The Devil's Star

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It seems the city of Oslo has a serial killer on its hands. When Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case, he is not happy with his colleague Tom Waaler, whom he suspects of arms smuggling and murder.

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Publisher Harpercollins
Mfg Part# 9780061133985
SKU 216379967
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0061133981
Release Date 2/1/2011
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Author Info
Jo Nesbo
Jo Nesbø is widely recognized, both in his native Norway and around the globe, for his bleak and sometimes gruesomely violent crime novels. Although he has told interviewers that he dislikes being lumped in with other Scandinavian writers of the genre, he understands that impulse. "It may have to do with the storytelling tradition in Scandinavia," he has explained. "The cliché is that we have these long dark nights where people stay in and tell each other stories--horror stories, fairy tales, dark stuff. . . . Maybe there's something to that." The son of a librarian and a businessman, Nesbø grew up in the Norwegian town of Molde, and as a youth he played soccer in Norway's Premier League. He badly damaged his knee at age 19, however, and with pro soccer no longer an option, he earned a bachelor's degree in economics and embarked on a career as a stockbroker. Concurrently, he and his brother Knut played in a rock band, Di Derre, which landed several songs on the European music charts. A skilled lyricist, Nesbø was approached by a publisher to write a memoir about his life in the band. Instead, he became engrossed in writing a crime novel, DER FLEDERMAUSMAN ("The Bat Man"), which was published in Norway in 1997. The book introduced Harry Hole, an alcoholic loner who is nonetheless one of Oslo's top detectives. Nesbø has since written several other books featuring Hole; the first to be published in the U.S. was THE REDBREAST, which was translated in 2007. A later book, THE SNOWMAN, has been optioned by Hollywood. In addition to his crime fiction, Nesbø is the author of a series of children's books featuring a zany inventor named Doctor Proctor.
Praise
"Nesbo brilliantly incorporates threads from earlier novels...without ever losing the current story's rhythm. Even with--or perhaps because of--his flaws, Hole is arguably one of today's most fascinating fictional detectives." (starred review)
From the Publisher
Editors Note In the heat of a sweltering Oslo summer, a young woman is found murdered in her flat—with one of her fingers cut off and a tiny red star-shaped diamond placed under her eyelid. An off-the-rails alcoholic barely holding on to his job, Detective Harry Hole is assigned the case with Tom Waaler, a hated colleague whom Harry believes is responsible for the murder of his partner. When another woman is reported missing five days later, and her severed finger turns up adorned with a red star-shaped diamond ring, Harry fears a serial killer is at work. But Hole's determination to capture a fiend and to expose Waaler's crimes is leading him into shadowy places where both investigations merge in unexpected ways, forcing him to make difficult decisions about a future he may not live to see.
Annotation Struggling with alcoholism and disillusionment, Oslo police detective Harry Hole has been holding onto his job by a tenuous thread for quite a while. Thankfully, despite his somewhat erratic behavior, his detective skills are as sharp as ever, but that doesn't mean he gets to call the shots. So Harry has little recourse when his sympathetic supervisor Bjarne Moller assigns him to work a serial killer case with Tom Waaler, the corrupt cop Harry believes to be mixed up with arms dealing and guilty in the death of his former partner Ellen Gjelten. Ghosts of the past haunt Harry as he investigates this increasingly disturbing case--more bodies turn up and Harry uncovers connections he was not expecting between this case and Waaler. With this gripping mystery with a charmingly dysfunctional hero at its center, Norwegian crime novelist Jo Nesbo picks up where his critically acclaimed NEMSIS left off.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0464
Publisher Harper Perennial

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