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Phantom (Harry Hole #9)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  29,656 Ratings  ·  2,178 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
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Αρκετούς μήνες παραστράτησα και δεν είχα παρακολουθήσει την σταδιοδρομία του Χάρι Χόλε αλλά τώρα θα εξιλεωθώ συνεχίζοντας τη σειρά . Εξάλλου έχω εκτεθεί και με το καλοκαιρινό TBR . Από τις πρώτες σελίδες άρχισα να νιώθω πως με περιτριγυρίζει ένα γνώριμο παγωμένο σκοτάδι (παρόλο που βρισκόμαστε καταμεσής του θέρους).

Ο Χάρι-ο πασίγνωστος μοναχικός ντετέκτιβ- επιστρέφει στο Όσλο για να διαλευκάνει μία οικογενειακή υπόθεση ακολουθώντας τα ίχνη του αίματος αλλά και των ναρκωτικών. Πρέπει να αφυπνίσ
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
όχι, όχι, όχι, όχι, αρνούμαι να ακολουθήσω τι έχει γίνει, δεν παίζει αυτό,
έι κύριε Nesbo γιατί το κάνεις αυτό; σε μισώ #νοτ
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
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nesbe je jebeni genije!
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ένατη περιπέτεια του αλκοολικού αστυνομικού (που εν τω μεταξύ δουλεύει ως … μπράβος στο Hong Kong) όπου … things get dirty και πιο προσωπικά από ποτέ…

Ο Χάρι επιστρέφει εκτάκτως στο Όσλο μετά τη δολοφονία ενός από τα βαποράκια του μεγαλύτερου εμπόρου ναρκωτικών της πόλης, που ταυτόχρονα ήταν χρήστης. Ο λόγος που αυτό το κατά τα άλλα όχι υψίστης σημασίας περιστατικό από τον κόσμο των ναρκωτικών κινητοποιεί το Χάρι να αναλάβει δράση είναι ότι ο βασικός ύποπτος για τη δολοφονία είναι ο Όλεγκ, ο γιος
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
Shelves: fiction
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
Đorđe Bajić
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, thriller
Dobra promena tempa za Nesbea i njegovog Harija Hulea. Posle niza obračuna sa serijskim ubicama, konačno jedan kamernija krimi misterija, ličnija i svedenija. Prijala mi je. Nema u ovom romanu onog epskog zamaha iz Oklopnog srca ili horor bravura iz Sneška, ali zato tu neo-noir štimung. Ja zadovoljan! Ako se svemu ponuđenom dada i istinski iznenađujuć kraj - Utvara se svakako može ubrojati među najbolje romane o Huleu. Moglo je sve to i na manje stranica, ali izgleda da Nesbe mora da popuni odre ...more
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Εξαιρετικό βιβλίο από τον μετρ του είδους!!!
Έγραφα στις κριτικές μου για τα προηγούμενα βιβλία της σειράς πως πάντα κάτι μου έλειπε, το κερασάκι στην τούρτα που θα τα απογείωνε στα μάτια μου (όχι ότι τώρα χάνουν σε αξία, αλλά, ξέρετε εσείς...). Και αυτό το κάτι το δίνει ο Nesbo απλόχερα στον "Φαντομά"! Αυτή τη φορά ο Nesbo αλλάζει μοτίβο, ο Χάρι πλέον δεν έχει να κυνηγήσει κάποιον καθεαυτού δολοφόνο (όπως στα προηγούμενα) αλλά έχει να κάνει με τον βρώμικο κόσμο των ναρκωτικών. Και είναι τόσο εθ
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.
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
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.
Ο Nesbo αποτελεί μεγάλη αγάπη μετά τη Λεοπάρδαλη και τον Χιονάνθρωπο. Και ναι δηλώνω nesbomaniac. Και ναι έσπευσα να πάρω τη Δίψα. Και ναι διάβασα τον Φαντομά και συνεχίζω με την Αστυνομία που τα είχα στα αδιάβαστα τόσο καιρό. Ο λόγος; Καταπιάστηκα με άλλα κι άλλα εξίσου καλά βιβλία. Τα περισσότερα αστυνομικά. Ένας από τους λόγους που ερωτεύτηκα την αστυνομική λογοτεχνία είναι ο Nesbo.

