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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 there for good. But then the unthinkable happened. The son of the woman he loved, lost, and still loves is arrested for murder: Oleg, the boy Harry helped raise but couldn't help deserting when he fled. Harry has come back to prove that Oleg is not a killer. Barred from rejoining the police force, he sets out on a solitary, increasingly dangerous investigation that takes him deep into the world of the most virulent drug to ever hit the streets of Oslo (and the careers of some of the city's highest officials), and into the maze of his own past, where he will find the wrenching truth that finally matters to Oleg, and to himself.

378 pages, Hardcover

First published October 2, 2012

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Jo Nesbø

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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, Doktor Proktors Prompepulver.

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3,619 reviews986 followers
July 17, 2022
Harry Hole book No. 9 Harry's now ex-police and living his OK life in the Far East, when on the very few people he cares about in Norway, has not only become a junkie, but been arrested for murder. Now his friends don't want him back, the police don't want him back, Norway doesn't want him back; but Harry is Harry, so predictable, which is why it comes as no surprise that he is under surveillance on his return. A Nordic Noir masterclass as the 'on the outs' Hole tries to prove his friend innocent of what had already been a closed case.

The ninth book in the series and still dropping fiction bombs! The dishevelled, recovering alcohol, maimed and lost Harry Hole is still one thing above all others... real police. A spectacular piece of Nordic crime conspiracy fiction dabbling around themes of fathering, drug addiction, crime reduction and abuse of police power. Whoa! The thing is that list makes this book sound as dark as it is! And such a malignant force overseeing on the darkness, but a force that just flitters on the outskirts of everything, unseen, like a phantom! 9 out of 12.

2022 read; 2013 read
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299 reviews40 followers
November 19, 2012
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 the day, believe me, you don’t want to miss this novel, it will shock and surprise. I certainly didn’t see the twist coming and I’m still reeling!

Very few authors write better than Nesbo in my eyes – aided once again by a superb translation by Don Bartlett - and I am so grateful I’ve had the chance to read and review three of his novels namely The Snowman (still my favourite book), The Leopard and now Phantom, the latest in a mesmerising series featuring the damaged Harry Hole. Alcoholic. Drug Addict. Policeman. Husband. Father.

I really have to make time to read his previous titles.

Phantom isn’t your typical Jo Nesbo novel; this is all about drugs and the devastation they cause both directly and indirectly. Everyone is affected in one way or another but Nesbo pulls no punches as he paints a different kind of Oslo from the one politicians and the tourist boards would like to promote. The streets are full of pushers and gangs hell-bent on cornering the market no matter the cost or who gets in the way; they certainly don’t take kindly to Harry Hole’s interference.

You won’t find an unhinged serial killer in Phantom but you will find murder most foul and an ex-policeman in Hole struggling to secure the release of Oleg - his son - who has been arrested for the murder of a drug addict, a supplier and someone who just happens to be his best friend. Things are never clear cut and the way Nesbo weaves his magic is incredible. Take it as read, Nesbo mentions a character for a reason, there is no dead wood in this novel.

I’m not even going to mention the narrative there really is no point – you know what you’re going to get and you certainly won’t be disappointed! Suffice to say it’s both powerful and gripping and although this is a steady read without too much gore – certainly compared to The Snowman - for the first two thirds of the book, you’ll find with 120 pages to go the pace moves up a number of gears and you’ll struggle to put the book down. The way he hooks you in is sublime to say the least. This is Nesbo at his very best.

Harry is back in Oslo after a three year exile living in Hong Kong. No longer a policeman, he returns wearing the only suit he owns and has cleaned up his act and as a recovering alcoholic he faces temptation on every corner. This is personal and only Harry has the determination to see it through but is he ready to meet the truth. Can he handle the truth? Only time will tell.

A compelling read, Phantom is a taut and multi-layered thriller that simply deserves to be read and although a rather sombre read it will most definitely entertain. Rush out and get this one, it’s a cracker!
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July 27, 2021
5.0 stars — I just finished reading my 7th Jo Nesbo book, “The Phantom”, and it might just be my favorite Harry Hole book yet (although “The Leopard “ was absolutely amazing as well). “The Phantom” brings to mind a very good season of the HBO series, “The Wire” as it is centered around a murder which occurs in the middle of Oslo’s drug scene. What makes it even more interesting is that the victim was a dealer of a super- opiate more popular than Heroin which goes by the street name of ‘Violin’. Hole immediately puts himself in the middle of this very dangerous drug world in order to solve the mystery of who killed the local dealer Gusto. The reason Hole is so interested in this case is that the person arrested for the murder is Hole’s longtime love-interest’s (Rakel’s) son, Oleg. As always, Hole takes an ‘act first —ask questions later’ approach to solving this mystery, and it gets him in perilous situations time and time again. Nesbo does an unbelievable job of juggling several intertwining plot lines that not only delve into who committed the murder, but also deals with the violin drug trade and how it played a part in the murder as well. Although the plot is complicated at times with numerous characters, Nesbo managed to keep me on the edge of my seat for the entire novel. If you haven’t read it — trust me— you need to immediately add it to your “want to read list”.
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August 13, 2019
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 conclusions and susses out the truth. It's also entertaining to follow Harry as he sustains one injury after another, which would slow down a normal person, but not someone as badass as him.

I was a little taken aback by the ending, which didn't wrap everything up as usual, but left a few strings dangling. I assume the next book will pick up right where this one left off. I prefer my crime fiction to be self contained because my long-term memory for book details isn't great. But I suppose this just means I'll have to pick up the next book in this series sooner rather than later.
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404 reviews1,587 followers
July 21, 2018
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 distribution...and also a user.

