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The Devil's Star (Harry Hole #5)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  25,088 ratings  ·  1,277 reviews
In the heat of a sweltering Oslo summer, a young woman is found murdered in her flat—with one of her fingers cut off and a tiny red star-shaped diamond placed under her eyelid. An off-the-rails alcoholic barely holding on to his job, Detective Harry Hole is assigned the case with Tom Waaler, a hated colleague whom Harry believes is responsible for the murder of his partner...more
Paperback, 452 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Harper Perennial (first published 2003)
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Felice
While a huge chunk of the planet has made Stieg Larrsson the new J.K. Rowling I have been attending a different church, The House of Jo Nesbo.

Harry Hole is Nesbo's man. He's a loner, he drinks, he's prickly, he doesn't like authority and cannot successfully sustain a romantic relationship. In other words he has all the attributes of the cliche copper according to detective fiction. What makes him different? Jo Nesbo. In another writer's hands Harry would be the any one of a thousand detectives...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
Nancy Oakes
Jo Nesbø is one of the best writers of Scandinavian crime fiction out there today.


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Set in Oslo, Devil's Star features Detective Harry Hole, whose life started zooming out of control when his friend and fellow detective, Ellen Gjelten was murdered while working a case. Harry has spent much of the time since in an alcoholic stupor, neglecting his work to try to catch Ellen's killer, and putting his personal life in the trash. He knows who murdered Ellen, but proving it is a w...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Excuse me while I put on a helmet and some body armor...see some of my friends here really like this book and this series, and some were apparently waiting to see what I was going to say.

Well, I wasn't overly thrilled with it. I mean how can a book about a serial killer leave me so...meah. First there's the protagonist, a worn out guy who does "his own thing no matter what it costs others". (That's a quote from the book.)

He goes along (till the climax of course) with the "go ahead and fire me" a...more
Will Byrnes
In Oslo, our hero, the very, very human Inspector Harry Hole, is trying to survive his alcoholism one day at a time, or is that one bottle at a time? But self-medicating against regular nightmares about horrific events in his past cannot kill the pain, or lessen his fears. His career is on the skids and his soul is under constant pressure from a dark-side member of the force. Hole’s obsession with work has alienated the woman he loves. His need to prove that a fellow cop is responsible for the d...more
Sasha
Norwegian author Jo Nesbø made a big splash now after Stieg Larsson successful "Millenium trilogy" became publishing phenomenon - since Larsson is sadly deceased,attention focused on another writer from the north of Europe and Nesbø is advertised as "new Stieg Larsson". Well,not exactly.

Apparently Nesbø already wrote a whole series of successful crimi novels so this is just one of them,however this was my first introduction to his writing and I must say that I find them incredibly slow and suffe...more
J.P.
Where would we be in detective fiction without these screwups in private life but brilliant investigators otherwise? Harry Hole when he isn’t investigating is seemingly either blotto or on his way to a bar. He’s always close to being fired for any number of reasons and he’s a ballbuster who nearly gives his boss an ulcer. Harry’s my kind of cop.
If this is a typical Jo Nesbø novel, sheesh have I waited too long before reading him. This is crime fiction at its best. The characters are brilliantly...more
Steve
Ouch, that was brutal (but that's the point, right)? First, if you don't know Harry Hole, do NOT start with this one. (Whether you try to read them in the order they were released in the US or in Europe - which, alas, is completely different - that's another story - but don't start with this one, which, arguably, is # 3 (US) or # 5 (Europe), but I can't confirm any of that). In any event, the whole cast (colleagues, friends, lovers, and those who are good, evil, and everything in between) is bac...more
Lakis Fourouklas
The publishers in the English speaking world are trying to promote Jo Nesbo, for obvious reasons, as the next Stieg Larsson. Well, that is, to say the least, ironic since the former came on the scene ten years earlier than the latter.
Anyway, let’s just skip that and focus on the novel at hand. The main protagonist here is Harry Hole, an alcoholic detective who’s spent most of his adult life making one mistake after the other. Now, exactly because of his intoxication he seems to be at the twilig...more
Aoife Kirkland
Jan 19, 2013 Aoife Kirkland rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Aoife by: A relative
After hearing so many good reviews and positive feedback about this book, I was quite excited to read it. I was quite disappointed. I only got about three quarters of the way through. I couldn't stick through to the end!
Whilst the plot itself isn't a bad one, the book itself is painfully slow. The scenes are quite choppy with new and insignificant characters being added randomly through out the book. It didn't flow smoothly as every time a new minor character was added we would be given a small...more
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Paola
Niente niente male il Nesbo. Lessi Nemesi qualche tempo fa piaciuto anch'esso assai (a parte i refusi e la scarsa cura dell'edizione).
Anche questo suo si legge che é un piacere, la qualità della scrittura però non é omogenea, ci sono picchi e ci sono zone piatte, ma insomma non si può avere tutto dalla vita.
E' comunque un bel thriller ben costruito, avvincente, che non ti fa rimpiangere le ore che gli hai dedicato a leggerlo. E con i tempi che corrono non é cosa da poco.
Melissa
Waaler, you're going down.

