Police – Jo Nesbo

Posted: September 22, 2013 in general fiction, Review

policePolice is Jo Nesbo’s eighth Harry Hole novel, but retained a fresh feel to it throughout.

The story unfolds across several seasons, from the beginning of autumn, in deepest winter to the height of summer. The killings, like the investigation, happen in a methodical planned manner with little in the way of evidence for the investigators to work on.

Nesbo waits quite late in the story to bring Harry Hole to the centre of the story, staying with his former colleagues as they investigate this series of murders styled on relatively recent cold case killings. Harry doesn’t want to be involved: he is happy being a police instructor and knows, as a recovering alcoholic, that murder investigation is another of his addictions and will sabotage his relationship with Rakel. But after one murder that is too personal for Harry to ignore he succumbs to temptation and joins the task force.

Nesbo an excellent writer of murder-thrillers with misdirection a plenty; a string of potential perpetrators; and subplots and spare villains for later. As an added bonus dialogue and characterisation were not found wanting either, with even the lesser characters being a lot more than two-dimensional drawings.

Praise should also go to Nesbo’s translator, Don Bartlett, who has rendered this novel into English from Nesbo’s Norwegian the same year it was published in Norway.

Harvil Secker

Supplied by Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Simon

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