Once again, there are lots of characters in the book: police, politicians, a pilot, a chemist, a lawyer, a waitress, a bartender, a priest.. oh yeah and a mysterious phantom-like character, connected to the Russian mafia, named Dubai. It seems most everyone is corrupt, but who is the murderer? Who can clear Oleg?

It takes a while for all the narratives to intersect (and the men are more fleshed out than the women), but the finale is deeply satisfying. Nesbo’s major coup in the book, besides believably getting under the slimy skins of some really unsavoury characters, is interweaving passages from the deceased drug dealer’s point of view - a charming, handsome, charismatic orphan/hustler named Gusto.

My only caveat isn’t about the book proper, it’s about the marketing. My edition’s cover features a wintry scene, but the book takes place in the autumn. Yes, Scandinavia has seasons, too, book jacket artists!
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1,938 reviews748 followers
March 26, 2012
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 not want to miss this one. If you are just beginning with Nesbø, do not, I repeat, do not make this your first experience.

A few years have passed since Harry Hole was last in Oslo; when we last saw him he was on his way back to Hong Kong, where he retreated to clean himself up and deal with the demons plaguing his life, having to do mainly with his relationship with Rakel. Now he's back and it's personal: Rakel's son Oleg is in prison, after being incarcerated for killing a heroin addict named Gusto. Everything points to Oleg as the shooter; Harry doesn't believe it and returns to clear his name. Having been officially warned to stay away from this particular case by his former colleagues, Harry being Harry is not content to sit idly by and finds himself in the middle of his own private investigation that leads him into the murky depths of drug addiction and production, gang wars, corruption and a reclusive but powerful Russian known as Dubai. Dubai, "a kind of phantom ... like the wind, impossible to catch," has worked to corner the market on a new drug called Violin, which offers its users a prolonged euphoria, making it the newest high of choice among heroin users, a "junkie's dream," "stronger than heroin, longer effect, and little chance of OD'ing."

The story is related through different viewpoints, one of which is from a dying Gusto. It is here where the reader discovers how Oleg becomes involved in events that will ultimately lead him to prison. Normally I dislike the "voice from the grave" approach, or actually in this case the "as I lay dying" device, but here it is engaged to provide necessary backstory and it works as a focal point for bringing together the various storylines as they are played out individually throughout the novel -- at least, up to a point.

Phantom is an intensely bleak read -- from the sadness of the addicts on the streets doing whatever is necessary to score to the final moments of the novel, the atmosphere Nesbø creates is one of sheer darkness, alleviated here and there with some humorous moments, including a neck wound held together by duct tape, or the running gags about his one and only suit. And Harry's back with his trademark angst, this time ruminating over his shortcomings with Oleg who looked on him as a dad in years past, and the "curse" he's carried with him in which he realizes that all of those he loves eventually suffer at his hands.

At the same time, it's a very compelling read; so much so that it's easy to overlook a few other standard Nesbø trademarks, including the sometimes over-the-top verbosity, sometimes clunky dialogue, scenes that could have been easily shortened with no damage to the overall story, and related plot lines that capture your interest then sort of fade out. The second half of the book is where the action really picks up and where the story becomes its most intense, with many twists and turns that I never saw coming, and writing that maintains a tightly-strung tension, literally up until the very last moment.

Die-hard Harry Hole fans should consider a kleenex as a necessary accompaniment to this novel, and you'll seriously feel the need to put the book down, get up, go outside and find some sunlight as you get into the story. I'm happy to see that the Stieg Larsson comparison is gone from the cover (yay!); Nesbø has no need of putting his work up against that of anyone else -- his standing in crime fiction, Scandinavian or otherwise, needs no bolstering by setting his work against that of others. Do not miss this book if you are continuing the series, and as I noted above, you should absolutely NOT start the series with this story. To the book's naysayers I can only answer with the following: this is not great literature, but it's a hell of a ride.
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January 23, 2019
ربما يكون سبب بدئي بالرواية تافها، فقط لتشابه الغلاف والأسم مع قراءة سابقة

لكن السبب الاهم هو استكمال جولتي لمدن اوروبية مختلفة لأول مرة بهذا القرب..بعد ستوكهولم، السويد مع فتاة بوشم التنين...هنا اوسلو، النرويج مع شبح هاري هول

قصة مثيرة، مليئة بالمفاجآت وانقلابات للأحداث اكثر من مرة جعلت من إعادة قراءة سريعة لها متعة اخري
هيروين، جريمة قتل، زعيم غامض، شرطة فاسدة، مهربين ذوي وظائف هامة، سياسين ونواب فاسدين

و كالسويد، يبدو أنه حتي إن كان مستوي المعيشة بالدولة مرتفع، فإن البشر دوما يبحثون عن سبب لافسادها

مبدئيا هذه هي الرواية التاسعة من سلسلة هاري هول لجو نيسبو... لن تجد مصاعب في قراءتها مفردة فبها كل ما تريد معرفته من القصة الخلفية لحياة هاري هول وعلاقته بحيبة سابقة وابنها
ربما لن تثيرك كثيرا لمتاعبة الثمان قصص السابقين كلهم، غالبا "رجل الثلج" بالاخص لذكرها أكثر من مرة
لكن الأكيد ستشعر إنك تريد قراءة الرواية التالية "الشرطة" لمعرفة بعض المصائر المعلقة بعد نهاية أحداث هذه القصة
فقط لا تنس اني أحذرك من سوء الترجمة