And go down he did, or at least part of him. This is the best of the Harry Hole books for my money. The last 40 pages are exquisite, very taut & tense & exciting. The killer reveal seems kind of implausible, but it hinges on a detail that's so gross & off the wall, I'm willing to be forgiving just because Nesbo actually went there. And Waaler gets his in a suitably gruesome way. Hooray for vengeance!
Erik
Excellent. Brisk, dark, suspenseful to the end.
Larraine
If you enjoy crime fiction, you know that most of today's writers have one or more series based on a particular character. In so many cases, the books build on one another. When I start a new author with the newest book, inevitably there are a lot of questions in my mind. The fact that I started with his third book (at least in translation) didn't diminish my enjoyment. Reading Nesbo is something of a challenge. He's probably one of the most cerebral crime writers I've read. There's a lot going...more
Stuart
The Devil's Star: This was a great book. I started it and finished it within 24 hours. I had never read anything by Jo Nesbo before, but he was recommended for those who, like me, enjoy the works of Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson. First, I’d like to give great kudos to the translator (Don Bartlett). I wondered if the book was written in English, so natural and colloquial was the writing, even down to etymology of “nightmare”.
The book starts well, with descriptions of water running through an...more
Lance Charnes
Oct 24, 2012 Lance Charnes rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jo Nesbo completists
The Devil’s Star is Jo Nesbø’s fifth Harry Hole novel, the first translated into English, and the second I’ve read. Like all noir, it wallows in the seamy underside of society, in this case Norway’s. It’s remarkable that residents of the safest societies on the planet can cook up stories this dark and nasty and heroes this damaged and dysfunctional.

Nesbø is a solid craftsman; his prose is clean and atmospheric, he draws characters well, his stage management is competent and unobtrusive. Several...more
William Bentrim
The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo

This is a complicated mystery. The fact that it was translated from the Norwegian did not help matters. A serial murder is tracked by an alcoholic cop with one foot in the grave. The murders are almost a subplot to the self redemption of Harry Hole, the alcoholic cop.

Complicated, convoluted, intricate and compelling all describe this story. I had trouble getting into it. I persevered and am glad I did so. Harry Hole is not terribly likeable but he is brilliant and in...more
Cathy DuPont
Yahoo! Another of the dynamite, curious, loner Harry Hole book finished. My friend Harry R. said I have to read him, Jo Nesbo and his character, Harry Hole.

I did not think, seriously, didn't think I would like Harry Hole. Put me in the Caribbean, the South Seas, Hawaii, anywhere there is beach and palm trees and I'm happy. But cold, dreary weather, not so happy. Hole is in Oslo, Norway! Where it's a heat wave at 77 degrees F.

But after reading Harry R.'s first review, I thought...ok, Harry, my f...more
Mark
Apr 17, 2014 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of great policiers
Another great read from the adventures of that self-destructive police-officer Harry Hole.

When the story starts Harry Hole is drunk and about to get fired from the policeforce. After his last case he has lost faith in the police and his girlfriend has lost faith in him.
When he gets assigned a murder investigation with Tom Waaler he does his best to get out of it, because he considers his collegue a murderer himself.
When he gets assigned another case while working his last days the first case get...more
Eric_W
I did not realize when I started this book that it was fifth in a series of ten, so far. While it does stand alone, I think I would recommend reading them in order.

Detective Inspector Harry Hole has been on a drunken bender for several weeks. Having been obsessed with the idea that a fellow cop, Tom Waaler, is corrupt and had killed two people in order to hide his activities, he had come to the conclusion that he was stymied and unable to take the case further. He has but one ally in the police...more
Helaine
After reading the first five of Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole series, I guess its time to write a review. Nesbo's writing style takes a major leap between the first two books in the series and those that follow. His stories become more complex and compelling (to the point that you must pick up the next book when you finish the previous one). Harry's personal story of alcoholism and crushed relationships is the emotional foil to all the technical detecting, blood and suspense. Sometimes that personal sto...more
Natacha Martins
Não conhecia este autor nórdico, Jo Nesbø mas fiquei agradada. Embora os policiais não sejam o meu género de eleição, gosto de os ler e tenho gostado especialmente dos que nos chegam vindos do norte. Não sei se é da escrita mais crua, a menor fantasia, não sei, mas identifico-me mais com estes do que com os americanos, por exemplo. :)
Este não foi a excepção, bem escrito com uma história bem estruturada e suportada.