Διαβάζοντας τον Φαντομά θυμήθηκα γιατί λατρεύω τα βιβλία του Nesbo. Γιατί λατρεύω τη γρήγορη πλοκή τους, τη δρά
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.
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Θα ξεκινήσω με μερικές γενικές παρατηρήσεις για τα βιβλία του Nesbo:
-Ο τρόπος που γράφει σε κάνει να θες να μάθεις τι γίνεται στην πορεία , να μην αφήνεις εύκολα το βιβλίο, και να διαβάζεται, τελικά, εύκολα και γρήγορα.
-Προσωπικά με έχει κάνει πολλές φορές να γυρνάω πίσω στο βιβλίο, σε προηγούμενες σελίδες. Όταν αναφέρει κάτι και θυμάμαι ότι το είχε αναφέρει και πριν, γυρνάω πίσω να δω πως ακριβώς το είχε γράψει , γιατί πολλές φορές σε κάτι τέτοιες μικρές λεπτομέρειες ο συγγραφέας στηρίζει πολλ
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
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
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
João Carlos

Oslo Opera House - Oslo - Noruega

O escritor norueguês Jo Nesbo (n. 1960) publicou ”O Fantasma” em 2011, o nono livro da série Harry Hole.
Harry Hole regressa a Oslo – após um auto-exílio temporário em Hong-Kong - para provar a inocência de Oleg, o filho de Rakel - o eterno amor da sua vida - um jovem que se encontra numa encruzilhada existencial, acusado de um homicídio.
O enredo de ”O Fantasma” desenvolve-se através de três perspectivas: uma na terceira pessoa que acompanha a evolução da investi
Vicky Ziliaskopoulou
Νομίζω ότι η εντύπωσή μου από το βιβλίο μπορεί άνετα να συνοψιστεί στην εξής πρόταση: Με δουλεύεις τώρα, σωστά ;

Για αρχή να διευκρινίσω αμέσως και πρωτίστως ότι ανήκω στην κατηγορία των αναγνωστών που δε θεωρούν το Νέσμπο συγγραφέα- φαινόμενο. Για τα δικά μου γούστα υπάρχουν συγγραφείς που γράφουν πολύ καλύτερα αστυνομικά (συμπεριλαμβανομένων κάποιων Σκανδιναβών- όχι της Λάγκμπεργκ). Έχω διαβάσει αρκετά βιβλία του (Νέμεσις, Λυτρωτής, Λεοπάρδαλη και επίσης Αίμα στο χιόνι και Περισσότερο Αίμα), δ
Apr 17, 2013 rated it liked it
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Ingredienti giusti. Mestiere. Tante buone letture (l’impianto morale di Marlowe, lo snobismo di Pepe, il disincanto di Wallander, la critica sociale di Beck, l’acume di Hercule, più un po’ delle botte che pigliano tutti gli investigatori ormai) ed ecco Harry Hole.
Il golden boy degli investigatori: biondo, alto, sfregiato quanto basta, ex-alcolizzato (per poco) ma non tossico, il genio dell’investigazione con una morale a prima vista tetragona ma abbastanza personale.
Il ragazzo perfetto in una
Sarah ~
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, crime, favorites
قرأت روايات جو نيسبو المتوفرة بالعربية بإستثناء روايتي المنقذ والشرطة التي سأبدأها اليوم ..
أشعر أنني بـ حاجة لكتابة مراجعة طويلة عن جميع روايات هذه السلسلة ..
السلسة صدر منها حتى الآن10 أجزاء ..
ترجم منها إلى العربية :
تصفية الخونة
الألماس الدموي
رجل الثلج
لم تترجم الروايات الثلاث الأخرى إلى العربية .
السلسلة عن هاري هول الشرطي المتألق بسلك شرطة العاصمة النرويجية اوسلو.
ساخر ، يحب العمل لوحده - لا يتماشى مع الكثير من الأفراد وليس لديه أي أصدقاء ، وأحياناً مدمن - عبر السل
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
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...
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