Thursday, March 11, 2010

THE DEVIL'S STAR: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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THE DEVIL'S STAR

BY JO NESBO

ABOUT THE BOOK:

From one of the most celebrated crime writers in Europe and the award-winning author of The Redbreast comes an epic thriller featuring Police Detective Harry Hole. In the vein of the crime novels of James Patterson and Dennis Lehane, Jo Nesbo’s The Devil’s Star is an intricately plotted and suspenseful thrill-ride from beginning to end.

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 pentagram—a five-pointed star—is 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 smugglers—and 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:

A musician, songwriter, and economist, Jo Nesbo is the winner of the Glass Key Award, northern Europe's most prestigious crime-fiction prize, for his first novel featuring Police Detective Harry Hole. 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 thirty languages, awarded a whole 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 of Europe’s most important crime writers.He lives in Oslo.


REVIEW:

THE DEVIL’S STAR by Norwegian author Jo Nesbo is a well-written, suspenseful novel about Detective Harry Hole. Harry has been dealing with problems from his last few cases and Nesbo’s novels, and has been self-medicating his grief with alcohol. Harry actually is in danger of being kicked off the squad but for now is needed too much. You see, Harry is the only one who has ever dealt with a serial killer. And it looks like a serial killer who likes to chop off a finger and leave a red star as his calling card is what they have on their hands.

So when the Chief of the Crime Squad first calls Harry to investigate the death of a young woman, he assigns Tom Waller also to the team of investigators. Tom Waller is a co-worker that Harry believes is a “crooked cop” and is involved in criminal activity. They are not friends to say the least and this is a bad sign from the start as readers will see the more they get into the book. Detective Hole is the first to arrive at the girl's apartment. There he finds the woman's disfigured body, and a tiny five-sided diamond hidden in her flesh, so that it looks like she may be a victim of some kind of ceremonial ritualistic murder. When a second body is soon discovered, also missing a finger and has the same red diamond “signature” found at the scene, the chance that this is a serial killer becomes very real. The case picks up speed propelling the reader head long into this fast moving mystery, and Harry must show his best work to solve this one!

Nesbo gives his readers a gripping mystery with compelling, well-developed characters, and he does it with amazing literary expertise and style. His use of dark humor and exaggerated details lend themselves to his very descriptive scenes that border on terror and shock so that the reader is almost prepared for his classic "ah-ha" moment at the end. The book is enjoyable as a stand-alone novel but I think people who have read the first few Harry Hole books will be more in tune to what is going on with many references from past “mysteries”. Nesbo’s works are being translated into English, so many readers may encounter this as his first work and will need time to get used to his style and pace but it is one you will enjoy if you like a really well written mystery that keeps you guessing until the end. Will Harry find this serial killer and what part does his arch enemy Tom Waller play in all this? Hold on for a great ride and enjoy the talent of author Jo Nesbo in THE DEVIL’S STAR!

GIVEAWAY

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84 comments:

scottsgal said...

I found it interesting that Jo is an economist
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scottsgal said...

Anything that is similar in style to James patterson - I'm reading it!
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Linda Kish said...

I want to find out more about the crooked cop he has to partner with and why.

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Linda Kish said...

He won the Glass Key Award, Europe's most prestigious crime-fiction prize.


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Bethie said...

+1 I follow on GFC.

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Bethie said...

The author is also a musician, songwriter and economist.

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I'm always looking for new authors to read! tWarner419@aol.com

Margie said...

I was interested that this author was compared to Henning Mankell, as Mankell is one of my favorite authors.
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Margie said...

The author won the Glass Key, a very prestigious European crime fiction prize, for his first novel.
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wheresmyrain said...

+1 i follow via google reader

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wheresmyrain said...

i found it interesting...and GREAT that the author writes about someone named Henry Hole...i love that

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justpeachy36 said...

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I found it interesting that he was a musician and songwriter as well a writer.

Mash1195 said...

It must be a great read as he "has been lavishly praised for contemporary crime novels"
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Glenn said...

Looks like a great thriller from the writeup. Thanks for the giveaway.

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rubynreba said...

I find it interesting that Jo Nesbo is from Norway since that is where my ancestors are from.
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rubynreba said...

I follow on google and subscribe by email.
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rubynreba said...

