Police by Jo Nesbo

88%

17 Critic Reviews

...his precise diction, pacing, and emphases do wonders in presenting this particularly complex crime novel that consists of at least four separate plots that unfold simultaneously, all complete with clues, twists, turns, red herrings, and plenty of misdirection.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Finalist -- GoodReads Choice Award -- Mystery/Thriller

Harry Hole returns--or does he?--in a terrifyingly paced, vertiginous new roller coaster of a thriller by the internationally best-selling author of The Snowman and The Redeemer, "the king of Scandinavian crime fiction" (Kirkus). 
The police urgently need Harry Hole . . . A killer is stalking Oslo's streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical.  

But this time, Harry can't help . . . For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry is not in a position to protect anyone. 

Least of all himself . . .



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

About Jo Nesbo

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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 15, 2013 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. 642 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Crime, Horror. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Police
All: 17 | Positive: 16 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
on Aug 18 2013

Casualties spawn new theories, as those thought dead turn out to be alive...and the complexities suggest that “the human brain is a four-dimensional labyrinth. Everyone’s been there; no one knows the way.” A surprise ending promises a fresh start for a series that had appeared to end with its previous novel.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jan 06 2014

...his precise diction, pacing, and emphases do wonders in presenting this particularly complex crime novel that consists of at least four separate plots that unfold simultaneously, all complete with clues, twists, turns, red herrings, and plenty of misdirection.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Aug 26 2013

In Nesbø’s able hands, Harry’s absence is a character unto itself, but this will only make readers more eager to learn Harry’s fate.

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by A. J. Kirby on Oct 10 2013

This is, quite simply, a must-read book. It is characteristically brutal, tragic, darkly humorous, and riveting.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Oct 17 2013

POLICE does what all good books do: grabs readers by the lapels and pulls them into the very binding of the book. Frightening, darkly funny and horrifying, this is one of those novels that should not be at the top of your “must read” pile; it should be in your hands, and your face should be in the book now. Do not miss it under any circumstances.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Good
on Oct 20 2013

It will be no surprise to Mr. Nesbo's admirers that the plot is intricate and surprising, with blind alleys and misdirection, but not far-fetched. Harry is a compelling hero/antihero whose ongoing influence on his police comrades and friends is demonstrated throughout "Police."

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Express

Good
Reviewed by Michelle Davies on Sep 22 2013

...it would struggle to work as a standalone novel unless you are prepared to read it without caring about the characters’ earlier encounters, or be concerned with the ins and outs of the plot threads...Of course, the solution could be to go back to the beginning of the series and read them all. It certainly won’t be time wasted...

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Times Dispatch

Good
Reviewed by Doug Childers on Oct 20 2013

...if Nesbo ends the series with it, it’s a satisfyingly dramatic conclusion. In fact, Nesbo manages the book’s unnervingly scary scenes so well he should consider tackling a horror novel, if this is in fact the last we’ll see of Hole.

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Crime Fiction Lover

Below average
Reviewed by CRIMEFICTIONLOVER on Sep 11 2013

The one let-down is the book’s first section. The author keeps us guessing about Harry Hole’s fate for too long, and the deception feels too deliberate.

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Thinking About Books

Good
Reviewed by David Marshall on Jan 23 2014

The answers are fascinating, and although there’s a slightly convenient way in which he avoids crossing over the line (again), the thriller tension is ratcheted up most effectively as we close in on the solution and the aftermath. Overall, Police shows Jo Nesbø on top form, delivering yet another powerful page-turner.

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Book Loons

Good
Reviewed by Tim Davis on Feb 03 2014

...readers can be assured of this: Police is a first-class crime novel that Harry Hole fans will not want to miss. Enjoy!

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A Bookworm's World

Excellent
Reviewed by Luanne on Oct 15 2013

Police is a brilliantly dark read. And just when the story is winding down and you thought you could take a deep breath - Nesbo snatches it away again in the final pages with another gut wrenching ending that will have fans counting down the days 'til the next entry in this fantastic series.

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Milo's Rambles

Good
on Jan 03 2014

Another terrific novel from the Scandinavian author others can only attempt to imitate. There is only one Jo Nesbø and he’s here right now. I can’t wait for the next adventure and it goes without saying Police comes highly recommended.

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Karan Brooks

Good
on Sep 16 2013

There is never a dull moment in this tale, nor is there an opportunity to catch your breath. Not for the faint-hearted, this latest (and I hope not final as has been rumored) addition to the Hole series is simply brilliant.

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Literary Inklings

Good
Reviewed by Casee Marie on Oct 15 2013

Its twists are fiercely executed, characters intense and memorable, and its final chapters a collection of surprises that will leave the reader clambering in anticipation of another novel.

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Beattie's Book Blog

Good
on Sep 16 2013

Another superb, complex, at times terrifying, and frequently violent story from Jo Nesbo. I have read all ten Harry Hole novels and greatly enjoyed everyone of them but be warned this is not reading for the squeamish.

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Avid Mystery Reader

Good
Reviewed by Keishon on Sep 23 2013

At 442 pages, the time flew by and I finished reading this book in less than a week. What I love about this series is Harry Hole and the wonderful imagination of his creator.

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