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(Harry Hole #9)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  38,402 ratings  ·  2,518 reviews
Harry Hole kommer tilbake fra Hong Kong etter tre år og melder seg på Politihuset. Han vil etterforske et typisk, nedprioritert og til og med allerede oppklart drap i narkomiljøet. I Oslo er antall gjenger og heroinsalget sterkt redusert etter innsatsen til den nye sosialbyråden i samarbeid med den nye sjefen for Orgkrim, Mikael Bellman, Harrys rival fra Panserhjerte. Men ...more
Hardcover, First edition, 456 pages
Published June 9th 2011 by Aschehoug
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Julie In my opinion, yes. In the next book, the serial killer (yes, another serial killer in Oslo) story is just okay, but the continuing saga of Harry, his…moreIn my opinion, yes. In the next book, the serial killer (yes, another serial killer in Oslo) story is just okay, but the continuing saga of Harry, his girlfriend and her son makes for an even better read.(less)

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Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Glenn Sumi
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-usa-can-uk
A slow-burning, impeccably plotted thriller featuring Nesbo’s gruff, tough, haunted and incredibly resourceful ex-cop detective, Harry Hole.

After three years in Hong Kong (for an explanation of the gnarly scar on his face see the previous book, The Leopard), Harry returns to Oslo because Oleg, his ex-wife Rakel’s son (whom he helped raise), has been arrested in a drug-related murder. Turns out there is a highly pure form of heroin on the streets called violin, and Oleg was involved in its distri
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Phantom is my third exposure to Harry Hole (after The Snowman and The Leopard), and it continues to impress. This time, the crime hits close to home because someone Harry cares about is being accused of murder, and Harry is their last chance at freedom.

Harry is as flawed a detective as ever, trying to stay sober and escape the ghosts of his past, while being as sharp and clever as he's ever been. There are so many twists and turns in this book, and it's fun to follow Harry as he comes to his co
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
James Thane
At the conclusion of the last book in this series, The Leopard, Harry Hole, no longer on the Oslo police force, retreated to Hong Kong where he built a new life. But three years later, his past calls him home. Oleg, the son of his former lover, Rakel, has been arrested for allegedly killing a drug dealer who was also his friend and the foster brother of the young woman that Oleg loved. The evidence seems incontrovertible, but Harry comes back to Norway in an effort to prove that Oleg is not guil ...more
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving this one four stars because although it finished superbly it started very slowly and for the first third of the book I was thinking it was not very good. But then it got going and positively rampaged towards a shocking finale. I'm still not sure quite what to make of such an amazing cliff hanger. I may just have to dash out tomorrow and buy the next book to see what happens. I am so glad that I have read all the Harry Hole books in order because the way they have developed is so good. ...more
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 -> Phantom.

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
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had to finish it. It was truly compelling and I was losing sleep. I have traveled to some dark places with Harry, however this was the darkest yet and tore my heart in two. Marvelous narration by Robin Sachs.

Favorite passages:

"Like a hostile armada the ominous grey clouds came rolling over Oslofjord at 4 o'clock."

"For our brains are always willing to let emotions make decisions, always ready to find the consoling answers our hearts need."

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
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Harry Hole is back from Hong Kong, and with enough skeletons to fill a dozen cupboards. True to form - rebellious, moral but not upstanding, addict, psychotic - a photofit fictional bad boy cop.

Harry has come back to try to get his ex girlfriends son out of jail. Oleg has gone feral, and is now a junkie who lies, steals and deceives to get his next fix. But surely not a murderer. Harry part blames himself of course.

Cue a helter skelter journey into the Oslo demi monde, dealers and junkies, villa
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Can't really comment without spoiling the book. But it's terribly good.
Mark Harrison
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nesbo is one of the giants of crime fiction. This is brilliant. Harry Hole returns from three years in Hong Kong to try and help the son of his main who is accused of murder. Working outside the police Harry battles the major new players in the Oslo drugs scene, his personal demons, police corruption and the terrible things drug addiction can lead to. Totally compelling, very dark but superb from beginning to the shocking twists at the end. Best book of the 70 read this year.
Alex Cantone
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, read-2019, noir
‘Norway is a little fairy-tale land...the real world is driven by those who want power and those who want money. The first want a statue, the second enjoyment. And the currency they use when negotiating with each other to get what they want is called corruption.’

