Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Devil's Star - Jo Nesbø

In this third book (after The Redbreast and Nemesis), Inspector Harry Hole became a pathetic drunkard after the police force refused his case against Inspector Tom Waaler, whom Hole suspected as the real killer of his partner. When Harry Hole was sober, he was a great detective, though.

In this book, a serial killer was haunting Oslo by killing young women. He left behind a mark, a drawing of the devil's star and a diamond in the shape of a five-pointed star. The story reminded me of Agatha Christie's The ABC Murders. The killer wanted to kill B, but to throw off suspicion, he also killed A and C, so that the police would think that it was the work of a serial killer.

Compared to the two previous book, The Devil's Star was better, especially the plot concerning Hole vs Waaler. Waaler was a favourite in the police force - while Harry Hole was the black goat - and when Waaler wanted to crush Hole, he used every advantage an inspector police could use. It was clever how Harry Hole could escape from the trap and return the attack.

In the beginning of The Redbreast, the chapters ended abruptly before moving to new scenes. In Nemesis and The Devil's Star this didn't happen anymore.

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