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(Harry Hole #10)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  37,770 ratings  ·  2,762 reviews
When a police officer is found murdered at the scene of an old unsolved murder case that he was involved in investigating, it can hardly be a coincidence. When the same thing happens to two other officers in a matter of months the pattern is as clear as it is terrifying. None of the old cases were ever solved. The killings are extremely brutal and the police have no leads. ...more
Hardcover, Deckle edge, 436 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Knopf
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Cheryl I've read most of the books out of order and not had a problem, however this one definitely leans heavily on 'Phantom' the book before this one. Phant…moreI've read most of the books out of order and not had a problem, however this one definitely leans heavily on 'Phantom' the book before this one. Phantom will give you more context, you don't have to read it, but you will enjoy Police more if you do.(less)
Mindy McAdams I agree with Kyla Squires - the author is setting us up for the next book, and really, I don't need to see any more of Valentin. Ugh.…moreI agree with Kyla Squires - the author is setting us up for the next book, and really, I don't need to see any more of Valentin. Ugh.(less)

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Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know I am a sucker for a Harry Hole book but this one has to be the best yet. I simply could not put it down. Nesbo spends most of the book playing mind tricks on the reader and even in the last chapter he gives things a little twist that has you sitting on the edge of your seat. Multiple murders, multiple murderers and the loss of some very unexpected people make it completely enthralling. There are more things I would like to say but at the same time I do not want to give anything away that ...more
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Police is another solidly gripping installment of the Harry Hole series. This time, someone is brutally murdering police officers at the site of old, unsolved homicides where they have investigated and the trail has gone cold. As the body count starts ratcheting up, and it hits closer and closer to home, the police realize they have no leads, and their best investigator is not available to help out.

I feel this series is at its most entertaining and spine-chilling when dealing with serial killers
Maine Colonial
Interesting plot line marred by too much gimmickry and manipulation

A killer is targeting police officers; specifically officers who were involved in the investigation of unsolved murders. The killer lures an officer to the scene of the previous crime and kills the cop in a way similar to the original murder. The investigators believe that if they can only figure out the killer's motive, maybe they can find this relentless killer, who has left them few, if any, other clues.

Meanwhile, a man lies i
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
10 stars
Anyone who doesn't dare to stand up for justice should have a guilty conscience.

Police is a riveting follow up to Phantom, the previous novel in the Harry Hole series and seamlessly picks up where Phantom ended. Excerpt from the end of Phantom - (view spoiler)
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it

In this 10th book in the 'Harry Hole' series, a serial killer is targeting police officers. The novel can be read as a standalone.


A serial killer in Oslo has a bizarre agenda. Time after time the murderer lures a cop to the scene of an unsolved crime, then viciously kills him/her in a manner somehow connected to what originally happened there.

Harry Hole is not available to assist the investigation so other members of the crime squad have to pick up the slack as best they can. This includes
James Thane
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm frank to confess that I have no idea how to review this book, and I will also say that, to my mind, a number of reviewers and even the publishers themselves have given away key elements of the plot that will diminish the enjoyment of the book for anyone unfortunate enough to have read their comments.

Suffice it to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was on the edge of my seat for much of the time I spent with it. Readers who have enjoyed Jo Nesbo's series featuring Oslo detective Harry
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Rarely give out 5 stars but this is a no brainer

Every time I read one of Nesbo's books, I am struck again by just how good he is. The previous book ended with Harry being shot by Oleg, the young man he helped raise & son of the woman he loves. This one opens with a comatose patient lying in a hospital bed under police protection. If he could speak, he'd have a few things to say about a couple members of the force, one currently under suspension, the other the new chief.
It's been months since the
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The rat bit once into the leather shoe. Licked the metal again, the salty metal that protruded between the two of the fingers on the right hand. Scrabbled up the suit jacket that smelled of sweat, blood and food, so many types of food that the linen material must have been in a garbage can. She ran up the arm, across the shoulder, stopped at a bloodstained bandage around the neck. Then she scuttled up the chest. There was still a strong smell coming from the two round holes in the
Thomas Edmund
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After Phantom's amazing twist-hanger I was almost delirious with glee and trepidation when I heard the next Harry Hole book Police was coming out.

So was my anticipation satisfied?

