "best seller" mystery/thriller authors whose series characters now lack the imagination, energy and complexity they showed in earlier books. "Police", Jo Nesbo's 10th Harry Hole book, takes the series and the genre itself, to a whole new level of non-formulaic excellence and establishes him on the cutting edge. Without giving away the plot lines, Nesbo has created an exotic...more
I hemmed and hawed over a 2 or 3 star rating, then eventually decided the excellent (view spoiler) deserved the third star.

Overall, this book showcases Nesbo's ability to manipulate multiple storylines and characters such that you're always kept guessing as to how it's all going to turn out. This time, though, I felt that the plot was wobbly around the edges, like he didn't quite have as firm a hold on those threads as he usually does. Some things I just didn...more
Nicola Mansfield
Wow. Wow. Wow. After Phantom, which left everybody wondering if it was the end of the Harry Hole series, I just didn't think Nesbo could ever outdo himself. But, my God, he has indeed done just that. What an absolutely thrilling, horrific serial killer story that both grips the reader with the actual case and progresses the stories of the running characters in this series, especially the troubled Harry Hole. I do admit I found the start a bit slow, I wondered when we were going to find out where...more
Sarah Darwin
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Marte Patel
Police, the tenth novel in the Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbø, was released here in Norway just after midnight on the 6th of June at a big launch event at an Oslo city centre bookshop. I work for the Education division of Nesbø's publishing house in Norway, Aschehoug, and got a free copy of the book at work and also got to attend the concert held in Harry Hole's honour on launch day. It's been really fun to experience this publishing event from the inside, and it's lovely to see so many people re...more
Tanja Berg
4* out of 5. Reviewing a book I read in Swedish by a Norwegian author in English feels silly, but I'm doing it anyway. It will be translated before long. I can't remember the last time I have been so impressed by a crime novel. *draws a blank* I am particularly surprised at how impressed I am because I wasn't really a Jo Nesbø fan. He just wrote mildly entertaining novels one notch above mediocre and is the most famous author in the country I live in, so of course I have to read him. But this, t...more
Luanne Ollivier
Jo Nesbo left us wondering at the end of the ninth book (Phantom) in his Detective Harry Hole series if there would be a tenth book. There is indeed - Police. I think it's the best one yet.

Quite frankly, it's one of the best detective stories I've read in a long time. Nesbo's plotting is spectacular. I really had no idea where the book was going to go. Suspects abound and deceit, lies and corruption are the order of the day from everyone - criminals and cops.

A mysterious unnamed man in a coma...more
Note: Absolutely no spoilers in this review!

This is the tenth novel in the Detective Harry Hole series. I can’t tell you much about the story at all, for fear of spoilers, but I can share my reaction to the book.

The only thing predictable about the book is its unpredictability. It’s almost as scary as it is surprising. My impressions and emotions were whipsawed around at a crazy pace that didn’t let up at all ... which is to say, not even at the end! The twists keep coming as the narrators keep...more
Nancy Oakes
Police is #10 in Nesbø's wonderful Harry Hole series, and by golly, it's a winner. I have read all but The Bat and Cockroaches from this series, but I don't know whether or not my guts have ever been so twisted while reading any Nesbø novel prior to this one. The suspense tempted me so many times to turn to the end, but to my credit, I didn't cheat.

From the very outset, the author delights in playing with your head. In a guarded hospital room, a man is laying in a coma. While he's hovering betwe...more
Mike Gabor
The police urgently need Harry Hole . . . A killer is stalking Oslo's streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical.

But this time, Harry can't help . . . For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves mo...more
Kenneth Fredette
This was a great book with many people that may find there way into another book. This is why people like Harry, he has many friends and foes that Jo finds the time to write about.
Terrible. I totally hate. Absolutely disgusting - waiting for the next books with Harry Hole that is, and how Nesbø can leave your heart beating "please don't let Harry die" for a whole year. Gasp. "Don't let Harry die" indeed. Oh yes, I'm referring to where Phantom left you breathless.

This continues from after where the last one left you hanging. Action. Twists and turns. Running around Oslo to catch a serial killer who's dispatching cops in many very cruel ways. Things tie together and solve,...more
Jul 12, 2014 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like smart thrillers
Recommended to Mark by: Goodreads
The new Nesbo is out and already it is eating into the time I need to sleep. The book is tough to put aside and do the mundane things life wants you to do like work, cook, clean and kids.

