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Phantom

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Publisher: Vintage

4.0
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Language:English | Number of Pages: 464 | Format: Hardcover | In other languages: (other languages) Norwegian , German , Dutch , Swedish

Isbn-10: 1846555213 | Isbn-13: 9781846555213 | Publish date: 

Translator: Don Bartlett

Also available as: Paperback , eBook , Softcover and Stapled , Others

Category: Crime , Fiction & Literature , Mystery & Thrillers

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Book Description
The murder has been solved. But has justice been done? Harry Hole is back in Oslo. He's been away for some time, but his ghosts have a way of catching up with him. The case that brings him back is already closed. There is no room for doubt: the young junkie was shot dead by a fellow addict. The police don't want him back...Denied permission to reopen the investigation, Harry strikes out on his own. Beneath the city's eerie tranquillity, he discovers a trail of violence and mysterious disappearances seemingly unnoticed by the police. At every turn Harry is faced with a conspiracy of silence. The criminals don't want him back...Harry is not the only one who is interested in the case. From the moment he steps off the plane, someone is watching his every move and tracing his every call - someone who wants him silenced.
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    In the three years since the conclusion of “The Leopard,” Harry Hole has been serving contentedly as a non-violent enforcer based in Hong Kong, collecting money owed to his employer. Then one day, he ups and returns to Oslo when he learns that Oleg, the drug-using son of the love of his life, ha ...continue

    In the three years since the conclusion of “The Leopard,” Harry Hole has been serving contentedly as a non-violent enforcer based in Hong Kong, collecting money owed to his employer. Then one day, he ups and returns to Oslo when he learns that Oleg, the drug-using son of the love of his life, has been arrested for the murder of a fellow junkie. The police consider the case closed, so Harry acts independently to investigate.

    And along the way he finds himself immersed in the midst of Norway’s large drug problem. Hole uncovers a trail of violence and disappearances, police and political corruption, and Harry himself becomes a target of the mysterious drug lord Dubai. The novel is a bleak story of damaged individuals hooked on drugs, and the sleaziness inherent in the activity.

    The prior novels were forceful, clearly showing Harry’s tortured soul, and his unswerving ability to dig, dig, dig to the heart of a case, honestly and insightfully. “Phantom” accomplishes these ends, but to some extent is confusing at the end; whether the author did this purposely or not yet remains to be seen. As usual, the novel is translated faithfully and excellently, and the book is recommended.

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  • 4

    Jo Nesbo did a really master piece, the final chapters completely held my breath and couldn't let go the books. However, Jo Nesbo gave it the cruelest ending that I would ever imagine or expect. He just wouldn't let Harry's life any easier or smoother. This story's had a really sad and brutal end ...continue

    Jo Nesbo did a really master piece, the final chapters completely held my breath and couldn't let go the books. However, Jo Nesbo gave it the cruelest ending that I would ever imagine or expect. He just wouldn't let Harry's life any easier or smoother. This story's had a really sad and brutal ending...

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    Inquietante

    Una storia inquietante fatta di droga, corruzione, violenza e pochissimi buoni sentimenti.
    Harry Hole ritorna dall'esilio volontario e lo fa' per amore del figlio putativo, un amore senz'altro mal ricambiato.

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    E-book!

    Ci sono rimasta troppo male!
    Il romanzo è ben costruito, con una trama complicata ma spiegata più chiaramente rispetto ai primi romanzi di Harry Hole, almeno secondo me. Bisognerebbe avere un ricordo chiaro dei romanzi precedenti per cogliere tutti i riferimenti ai vari personaggi, che qui ...continue

    Ci sono rimasta troppo male!
    Il romanzo è ben costruito, con una trama complicata ma spiegata più chiaramente rispetto ai primi romanzi di Harry Hole, almeno secondo me. Bisognerebbe avere un ricordo chiaro dei romanzi precedenti per cogliere tutti i riferimenti ai vari personaggi, che qui ritornano e giocano ruoli più o meno importanti, comunque la storia è perfettamente godibile anche così, a sé stante. Fino quasi alla fine mi è piaciuto veramente un sacco, è solo con il finale che diventa evidente quanto è disperata la visione del mondo e della vita che ha l'autore.
    Che Nesbo odiasse il suo personaggio era già chiaro dai romanzi precedenti: perde un dito, ha una mascella rotta e la faccia tagliata dalla bocca ad un orecchio, rimane sepolto sotto una valanga...insomma, di sfighe ne ha già avute parecchie, ma anche qui non gliene facciamo mancare, eh?
    Troppo, troppo triste il finale, che lascia anche un grosso interrogativo su ciò che farà Oleg, e con lui Rakel. Unico raggio di speranza: Irene, e, in un certo senso, Truls.

    P.S. dopo aver letto altre recensioni:
    Se il finale non è così definitivo, meglio! Comunque si conferma che Nesbo odia Harry, con tutto quel che gli fa passare.
    E poi è vero, come ho letto in molti altri commenti, che Harry è un po' troppo supereroe, mi pare che Nesbo almeno ci provi a dare delle spiegazioni di come fa il nostro a salvarsi in tutte le situazioni. E poi, vabbé, io leggo Lee Child, voglio dire...

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  • 4

    Back to form

    So I found The Leopard to be quite sadistic and masochistic. Nesbo took his good friend Harry on quite the journey thru some gruesome scenes. The Phantom is a return to the form seen in the other Harry Hole books, yes still filled with horror, but incidental to the core story. Hole is still th ...continue

    So I found The Leopard to be quite sadistic and masochistic. Nesbo took his good friend Harry on quite the journey thru some gruesome scenes. The Phantom is a return to the form seen in the other Harry Hole books, yes still filled with horror, but incidental to the core story. Hole is still the beaten, relentless individual we know and love from the other books, but this time it's different. Like he's on more than his usual moral policeman crusade. Well that seems true until the end. Also struck me that apart from the perps we really weren't introduced into a new world of characters (really Oslo is this scummy?). Instead Nesbo does a great job (ie not contrived) of looping back thru a number of names and faces we've met in prior books to fill this story. It means you aren't keeping track of a long list of faces and names thru what is of course a multi-faceted story, that starts out with what in a business meeting you'd call a simple mission statement. Again well paced and devoured the book without breaking a sweat.

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