Harry Hole returns to Oslo after 4 years in Hong Kong, drawn by the news that Oleg, teenage son of his former lover, Rakel, is on remand for the shooting of another teenage drug dealer based on forensic evidence, though the youth claims
Harry Hole is pulled back into the crime solving world after hearing news that his ex-girlfriend’s son has been accused of murder.

P.S. You have to say the word murder all doomsday like in your head to get the full effect of that sentence.

In this exciting installment he is back at it again; slayer of murderers, drinker of booze and now he can add defender of accused. I’m going to go short and sweet with this one since it is mentally blocking me from reviewing anything after it. It’s not that
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ninth book in the Harry Hole series. Once again a good solid page turner albeit filled with cliches. I liked the endurance of Harry Hole in surviving so many cliff hangers and this one has a doozy at the end.

Back in Oslo to save Rakel’s son Oleg from being convicted of killing his friend Gusto. Who tells his side of the story as a ghost. Violin, opioids and an empire of drug dealing in Oslo. Who to believe, trust and the motive all come together in the end.
Apr 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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David Schaafsma
Almost every one of these thrillers I read from this series is better than the last, and this is true for me right now having finished this book, his best one yet. Yes, I even thought the brutal serial killer novels like The Snowman were technically well-written, but the thing that interests me about the series is the dark and tortured soul of Harry Hole, whose obsessive detective work for the Oslo Police work has almost destroyed him in the process. He's destroyed his relationship with Rakel, T ...more
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Building on the chaos of the previous novel, Nesbø leaves readers wondering how the series will continue without Harry Hole. It's been three years since Hole left for Hong Kong, and Oslo has undergone many changes. When a tall, lanky man checks-in at the Hotel Leon, the clerk cannot help but wonder if he's come face to face with the ever-talked about Harry Hole. Propelled back into the mix when he learns that he son of a woman he's loved for ages is under arrest for murder, Hole resurfaces to ge ...more
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 rounded up to 4

I should start by saying that this isn't a book I would generally pick up. At the risk of sounding sexist, it has what I refer to as a high testosterone factor that doesn't normally appeal to me.

I came across this particular book in the library. It was one of several by the same author, and when I used my Kindle to access some goodreads' reviews of the various books, I was impressed by the high average ratings. I decided right there and then, I should read at least one of the
Lewis Weinstein
I started the first time and got to 12 pages. Then I started again and reach page 150 or so. This is not for me.

The story is not interesting, and I really don't care to read page after page about people taking, selling and transporting drugs. The long italicized sections are particularly dense and unintelligible.

Are all of the Harry Hole books like that? This is the first one I've read. BTW, I did enjoy The Son.
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Μαρία Γεωργοπούλου
What can I say about this book? I have to be honest... I hate the fact that I loved this book! My feelings are beyond words right now... I am still crying... I am heartbroken... Harry's world just became a shade darker...
While I was reading this book I had my suspicions but I didn't want to believe it... I can't write anything else...Just a couple of gifs so you can imagine my face while reading the last pages of this book...

Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...
Kylie H
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book 9 in the Harry Hole series and if nothing else Harry is at least consistent. He returns to Oslo from Hong Kong to assist with the investigation of a murder but with no legal authority. He is sober and clear minded, but quickly the emotional and dangerous situation he finds himself in clouds his judgement and he becomes the Harry we all want to love.
The story brings together organised crime, police corruption, drugs, alcohol, violence, abuse, torture and faith. It will not disappoint
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Phantom by Jo Nesbo.

The words & story were mesmerizing to me. It was near impossible to stop and come up for air, especially towards the 2nd half of the story. Harry Hole is the central focal point along with addiction to a new drug referred to as violin. Many have said read this series in order. While that may be true as with most in a series, this book can be read alone and still have the compelling effect on the reader.

The characters include H.H., Oleg-the son of Harry's lost love now arreste
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Up close and personal because what is personal for Harry, Nesbo has made personal for his readers as well.

One of those Nesbo's where I was continuously being chased. Chased by the bad guys doing their bad deeds. The thing is that Nesbo's guys are not 'bad' guys or 'good' guys. That would be simple and life is not simple. So he gives us people and what life gives them and what they choose to do and then the consequences and their consequences, and on and on. So I end up understanding why a p
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-books-read
Harry Hole no longer has the badge, but he will always think like a detective. And those who help him try and clear Rakel's son Oleg in a murder case in Oslo seem to care not one wit that Harry no longer carries the badge. It's easier to get beside him or behind him, because any other position means you are likely to get trampled in Harry's path to justice.
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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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