Knife: A New Harry Hole Novel

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Brilliant, audaciously rogue police officer, Harry Hole from The Snowman and The Thirst, is back and in the throes of a new, unanticipated rage–once again hunting the murderer who has haunted his entire career.

Harry Hole is not in a good place. Rakel–the only woman he’s ever loved–has ended it with him, permanently. He’s been given a chance for a new start with the Oslo Police but it’s in the cold case office, when what he really wants is to be investigating cases he suspects have ties to Svein Finne, the serial rapist and murderer who Harry helped put behind bars. And now, Finne is free after a decade-plus in prison–free, and Harry is certain, unreformed and ready to take up where he left off. But things will get worse. When Harry wakes up the morning after a blackout, drunken night with blood that’s clearly not his own on his hands, it’s only the very beginning of what will be a waking nightmare the likes of which even he could never have imagined.

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10 reviews for Knife: A New Harry Hole Novel

  1. Barry Melius

    Using violence as a shortcut to sales or a dedicated writer following his muse? Your choice.The first Harry Hole novel, The Bat, was released in 1997. Halfway through I bailed out of boredom. His next two releases, Cockroaches (1998) and Redbreast (2000), showed a steep learning curve and were engaging and well written, setting Harry Hole down the road to being one of crime fictions’ more memorable and sympathetic characters. Nemesis (2002) treaded water with an overly complicated, unbelievable plot and I barely finished it. The Devil’s Star (2006) was excellent, the Redeemer (2009) not so much, but the next four Harry Hole novels, The Snowman (2007), The Leopard (2011), The Phantom (2012), and Police (2013) were probably the best run of crime fiction I have read and on the 1.00-7.00 scale I use I gave The Phantom the highest rating, 6.90*, I have ever given any crime fiction. A pulsing, pounding, breathless, thriller, it was so well done that I thought it was the end of the series, where do you go from the best? Not the first time I was wrong. With the release of The Thirst (2017), I found my answer, Harry was settled down and boring and it was so gruesome that I stopped reading well before the halfway mark. Well this book, Knife has taken care of the boring bit, while the gruesome remains it is toned down from The Thirst but still not for the faint of heart. A good solid, “Oh Harry, why?” kind of addition to what continues to be one of the more complex and sympathetic characters out there. Naturally all the attractive females want to jump Harry’s bones, alpha male that he is, and his relationship with his step son is particularly well written, but wrapped around a fast paced police procedural and Nesbo’s trademark very complex plot is a gripping portrait of a man on the edge of a chasm that threatens everything he is, has, and stands for. Cap it off with perhaps the most eloquent ending Nesbo has written and you have a book worth finishing.$13.99/book price divided by Amazon typical read time of 9 hours, 42 minutes=$1.44/average hourly reading cost

  2. Kenneth C. Mahieu

    Goodbye, Harry. Nice Knowing You“The Knife” (TK) by Jo Nesbo is the 12th in the Harry Hole series; Harry is a “master” detective in the Oslo police department. I quit the series after reading the first ten. I had grown tired of the whole Rakel/Oleg thing, and I felt that the author was getting bored also. I had no intention of going back until I read a recent review of TK in the WSJ, suggesting it may be the best in the series, and so I thought I’d give Harry a try once again. I decided if it was even close to the early books I would go back and read the two I had skipped.Well, that won’t be happening.Someone near and dear to Harry has been murdered. At first a recently released prisoner is the primary suspect, but cleared. Even Harry is suspected early on, but he too is cleared though suspended. And then there are other suspects, including some Norwegian vets of the Iraqi/Afghan wars. Flashback time – ugh. There are also therapists probing, probing until…….”next time”. As if that’s not enough we get to dial into Harry’s deep, whiskey soaked (yes, another cop hero with a booze problem) recollections and analysis. And analysis – Harry can come up with more options/alternatives/explanations in walking to the front door than I can think of in 24 hours. And there’s even some hypnosis. All very psychological, a bit of a different spin from other Harry stories, and unfortunately a bit of a yawn. Throughout most of the book there was very little tension. And no Kindle page numbering. Finally, the last 50 pages or so felt a bit like the Harry stories of old. Meanwhile, the ex-con is running around with a rather unusual and repulsive personal mission in one of the more cringe-worthy subplots I have read in a while. And so, we come to the end. Not much of a climax. Is this the last Harry book? Don’t know, don’t care. It’s my last, but then I’ve said that before. So, just in case, goodbye Harry/Jo – it’s been nice knowing you and thanks for some great stories. Too bad this wasn’t one of them.

