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Phantom

A Harry Hole Novel

By Jo Nesbo

Phantom
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  • Published in USA  Oct 2012,
    400 pages.

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Following from Jo Nesbø's electrifying international best-sellers The Snowman and The Leopard, now comes Phantom, which plunges the brilliant, deeply troubled, now former police officer Harry Hole into a full-tilt investigation on which his own tenuous future will come to depend.

When Harry left Oslo again for Hong Kong - fleeing the traumas of life as a cop - he thought he was there for good. But then the unthinkable happened. The son of the woman he loved, lost, and still loves is arrested for murder: Oleg, the boy Harry helped raise but couldn't help deserting when he fled. Harry has come back to prove that Oleg is not a killer. Barred from rejoining the police force, he sets out on a solitary, increasingly dangerous investigation that takes him deep into the world of the most virulent drug to ever hit the streets of Oslo (and the careers of some of the city's highest officials), and into the maze of his own past, where he will find the wrenching truth that finally matters to Oleg, and to himself.

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"Starred Review. Where earlier novels provide a better introduction to Hole, this one best takes the full measure of the man." - Kirkus

"Starred Review. In Nesbø's deeply moving seventh Harry Hole novel to be published in the U.S. (after 2011's The Leopard), Harry returns to Oslo from Hong Kong to help his estranged 18-year-old son, Oleg...This is Harry's most personal case, and yet Nesbø never allows Harry's paternal feelings for Oleg cloud his need for truth, however costly that pursuit may be." - Publishers Weekly

"Jo Nesbo is a master of his craft…. World-class crime writing. Phantom is a crime novel that pleases on every level." - Dagbladet (Norway)

"Harry Hole, better than ever." - Dagsavisen (Norway)

"Possibly the best in the series." - Dagens Næringsliv (Norway)

"Masterfully done." - Vårt Land (Norway)

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Jo Nesbo Author Biography

With his eight internationally acclaimed crime novels featuring Detective Harry Hole, Jo Nesbø has achieved an unparalleled success both in his native country Norway and abroad, winning the hearts of critics, booksellers and readers alike. Translated into more than forty languages, awarded a range of awards and boasting record-breaking sales, Nesbø has been lavishly praised by international critics for broadening the scope of the contemporary crime novel, and is today regarded as one the best crime writers of our time.

Books to Date:

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1. The Redbreast (2006)
2. Nemesis (2008)
3. The Devil's Star (2005)
4. The Redeemer (2009)
5. The Snowman (2010)
6. The Leopard (2011)
7. Phantom (2012) 8. Police (2013)

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