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Harvill Secker, 2012 - Detective and mystery stories - 452 pages
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"I am the world's greatest living crime writer. [Jo Nesb ] is a man who is snapping at my heels like a rabid pitbull poised to take over my mantle when I dramatically pre-decease him" - James Ellroy Summer. A boy is lying on the floor of an Oslo apartment. He is bleeding and will soon die. In order to place his life and death in some kind of context he begins to tell his story. Outside, the church bells toll. Autumn. Former police inspector Harry Hole returns to Oslo after three years abroad. He seeks out his old boss at Police Headquarters to request permission to investigate a homicide. But the case is already closed: the young junkie was in all likelihood shot dead by a fellow addict. Yet, Harry is granted permission to visit the boy's alleged killer in jail. There, he meets himself and his own history. What follows is the solitary investigation of what appears to be the first impossible case in Harry Hole's career. And while Harry is searching, the murdered boy continues his story. A man walks the dark streets of Oslo. The streets are his and he has always been there. He is a phantom.

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Review: Phantom (Harry Hole #9)

User Review  - Shaun - Goodreads

3.5 rounded up to 4 I should start by saying that this isn't a book I would generally pick up. At the risk of sounding sexist, it has what I refer to as a high testosterone factor that doesn't ... Read full review

Review: Phantom (Harry Hole #9)

User Review  - Kevin - Goodreads

This is a long book and most Harry Hole afficianados (and I am not one!) would probably advise that the other books in the sequence should be read first - which is maybe where I went wrong. The first ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Jo Nesbø is a musician, songwriter, economist and author. His first crime novel featuring Harry Hole was published in Norway in 1997 and was an instant hit, winning the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel (an accolade shared with Peter Høeg, Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson). The Snowman is the fifth of Nesbø's novels to be translated into English. Check out

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