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(Harry Hole #12)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  1,112 ratings  ·  149 reviews
Brilliant, audaciously rogue police officer, Harry Hole from The Snowman and The Thirst, is back and in the throes of a new, unanticipated rage--once again hunting the murderer who has haunted his entire career.

Harry Hole is not in a good place. Rakel--the only woman he's ever loved--has ended it with him, permanently. He's been given a chance for a new start with the Osl
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by Knopf Publishing Group (first published June 6th 2019)
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May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jo Nesbø returns with yet another of the Harry Hole novels, as intriguing as it is dark. When Harry wakes from a drunken stupor, covered in blood, he is unsure what’s happened. Could it have been a bar fight gone wrong, or perhaps something a little more dastardly? While he shakes out the cobwebs, there is news on the crime front, when a body is discovered with its neck slit and a massive stab wound in the stomach. Harry learns of this and seeks answers, particularly when he discovers the victim ...more
With great sadness, I must announce that Harry and I are done. I will not be reading this series in the future and I hope that Jo Nesbø will respect my decision and not write anything else. When you read 12 books of a series, it is inevitable that some of them will not be to your liking. Also, as a reader, you feel that you know the characters even better than the author! While Police still has the lowest rating from me, this one takes the cake for the worst written Harry Hole book because of th ...more
Dimitris Passas
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before beginning my review of the latest Harry Hole novel, I should mention that perhaps there are some minor spoilers in this review, so be warned.


After the disappointment I felt by both Police (#10) and Thirst (#11), this book's storyline, character and feeling reminded me of Jo Nesbø's earlier novels in the mythical Harry Hole series, such as The Redeemer or Redbreast which made the protagonist one of the most iconic crime fiction detectives worldwide. In an interview, he
Tanja Berg
Harry has fallen off the band-wagon. Rakel has thrown him out, he is drinking too much and has a desk job at the police mostly involving playing tetris. Then his life is thrown so far off track that there can be no more saving. As pieces of his memory from one fateful night with black-out returns, darkness closes.

Again, all the signs of the perpetrator were there. Maybe I didn't want to believe it. I couldn't grasp a single hint, although Nesbø's writing and plotting should have been familiar b
Ken Fredette
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well Jo Nesbø is back. And I don't want to ruin it for anyone with spoilers. Jo makes it real and to the point in most instances. Did he or didn't he? Jo makes it seem like everyone is the culprit. You learn facts that are true about Harry. You have to read this book for yourself. Jo Nesbø at his best.
Knife, is Jo Nesbo’s 12th entry in his Harry Hole noir-detective series. I love this series to the moon and back. Harry is at the very top of my list of favorite characters ever created, but he is so damaged, that if faced with him in real life, I would run in the opposite direction. To love Harry means constant anxiety, disappointment and worry. He is a brilliant, but hopeless alcoholic and the 12th installment finds Harry awakening covered in blood ( not all his) with no memory of the previous ...more
Somewhere between 4 and 5 stars.

This book was heart wrenching. It really kept me guessing and everyone was a suspect. I feel like we are back on track with this one.
I want to admire Jo Nesbø more than I actually admire him. He's undeniably clever; I think he's probably scarily intelligent. He is undeniably dark, macabre, to the point of grotesquerie. Hole is a classic noir figure, filled with demons and dogged determination; Kurt Wallander with irony and humor. But this novel, which started with tremendous promise, a great plot hook and real emotion, got to overblown with asides and subplots that I could not wait to be done with it. It's probably a 3.5 more ...more
Carl Ingebretsen
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suspenseful as always, and Nesbø remains the master of when and how to give you what information. Twelve books and I still haven't guessed the killer once. Sadly the emotional bits of this is a little lackluster as a result of leaving too much of the build-up in the past (trying to be vague here because of spoilers). It works, but it's not ideal. Still, I tore through the book in a weekend, and always enjoyed it. Not one of Nesbø's all-time masterpieces, but a solid, suspenseful and somewhat emo ...more
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the kind of book I'd love to have read in a few very long sittings. It was very hard to put down and another really engaging book in the Harry Hole series. I was reminded on the first page why I love to read Jo Nesbo's work. A particular sentence was so beautifully written that I had to sit back and reflect on its words before I continued reading. I was absolutely thrilled to win an ARC from Goodreads (huge thank you!).