*** القصة ****

يعود هاري هول، شرطي سابق لمدينته اوسلو، برغم من هروبه منها بسبب أشباح الماضي ، يعود بسبب جريمة قتل شاب "جاستو" بسبب الهيروين ، يعود لأن المتهم المقبوض عليه هو "اوليج" ابن حبيبته السابقة "راكيل" والذي يعتبره كأبن له
وخلال البحث عن ادله دفاع يقتنع تماما ان الفتي اوليج متورطا مع مدمني الهيروين ويقتنع انه هو فعلا القاتل

ولكن تحدث مفاجآت تقلب الأحداث بمجرد وصول هاري ونبشه لتلك القضية قد تثبت له خطأ كل التوقعات

زعيم تجارة مخدرات كبير يلقب ب"دبي" بسبب قمصان الأرسنال التي يرتديها تجاره الصغار ، كيميائي يخترع نوع هيروين يحدث انقلاب في السوق ، عمليات تهريب مخدرات للخارج بطرق واشخاص غير متوقعة ، شرطة فاسدة تتلاعب بالأدلة لمصالح مع تجار المخدرات ، وشاة و قتلة مأجورون ، المجالس المحلية و دورها المزعوم الفاسد في "تقنين" انتشار الهيروين بأوسلو

كل هذا تكتشفه وقت القراءة من خطين موازيين
الخط الأول : الحاضر ، بعد الجريمة بأسابيع من خلال هاري هول وتحقيقاته...وعملية تهريب مخدرات للخارج تتم بنفش الوقت
الخط الثاني : ييدأ من الفصل الأول وهو ذكريات الفتي "جاستو" وهو يحتضر ويلفظ انفاسه الاخيرة في رسالة لوالده الذي لم يره ابدا وتركه لبيوت الرعاية....كيف وصل قبل سن التاسعة عشر ليكون تاجر مخدرات مقتولا في هذا السن

الخطان يسيران بشكل متوازي ويجعلان اكتشاف العلاقات بين الشخصيات والمشتبه بهم في القتل امرا مثيرا حتي اللحظات الاخيرة التي تجعل من الصعب فعلا التنبؤ بالقاتل قبل النهاية

*** الاسلوب ***

أولا افسد بشدة الإستمتاع بالقصة بسلاسة الترجمة العربية الكسولة التي جعلت من تراكيب الجمل لا هي أنجليزية ولا عربية..بل تراكيب مربكة بحق قللت جدا من الإستمتاع بالقصة

عاما أسلوب المؤلف سينمائي جيد جدا، يمتاز ببعض الحس المرح في الحوار في مواقف قليلة خلال تلك القصة الثقيلة
لم اشعر بالكثير من وصف اوسلو بالأحداث...و ربما الترجمة قللت اهتمامي بالسطور القليلة في وصفها ، ولكن اعجبني ان المؤلف أدخل الكثير من نمط المدينة نفسها، و عيوب الحكم الحالي "الحزب الإشتراكي" و التطويرات التي تحدث بها حاليا

لكن اجزاء الهيروين ، أصله من البداية وتصنيعه وتعاطيه وتاثيراته و غشه بالمواد الكيميائية و تصديره و خبايا ضلوع الشرطة والمحليات مع كبار التجار كل هذا تك تقديمه بشكل مثير و"حي" كأنه واقعي -ولعله كذلك انظر إلي تلك المقالة مثلا والمستخدمة لجلب صور واقعية من شوارع اوسلو توضح انتشار المخدرات
Article about the Drug Addicts in Oslo / the source of most of the photos here

والأهم هنا ، نعم ستقرأ بتفاصيل تعاطي الهروين ولكن بعكس المؤلفين المصريين عاما لن تشعر أبدا أن المؤلف "يتلذذ" بعرض الشعور الطيب للمخدرات... الجانب الضار والخطير موجود هنا دوما من البداية
بل اعجبني ايضا شرح فكرة كيمياء التي يفرزها المخ والتي تسبب شعور بالسعادة لكنها ايضا تسرع من الشعور بالشقاء والبؤس والاعتماد الكلي علي تلك المادة الضارة

-بل والبطل نفسه يحاول طوال الوقت الابتعاد عن الكحوليات...أيا كان السبب الذي أرغمه علي ذلك من الأجزاء السابقة-


الاستخدام المفرط للمفاجات قد يكون عيبا لمحبي القراءة السريعة ، وعناء لمتصيدي ال
Plot hole
وقد اعتبر نفسي من النوع الاخير
وجدت نفسي كثيرا اقول ، تبا ، هل هذا الذي في الفلاش باك هو هذه الشخصية في الحاضر....فكما قلت القصة تدور بين ذكريات الفتي القتيل و تحقيقات هاري حول كيف تم قتله
فبالتأكيد الكشف الاخير قد يجعلك متشككا

لذا، يمكنك بعد إنهاء القراءة الاولي المتمهلة إعادة قراءة سريعة بعد ان عرفت كل الشخصيات ستجد ان الامر مثيرا وكل قطعة بازل في مكانها -تقريبا- وهذا ما رفع تقييمي من 3 نجوم لأربعة. .. الإتقان