  3. FormerMiller

    STUNNING!I’ve read every book in the Harry Hole series, and eagerly awaited “Knife.” Then I saw that it was 451 pages of small-ish type, and asked myself, “Do I really want to invest the time it’s going to take to read this right now?” Thank God I decided the answer was, “Yes.” This is THE BEST of all 12 books. I finished it last night and today I’m depressed because there’s no more of it for me to read. The plot’s central murder was a bombshell. The identity of the murderer was a shock and a total surprise. The ending left me dangling. And everything in between was effing perfect.

  4. Old Asia Hand

    Harry Hole has become a witless parody of himself, and it’s a sad sight to seeA lot of mystery-thriller series start coming apart because it’s obvious the author has grown bored with the character and starts simply phoning in more books to extend the series and keep the money coming in. The Harry Hole series is coming part in a different way.Nesbo has apparently been reading his laudatory reviews and thinks whatever crap he shovels out must be gold. And that’s what you’ll find here: crap. Rambling, repetitious, pointless prose that inflates a simple story into 500 pages. You can skip half the pages at random and not miss a thing. I did.In his old age, I’m sorry to have to say that Harry Hole has become a witless parody of what he once was, and it’s a sad sight to see.

  5. Drwo

    Jo Nesbo Rules the GenreNesbo is a master of the creepy villain with bizarre motivations. In this particular book, a psychopath is released from prison only to return almost immediately to his life’s mission. Although Harry Hole, Nesbo’s flawed and compelling hero, is sure who is behind the crimes, his complex history as a detective prohibits him from taking direct action. Not deterred by orders, Hole wanders where he knows he shouldn’t, placing himself and others in danger but determined to bring the criminal to justice.As it always is with this series, along the way to the complicated solution, Hole’s personal life hits some lows. His drinking problem causes memory loss and makes him second guess his own culpability. Nesbo is such a great writer that he brings readers to the edge of the cliff constantly before offering a hand to keep them from falling over along with Hole.

  6. Mel R. Scurbica

    One Book to Ruin Them AllI was a big Jo Nesbø fan. I have read every book in the Harry Hole series. After the big suck that was “The Thirst,”, I decided to give Nesbø one last chance. I got halfway through this book and just gave up. It’s meandering and boring. It really is that bad. I’m a writer and an editor, and for the life of me, I can’t understand how the publisher accepted this. Nesbø is shooting with blanks.

  7. Fred H. Dimond

    Harry Hole is the star of one of the great crime series ever.This is one of the great crime series ever. Harry Hole is a Norwegiandetective with an uncanny ability to solve crimes, but he is often immersed in analcoholic haze. Despite, or perhaps because of, his irresponsible, self – destructive behavior,women love him. But his wife Rakel had enough and threw him out. Then she was murdered.This book is about Harry’s attempt to find the killer. Supporting characters in the book include other of Harry’s lovers, workmates and childhoodfriends who get involved in his unorthodox ways of pursuing bad guys – quite often at personal riskto them and their jobs. If you haven’t read the adventures of Harry Hole, any and all of these booksare well worth your time. KNIFE is one of the very best; with a lot of thoughtful commentary onsubjects other than murder.Fred Dimond

  8. Jessica R. M. Williams

    Nesbo does it againHarry Hole has been through so much over the course of his career with the Oslo police force. From battling his demons with alcohol abuse, to hunting and being hunted by some really prolific serial killers – Harry has been brooding over the gritty and often paradoxical streets of Oslo for so long, it’s always difficult to imagine what he can face next in his journey that would still feel fresh to dedicated readers. Nesbo always seems to manage a new twist and turn in Harry’s life as a man and cop. As an author, he’s not afraid to take chances with Harry or other familiar characters in the Hole books, and his ability to do so keeps readers perpetually guessing and entertained.If you are a Hole fan, you will love this book. Though tragic at times, and, difficult to read at others because Harry is often his own worst enemy, the story will keep you guessing until the end. I was at a loss at who “done it,” until the very end. If you love Scandinavian thrillers, you’ll love Harry Hole and Nesbo’s newest novel.

