This is the first Harry Hole (pronounced "Hoo-leh" in the book) in the series, a series I, and many members of my family, have enjoyed very much. It was quite interesting to go back to the start and see how Harry progressed to where he is (or isn't) now.
A minor female Norwegian celebrity is murdered in Australia, and Harry is sent to look into the investigation. Typically for Harry, he just can't sit on the sidelines and observe other police persons do their job; he has to get himself involved, not surprisingly.
There are fears that a serial killer may be involved, and there are plenty of ideas as to who may have been responsible, some of which came from Harry. When the actual murderer is revealed, it comes as something of a surprise, but not to Harry, who eventually figured it out all by himself.
There is an exciting chase through the Sidney aquarium, and justice, even though rather brutal, appears to have been done. I like this series, and hope that, despite the ending of the latest book, Harry will be back to look into, and solve, crimes.
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Frank J. Konopka (frankiethek)
I'm a small town general practice attorney in the hard coal region of Pennsylvania. Books are my passion, andI read as many of them asI can. Being the President of the local library board for over … more
“This is an absolute must for devotees of the riveting train wreck that is Harry Hole. . . . While the chronological confusion is disconcerting, it adds a layer of dramatic irony to the tale and enhances its tension and power.” —Booklist(starred review)
“Harry is already every bit as volcanic as in his later cases. The big difference is Australia, which Nesbø, seeing it through the eyes of both a tourist and a cultural pathologist, makes you wonder how much different it is from Norway after all.” —Kirkus Reviews
"This debut effort shows Nesbø as an already confident genre craftsman, striking sparks from the familiar genre material of Harry’s fish-out-of-water experience in a foreign land and odd-couple pairing with a mismatched partner." --Publishers Weekly
Advance praise from the U.K.
“Even with this first book Nesbø’s command of the idiom is completely in place—there is absolutely no sense that the writer was finding his feet and aficionados will be very pleased to slide this on to their bookshelves alongside the other Harry Hole novels.” --The Daily Express
“It is fantastic to see a younger Harry, a more loquacious Harry. . . . [Nesbø is] a terrific writer who knows how to build a story, taking you slowly to the top of a rollercoaster before ...