Not all angels are heaven sent. I am one such angel, and I have come to pass judgement on the living, and the dead...
Jo Nesbo, musician, economist and author of the best-selling series featuring Detective Harry Hole, has won many prizes for his novels, including the Glass Key, the Riverton Prize and the Norwegian Bookclub prize for best ever Norwegian crime novel. His first novel to be published in English was The Devil's Star, which sold more than 100,000 copies in Norway alone. He lives in Oslo.
Scandinavian crime fiction is all the rage, and here's another book to add to your collection. Winner of Norway's top award in this category, Nesbi crafts a story that races all over the map as an alcoholic cop digs into a mystery dating back to World War II. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"A page-turner you won't want to put down" * Time Out * "Scary...culminates in a nail-biting episode with overtones of The Day of the Jackal" * Independent * "A complicated story of passion, lost love, betrayal and murder" * The Times * "A complex, utterly captivating story" * Evening Standard * "Exciting, witty, melancholy and thought-provoking" * Daily Telegraph *
Shifting effortlessly between the last days of WWII on the Eastern front and modern day Oslo, Norwegian Nesbi (The Devil's Star) spins a complex tale of murder, revenge and betrayal. A recovering alcoholic recently reassigned to the Norwegian Security Service, Insp. Harry Hole begins tracking Sverre Olsen, a vicious neo-Nazi who escaped prosecution on a technicality. But what starts as a quest to put Olsen behind bars soon explodes into a race to prevent an assassination. As Hole struggles to stay one step ahead of Olsen and his gang of skinheads, Nesbi takes the reader back to WWII, as Norwegians fighting for Hitler wage a losing battle on the Eastern front. When the two story lines finally collide, it's up to Hole to stop a man hell-bent on carrying out the deadly plan he hatched half a century ago in the trenches. Perfectly paced and painfully suspenseful, this crime novel illuminates not only Norway's alleged Nazi ties but also its present skinhead subculture. Readers will delight in Hole, a laconic hero as doggedly stubborn as Connelly's Harry Bosch, and yet with a prickly appeal all his own. (Dec.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.