We are posting recommendations of books by our sponsor, Eight Cousins bookstore in Falmouth. This week’s recommendation is “Knife: A New Harry Hole Novel” by Jo Ness.
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.
About the Author
JO NESBØ is a musician, songwriter, and economist, as well as a writer. His Harry Hole novels include The Redeemer, The Snowman, The Leopard, and Phantom, and he is also the author of several stand-alone novels and the Doctor Proctor series of children’s books. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Glass Key for best Nordic crime novel.
Praise for Knife:
“’Knife‘, Mr. Nesbo’s 12th Harry Hole book, translated from the Norwegian by Neil Smith, is arguably the best entry yet in the author’s outstanding series. … The moral conundrums in ‘Knife‘ are Dostoevskian, the surprises are breathtaking, the one-liners are amusing and the suspense is unrelenting. This is that rare lengthy book that one wouldn’t want shortened by even a single page.”—Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal
“‘Knife’ is indeed a sharp example of its genre. The pages turn, the violence is brutal, and the characters are well-drawn and mysterious. … The book is dense, but brisk. … Nesbo has a great sense of pacing. Each reveal – did he do it? did she? – is meticulously laid out as he takes readers along for the ride. … The final whodunit is powerful and leaves Harry – and readers – wondering what’s next.”—Rob Merrill, Associated Press
“‘Knife’ is a reminder of why people read [Nesbo’s] books. … Thicker and more complex than most of the earliest Nesbo novels – including his often-slender standalone books – ‘Knife’ resembles in its heft and sweep ‘The Redbreast’ … The novel ends with a fascinating series of shifts and reframings both dramatically satisfying as fiction and – in the real, Norwegian world of crime-fighting in which the novel is set – ethically queasy. … It also leaves Harry on what can only be called a knife’s edge. The bad, or at least, ambiguous news for the novel’s characters is good news for the rest of us: There will, it seems, be more of these.”—Scott Timberg, Los Angeles Times
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