*** الشخصيات ***

هاري هول
... اعتقد ان سببا وجيها حدث له سابقا ليبتعد عن حب عمره وابنها ، ندبه وجهه الظاهرة بشكل هلال ، الاصبع المبتور نصفه ، ابتعاده عن اوسلو لثلاث سنوات ، مقاومته القوية لرغبته في شرب الكحوليات وحكايته مع "بيتي لون" الشرطية صديقته وباقي زملائه السابقين في الجهاز ..وحكايته ذات التاريخ مع "راكيل" وابنها والتي كانت سببا لبدء تلك الرواية
كل هذه التفاصيل إن اعتبرت ان تلك الرواية قراءتك الاولي والاخيرة من سلسلة هاري هول ستجدها تمنح الشخصيات ثقل وابعاد وتاريخ ولن يقلل من استمتاع او سهولة التعرف علي شخصيتهم بشكل كامل من خلال هذا الجزء فحسب

مثلا "مايكل بليمان" الشرطي بالتأكيد له ظهور في قصص سابقة ولكنه هنا سيكون له دورا مهما في سير الحكاية ومساعدة هاري

بل وربما الشرطي الاخر"ترلسن" له ظهور في اجزاء سابقة .ولكن هو هنا محور تلك القصة نفسها

وحتي الشخصيات المرتبطة بهذه القصة فحسب لها ابعاد قوية تظهر بالمفاجأت بالنهاية ... تحليل نفسي بسيط للفساد او الاشخاص المستعدة للرشوة ، او الباحث عن القوة والزعامة..والميراث ، من يخفي جموحه الجنسي وراء مظهر صارم ، من يعوض احساسه بانه غير مرغوب بالنفوذ او المال...او المخدرات
اعتقد ان المؤلف نجح فعلا في جعل بعض الشخصيات الفرعية ذات أبعاد واقعية ذات حياة

*** النهاية ***

لكنها في النهاية رواية اثارة وتشويق...وقد نجحت في ذلك
ربما كنت اتوقع عمق اكثر ولكنها سريعة ومثيرة بما يكفي وتمنحك رحلة مختلفة للنرويج
وبالتاكيد جذبتني لقراءة المزيد ولكن بالأخص والاهم قراءة الجزء السابع والجزء اللاحق العاشر وما بعده إن صارت الامور تنتهي دوما ببعض المصائر المعلقة لشخصيات رئيسية

مع العلم ان عالميا تعرف الجمهور الناطق بالانجليزية علي هاري هول من الكتاب الخامس ثم الثالث والرابع...وتمت ترجمة الاول والثاني -الاقل تفضيلا- في الفترة بين صدور الكتاب التاسع والعاشر

وهناك فيلم مقتبس عن الجزء السابع "رجل الثلج" والذي له أثرا بهذا الجزء

وها قد عدنا من النرويج بعد قصة مخدرات مثيرة...ارشح جو نيسيو لمحبي الروايات الاثارة والمفاجأت وتكر دوما ان اهل المدينة ادري بشعابها... لذا من المثير فعلا قراءة قصة بهذا المجتمع الذي لا نعرف عنه الكثير من خلال كاتب محلي

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April 6, 2023
Jag hade gått minst en månad utan en enda jävla fucking norsk bok och suget var mer än vad jag stod ut med, och nu stod vi på gatan i detta helvetes australiensiska stadskvarter, fucking Goodwood eller vad det nu heter, de vet inte ens vad norska är, och tjejen börjar tjata om att kunde vi inte ta och titta lite i skyltfönstret på den där affären, de kanske har nåt mysigt, eller hur älskling?

Det var en sån där värdelös fucking op shop, det är vad det heter down under, gamla kläder som tom din morsa skulle vara generad att sätta på sig och skitböcker typ Twilight, inte en sportslig att det kunde finnas nåt jag ville läsa, men då ta mig fan vad ser jag längst ner men det är en Nesbø, inte på fucking engelska alltså, en äkta Nesbø, fucking incredible. Ett ögonblick tror jag att den är verkligen på norska men då förstår jag att det är den svenska upplagan, okej, inte perfekt men bra nog, finns det ingen horse så är väl moffe bättre än fucking ingenting eller hur? Och då ser jag att de har precis stängt, tantfittan som har hand om det hela håller just på med att låsa dörren och är på väg ut.

Jag skojar inte, jag var nära att gråta, Please miss säger jag på min bästa engelska, you have a very interesting book there, jag ger henne en sån där jävla shit eating grin, det gör ont i käkmusklerna jag brer på så tjockt, is there any chance you could open again, tjejen är helt med på noterna, hon fattar snabbt, det är det jag gillar med henne, oh yes säger hon, and there's one I'd really like too. Tantfittan står och tvekar men vi drar ännu hårdare på smajlarna och sen sätter hon in nyckeln igen och låser upp. Four dollars but I can't give you any change säger hon, om hon bara visste, jag slänger en femma åt henne och roffa till mig boken, fy djävla fucking fan, mer än fem hundra sidor skandikrimis, Can you really read that? kvittrar tantfittan men det är knappt att jag hör henne, jag vill börja läsa den on the spot men tjejen drar iväg mig så jag får vänta tills vi kommit hem.

Fucking Adelaide alltså.
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3,323 reviews2,143 followers
October 10, 2015
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. The characters, the authors style, the depth of the story lines have all grown along the way. This is an excellent series all round and one I recommend wholeheartedly.
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Author 9 books6,941 followers
March 25, 2016
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 guilty and to find the real killer.

In his absence, the boy who once called Harry "Dad," has fallen into a life of addiction and crime as a powerful new drug called Violin has swept through the city. Harry is someone who understands the power of addiction and, now clean and sober, he sets himself to the task of saving this boy that he loves.

