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The Resource Police, Jo Nesbø; translated from the Norwgian by Don Bartlett

Police, Jo Nesbø; translated from the Norwgian by Don Bartlett

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Police
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Police
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Jo Nesbø; translated from the Norwgian by Don Bartlett
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  • eng
  • nor
  • eng
Summary
The police urgently need Harry Hole. A killer is stalking Oslo's streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can't help. For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry is not in a position to protect anyone. Least of all himself
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Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Three shots fired at point-blank range. Harry Hole has to be dead, doesn’t he? And, yet, here is a new “Harry Hole novel,” not an earlier installment of the series published out of order. Ever since word of this novel’s publication started leaking, fans of Nesbø’s best-selling series have been scratching puzzled heads: Harry alive? Well, you’re not going to find the answer in this review, and in fact, you won’t find it definitively until page 505 of Nesbø’s maddening yet riveting cat-and-mouse game of a novel. But let’s leave poor Harry in a kind of literary limbo for the moment and focus on what—with or without Harry—is one hell of a thriller. Police officers in Oslo are being murdered by a serial killer with a bizarre agenda: each victim is discovered at a crime scene that mimics the scene of an earlier unsolved murder. Not only that but the new victims all participated in the investigations of the earlier crimes. Is the killer a fellow cop? Working as an off-the-books task force, Harry’s former colleagues—Beate Lønn, Stale Aune, Bjorn Hølm, and Katrine Bratt—set out to find the answers. It’s clear that Chief of Police Mikael Bellman and his henchman, Truls Berntsen, are dirty, but are they killers? Nesbø cunningly plays with the reader throughout this devilishly plotted tale, introducing multiple corkscrewing twists and, while we’re worrying about Harry, slipping in a horrifying shocker from another direction altogether. The narrative is ingenious, but it grips us the way it does because, after nine novels, we’ve formed abiding relationships with these characters and don’t like to see them messed with. Nesbø messes with everyone here, especially the reader, but furious as we’d like to be, in the end we’re willing supplicants. -- Ott, Bill (Reviewed 09-15-2013) (Booklist, vol 110, number 2, p35)
  • The life of Insp. Harry Hole, who was shot in the head by his surrogate son in the finale of 2012’s Phantom, hangs in the balance for much of Nesbø’s powerful 10th novel featuring the Oslo homicide cop. Secondary players who have helped out along the way step into the spotlight: forensics expert and facial-recognition whiz Beate Lønn; the brilliant but psychologically unstable detective Katrine Bratt; Harry’s longtime friend Bjørn Holm; and the slippery new police chief, Mikael Bellman. The police force itself is at stake when it becomes apparent that the seemingly unrelated deaths of police officers are actually part of a larger pattern: each officer was slain at the site of an unsolved crime. In Nesbø’s able hands, Harry’s absence is a character unto itself, but this will only make readers more eager to learn Harry’s fate. Author tour. 150,000-copy announced first printing. Agent: Niclas Salomonsson, Salomonsson Agency (Sweden). (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed August 26, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 34, p)
  • The Oslo Crime Squad hunts for the serial killer responsible for the torture and murder of police officers staged at the scenes of earlier unsolved crimes. Nesbø's (The Redeemer; The Phantom ) newest mystery presents an entire school of red herrings as readers try to discern who is the villain, who is the next victim, and what happened to Harry Hole. A stalker/student with a peripheral connection to an earlier case diverts attention from the investigation while obstruction by the politically connected chief of police and his vicious henchman hinders the detectives in their desperate chase to stop the murderer(s) before another colleague is harmed. VERDICT Followers of the Harry Hole (pronounced Hoo£la) series will want to read this book for both the resolution to the end of a previous novel, The Phantom , and the development of an old antagonist. Though Nesbø's police procedurals have become increasingly violent and heavy on coincidences, crime fiction readers will enjoy the high level of suspense that is sustained throughout as more questions are raised than answered before the startling conclusion is reached.— Deb West, Gannon Univ. Lib., Erie, PA --Deb West (Reviewed September 15, 2013) (Library Journal, vol 138, issue 15, p68)
  • /* Starred Review */ Having upped the ante with the previous novel in the Harry Hole series, the author goes for broke here. Arguably the most densely packed and ambitiously plotted novel in a series that has been getting darker with each volume, the tenth novel featuring Harry Hole is a companion sequel to its predecessor (Phantom, 2012). That book had left the former Oslo detective no longer a member of the police force and perhaps no longer alive. The publication of a new Hole novel removes the "spoiler alert," though for the first third of the novel, Harry exists more as a memory or an inspiration than as a character. The audacity of the author's vision here is that Hole is but one of a number of characters who might be living, might be dead, might even be some sort of ghostly spirits. There's a religious dimension to the plot twists of death and rebirth, of man playing god, both the redeemer and the avenger. The basic plot, not that there's anything basic about it, is that a series of gruesome crimes have remained unsolved for years, though DNA testing offers new possibilities. The police who investigated the original crimes and failed to solve them are lured back to the murder scenes, on the anniversaries of the murders, and are then themselves killed in an equally gruesome manner. Is the killer the same as the first, covering his tracks? Or is he "an apostle of righteousness," an agent of justice, insisting that those who failed to solve the crimes must pay for them? Is it even possible that the one stalking police is himself a member of the force, revolted at the corruption that those who read the previous novel know now extends to the top? Or is he part of that corruption? Casualties spawn new theories, as those thought dead turn out to be alive (and vice versa), and the complexities suggest that "the human brain is a four-dimensional labyrinth. Everyone's been there; no one knows the way." A surprise ending promises a fresh start for a series that had appeared to end with its previous novel.(Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2013)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10223163
Cataloging source
VTL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1960-
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Nesbø, Jo
Dewey number
839.82/38
Index
no index present
LC call number
PT8951.24.E83
LC item number
P6513 2013
Literary form
fiction
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Bartlett, Don
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True
Series statement
Harry Hole series
Series volume
9
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  • Hole, Harry (Fictitious character)
  • Police
  • Murder
  • Oslo (Norway)
Target audience
adult
Label
Police, Jo Nesbø; translated from the Norwgian by Don Bartlett
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volume
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text
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rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First United States edition.
Extent
435 pages
Isbn
9780307951168
Lccn
2013037597
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • 859343785
  • (OCoLC)859343785
Label
Police, Jo Nesbø; translated from the Norwgian by Don Bartlett
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First United States edition.
Extent
435 pages
Isbn
9780307951168
Lccn
2013037597
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • 859343785
  • (OCoLC)859343785

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