  9. Dave Schwinghammer

    Shocker!One of the most entertaining aspects of being a murder mystery fanatic is figuring out who did it. In Jo Nesbo’s most recent Harry Hole epiisode, you will have a hard time keeping the characters straight, much less target the killer.First off, there’s a big shocker. Someone has killed Rakel, Harry’s wife and the love of his life. The sourpuss was actually happy for a time, until she threw him out; the spouse is always a suspect in a murder case, so Harry doesn’t even get to investigate, officially, that is. Harry is absolutely certain Svein Finne, rapist and serial killer, who somehow got out of jail, is the culprit. This guy is really crazy; he doesn’t get a big charge out of killing people; he just wants to impregnate every young girl he can get his hands on; he will only murder them if they abort the baby or get rid of it in some other way. That’s why he has a motive for Rakel’s murder. Harry killed his serial killer son, and he wants revenge.Nesbo knows we inveterate murder mystery readers are looking for a red herring; it’s pretty clear that Finne is just a thread in the plot that needs to be dealt with. Nesbo throws in a few more; for a time Harry thinks Roar Boar, a former special forces officer who worked with Rakel in human resources may have done it (watch out for some foreshadowing here; this guy is a sniper). Then there are the women Harry has bedded over the years; there are three main ones who may have been jealous of Rakel. One of them is married to Harry’s best friend; another was a young homicide cop when Harry bedded her. I was sure the murderer was a woman; it was getting toward the end of the book and Nesbo was featuring these women quite a bit.Another shocker. When Harry finds out who killed Rakel he doesn’t seem all that upset. That’s because Harry has empathy and blames himself. For a while Harry is even suicidal; he thinks he might have killed Rakel in a drunken stupor, and there’s some evidence that he did.The climax is not when Harry finds out who killed Rakel. It’s when Svein Finne finds out his lawyer has a woman on the side and blackmails the lawyer into giving her to him. It’s pretty slick how Harry and the lawyer deal with a psychopathic killer. It’s not clear if it was Harry’s idea or the lawyer’s. Joe Nesbo gives Stieg Larsson a run for his money; I’ve read about half dozen Harry Hole (pronounced Hole’) and they always give me a run for my money when it comes to guessing who done it.


    HARRY HOLE IS BACK IN OSLO; JOE NESBO DELIVERS HIS BEST “HARRY”As a reader of all of the JN “Harry” books, this one soars above all. And that is not easy..While reading the prior novels mightadd some dimension to some characters, JN explores his players with descriptions and insights, often supplied by dialogue,which makes KNIFE easily able to stand alone..JN foremost to me is a ruthless student of human longing, folly, disappointment,fantasy, dilemma, and delusion..Harry adds frequently to this agony by self examination, lacking in most..JN manifests this openinquiry into marvelous writing, where the vehicle of the mystery novel lays bare these tensions into the problem solving skills andabsence of skill in confronting homicides..JN is nothing if not a trickster..We are cruising along with the homicide in question seemingly ready for the finishing touches andresolution when things seem not just right..How could this be right?? We are not even close to halfway through the book..Yes, JN is pulling the rug out from under us..JN does a lot of pulling before he is finished wringing out our minds with reversals.We have some new players who hold much promise for future books..Svein Finne returns as homicidal and sadistic as ever. OleWinter, the pompous and opportunistic head of Kripos investigations gets his just desserts; criminal defense lawyer Johan Krohnmixes his capabilities as a formidable adversary and tactician with the weaknesses of his flesh; most intriguing is Sung-min Larsen,an Asian Norwegian, a Kripos detective who is good, much better than good, at what he does..Sorry, no discussion of plot points when we are exploring a mystery..What good does it do to give things away?Just one clue..which will mean nothing until it surfaces on the final pages..We are exposed to the scheme of “alternative truth.”Given what is going on every day here in America, JN has unquestioned literary license to blindside us with this device..

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