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JO NESB is a musician, songwriter, economist, and author. He has won the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel. His other Harry Hole novels include The Redbreast, Nemesis, The Devil's Star, The Snowman, and The Leopard. He lives in Oslo. Translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett.
"Intricate, breakneck plotting makes for an addictive page-turner
in Phantom . . . Brings to mind Michael Connelly's tortured
LAPD detective Harry Bosch." --Los Angeles Times "The
Oslo depiction adds a contemporary heft to Phantom that
expands Nesb 's reach . . . Suggests more than a few parallels to
the great television series 'The Wire'; perhaps it is one master's
nod to another." --Boston Globe "Phantom will
maintain Jo Nesb 's unstoppable momentum." --The
"Easily the most troubling and heartfelt of this excellent series, Phantom is one of the finest suspense novels to come out of Scandinavia to date." --BookPage "Nesb 's true subject is the deterioration of the social fabric that has made Oslo such a civilized place." --New York Times Book Review
"A compulsive page-turner . . . [Phantom] is expertly plotted and structured, with all the requisite twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. The latter half of the book is also relentlessly paced, reading at times like a Scandinavian police version of the Jason Bourne series." --The Independent on Sunday (UK)
"Far more than a procedural . . . Personal and topical and hip, as usual." --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Nesb has written a cunningly constructed thriller . . . running at Hollywood summer blockbuster speed." --Richmond Times-Dispatch "Superb on every level . . . Nesb begins with an emotionally gripping family drama but surrounds it with an elaborate, beautifully constructed plot involving [a] new drug and the ruthless man who rules its distribution. The subplots, plot twists (especially the last one), and the fully fleshed supporting characters--many of whom could drive their own novels--are all testament to Nesb 's remarkable talent, but finally, it all comes back to Harry and the pain he endures in trying to carve out a separate peace from a world and a past that won't let him go." --Booklist (starred)
"A first-class thriller . . . Contains several twists, some of which will make you gasp and at least one of which will make you cry . . . Phantom is Nesb 's finest novel, a novel for grown-ups, which triumphantly proves, as Harry says, that 'humans are a perverted and damaged species and there is no cure, only relief.'" --Evening Standard (UK)
"Deeply moving . . . This is Harry's most personal case." --Publishers Weekly (starred) "Norwegian crime fiction writer Nesb is one of the best . . . Oslo's gritty and violent drug world is brought to life through the characters. The fast-paced plots are twisted and riveting, and the two stories collide to reveal a shocking climax. Nesb is on par with the original Scandinavian duo Maj Sj wall and Per Wahl , authors of the Martin Beck series." --Library Journal "The internationally popular detective series by the Norwegian author builds to a blockbuster climax [in Phantom] . . . Those hooked by [The Snowman] or earlier ones should make their way here as quickly as they can . . . Devastating for protagonist and reader alike." --Kirkus Reviews (starred) "Phantom is an astoundingly good novel. Nesb has done it again." --Trouw (Netherlands)
"Another excellent example of why Nesb has such a firm grasp on the Nordic crime crown . . . Nesb 's portrait of venality and corruption is bleakly angry, his peek beneath Oslo's gleaming fa ade disturbing; a fascination with addiction adds to his writing's unsettling intensity. But he doesn't let this overwhelm a tightly coiled plot." --Metro (UK)
"Once again Nesb demonstrates that he is a crime writer of absolute world class . . . You will understand what I mean when you read Phantom. And please do, this is a masterpiece of the genre. Jo Nesb just gets better and better." --V sterbottens Folkblad (Sweden)
"Perhaps it was unrealistic to expect Nesb to reach the dizzying heights of his two previous books, The Snowman and The Leopard. How wrong I was. Phantom is arguably a much better book than any previous instalments. Nesb wrings out the tension, by turns painful and delicious, with consummate skill. The surprises come like an avalanche as the end nears, engulfing everything in its path." --Daily Express (UK)
"Nesb is one of the best suspense writers in the world and this novel fully confirms that claim . . . Suspenseful, moving, well written and impossible to put down . . . I just can't recommend this enough." --Litteratursiden.dk (Denmark)
"A brilliant thriller rife with exciting twists by one of the best Scandinavian crime authors." --B cher (Germany) "Extremely thrilling!" --Die Zeit (Germany)
"Harry's most lethally gripping and personal journey to date." --The Mirror (UK)
"Phantom must be the crime novel of the year. There is no one better or even equal to Jo Nesb in Scandinavian crime fiction." --Weekendavisen (Denmark)
"Jo Nesb is a master of his craft. His latest novel, Phantom, is world-class crime writing." --Dagbladet (Norway)
Norwegian crime fiction writer Nesbo (The Snowman; The Leopard) is one of the best. His ninth series entry sees Harry Hole, now an ex-police officer, return to Oslo from Hong Kong to investigate drug dealer Gusto's murder. Oleg, a young man to whom Hole was once a father figure, has confessed, but Hole knows it can't be true. In a parallel narration, the dead Gusto tells what led to his murder, a literary device that enhances the novel and fills in details. Oslo's gritty and violent drug world is brought to life through the characters. The fast-paced plots are twisted and riveting, and the two stories collide to reveal a shocking climax. Nesbo is on par with the original Scandinavian duo Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, authors of the Martin Beck series. VERDICT If you are a series follower, you won't want to miss this! But if you are a newcomer, read the earlier ones first to gain an understanding of Hole. This is not for the squeamish! [See Prepub Alert, 4/16/12.]-Frances Thorsen, Chronicles of Crime Bookshop, Victoria, BC (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Harry Hole returns in this ninth Scandinavian mystery from bestselling author Nesbo. After a three-year, self-imposed absence, former police detective Hole is drawn back to Oslo when the son of the woman he loves is arrested for the murder of a low-level drug dealer. Though he may no longer have a badge, Hole is still a formidable investigator, and he's soon hunting for the truth behind the dealer's death-a truth that could very easily get him, or someone close to him, killed. Narrator Robin Sachs hits all the right notes in his reading of this stark thriller, but it's his richly nuanced portrayal of Harry Hole that is most memorable. It would be easy to make Hole a bleak, depressing, one-note character, but Sachs digs deeper into the material and perfectly captures Hole, presenting him as a man who lives every day with a sense of sadness, loss, and regret, but whose belief in justice and loyalty keeps him moving forward. Sachs and Nesbo make a fine match, and listeners are the beneficiaries of their partnership. A Knopf hardcover. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.