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(Harry Hole #9)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  32,350 ratings  ·  2,306 reviews
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
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Knopf (first published June 9th 2011)
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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
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
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
James Thane
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
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
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't really comment without spoiling the book. But it's terribly good.
Lukasz Pruski
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
"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
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
Alex Cantone
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘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
Mark Harrison
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
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.
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 i
Apr 17, 2013 rated it liked it
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Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
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
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 par
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...
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 arr
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Sami Elfarran
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, thriller, crime
When I read Jo Nesbø 's novel I think I' m watching a movie for my filthy Harry Hollywood movie icon for the great actor Clint Eastwood ... a thrilling and beautiful action and a fascinating mystery.
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
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
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Auuh. Excellent. I really liked it. completelu unexpected end. wow.
Jess The Bookworm
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

This crime thriller follows Harry Hole, an ex-cop who returns to Oslo to try to prove the innocence of his ex-lover's son, a boy he was once very close with, and who had entered the dangerous underworld of the drug scene in Oslo and arrested for the murder of his friend.

Harry starts a dangerous investigation on his own, which includes trying to find out who "the Phantom" is, the man known as "Dubai" who is the kingpin behind the new powerful and addictive drug, violin. He very quickly r
This series gets better and better. The phantom is much more than a thriller: it is a crude view into the (under)belly of urban life : the drug addicts, the corrupted, the hookers,....
Harry Hole never stood for light and sweet books and this one lives up to that. It is dark and grim and has some very sad and unexpected twists. Above all, the book is human, showing life as it sometimes is with compassion for the shortcomings of most of the people we encounter.
Given the end, I can hardly wait to
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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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