He will be going on tour to promote his book from March 15 to March 26
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Irene said...

I was surprised to learn that Jo Nesbo also is a musician and a songwriter! WOW, that is a lot of talent.

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Irene said...

I am an e-mail subscriber and a Google follower.

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Irene said...

After reading The Redbreast, Nemesis, and The Redeemer, I am excited to read another Harry Hole mystery.


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traveler said...

I am an e-mail subscriber. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

Jo is a musician and song writer. Multi-talented and has written other novels as well. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

I am fascinated with this novel. thanks for this giveaway. The review sounds great and his writing and character development what makes it interesting. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Colleen Turner said...

I found it interesting that he is not only an award winning crime novelist but...an economist. Interesting combination!
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I follow via email, google connect and facebook.
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Karin said...

He's Norwegian....My dad was 100percent Norwegian. He was very proud of that, even though he never had the chance to visit Norway. He used to fly the American flag and the Norwegian flag together in his yard.

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Vera said...

I subscribe by email. vvperesk@gmail.com

Vera said...

That's a very interesting MO (I think that's what they call it?) Who leaves diamonds on dead bodies?! vvperesk@gmail.com

Searcher said...

I am a huge Jo Nesbo fan! What I find odd from reading his books is that he is an economist. Somehow an economist seems too tame to have created Harry Hole.


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Searcher said...

I have been a follower in Google Reader.

Thanks for the chance,

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Searcher said...

The interesting fact from the HarperCollins site is where Jo Nesbo will be Monday, March 15, 2010
at 07:00 PM - IDLEWILD BOOKS


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Rebecca O said...

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Rebecca O said...

I like that he is also an musician...very creative. I would love to read the other novels as well. Thanks for the chance. bekki1820cb at gmail

Misusedinnocence said...

I follow on gfc. :)

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Misusedinnocence said...

I thought it was pretty cool that the author is a musician. =)

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enyl said...

The intresting aspect of the story is the crooked cop subplot.
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enyl said...

The fact that the author was inspired by Frank Miller's Sin City.
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bison61 said...

I read that Nesbø has been lavishly praised by international critics for broadening the scope of the contemporary crime novel, and is today regarded as one of Europe’s most important crime writers.

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Carol M said...

I like that he is compared to Dennis Lehane who is one of my favorite authors.
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Carol M said...

He is regarded as one of Europe’s most important crime writers.
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I follow on Google Friend Connect.
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I subscribe via email.
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g.g. said...

The serial killer must be rich to leave jewelry like that with the victim

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I am an email subscriber

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I follow on Google Friend

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g.g. said...

Jo Nesbo lives in Oslo

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Isi and Jas' mom said...

I think its interesting that he is Norwegian
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I am a follower
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Lacey said...

im intereseted in how the details of the murders are described. I love a good murder mystery.


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Lacey said...

interesting to see a singer songwriter with a book.

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Lisa R said...

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Lisa R said...

+1 Jo Nesbo is Norwegian

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Lisa R said...

+1 At age seven he pulled "Lord of the Flies" off a bookshelf and asked his father to read it to him at which point he decided that he could have wrote the story more exciting himself
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Lisa R said...

Oh, and like scootsgal comparing it to James Patterson is enough to get me to try it.

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Carol W. said...

I learned that Nesbo's work has been translated into 30 languages.

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Carol W. said...

From the publisher's website I learned that the author has won at least six literary prizes.


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I follow with Google Friend Connect.


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MiscMayzee said...

I find books about serial killers more interesting than a regular crime story -- the whole psychosis (?) aspect

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MiscMayzee said...

I think it is neat that an economist is writing a book like this!

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etirv said...

It's spectacular that Jo's novels have been translated into 30 languages!

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Google friend follower!

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etirv said...

Jo's novel The Snowman won the Norwegian Booksellers' Prize for Best Novel, 2007!

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Francine said...

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Francine said...

I found it interesting that it might take some time to get used to his style.

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Benita said...

On this site I found out Jo Nesbo is the winner of the Glass Key Award, northern Europe's most prestigious crime-fiction prize, for his first novel featuring Police Detective Harry Hole.

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Benita said...

I subscribe via email and follow via GFC.

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Benita said...

On the Harper Collins site I found out that he lives in Oslo.

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