The Devil's Star

By Jo Nesbo; Don Bartlett (Translator)
(HarperTorch, Hardcover, 9780061133978, 452pp.)

Publication Date: March 2010

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the March 2010 Indie Notables
“Oslo detective Harry Hole is a great character to follow in this dark, twisted, and intriguing story of a serial killer. This page-turner is a Scnadinavian crime novel at its finest.”
-- Suzanne Droppert, Liberty Bay Books, Poulsbo, WA


Description

Oslo is sweltering in the summer heat when a young woman is murdered in her flat. One finger has been cut off and a tiny red diamond in the shape of a pentagrama five-pointed staris found under her eyelid. Detective Harry Hole is assigned the case with Tom Waaler, a colleague he neither likes nor trusts. He believes Tom is behind a gang of arms smugglersand the murder of his partner. But Harry, an off-the-rails alcoholic, is barely holding on to his job and has little choice but to play nice.

Five days later, another woman is reported missing. When her severed finger is found adorned with a star-shaped red diamond ring, Harry fears a serial killer is on the loose. Determined to find the killer and expose the crooked Tom Waaler, Harry discovers the two investigations melding in unexpected ways. But pursuing the truth comes at a price, and soon Harry finds himself on the run and forced to make difficult decisions about a future he may not live to see.

One of the brightest stars of Scandinavian crime writing, Jo NesbØ has been compared to Ian Rankin, Michael Connelly, and Henning Mankell. His novels are bestsellers throughout Europe, acclaimed by critics and revered by aficionados of thrillers and mysteries. Brilliantly plotted and paced, The Devil's Star shows NesbØ at his absolute best, combining powerful emotional resonance with truly stunning suspense.




About the Author
Jo Nesbo is a musician, songwriter, economist, and author. He is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the Glass Key, the Riverton Prize, and the Booksellers Prize, and one of his Harry Hole novels was voted best Norwegian crime novel of all time by Norwegian readers. He lives in Oslo. Doctor Proctor s Fart Powder is his first book for children.

Karl Ove Knausgaard was born in Norway in 1968. "My Struggle "has won countless international literary awards and has been translated into at least fifteen languages. Knausgaard lives in Sweden with his wife and three children.


NPR
Saturday, Apr 10, 2010

A serial killer is on the loose in Norway, leaving his victims with mysterious, star-shaped, red marks on their bodies. It's up to hard-drinking, crime-fighting detective Harry Hole to track down the murderer in novelist Jo Nesbo's Scandinavian thriller. More at NPR.org

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