Jo Nesbø’s first book in his Harry Hole series, The Bat has a U.S. release date: July 2 and will be published in paperback by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. I really, really like the cover, too. - EW
Read the sad news about Iain Banks having terminal cancer and I was sorry to hear it. Val McDermid wrote a piece about him, “Iain Banks, my Fife friend and storyteller extraordinaire” I’ve never read Iain Banks and want to. Read article at The Guardian
Ken Bruen has a new book coming out in November of this year by Mysterious Press, Purgatory. This will be book number ten in the Jack Taylor series. This is really an excellent series. If enjoy Irish noir then start with The Guards. Read more at -Crime Always Pays
I picked as my first book of the new year, a writer who has been reliable to me since I started reading him in 2009. Jo Nesbø’s The Redbreast was published in 2006 in the U.S. and translated by the talented Don Bartlett. The series stars Inspector Harry Hole, this is his third appearance in the series since The Bat (UK). Having read all of his recent books, I saved this one for last.
The Redbreast is part historical fiction and part mystery where about half of the story takes place during WWII. The story touches on the troubled past of Norway, the lives of the soldiers and the consequences of their choices made during the war. Some were labeled as traitors and accused of treason and sent to prison. Harry finds himself chasing down wartime ghosts. He finds himself investigating an assassin on some “crusade of vengeance against society.” Continue reading
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The Devil’s Star
Commentary: Those are ranked from strongest to weakest. Yes, I thought The Snowman was the weakest in the series. Titles missing are The Bat (UK) and The Redbreast (US, UK). Hope to have both read by the end of the year. Books should be read in order though unless you are like me and don’t care to read in order. I didn’t start at the beginning. I started with Nemesis and went from there and no, I don’t recommend you doing the same. Reading order is here.
Phantom (2012) is the ninth  book in the Harry Hole series. Don Bartlett returns as translator and delivers a most excellent read. When the last page was finished, the only thing I could say was: bravo and what a solid story. This is Jo Nesbø in top form. He still hasn’t beat out The Redeemer for me yet but Phantom sure comes close.
The European drug scene is the central theme in this novel. A new drug hits the streets of Oslo. An undercover cop’s body washes up by the Opera House. A pilot for one of the largest airlines in Scandinavia is smuggling drugs.
Some people don’t need the reminder but Jo Nesbø’s Phantom (Harry Hole #9) comes out this week. Did you see the book trailer put out by Knopf two days ago? or should I say trailers? There are several of them out there. There was a Swedish book trailer that was put out several months ago that had Jo Nesbø in it . His book trailers always look like trailers for a movie instead of a book. Look for a review. New readers, look here.
Books I’ve read in the series:
The Redeemer (2009)
The Leopard (2011)
The Devil’s Star (2005)
The Snowman (2010)