Without the power of the police force behind him, Harry faces a seriously uphill struggle and the effort takes him deep into the shadowy world of drugs, criminal gangs and the police and politicians who either attempt to resolve the problem or to capitalize upon it. It's a gripping story that leads to a shattering climax, and Nesbo teases out the story in a way that's almost as addictive as the drug at the center of it.

It's a powerful novel and a great read but one cannot emphasize enough the importance of reading this series in order. The reader new to the series certainly does not want to start here. Admittedly, the first two books in the series, The Bat and Cockroaches are a bit weaker than the ones that follow, but at a minimum, one should start with the third book, The Redbreast before moving on. The principal attraction of these books is the character of Harry Hole and the world that surrounds him and no reader would want to deprive him or herself of the pleasure of watching these relationships unfold in order.
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477 reviews29 followers
January 29, 2018
όχι, όχι, όχι, όχι, αρνούμαι να ακολουθήσω τι έχει γίνει, δεν παίζει αυτό,
έι κύριε Nesbo γιατί το κάνεις αυτό; σε μισώ #νοτ
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Author 2 books146 followers
July 25, 2018
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 αφυπνίσει πλήρως το αστυνομικό ένστικτό του χωρίς να υποκύψει στον σχεδόν-γονιδιακό εγωισμό του. Το χιούμορ του παραμένει διαβρωτικό, αν και είναι λιγότερο κυνικός συγκριτικά με τα προηγούμενα βιβλία. Μου άρεσε πολύ το γεγονός πως ο Nesbo έκανε χρονικό άλμα τριών χρόνων γιατί αφενός με έβαλε στην διαδικασία να συμπληρώσω κενά, αφετέρου περίμενα μία ωρίμανση του βασανισμένου ήρωα. Του γεννημένου αμφισβητία. Ακόμη συνεχίζει να μην θέλει να εμπνεύσει φρούδες ελπίδες γι’ αυτό αμφιβάλλει για τα κίνητρα, την ενοχή φτάνοντας σε σημείο να χάνει τον ίδιο του τον εαυτό.

Ακολουθεί κρίση πανικού!

Γαμώτο Φαζ (Fassbender) γιατί δεν εκτίμησες την τιμή που σου δόθηκε να υποδυθείς τον Χάρι; Ενθουσιαστήκαμε τόσοι nesbomaniacs στα πέριξ και μας απογοήτευσες οικτρά.
Αφού επανήλθα στα φυσιολογικά συνεχίζω. Όπως και στα προηγούμενα βιβλία έπαθα ένα μπερδεγοϋει με τα ονόματα γλωσσοδέτες π.χ κατηφόρισε την Ουρτεγκάτα κι ύστερα την Πλατουσγκάτα και βγήκε στην Γκρενλαντλειρετ Γκρενλαντσλέιρετ. Για δύο κεφάλαια μπέρδευα τον Τρουλς με τον Τουρ! Ανάθεμά σας είστε όλοι Τουλς! Η αναφορά σε μέταλ συγκροτήματα όπως Slipknot και Judas Priest δίνουν χαρά στην blackening heart μου.
Είμαι λάτρης των YA αλλά επιβαλλόταν να κάνω ένα break, να βάλω λίγο μυστήριο στη ζωή μου. Να λύσω άλλο ένα αίνιγμα για προχωρημένους αφού όπως πάντα η ευθύνη μετατίθεται από τον έναν υποψήφιο στον άλλο σαν μπαλάκι του τένις στο Γουίμπλεντον. Σαν πετυχημένο βιβλίο μυστηρίου οφείλει να έχει μία εξήγηση που θα γουρλώσεις τα μάτια σου σαν της κουκουβάγιας.

Ω ναι εδώ η λύση του εγκλήματος δεν αφήνει κανέναν αναγνώστη ανικανοποίητο, ούτε και τον πιο υποψιασμένο. Είχα ξεχάσει πως καταβρόχθιζα τα βιβλία του Nesbo, πως αγωνιούσα μαζί με τον Χάρι. Πως προσπαθούσα να πιάσω το νήμα της αλήθειας αλλά ξεγλιστρούσε από τα ακροδάχτυλά μου.
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692 reviews132 followers
April 11, 2016
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.

After The Leopard case, Harry returned to Hong Kong, from where he returns to Oslo to work as an ex cop to resolve a case that involves him too deeply. Rakel's son Oleg has become a drug addict, and is accused of having killed one of his friends. Oleg a killer? What happened really, and why? While Harry tries to find out, it turns out everyone wants to keep him out of Norway, everyone for a different reason. The (corrupt members of) police, the corrupted someone elses, the bad guys, the drug lords, the real killer.

A(n adorably) loose cannon as always, and again with less than orthodox investigation methods. But he's set to find out the bad guy(s), and nothing will stop him.

Five stars, and there were some very beautiful parts in the story. There were also of course some very shocking things (despite Harry saying that people don't change)... It's not possibly to say anything about the end or the solution without spoiling the book, so I'll leave out everything regarding the end or the fix (at least until someone comments on it). This book will be out in the US in September (I couldn't resist so I got a UK copy). And as always, Don Bartlett helps keep Harry's adventures enjoyable by being a great translator.

A question is left lingering in Phantom. Perhaps to give a clue (without spoiling it), a new Harry Hole book will be out next year (in English).
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1,341 reviews317 followers
April 23, 2023
Значи, по едно време на издателя на Несбьо му е писнало, хванал го е за ръчичка и го е записал в курс по творческо писане.

