Phantom by Jo Nesbø


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Where earlier novels provide a better introduction to Hole, this one best takes the full measure of the man.


Following from Jo Nesbø's electrifying international best-sellers The Snowman and The Leopard, now comes Phantom, which plunges the brilliant, deeply troubled, now former police officer Harry Hole into a full-tilt investigation on which his own tenuous future will come to depend.

When Harry left Oslo again for Hong Kong—fleeing the traumas of life as a cop—he thought he was there for good. But then the unthinkable happened. The son of the woman he loved, lost, and still loves is arrested for murder: Oleg, the boy Harry helped raise but couldn't help deserting when he fled. Harry has come back to prove that Oleg is not a killer. Barred from rejoining the police force, he sets out on a solitary, increasingly dangerous investigation that takes him deep into the world of the most virulent drug to ever hit the streets of Oslo (and the careers of some of the city's highest officials), and into the maze of his own past, where he will find the wrenching truth that finally matters to Oleg, and to himself.

BONUS: This ebook edition includes an excerpt from Jo Nesbø's Police.

About Jo Nesbø

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Jo NesbØ is a musician, songwriter, economist, and one of Europe’s most critically acclaimed and successful crime writers today. His first novel featuring Police Detective Harry Hole was an instant hit in Norway, winning the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel—the most prestigious crime-writing award in Northern Europe. Norwegian readers voted The Redbreast the best Norwegian crime novel of all time. NesbØ lives in Oslo.
Published October 2, 2012 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. 482 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Horror. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
Peak Rank on Oct 21 2012
Weeks as Bestseller
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on Sep 01 2012

Where earlier novels provide a better introduction to Hole, this one best takes the full measure of the man.

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Book Reporter

Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Oct 12 2012

...the haunting ending will leave new and old readers alike hungry for the next installment. If you don’t read another book this year, please read this one.

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LA Times

Reviewed by Jessica Garrison on Oct 28 2012

...Nesbo's brilliant, breakneck plotting, which sends Hole... unraveling an intricate series of clues about the city's drug trade and its police force, which is as corrupt as ever.

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The Boston Globe

Reviewed by Andrew Caffrey on Oct 09 2012

The Oslo depiction adds a contemporary heft to “Phantom’’ that expands Nesbo’s reach.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Reviewed by Carlo Wolff on Nov 04 2012

Mr. Nesbo... characterizes women with affection and understanding, and his keen depiction of Rakel, though minimalist, explains Harry's love for her.

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Reviewed by David Connett on Mar 11 2012

The surprises come like an avalanche as the end nears, engulfing everything in its path, including Harry Hole. The final mystery will be what is left standing in its aftermath.

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IBN Live

Reviewed by Vivek Tejuja on Apr 24 2012

Nesbo's writing as usual hits the sweet spot of crime and mystery...The book has clever twists and does not get sentimental, which could have been the danger.

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Reviewed by Steph Zajkowski on Feb 07 2012

Long term fans will be shaken, shocked and stirred as events unfold on Oslo's dark streets. The final chapter is simply stunning. In short, Phantom is suspenseful, twisting and utterly fascinating.

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Decatur Daily

Reviewed by Wayne Holliday on Dec 30 2012

Nesbo has crafted another spellbinder that will keep you turning pages until you get to a surprise ending you will not expect.

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