Yes - however not in the way I expected. Police is a weightier tome than other Hole novel's and thusly the length of the novel evokes tension as a slow-burn rather than a furious action packed feast. While perhaps less immediately exciting Nesbo plies us with a smorgasbord of corruption, deeply disturbing villains, and
Dec 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
I think this will be my last Jo Nesbo novel.

This book starts out great but it becomes purposely confusing and misleading, to the point of utter annoyance. The storyline is all over the place with several plot threads happening simultaneously, jumping back and forth. There are 3 main suspects and the pronoun "he" is often used in place of a name to keep the reader guessing the identity of the killer. "He did this, then he did that". When you combine that with the confusion of so many convoluted,
Manuel Antão
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013

It's 10 minutes after the hour and I've done it again. I hate missing the first part of my favourite show. Call it obsession, call it silly, but I have to see it from the start or I don't feel it's worth watching at all. Yes, I could figure out what happened, but it's just not the same. Harry Hole also knows what it's like to be on the ground-floor of something important even though he only puts an appearance after one-third of the book... The first one-third without Harry sets the stage for wha
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The usual roller coaster of emotions as the grizzly, cynical, alcoholic, conflicted, brilliant ex cop Harry Hole cuts a swath through the Oslo underworld, attracting serial killers like blow flies on rotting meat along the way.

Nesbo constructs fiendishly complicated plots that leave you reading just another page, just another page - until before you know it is 2am on a work day (curse you Jo). Sadistically he leads you up blind alleys, only to slalom around to the next dead end or finely observe
Tony Nielsen
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jack Reacher versus Harry Hole. That's been a contest during my August reading, but sorry Mr Child, Jo Nesbo has blown you out of the water. I've been lucky enough to receive a preview copy of Police, the new Harry Hole story, and its a five star, no if's or but's. Nesbo is boxing very clever in Police, giving us leads that are really ruses, especially as regards the state of health or otherwise of Harry. In fact we have to wait until Chapter 18 to get a real sense as to Harry's inclusion in the ...more
Full kudos to Nesbo, the magician, trickster per excellance!

This being my 11th Nesbo, I had as usual prepared myself to his tricks, to not be drawn in, turned around and sidetracked, hoodwinked with a nod and a wink. Oh I was prepared and still grrr, I got pulled in and had to shield myself from all the theories and red herrings slapping me in the face, leaving me grasping at straws.

Bravo, what else can I say. Reading Nesbo is an immersive experience, you become part of the trickery, going o
Abbas Fardil
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Loved this book. I think that it’s one of the best works of Jo Nesbo. There were no excessive attempts to make the story longer. He built the whole story plot very nicely. For this reason, It'll be a very tough work for readers to predict the conclusion of the story. ...more
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jo-nesbo
Another Harry Hole story. The man has nine lives. In The Phantom we left him shot three times. But like Lazarus he survived. Thanks to bullet proof vests.

This time around a serial killer is murdering police by luring them to the scenes of their unsolved crimes The young unlikeable corrupt Oslo Chief of Police Bellman is under increasing political pressure to solve the case. However, the killer leaves no DNA traces at the scenes of their crimes and is able to lure his victims with ease to their
Karen Brooks
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is such a hard book to review because even the smallest detail about the content - the way the story unfolds (which can be very persuasive in a review) - runs the risk of spoiling what is an absolute cracker of an addition to the Harry Hole canon. All I can say is that the narrative didn't begin as I anticipated at all, even though it follows on from the events in the last book, The Leopard, and it’s this defying of expectations that sets the standard and pace for the rest of the tale. As P ...more
Sarah Darwin
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Thomas Strömquist
It took me a while to get around to this book and I think it was at least partly due to it being of a quite daunting thickness (well over 600 pages in paperback in contrast to the early ones of the series that clocked in at just over half that). It very soon became very clear to me, however, that if Nesbø writes this well, he can use as many pages as he wants to, as far as I'm concerned (or... almost, anyway). The return of Harry Hole is a very effectively told roller-coaster ride of a story and ...more
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Thinking about this book, the series and how it has evolved, I can't help contrasting it with the works of certain American "best seller" mystery/thriller authors whose series characters now lack the imagination, energy and complexity they showed in earlier books. "Police", Jo Nesbo's 10th Harry Hole book, takes the series and the genre itself, to a whole new level of non-formulaic excellence and establishes him on the cutting edge. Without giving away the plot lines, Nesbo has created an exotic ...more
Dave Schaafsma
Someone is Killing the Police!