Само така мога да си обясня, как изведнъж той започна да пише стегнато, без излишни и объркващи читателя моменти, дори успя да вмъкне две съвсем не лошо списани любовни сцени в тази и предната книга от поредицата, истинско чудо! :)

След три годишно отсъствие, Хари се завръща в Осло. Причината е ужасяваща - Олег е арестуван и обвинен в убийството на най-добрия си приятел, наркоман по прякор "Крадльото", с когото са пласирали нова синтетична дрога за тайствен и могъщ мафиотски бос.

Но се оказва, че Хари не знае твърде много неща и нищо не е такова, каквото изглежда на пръв поглед. Той е следен още от качването си на самолета и животът му не струва пукната пара. Хуле поема смело кръста си и го носи достойно, до самия край!

Страхотно изграден трилър, човек не чете, а направо препуска по страниците му, в желанието си да научи развръзката. Която естествено, е крайно необичайна!

P.S. Българският превод е неприятно направен, чак дразни. Пример:

несъщ брат или сестра - стига де...

Няма ли това издателство редактори и коректори?!?
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247 reviews16 followers
July 21, 2023
I-aș fi dat 5, dar mi-a rupt inima finalul. Îl urăsc pe Jo Nesbo, era și așa prea mult pentru Harry, de ce trebuia să-l facă fărâme? Complexă povestea, excelent scrisă, iar Nesbo nu se dezminte. Cred că puțini autori reușesc să te facă să te atașezi de personaj, să suferi efectiv pentru drama lui. Totuși nu înțeleg de ce a ales să ne facă să trecem printr-o așa dramă, să distrugă două personaje dintr-un foc. Criminal!
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319 reviews402 followers
October 21, 2013
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 course, ennui is imbued into the populace (as it is also reflected in the works of prominent Russian writers - Anna Karenina comes to mind). Just as we continue to struggle here in the States with our history of slavery and the resulting racial tensions, so do Europe and Scandinavia struggle in coming to terms with Nazism and the Bolshevik revolution (More than a few reviewers have expressed their dissatisfaction with the Nordic writers' pre-occupation with Nazism). And yet, the rise in popularity of these Nordic thrillers here in the States is puzzling given our strong tendency towards literary Romanticism. We like for the good guys to win, we like emotion, we like our heroes (as opposed to anti-heroes) we enjoy free will, and in general consider ourselves in control of our own lives.

Having said that: there is excellence in Literary Naturalism. The above doesn't mean we can't enjoy a well written novel, an intriguing mystery, a flawed anti-hero, a well crafted story written in the style of literary Naturalism. It doesn't mean we can't enjoy the works of Jo Nesbo. I did.

In Jo Nesbo's words: "I come from a family of readers and story tellers." With a librarian mother and a father who sat before the fire and told the kids stories they wanted to hear (each repetition bringing something new to the tale) Jo's foundation was carved in stone. Again, in his own life story we sense the determinism filtering into his life: he wanted to be a soccer star but an injury put a quick stop to this; with a dreadful feeling of fate guiding his life he entered the military in the hopes something would happen (what happened was "Self-Discipline"); thinking he might want to be an economist he entered the world of finance which he abandoned as well; someone told him he could play guitar (he only knew 3 chords) and he formed several bands, Di Derre being the most successful; and finally he wrote (on an airplane to begin with) and he never stopped.

The Redbreast is Jo Nesbo's third Harry Hole (pronounced "Hooleh") novel (the other two not being translated for a US audience as of yet) and is Nesbo's claim to fame. So, this is where we start. Yes, the books should be read in order! For an American audience, Harry Hole can be likened to Harry Bosch; he defies authority, is an outcast within his own organization, is best left alone to do this job (his office is at the end of the hall), is more of an anti-hero than a hero, has trouble with his romantic life, lives alone, has a fierce propensity for justice (as opposed to the Law) and once let loose is like a pit bull with a bone fastened to his jaws. But perhaps the most compelling reason why Harry Hole has such a following is Nesbo's devastating characterization of what exactly comprises a flawed hero. Upon reflection, American hard-boiled writers don't come close to accomplishing the same. This is not too dissimilar to the way Nesbo sees himself.

Bjarne Møller, my former boss, says people like me always choose the line of most resistance. It's in what he calls our 'accursed nature'. That's why we always end up on our own. I don't know. I like being alone. Perhaps I have grown to like my self-image of being a loner, too....I think you have to find something about yourself that you like in order to survive. Some people say being alone is unsociable and selfish. But you're independent and you don't drag others down with you, if that's the way you're heading. Many people are afraid of being alone. But it made me feel strong, free and invulnerable.

And...ah, yes, there is the matter of plot! So how do we justify this decided streak of fate/determinism within the novels with Nesbo's apparent mastery of plot? The two seemingly ought to contradict each other. On the one hand, we have Nesbo's almost Shakespearean tendency to cast characters as marionette puppets on the strings of fate (the very opposite of plot), while on the other hand we are riveted by the very complex actions and reactions made by Harry Hole during his investigations (Nesbo is a master at not adding anything superfluous to his novels). Perhaps it is an unholy marriage between the two that transfixes us. His plots are intricate, very complex, the seemingly irrelevant details exposed throughout the novels become larger than life as the story closes, and they can weave through time, forward and backward, as the story unfolds. But, with a little alacrity, we can remember we are reading Naturalism and so it isn't always Harry Hole making events happen, but rather the reverse, it is the events that move Harry Hole. Again, it is a matter of preference but in Nesbo's case it is done with utter expertise as a writer.