I read a few reviews of other ARCs before I began the book and based
Hertzan Chimera
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm 4/5ths of the way through this bottle of finest Bourbon in pre-release form here in the UK, hence my 4/5 score. It's great, what can I say, "It's just horrible and mischievous and cruel and adorable."

Nesbo is my new hero.
Chris G.
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
I've grown accustomed to the way Nesbo writes, and so this time I guessed who the perpetrator was pretty early on... Still a great read! 😁
Jelena Grujić
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never expected that any other Nesbo's book will outshine The Snowman... then The Phantom happened... and after that, The Police took the no.1 position.

But this book, in my humble opinion, is a real masterpiece of suspense.
If you thought you know something... better thing twice.

10x10 stars. Way to go, Jo!!!
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
One of the better book in the series I think. Even if the plot is a little far out there.
Rebecca Minnock
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harry Hole is back, he's drunk and he is trying to move on from Rakel after their break up.

A rapist that Harry arrested years ago has been released from prison and has threatened to come after Harry's family.

Without giving away any spoilers, a murder devastates Harry, and the sequence of events following the killing send him into a desperate hunt to find the killer.

Gritty, dark, and with some clever yet never convoluted twists, this had me holding my breath more than once, and each time I though
Scooter McDermitt
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
When I first requested Knife from Netgalley I figured it must be a prequel since Harry Hole was pretty dead at the end of Phantom. So the book arrived and I started reading and wait.... this doesn't sound like a prequel. So a little research later and I discover that somehow Harry Hole survived a shot to the center of his chest and a bullet to the head, he's married Rakel, split up with Rakel, and Oleg (the drug addict, sort-of adopted son who didn't kill him in Phantom) is now training to be a ...more
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole novels have always been a special type of police procedural. In spite of his alcoholism and damaged psyche, Harry has been the steadfast brilliant police officer that you hoped would find love and peace. It would occasionally find him, right his world for a bit, only to be lost again. Lately, however, Hole novels have taken an even darker turn with less satisfying results.

In this installment, Harry wakes up covered in blood after blacking out drunk. He has no memory of the
Lazar Jovanović
I was afraid that I would be somewhat disappointed with the newest Jo Nesbø novel. I am always a bit scared when it comes to the series with many sequels, since there is a danger of deterioration in the matter of plots, characterization, and bringing something new into the story. This novel left quite a good impression on me. After an undetermined feeling `The Thirst` left me with, `The Knife` reminded me why I love Nesbø. I am still of the opinion that `The Phantom` was Nesbø`s peak, but the fo ...more
Oksana Koshel
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sean Branson
In Knife, our favorite unfortunately named detective is back in action, battling his demons (yet again) to solve another horrible crime. Incapacitated and in a drunken blackout, Harry awakes to discover somebody near and dear to his heart murdered on the floor. Throughout his search clues point to several shady characters before the crosshairs ultimately fall on himself.

Did Harry commit this heinous crime, harming the person he loved more than anybody else in the world? Of course not!

As I read
Crime by the Book
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A new book from my favorite author is ALWAYS a cause for celebration, but I have to say, Nesbo's Knife truly blew me away, even more than I was expecting. This book feels like vintage Nesbo: it's dark and gritty, but it's not as gory as 2017's The Thirst , and I think that's a great thing - it really lets Nesbo's razor sharp prose and rich character development shine. (Don't get me wrong, this book is still super creepy and dark - it's just not as wildly bloody as Nesbo's previous Harry Hole ...more
Jo Dervan
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harry Hole, the Swedish police detective, is back. His wife Rakel had thrown him out and he was miserable. Then Rakel was found dead and of course Harry was the prime suspect. He was convinced that Svein Faulke, a violent rapist recently released from jail, was the murderer and arrested him. Svein had sworn harm to Harry and his family because the policeman had killed his son. Then Svein had an alibi and must be released.

