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Phantom: A Harry Hole Novel (9)

Phantom: A Harry Hole Novel (9)

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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.

BONUS: This ebook edition includes an excerpt from Jo Nesbø's Police.
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.

BONUS: This ebook edition includes an excerpt from Jo Nesbø's Police.

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Publish date: Oct 2, 2012
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norinrad10 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
This series just keeps getting better and better. If you're interested in Scandinavian crime fiction forget Steig Larrson, Nesbo is head and shoulders above. In Harry Hole he has created one of the great detectives. In this round Hole returns clean and sober from 4 years in the far East because someone close to him has been involved in a murder. Even though Hole is trying to protect his loved one, he can't stop being a cop. This one's a keeper.
shazjhb reviewed this
The best of the police man series. I have read them all and now will have to wait for new books.
aramissciant reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Excellent! Jo Nesbø elevates the thriller to the level of Greek tragedy and though Harry Hole (as usual) goes through a lot in this book, it is the emotional pain of losing the ones he loves most what really breaks your heart. This to me not only makes the book much better but also, personally, I prefer this more emotional challenge to the almost-torture-porn turn that the series took in The Leopard.The end is a bit ambiguous but there are three bad guys out there (four, if you include the person who shot him last) and I'm hoping that, despite all he's been though, Harry's back to clean up this last mess in the closing installment of the Henry Hole saga.
rwt42 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
The latest in the Harry Hole series. Not as macabre as most of the series and, again, not many good things happen to Harry. I had to read the ending twice to figure out what happened I'm still aren't sure. Maybe it will be like the soap operas?
tottman_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Phantom is the first Harry Hole and the first Jo Nesbo novel I’ve read. He lives up to the hype. Nordic crime fiction seems to share a sort of dark and moody atmosphere. Nesbo has that too, but he also has more action and intensity than some of the other Nordic novelists I’ve read. Having not read any Harry Hole books before, I felt I was able to pick up on the character and his background rather quickly. Reading earlier novels in the series would be helpful and perhaps enrich the experience, but it is not necessary to read them in order to enjoy this book..Harry Hole is an outstanding character. Dark, brooding, and trapped by his policeman nature that doesn’t allow him to pursue his own happiness. He recognizes that there are any number of choices along the way, but he always picks the one that drags him in deeper and leads him closer to the truth.Nesbo paints a grim and unforgiving picture of Oslo and particularly the drug scene there. Harry Hole’s outlook is nearly as dark. He knows he has a blind spot for Rakel and Oleg, the woman he left behind and her son, but he fights through it to find the truth behind the murder Oleg has been accused of. His own alcoholic past leaves him few friends among his former police colleagues upon whom he can rely. Where others are willing to accept easy answers, Harry keeps pushing, no matter the personal cost.Phantom is an intense book, and the last half of the book rushes at you with a series of twists and turns that keeps you guessing and a shocking ending that will stick with you long after you put the book down. Highly recommended.I was fortunate to receive an advance copy of this book
jr7raluces reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Being a massive Jo Nesbo fan, and more to the point a massive fan of his character Harry Hole meant that I was always going to enjoy, relish this installment of his adventures. The book starts with a rats view of things, and Harry Hole returning from his Hong Kong world we were introduced to the in the Leopard. Harry returns after the murder of a junkie in Oslo, which it turns out his surrogate son Oleg is the man arrested and deemed responsible. Harry is not part of the police force, they don't want him back, he is on a personal mission, but we do see many familiar faces along the way in this book that we have been introduced to in previous Harry Hole exploits. The love of his life Rakel featuring, alongside more recent characters seen in the Leopard. The book does have it's faults, a mid forties man with a serious drink problem, now combined with an opium preference does find himself in some extreme situations, and last minute, quite convenient escapes, however,I won't focus on these, as I love the book and the character too much. In my eyes, there is not much Harry Hole is not capable of, and so where many might find some parts unbelieveable, I can't. Well written, as always, there are superb twists and turns,keeping you gripped and reading page after page. The ending is simply stunning, I won't and don't want to say too much or give anything away, so please, just read it for yourselves! Trust me, you'll thank me for it. I do recommending reading the Harry Hole novels in order, starting with Redbreast, still my favourite I might add. It gives you a proper introduction and flavour to both the character and the author. ENJOY!