After Phantom everybody expected that the Harry Hole tales would be over and yet there is a new tale. This tale is about a murderer taking the lives of policemen at crimescenes of murders that never got solved.
This book is about stuff that did happen, the perception of what did happen.........but did that really...more
Really a 4.5, given a four as I think i'm getting a tougher marker in me ol' age & not like some folk who dish out 5's willy-nilly.

What can I say without giving anything away for those diehard fans who've got to the end of Phantom & still to read book 10?? There be some small SPOILERS AHEAD! Sorry cant be helped.

If your new to the Harry Hole genre I would suggest you STOP reading this review right now & go dig-out The Redbreast & we'll see you in ohhhhh say 2018(ish) at The Polic...more
Lou Robinson
I love a good Harry Hole, and was pleasantly surprised by the fact that it was already out as an airport exclusive paperback when we were at Heathrow last week. Couldn't pass that up, and of course as soon as I finished Human Remains, it was the first book I picked up of the small pile I brought on holiday.
It has all the elements of a solid Jo Nesbo. I did waver between 4 and 5*, was it really as good as The Snowman and Devil's Star. Maybe not quite...but still I enjoyed every page and was kept...more
Jo Nesbo manages yet again to make many events and characters twist and intertwine in such a tense, totally absorbingly skillful manner that it is hard to put down this or any Harry Hole book. Yet, having read HH for years, I felt this was more personal and more the Harry Hole from the early days back in full form. I appreciate this Harry better than the last three books and look forward to the next. Also The Cockroaches number two, to fully fill in the blanks. Won't dare any details as this sto...more
Gloria Feit
As Yogi famously said, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” That is the fundamental precept of this latest Harry Hole novel. The reader has to pore through red herring after false clue until reaching the end and discovering the identity of the real culprit. The basic plot is about a series of murders of policemen lured to a crime scene on the anniversaries of a murder and then killed. And the police force hasn’t a clue, including Harry’s group, who are operating not only without him, but also with no...more

With his main detective, Harry Hole, grievously injured in the previous book and his family in turmoil as a result, there are a lot of unknowns from the very start in this novel. Is Harry still alive? Why are police officers suddenly being killed? Will an ad hoc investigative team of Harry's old associates be able to crack the case?

I can't really give away any of the particulars, but suffice to say that Nesbro manages to create three or four possible suspects for these gruesome murders as the no...more
Jo Nesbo


Someone is reenacting unsolved murders and murdering the police who did not solve them...

My thoughts after reading this book...

I truly loved this book but it was not an easy book to read. It's a Norwegian translation...which was not a problem at all but what is a problem are all of the ethnic unusual names. I was able to get used to and remember them after a while but it was difficult at first. This is a Harry Hole novel. He is the super bad policeman who can pretty...more
Whew! I can finally breath now that I finished this book. The least third of the book was so intense I wish I had all the time in the world to finish in one gulp.

When I finished Phantom I went "What?" Jo Nesbo is willing to let his superstar detective die? At the ultimate peak of his writing career? He sure knows when to let go at the very best of time. And then I'd heard there's another book coming out. I have to say eventhough I was curious and thrilled that HH legend continues I was a little...more
Casee Marie
With the latest in his acclaimed crime drama series, Jo Nesbø resurrects everyone’s favorite Norwegian detective, Harry Hole, after a bleak and unsettling final twist in the previous book, Phantom. Now, a serial killer is loose in Oslo and targeting police offers at the scenes of unsolved crimes. As the bodies begin to pile up, an elite and covert group of specialists are forming under the nose of Oslo’s Crime Squad to put the pieces together and catch the killer. Among them are forensics specia...more
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.

At the end of Nesbo's last book, Phantom, a lot of us thought Harry Hole was dead. Since Police is being marketed with the tagline "a new Harry Hole novel", I don't think its too much of a spoiler to reveal that Hole is still alive... at least when Police starts.

There is a killer on the loose in Norway, and he seems to be targeting police officers. Is his motive revenge, hatred, or even love? The politicking at police headquarters impedes rather than advances th...more
4.5 stars, but for Jo Nesbo I will round up. If you've never read the Harry Hole books before, don't start with this one. Start with The Bat, or at least with The Redbreast.

You need to plow through a third of Police before you find out WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THE END OF PHANTOM. And if you read through this first third as frantically as I did, you may find yourself going back to re-read it a little more carefully because in your desperation to find out what happened to Harry, you skipped over too m...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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