Harry was suspended from the police force but decided to investigate on hi
Cathy Austin
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Perfect crime fiction. Nesbo has a firm grip on tricky plots and his characters especially the iconic Harry Hole-- ex detective now on cold cases in this 12th book, ex instructor at the police college, almost ex of his beloved Rakel, very lapsed drunk on/off the wagon, friend to many, enemy to many more--and his setting, chilly snowy Oslo at the best of times, in this installment, it's amazingly almost springtime but there's no sunny hope for what befalls Harry in Knife.
Just when I thought a Ha
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I can NOT believe I am giving Harry such a low rating... and Jo Nesbo who is in my opinion one of the best writers out there (if not The best). This book didn't even feel like it was written by Jo Nesbo. Usually there is a slow, slow uphill buildup and then by the last quarter of the book it is a rollercoaster of a ride. This book however felt more like an American thriller where at the end of almost every chapter it was a cliff hanger or an OH NO! moment. Not what I had expected from a Harry Ho ...more
David C Ward
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite good; gets the series back on track after a couple of weaker efforts. The murder of Harry ‘s wife Rakel leads to a tremendously complicated, sprawling case (which includes a linked second case of an absolutely evil ex con who is raping women) with a lot of damaged people, from ex soldiers to the cops themselves. Did Harry kill her himself, in a blackout drunk? As always, the story could have been tauter - a lot of digressions (planning the car-less city?) and a lot of interesting but not n ...more
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heads up lovers of Norwegian noir! Harry Hole is back and he is back with a vengeance.

This is one of the most chilling, attention holding book in this series, I felt, so far. There is the most horrifying, diabolical character I have ever encountered and a heinous murder that strikes at the very heart and soul of Harry.

The convoluted path to the unmasking of the killer will lead Harry down so many roads that when the ends all segue together you won't see it coming but will keep you on the edge o
Eirik Arnesen
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nesbø never disappoints. The books about Harry Hole has gotten better with every single new book, and _Knife_ is no exception; this is the best Hole-novel so far in my opinion.

You won't ever want to lay this book down. It keeps you interested throughout every chapter, every page. The twists and turns through the book, and well as the multiple story-lines cleverly intertwined makes this, in my opinion, a perfect criminal novel.

Jo Nesbø is my favorite author for a reason, and that does not look
Amy Strother
It is with great sadness that I write this review, as I have been a huge Harry Hole fan. I devour these books, and I am a fan of Scandinavian crime in general. Unfortunately, though, Jo Nesbo has either experienced some personal tragedy and feels he must pour it out into his main character with no restraint, (it doesn’t ooze, it slaps you in the face over and over again), or his editor has become his puppet. There is simply no grace or rhythm to this storytelling. To all you other Hole fans out ...more
Patricia Baker
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the Harry Hole stories. this was pretty good. sadness occurs when Harry's significant other is found dead. at the same time there is a depraved killer on the loose whose goal it is to rape, impregnant a young girl and then kill her with a knife if she does not follow his instructions. Harry is once again intoxicated for much of the story, but somehow I know he will rise to the occasion and solve the crime. a particular tender part is his relationship with his SO's son who has called Harry ...more
I read the first part with disappointment, as it felt like a cliched thriller where bad things happen and a clumsy investigation proceeds to its conclusion. And then comes the second part, where every assumption gets upended and every red herring that has been scattered all comes together in an ending that just reveals the masterful storytelling and brilliant writing of Jo Nesbo. Though this feels like the beginning of the end, as I don't know how the series could still progress with everything ...more
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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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