Last time I heard from you, you lost the woman you loved, her son who called you Dad and your middle finger. You quit Crime Squad forDear Harry Hole:
Last time I heard from you, you lost the woman you loved, her son who called you Dad and your middle finger. You quit Crime Squad for good, sulking from the trauma and devastation in your life caused chasing down that twisted Snowman. You moved to Hong Kong where you graduated at the top of your class from Jim Beam to heroin. No more serial killer hunts for you. Just smack, glass noodles and gambling on losing horses. The good life for someone who has given up on life.
Then this woman Kaja from Oslo Crime Squad shows up at you doorstep, pays your gambling debt and convinces you to come back to Oslo and chase down yet another Norwegian serial killer. How many could Norway have and why are their killings so over the top gruesome? What ever happened to just shooting them. Who knows and who cares. The fun is in the chase. You are one smooth operator Harry. Cool under pressure. You don't give a toss what your colleagues think of you or whether your boss throws you in jail. You have got to stop messing with the H Harry it makes you vulnerable.
You put together the clues peel back the layers to find the killer only to have more twist and surprises placed in your path. Nothing is ever straight forward in you life is it Harry? You dodge department infighting, avalanches, and trial by fire, volcanoes, bullets and the bite of a very bad apple. Don't mind the maggots.
Now you have faded in the sunset again back into your squalid corner of the world. But I know you will be back. There is always another nut job serial killer out there and who else can find them. And you know Rakel and Oleg need you. Don't wait too long Harry.
This book is about William Mandella and his military career. A career that last for centuries due to time dilation caused by his travels near the speeThis book is about William Mandella and his military career. A career that last for centuries due to time dilation caused by his travels near the speed of light to distant planets through worm-hole like devices called collapsars. Mandella spends a few years traveling to distant planets, fighting battles and when he comes home to Earth, decades have pasted. Yes, at last,a book that uses Einstein's relativity theory. Most soldiers don't survive the battles, a lot die in training on base. Space is a dangerous place to be with ice and low gravity. A miscalculation in the angle of travel in a collapsar and you are lost, maybe for good.
But Mandella survives and returns to a very different Earth that he can no longer adapt to so he reenlist and after a time decades become centuries on Earth's timeline and Mandella is promoted to Major and he will be in charge of soldiers that have not been born yet. The one person who is from his timeline and who is is lover, Marygay is promoted but sent to work on a different planet. This of course is devastating for Mandella because she will age differently due to the time dilation and he will probably never see her again. By this point in the book, the Earth is overpopulated and everyone except a few like Mandella are homosexuals. Being heterosexual gets Mandella tagged as "the old queer" by his troops. His soldiers hate him so much that when Mandella wants to join his troops and fight on the surface of a planet, his captain says no don't do it, they will kill you. And he is not referring to the enemy. Everyone looks alike due to the blending of the races. To further add to Mandella's isolation, the English dialect is so different, his soldiers have to learn 20th century English to speak to him. But his choices are to be a Major, isolated and hated by his troops or live on an ever more hostile, extremely dangerous and overpopulated Earth. Society has evovled and Mandella has to adapt.
I loved this book. I did not expect to love it so much. The descriptions of the hazards of training on a harsh planet covered in ice with endless possibilities of space suit malfunctions. The military encourages the soldiers to pick someone to sleep with because most likely you will die so enjoy yourself now. Don't jump to high in the low gravity or you may never come down. Hell lots of soldiers died even before they saw any battles. The battle plans, the weapon and ship descriptions and the fear of meeting an enemy and not knowing if their technology is ahead or behind yours because of the timeline. All done so well and Mandella who is not thrilled about war or being in command just makes the story so much more fun to read. Highly, highly recommended. ...more
I laughed my ass off. Yeah, just one more glass of water, just one more story. Anything to stay awake. Just go to bed kid. Reminded me of an episode oI laughed my ass off. Yeah, just one more glass of water, just one more story. Anything to stay awake. Just go to bed kid. Reminded me of an episode of Xena Warrior Princess when Cupid (played brilliantly by Karl Urban) said to a kid. When you grow up going to bed will have a totally different meaning. Makes me glad I don't have any kids....more
Excellent early Harry Hole detective mystery. Oslo policeman Harry Hole is given a promotion to detective due to a tragic mishap during an assignment.Excellent early Harry Hole detective mystery. Oslo policeman Harry Hole is given a promotion to detective due to a tragic mishap during an assignment. He is moved upstairs to work in POT (secret service) and he becomes entwined in crimes linked to racist skinheads and ultimately to WWII Norwegian volunteers soldiers who fought for Germany in the Eastern front. The story jumps back to the past from 1942 and and forward to the present 2000. Early on we have a good idea who the murderer but we do not know why and what ties the various murders together with the past. As first there was so much of this book devoted to the past I thought Harry would take a back seat in most of this book but Harry comes out strong in the second half of the book. Nicely woven together at the end. ...more