Senti o típico desconforto causado pelo facto de, de certa forma, estar a entrar a...more
Bonnie Brody
Apr 07, 2010 Bonnie Brody rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bonnie by: Goodreads


I received this book from Goodreads and am so thankful that I did! Jo Nesbo has written a real winner in The Devil’s Star. What a great read this is with fleshed-out characters, both likable and repellent, a complex mystery and an even more complex sub-mystery. The dialog is crisp and convincing. Everything moves along briskly. There is a web of interwoven trails and false leads. Harry Hole is the protagonist, an alcoholic cop in Olso obsessed with avenging the death of his partner to the point...more
Sally906
Harry Hole is a detective in Oslo, Norway. He is an alcoholic and is about to be sacked from the Police Force as a result. It is summer, and the police numbers are down as everyone has gone on holidays. When a woman is found murdered – Harry’s boss has no choice but to call Harry in to assist with the investigation. However Harry has a problem (other than the alcoholism) the man leading the investigation is Tom Waaler, and Harry believes that Tom murdered his former partner. It is this belief th...more
Toni Osborne
Book 3, in the Harry Hole series

This captivating Scandinavian crime fiction is an excellent police procedural with a great plot that deals with a Norwegian serial killer and a tormented alcoholic protagonist who is about to lose his job and along with it, his relationship and his sanity.

It opens with a serial killer on the loose in Oslo. The killer cuts off his victims’ fingers and leaves a tiny five corner red diamond shaped star as his signature.

This very sophisticated plot with many interest...more
Luanne Ollivier
I read my first Jo Nesbo book a couple of years ago (The Redeemer) and absolutely loved his recurring character - Detective Harry Hole. Nesbo is a an award winning Norwegian writer whose books are making a splash in North America as well.


The Devil's Star opens with a deliciously drawn scene that starts the book in a most unexpected way. With no one else to call on, Inspector Moller sends Harry Hole to the scene - it looks like a minor incident. It turns out to be anything but....


Seemingly random...more
Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
“The Devil’s Star” by Norwegian author Jo Nesbø is the third in the Harry Hole series. This novel was published in Norway in 2003, but just recently arrived in the USA.

A serial killer is on the loose in Oslo. The killer cuts off his victims’ fingers and leaves a tiny five corners red diamond shaped like star. Oslo police officer Harry Hole

tries to catch the killer before he kills again, all the while battling corruption within the Oslo police force and his own demons.

The Devil’s Star” by Jo Nesb...more
Mor
Харри Холе уходит в затяжной запой, потому что с Ракель дела идут так себе. Она восхитительная женщина, но Холе - чокнутый коп, призрак семейной жизни летит к черту, он пьет, как сумасшедший, сидя в засранной по уши квартире, а на столе начальника, который вечно прикрывает Харри, появляется заявление об отставке. Кажется, что с Харри покончено - он никак не может доказать, что Волер убил его напарницу, это стало навязчивой идеей, ему снова снятся кошмары. А меж тем в городе появляется маньяк, уб...more
Tony
Nesbo, Jo. THE DEVIL’S STAR. (2003; Eng. Ed. 2010). ****. This is another fast-paced crime novel from this Norwegian author who seems to be gathering quite a crew of fans throughout the world. It’s the third Harry Hole episode to come out in English, and, presumably there are more in the works. Harry Hole is a wreck. He is obsessed about the killing of a former woman police officer who was his partner. He believes that one of his coworkers on the force was behind it and did it to protect his sid...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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“To have the chance of being loved we have to take a chance on being destroyed inside” 17 likes
“It was as if the demise of the owner had lent the flat a physical void it hadn't had before. At the same time he had the feeling that he wasn't alone. Harry believed in the existence of the soul. Not that he was particularly religious as such, but it was one thing which always struck him when he saw a dead body: the body was bereft of something...the creature had gone, the light had gone,there was not the illusory afterglow that long-since burned-out stars have. The body was missing its soul and it was the absence of the soul that made Harry believe.” 6 likes
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