The exposition/setting is often Scandinavia: the weather is somber, the descriptions grey-like, the people absorbed with alcohol and withdrawn, if not bundled and sequestered. And yet, the dialogue and scenes are full of references to other millieus', continents, languages, and cleverly hidden philosophical references that speak to a widely cultured audience (as opposed to American writers of this genre who rarely venture beyond the borders of their land, if not their own State). And as with plot, there are no superfluous details. Everything in the novels matters and Nesbo does not forget even the tiniest detail to which he's made a seemingly furtive reference earlier on in the story. This is one of the biggest reasons why I love Jo Nesbo.

I thoroughly enjoyed Jo Nesbo's The Redbreast and am currently reading the remaining Harry Hole novels. I remain intrigued by events left undone (such as the fate of our undiscovered villain in this and other stories). You'll just have to read the novels to find out more.

Oh, yes, as with other series this review is likely to be repeated for all (unless there is a drastic divergence from what I have written here). So, if you've read this review, you've read 'em all. Enjoy!
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921 reviews114 followers
December 9, 2012
"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 thought. No depth. A paper template of Harry Hole twisting in an idiotic Hollywood-style plot.

Nesbo's "Redbreast" is a great novel. Several of his other books are refreshing takes on crime noir, with the unique Norwegian twist. This is not a good novel unless one needs some pastime for a 12-hour flight. I have never expected I will regret wasting time for a Nesbo's book.

Two stars (for good writing and good translation).
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580 reviews107 followers
September 30, 2016
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 της αιώνιας αγάπης του, της Ράκελ. Σε κάθε περίπτωση, ακόμα και αν ο Όλεγκ δεν είναι ο δολοφόνος του φίλου του, δούλευε και ο ίδιος ως βαποράκι, προκειμένου να εξασφαλίσει τη δική του δόση.

Με τον Όλεγκ μπλεγμένο για τα καλά στον κόσμο των ναρκωτικών και να τον κυνηγάνε από παντού (το δολοφονημένο βαποράκι δεν ήταν όποιος κι όποιος), τη Ράκελ σε κατάσταση απόγνωσης και το Χάρι να βάζει λυτούς και δεμένους για να λύσει την υπόθεση, το βιβλίο κρατάει σε εγρήγορση τον αναγνώστη, αφήνοντάς τον με ανοιχτό το στόμα πολλές φορές, συγκλονισμένο και συνεπαρμένο από την καταιγιστική δράση. Κινηματογραφική αφήγηση, νουάρ ατμόσφαιρα, διαρκείς ανατροπές και ένα τέλος … για το οποίο δεν μπορώ να σκεφτώ λέξεις να το περιγράψω. Ευτυχώς όταν είχα διαβάσει το βιβλίο είχε μόλις βγει το δέκατο βιβλίο και ήξερα ότι το βασικό cliffhanger θα ανατραπεί. Μην διαβάσετε επίσης το δέκατο μέρος (Αστυνομία) προτού διαβάσετε το ένατο.

Ένας Νέσμπο στα καλύτερά του, με το Φαντομά και την Αστυνομία να είναι τα προσωπικά αγαπημένα μου και αυτά που θα προτιμούσα να δω στον κινηματογράφο. Κατά τη γνώμη μου ο Νέσμπο με αυτά τα βιβλία έχει φτάσει στο αποκορύφωμα της συγγραφικής του τεχνικής. Επίσης, νομίζω ότι τα προηγούμενα βιβλία είναι το τίμημα που θα πρέπει να πληρώσετε ώστε να καταλάβετε καλύτερα αυτά τα δύο και να ζήσετε στο έπακρο τις στιγμές αγωνίας του Χάρι και της Ράκελ. Στο κοινωνικό μήνυμα της υπόθεσης, είναι συγκλονιστικό το πόσο εύκολα μπορεί ένα παιδί καλής οικογένειας να μπλέξει με «κακές παρέες» και πού μπορεί να φτάσει μετά. Έχω διαβάσει κι άλλα βιβλία για ναρκωτικά, αλλά νομίζω ότι αυτό ήταν από τα πιο έντονα. Ο Νέσμπο είχε ανέκαθεν έντονο κοινωνικό προβληματισμό για το πού μπορεί να οδηγήσουν απρόβλεπτες καταστάσεις και τι κίνητρα να αποκτήσει ένας νεαρός, ενώ το μέλλον του προοιωνιζόταν διαφορετικό.

Με απλά λόγια: Διαβάστε το!!!
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2,012 reviews38 followers
October 27, 2020
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."

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559 reviews111 followers
November 20, 2018
Nije da čitam samo krimiće, ali koliko sam ih pročitao, serijal o Harry Holeu je najbolje što tržište trenutno nudi.

Mislim da su za to tri razloga. Prvo, Harry je jako kul lik. Taman dovoljno, a ne i suviše mračan, da ne ispadne karikatura. Drugo, zapleti - pa i obrati - su verovatni. Svaki zaplet je otprilike razumljiv, može se pravdati na osnovu pročitanog do tada. I, možda i najvažnije, Nesbo je jako dobar pisac. A to nije često slučaj u "žanrovskoj književnosti".

Utvara je možda najbolji naslov u serijalu. Nakon serijskog ubice, na red opet dolazi borba sa organizovanim kriminalom. Ponovo je u centru pažnje trgovina narkoticima u Oslu. Ali, ovaj put, priča je za Harryja mnogo ličnija, pred kraj knjige i mračnija. Ništa, mora se čitati dalje.
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587 reviews111 followers
June 25, 2018
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, villains, murderers, pimps - but also corrupt cops and politicians on the make. Harry has to find the shadowy head of the main drug cartel. He is up against a wall of silence. The Russian gangsters at the apex of the drugs trade do not like grasses and have devised inventive ways of murdering snitches and other inconvenients - my favourite involves a brick with nails hammered into it and a long drop.