Police is the second mega-volume of what I said I suspected to be Jo Nesbo’s magnum opus, the pinnacle of his literary accomplishments, after the cliffhanger of Phantom, when it appears Harry Hole is shot and killed. But then there’s another volume, so, well, hey, maybe he’s not dead, kids!

And for ⅓ of Police we are supposedly in suspense about this issue, and are left with the rest of the nice and interesting (but not particuarly brilliant) group of Harry’s poice
Nancy Oakes
Police is #10 in Nesbø's wonderful Harry Hole series, and by golly, it's a winner. I have read all but The Bat and Cockroaches from this series, but I don't know whether or not my guts have ever been so twisted while reading any Nesbø novel prior to this one. The suspense tempted me so many times to turn to the end, but to my credit, I didn't cheat.

From the very outset, the author delights in playing with your head. In a guarded hospital room, a man is laying in a coma. While he's hovering betwe
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Nesbø brings the Harry Hole series to a close with a thriller that keeps readers focussed until the final sentence. After the vague, yet horrible, end to the previous novel, the complete cast of characters remains in shock about how the Oslo Crime Squad will continue. When a number of police officers are murdered after returned to crime scenes of previously unsolved cases, there's a struggle between the Squad and Kripos (the national police organisation) as to who will handle things. Newly-appoi ...more
Steven Belanger
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Very, very, very disappointing follow-up to Nesbo's Phantom, a far superior book, even with the ridiculous passages from the rat's POV. In equal parts boring and frustrating--but mostly frustrating--Police is a book that could've been, and should've been, much better.

It fails because it's all over the place with its plot and story, and because it doesn't focus enough on its characters. Nesbo said in an interview that he essentially wrote Phantom and Police as one book, and it shows. At over 1,0
I hemmed and hawed over a 2 or 3 star rating, then eventually decided the excellent (view spoiler) deserved the third star.

Overall, this book showcases Nesbo's ability to manipulate multiple storylines and characters such that you're always kept guessing as to how it's all going to turn out. This time, though, I felt that the plot was wobbly around the edges, like he didn't quite have as firm a hold on those threads as he usually does. Some things I just didn
Alex Cantone
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noir, thriller, read-2019
Anton looked up. He hadn’t heard the two of them coming, although they emerged from the dense thickets. He had seen it before, how forensic officers moved at crime scenes, like somewhat ungainly dancers bending and twisting, positioning their feet, as though they were astronauts on the moon. Or perhaps it was the white overalls drawing the association.

Police revolves around a series of grisly (perhaps the French macabre is a better choice) murders of Oslo police detectives, each lured to the sit
Tanja Berg
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4* out of 5. Reviewing a book I read in Swedish by a Norwegian author in English feels silly, but I'm doing it anyway. It will be translated before long. I can't remember the last time I have been so impressed by a crime novel. *draws a blank* I am particularly surprised at how impressed I am because I wasn't really a Jo Nesbø fan. He just wrote mildly entertaining novels one notch above mediocre and is the most famous author in the country I live in, so of course I have to read him. But this, t ...more
Mal Warwick
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
What is it about Scandinavian thriller writers? Is it just that they’ve got nothing better to do on all those cold nights than dream up more and more diabolical means to mislead readers? It’s tempting to think so.

Among the many other things he’s done in his still-young life, Jo Nesbo has written ten novels featuring the exasperating Oslo police detective Harry Hole. Inspector Hole is, not to put too fine an edge on it, a piece of work. An alcoholic, deeply anti-authoritarian, and an obsessive in
Nrupal Das
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this fast pace dark thriller. As Sonny Mehta said he might become a phenomenon if he is not one already.
Luanne Ollivier
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jo Nesbo left us wondering at the end of the ninth book (Phantom) in his Detective Harry Hole series if there would be a tenth book. There is indeed - Police. I think it's the best one yet.

Quite frankly, it's one of the best detective stories I've read in a long time. Nesbo's plotting is spectacular. I really had no idea where the book was going to go. Suspects abound and deceit, lies and corruption are the order of the day from everyone - criminals and cops.

A mysterious unnamed man in a coma
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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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  • Nemesis (Harry Hole, #4)
  • The Devil's Star (Harry Hole, #5)
  • The Redeemer (Harry Hole, #6)
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