nbmars reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Note: There are no spoilers for this book.This is the latest police detective thriller in the Harry Hole series, and it brings back a number of characters from earlier books. On the surface it is a dark, gritty tale about competing drug gangs in Oslo, but the story goes much, much deeper. The roiling passions spilling out from those who are involved suggest there may be more to the murders being committed than competition for territory. Harry, though ostensibly no longer on the police force, has his own reasons to get in the investigation. Being a policeman is something Harry has difficulty giving up, even when it’s a life or death matter.Discussion: As usual, Nesbo gives us clues throughout that we should have picked up, if only we had known where to look! Surely, we think, as we metaphorically pace back and forth in our minds from the tension, Harry can see what we cannot! But as even Harry admits (in perhaps a meta comment on the book), our brains are always willing to see only the consoling answers needed by our hearts. All of the characters fall prey to this fallacy.Phantom is structured, in an important way, like James Joyces’ Finnegans Wake, which is to say, among other things, it is quite clever. It also is driven by the same Biblical and Shakespearian themes that characterize Joyce’s Ulysses. Intentionally or not, Nesbo has created a story that touches upon major chords of the human psyche. This is not just a superficial crime thriller. Additionally, amidst the Dante-esque tour of Oslo’s drug underworld, Nesbo intersperses flights of literary beauty that shine glimmers of light on subterranean Oslo and its environs:"The long, slim feminine legs of the pine trees rose into the skirt of green that cast hazy afternoon shadows across the gravel in front of the house.”"Harry focused on the spruce trees. The little colour remaining was quickly sucked out of them, and now they stood like ranks of black uniformed silhouette-guardsmen. Then he heard her come over, felt her hand under his arm, her head against his shoulder, her hot cheek through his linen suit, and breathed in the perfume of her hair. … [She] had started crying and buried her face in his neck. The tears warmed his skin as they ran down inside his shirt, over his chest, over his heart.”Evaluation: OMG. The mix of hope and love and pain broke my heart, all the way through, and left me absolutely bowled over. This is a must-read for fans of the Harry Hole series! Not recommended as a standalone – one should be aware of Harry’s story from at least The Snowman onward.
karieh_2 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
I was so excited to start “Phantom”. As much of a train wreck as detective Harry Hole is – he is an incredibly interesting and compelling character. In the last year, I’ve inhaled all of the Jo Nesbo books I can get my hands on.And since I can’t help but worry about Harry…the beginning of this book gave me hope. Harry comes back clean and sober…and seemingly ready to start some semblance of a normal life. But – turns out he’s back to deal with another nightmare case. A case that hits incredibly close to home.What is left of Harry’s heart is with his ex Rakel and her son Oleg. The three of them have gone to the edge of hell and back – but their journey is not over. Harry comes back to try and save Oleg and to see what remains of the life they once had.When he first sees Rakel again, “Harry felt a claw close around his heart and wrench it around. Her figure was the same: slim, erect. The face was the same: heart-shaped with dark-brown eyes and the broad mouth that liked to laugh so much. The hair was almost the same: long, though the color was perhaps a tad lighter. But the eyes were changed. They were the eyes of a hunted animal, widened, wild. But when they fell on Harry it was as if something had returned. Something of the person she had been. Of what they had been.”What separates these books/the character of Harry Hole from the average thrillers are not the details (alcoholic, self-destructive detective…one man against the system…) but the depth that Nebo creates. Harry Hole may be like no one we’ve ever met – but he feels real. He could be a real, flawed, human person – one the reader cares about and can’t help rooting for.“He could have been on a plane to Bangkok. But that was the point; he could have been on a plane to Bangkok now. He simply didn’t have the ability – it was a deficiency, an operating fault; his clubfoot was that he had never been able to tell himself he didn’t care, to forget, to clear out. He could drink, but he sobered up. He was undoubtedly a very damaged person.”“Phantom” is not a story about Harry Hole turning his life around. In this book, he realizes that his life is so intertwined with that of Rakel and Oleg’s that there is no separating them. In this book, he goes to even darker places than he thought possible.“Harry knew how this had to end. It was as inevitable as his return to Oslo. Just as he knew that the human need for order and cohesion meant he would manipulate his mind into seeing a kind of logic to it. Because the notion that everything is no more than cold chaos, that there is no meaning, is harder to bear than even the worst, though comprehensible, tragedy.”Harry Hole is a character like no other – and his story is one I will always want to read – even as I am filled with frustration that I am able to change the endings.
bookczuk reviewed this
Rated 5/5
I think this is my favorite Harry Hole as a book, though my favorite passage in the series still remains the chapter of Harry's messages to Ellen on her answering machine way back earlier in the series. The pulling together of so many threads and characters was masterfully treated. And the use of the Gusto as a narrator of his story was masterful. So good, but so sad as well. Can't say more without including a spoiler.
ebyrne41_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
The latest in the Harry Hole series from Jo Nesbo, Phantom is yet another good read, even if I thought it a little long and a little lacking in pace at times. But maybe that was my slow reading of it. And the airline pilot, your interest is stirred, but then what? But this is still another good read from Nesbo, this time centered on drugs and Harry's return from the Far East to investigate a murder involving his surrogate son. Harry is at the outset quite a ravaged and battle scarred individual and as things unfold you must wonder how he is still going. On that note, I must not say too much more! Another Nesbo to recommend.

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