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The Devil’s Star: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 5

De : Jo Nesbo
Lu par : Sean Barrett
Série : Harry Hole Series, Volume 5
Durée : 14 h et 6 min
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A young woman is murdered in her Oslo flat. One finger has been severed from her left hand, and behind her eyelid is secreted a tiny red diamond in the shape of a five-pointed star – a pentagram, the devil’s star.

Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case with his long-time adversary Tom Waaler and initially wants no part in it. But Harry is already on notice to quit the force and is left with little alternative but to drag himself out of his alcoholic stupor and get to work.

A wave of similar murders is on the horizon. An emerging pattern suggests that Oslo has a serial killer on its hands, and the five-pointed devil’s star is key to solving the riddle.

©2011 Jo Nesbo (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Lia
  • 09/10/2014

Graphic Thirller

Harry Hole, am I getting sick of that once handsome, now sort of ragged-around-the-edges, often drunken detective on the Norwegian Police force? I am perhaps feeling a bit impatient with Harry but my interest has not flagged. He is so flawed. How can Harry be so brilliant and so self-destructive? Every little setback sends him back to the bottle and that’s where we find him at the beginning of The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbø.

Harry knows now that fellow police officer Tom Waaler is not the upstanding, stable and well-organized detective he pretends to be. Tom and Harry are at the same level on the police force. Tom has plans to advance. Harry has plans to get through the day. Tom would never experience the strong emotions which tear at Harry. He is no tortured soul. I know Harry believes that Tom Waaler is a crooked cop and that he was involved in the death of Harry’s former partner, Ellen, but I don’t think Harry really realizes how cold-blooded the man who thinks of himself as The Prince is.

Harry has no idea how he will prove what he suspects about Tom and luck is not with him until a series of “ritual” murders leads him to the Prague connection from whence come the red diamond pieces of jewelry shaped like 5-pointed stars (devil’s stars or pentagrams).

Can you guess who the serial killer is before Harry finally figures it out. It is, as usual, a toughie. What connects Tom Waaler with the serial killer? Is there a connection? Is Tom the killer?

This tale is not for the fastidious. Nesbø gives us the most graphic and grisly details found in any of his novels so far. Forensics may be elegant in that it solves murders with science, but the evidence that must be analyzed is frequently made up of the bodily substances we avoid contact with; forensic explorations are often disgusting and not for the squeamish.

Of course, murder is also not for the squeamish. My brain enjoyed this episode in the Harry Hole saga, even if I felt inspired to utter the occasional “gross” or “yuck” about any number of the unpalatable details found in this particular Harry Hole adventure. If The Devil’s Star were made into a movie I would have my eyes covered through a few of the most memorable scenes. When all is said and done and the serial killer is caught and Tom “The Prince” Waaler, who may or may not be the serial killer, is dealt with, the novel ends with an interesting twist and a happy surprise.

Sean Barrett was outstanding with the delivery of the story

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  • Russell
  • 23/07/2012

A Great Read Becomes a Magnificent Listen

My first exposure to this author was the old fashioned visual experience in taking Nesbo's book, "The Redeemer" to read on vacation. That was such a pleasure I decided to plunge into an audio journey with "The Devil's Star". Sean Barrett added immensely to the "Norwegian" feel of this series by correcting my many mispronunciations from the first book. I wasn't even saying the main characters name - Harry Hole - and the authors name - Jo - correctly.

More importantly I was transported to Norway and a first rate crime fiction novel with interesting characters, complex plot lines and a few surprises. I am now officially hooked on this series and I hope that some of those missing books in the collection can be obtained for the growing legion of Nesbo audible listening fans.

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  • Howard
  • 03/12/2011

Starting to enjoy Nesbø more with each book.

Wish I had listened to this before I heard The Snowman. Now I need to re-listen to it because I think I will appreciate it more. While The Snowman is a fine story of it's own right, hearing The Devil's Star first can only make it a better when you know and understand Harry's backstory. The Devil's Star is a well crafted police procedural and brings Harry's many other issues into the story without weighing down the pace or the listener's enjoyment. I have a few issues with how shallow the criminal element is in this story, but Harry's political/co-worker problem is rich and fills the book with plenty of savory justice and listener enjoyment. This version is well done and I enjoyed the narrator's performance. Now excuse me while I listen to The Snowman again. I'm hoping I'll have to revise my review of Snowman now that I know more about Harry Hole. The Devil's Star is definitely credit worthy.

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  • Howie
  • 14/12/2011

Another great Nesbo book

I've read the series totally out of order, but have enjoyed each Harry Hole misadventure.

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  • Jackie Carlyle
  • 17/04/2012

I love every story this man writes!

I'm so happy I can add a writer to my favorites. I am never disappointed by a Jo Nesbo book.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 22/03/2019

best so far

the best hary hole fiction I've r as so far. very enjoyable indeed. has motivated me to buy the next book if the series

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  • Jane
  • 08/07/2018

Great thriller

Amazing as the other books. Just when you think you've got the hang of it, Nesbo swings you around and blows your brain out 😊

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  • Ian C Robertson
  • 13/11/2013

Upwardly Ascending

A good indication of the worth of a series is that each title is an improvement on the one before. Although this might not be the case in a planned trilogy, for example, it must surely be true of a hero or heroine or, as in this case, an anti-hero. Harry is better in this book, there is closure in this book anf Nesbo is cleverer this time too. Just when you think it's Langdon scurrying around out there in a demonic world, you find it might just be Nesbo yanking your chain! Or not?
I enjoyed the adventure of Harry Hole's 5th spin around the block. I enjoyed the quiet familiarity of recognised characters and their continued development. Most of all I enjoyed Barrett's performance and, as foreshadowed in "Nemesis", this has brought a clean sweep of 4s.
Finally, now about half way through the published titles, I am pleased with the decision to start at the beginning. I am looking forward to Book 6. That, I think, remains the best recommendation I can give.

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  • Joseph
  • 03/06/2012

Five Pentegrams!

Is this review written in code?

NO, but the code that weaves its way thought this book makes it difficult to put down, or turn off, in this case.

You know the kind. You're listening in your car. You arrive at your destination. And yet you cannot get out of your car. It's that kind of story.

And like his other books, this Jo Nesbø story is brilliantly constructed and wonderfully brought to life by Sean Barrett.

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  • Christine
  • 25/04/2012

Harry Hole doing what he does best!

Any additional comments?

I you have been following the Harry Hole series, this is a highlight!

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  • Tweeny
  • 06/12/2017

Ein typischer Harry Hole Thriller

Ganz in der üblichen Weise. Stellenweise etwas langatmig, aber gut durchdachte Geschichte. Man rätselt und kommt nicht auf die Lösung! Sprecher liest betont mit angenehmer Stimme. Die Unterscheidungen der einzelnen Personen könnte besser sein. Verwirrend die einzelnen Namen, die auch schlecht zu verstehen und merken Sind!