Stylish but so confusing. It took me forever to get through. I heard so many good things about it but ultimately I was so disappointed in this book whStylish but so confusing. It took me forever to get through. I heard so many good things about it but ultimately I was so disappointed in this book which is too bad because someone gave me a pile of this authors books. I was not interested or attached to any of the characters. Just wanted it to be over....more
Harry Hole is in the dog house again. Drinking all the time and disgraced to the point that he is about to be fired from the Oslo homicide departmentHarry Hole is in the dog house again. Drinking all the time and disgraced to the point that he is about to be fired from the Oslo homicide department when a serial killer is on the loose. Harry is the best expert Oslo has on serial killer if he can stay sober long enough to solve the case. Hole's old police foe Tom Waaler is in charge of a case where the murderer kills and clips off a finger. Harry believes that Waller is responsible for the murder of a beloved colleague Ellen but he can not prove it. It haunts him and he drinks all the time. Waaler reluctantly allows Harry some freedom to investigate and just when the killer is caught, well there are some surprises. The ending is never the ending. I give this book 3 1/2 stars. Not a too exciting mystery until the end when it redeems itself....more
This book is so chilling and uncomfortable to read it gives me goosebumps. It is 1962 Florence and Edward are virgin newlyweds on their honeymoon. FloThis book is so chilling and uncomfortable to read it gives me goosebumps. It is 1962 Florence and Edward are virgin newlyweds on their honeymoon. Florence is in love with Edward but she is repulsed by the idea of sex. She is English and gets her sex advice from outdated books. She is a victim of her time. An axe murderer showing in their hotel would not be as excruciating. The awkwardness of their sexual encounter makes you squirm. The disaster that follows and their scene on the beach changes their lives forever. Tragic and sad and so real. The failure to speak up has such tragic consequences. ...more
An incredible story of rebellion of Luna's native inhabitants (Loonies) against the oppressive Earth's management (Earthworms). Luna farms billions ofAn incredible story of rebellion of Luna's native inhabitants (Loonies) against the oppressive Earth's management (Earthworms). Luna farms billions of tons of grain for the people of earth but only by Earth's slave rules and low pay. Three Loonies, Manny O'Kelly Davis, Prof. de La Paz and Wyoh Knott organize a revolt lead by the invaluable guidance and help of Mike the computer. Mike tries hard to be human and is self aware. Political strategies are put in place and the stage is set for battle which is fought by the Loonies with Mike against Earth.
Loved the descriptions of Luna's lifestyle. The simple and complex marriages. The air locks and tunnel farming and disease free. Low crime and low gravity. The cultural mix of people all living in fear and hatred of the Warden and all things Earth. And no taxes. Take me there!
I loved the Luna dialect. It gave the book a sense of reality. My favorite thing was the discussion of political strategy to free the people from oppression and avoid war. And of course I fell in love with Mike the computer who could change personalities and adapt to different situations, make toilets flush backwards, create crank calls, shot rocks at earth with great precision and even be the leader of the colony, Adam Selene. And no one but Manny knew of his real capabilities. ...more
Ruth Rendell has made a long career out of writing about damaged people. They go about their lives doing things that are strange, sadistic and even crRuth Rendell has made a long career out of writing about damaged people. They go about their lives doing things that are strange, sadistic and even criminal but somehow they are undetected until they spiral out of control. In "A Sight for Sore Eyes" her lead characters are Teddy and Francine. Teddy is an ignored and unloved child from a lower class London family who lives in a filthy smoke filled home. He has no interest in anything until a neighbor shows him carpentry. As Teddy grows up he has dreams of becoming an artist but with no money and in danger of being thrown out of his home he has few options but he chooses murder to solve his problems.
Francine has suffered the childhood trauma of seeing her mother murdered as the age of six. Francine's father remarries the child psychologist Julia, he hires to help Francine. Instead of helping Francine Julia overprotects Francine to the point suffocation.
Francine meets Teddy at an art show and they are attracted to each other. A hookup made in hell. Teddy has his own twisted image of how he wants his life to be with Francine. She must wear dresses and he loves to wrap her in long pieces of silk and jewelery and just sit and watch her. He wants her to have a beautiful home and only Teddy as her friend. Yeah did I mention that Teddy is flat broke with no prospects and a dead body in the trunk of his car. Well Teddy will kill to get what he wants. A fun read with lots of horrible people and the good ones who could make a difference always away on business or on holiday. How convenient is that? I loved the ending with only the reader knowing the full truth. Nicely done!...more
This book was unreadable. The dialog is poorly written with each short sentence of dialog ending with said Reacher or said the sheriff. After a long iThis book was unreadable. The dialog is poorly written with each short sentence of dialog ending with said Reacher or said the sheriff. After a long interrogation of short sentences ending this way, I wanted to scream. It was as if it were made for a bad TV movie with a 1980's soundtrack. All characters were a stereotype in an almost too stiff of a cartoon way. I will not be reading any more from this author. ...more