In many ways this is a conventional thriller with the usual plot twists and stomach churning about turns. Hoever nobody does this better than Mr Nesbo. A good read.
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31 reviews3 followers
March 28, 2012
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 after you read it; the ending is powerful and totally surprised me. I can't stop thinking about the book! If you're a fan of the Harry Hole series then I can strongly recommend this book.
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17 reviews1 follower
April 6, 2012
Can't really comment without spoiling the book. But it's terribly good.
156 reviews22 followers
August 23, 2016
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 εθιστική και εμπεριστατωμένη η γραφή του συγγραφέα που με έκανε να απορώ αν κάποια στιγμή της ζωής του είχε υπάρξει και ο ίδιος 'τζάνκι', γιατί αλλιώς δεν γίνεται, τέτοιες γνώσεις και τέτοια λεπτομέρεια απαιτούν τρελή έρευνα και παρέα με κόσμο που χάνει τη ζωή του με αυτόν τον 'διάβολο'.
Η δράση καταιγιστική, δεν σε αφήνει να πάρεις ανάσα! Ειδικά το τελευταίο τρίτο του βιβλίου διαβάζεται απνευστί, γυρνάνε οι σελίδες λες και φυσάνε 10 μποφόρ και η ιστορία εκτυλίσσεται με την ταχύτητα σφαίρας μετά την εκπυρσοκρότηση ενός όπλου! Και το τέλος - τι τέλος είναι αυτό ρε γίγαντα Nesbo!!! Γεμάτο ένταση και τόσο πλούσιο σε εικόνες, συναισθήματα και σκέψεις που σε αφήνει άφωνο να απορείς, να συλλογίζεσαι και να προβληματίζεσαι.
Όσο για τον Χάρι, για άλλη μια φορά ο Nesbo δεν τον αφήνει σε χλωρό κλαρί. Μόνο που τώρα έχει να αντιμετωπίσει τους πάντες: τον υπόκοσμο των ναρκωτικών, τη βρώμικη πλευρά της αστυνομίας, τους "δικούς" του ανθρώπους, τα συναισθήματά του, τα πιστεύω του, τα ιδανικά του, τον ίδιο του τον εαυτό! Και, φυσικά, δεν θα βγει αλώβητος ούτε από αυτήν τη μάχη.
Ειλικρινά πιστεύω ότι ο Χάρι θα πρέπει κάποια στιγμή να έχει το τέλος που του αξίζει: έναν ηρωικό - ή μη - θάνατο! Για να φύγει από έναν κόσμο που ούτε συμπάθησε ούτε τον συμπάθησαν...
Μετά από όλα αυτά το άγχος μου είναι ένα: μπορεί ο Nesbo στο επόμενο βιβλίο του (την "Αστυνομία") να συνεχίσει στο ίδιο επίπεδο την ιστορία ή θα χαλάσει όλο το ιδιαίτερο feeling που έχει δημιουργήσει σε αυτό το βιβλίο;;; (9/10)
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51 reviews18 followers
January 5, 2019
Το συγκαταλέγω στα καλύτερα του Νέσμπο. Νομίζω ότι όσο προχωρά η σειρά του Χόλε απογειώνεται. Ο Φαντομάς είναι ένα αστυνομικό με κεντρική ιδέα το κύκλωμα ναρκωτικών.

Θετικά στοιχεία
- Εκεί που είσαι σίγουρος ότι βρήκες τον δολοφόνο, τσουπ, η ανατροπή.
- Σου δημιουργεί αγωνία για τη συνέχεια χωρίς να σε κάνει να βαριέσαι.
- Περιέγραψε το κύκλωμα ναρκωτικών και τη διαφθορά σε ικανοποιητικό βαθμό.
- Εναλλαγές στην αφήγηση. Δεν παρουσιάζει μόνο τις κινήσεις του Χάρι, αλλά σταδιακά αποκαλύπτει τα γεγονότα μέσω του θύματος.

Αρνητικά στοιχεία
- Εντόπισα κάποια στοιχεία υπερβολής, όπως
- Στο οπισθόφυλλο των εκδόσεων σου αποκαλύπτει το πρόσωπο που είναι μπλεγμένο στην υπόθεση (το έχουμε γνωρίσει μέσα από τα άλλα βιβλία με τον Χόλε), ενώ θα προτιμούσα να το μάθω μέσα από την ιστορία για να νιώσω την έκπληξη.
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Author 23 books165 followers
May 27, 2017
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 određenu kvotu slovnih mesta pre nego što preda rukopis.
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146 reviews36 followers
November 10, 2019
Γενικά θα έλεγα ότι ήταν ανιαρό, χωρίς κλιμάκωση, χωρίς συναίσθημα. Ισως βέβαια φταίει ότι το αμέσως προηγούμενο(Η λεοπαρδαλη)ήταν εξαιρετικό...Θα βάλω 3* αντί 2 γιατί απ'τη σελ. 481 και μετά είναι παρόν το στοιχείο της έκπληξης.

Υ.γ. Ντάξει το τέλος δε θα το συζητήσω καν. ΑΡΚΕΤΆ με τη Ράκελ, το παλεύουμε 5 βιβλία, ελεος πια!!!

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735 reviews21 followers
December 20, 2019
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.
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1,199 reviews95 followers
April 23, 2018
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.
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