Phantom by Jo Nesbo

I LOVE Jo Nesbo – see here and here. It’s been a few months since I last read one and I’d forgotten just how much I love Nesbo and his maverick alcoholic detective, Harry Hole.

Phantom is a more recent novel. Hole is no longer on the police force and has been living away for a few years. The love of his life Rakel is a distant memory and his one-time stepson Oleg is all grown up.

But Oleg is in serious trouble and the case is closed. Hole sets out to get to the bottom of it all. As he tries to uncover what has happened, he’s met with an awful lot of violence. Someone wants him silenced.

There are drugs, drug dealers and the most horrifying attempted murder scene I’ve ever read. It literally made me squirm. Harry Hole must have at least nine lives. (In this book alone, never mind the others).

But suspend your disbelief about the way he survives attempt upon attempt on his life, and enjoy this book. As with all Jo Nesbo’s novels, it comes highly recommended by me.

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. I’ve just experienced Jo Nesbo for the first time, as an unabridged audiobook of ‘The Snowman’. I have not tried Scandinavian crime fiction before, but I can see why it is so popular. Very dark, with a really twisted, but nevertheless understandable, villian – I really enjoyed it and did not want to stop listening. It certainly made the commute to and from work go quicker. I think it’s a safe bet that I will be sampling more of his work in the future.

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  2. Glad you enjoyed it. The Snowman was my first too – pretty scary! I really love them. The only thing I find hard to cope with is the Scandinavian names, which all sound a bit similar, so it takes me a while to remember which peripheral character is which!

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