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Killing Moon: The NEW Sunday Times bestselling thriller (Harry Hole, 13)

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Harry has gone to Los Angeles to drink himself to death, in the wake of his life back in Oslo falling to pieces. I am eager to see what happens to Harry Hole and what Jo Nesbø feels is yet to come for his protagonist, especially with some of the revelations that come to the surface herein. The pacing is fast with a few parts that slow down to allow the reader to catch up on Richard’s revelations. Harry has never faced an adversary like this before, and he’ll need to bring together a misfit team of former operatives to do what he can’t do alone: stop an unstoppable killer. This makes Røed a person of interest in the homicides, and Røed hopes Harry Hole will finger someone else.

With plenty for forensics to, erm, get their teeth into, this is a police procedural and a thriller that at times verges on horror. I was likewise there for the release of Cockroaches, The Snowman, The Leopard, Phantom, Police and The Thirst. He finds a bar close to the home of Frank Zappa and is about to successfully complete his plan when something happens. In Oslo, two girls have disappeared and been found murdered and one of the suspects is a well-known real estate magnate.Overall, this is a very well written and compelling novel that has the reader asking a multitude of questions and there are some little breadcrumbs to follow along this very different and twisty journey. When the killer is finally discovered in the final pages it is a shock to everyone including the reader. Some of the events obviously follow on from the previous book but I don’t feel like I missed out on any information. His books The Leopard, Phantom, Police, The Son, The Thirst, Macbeth and Knife have all since topped the Sunday Times charts. When the body of one of them is found with fresh stitches along her hairline, the hunt is on to find a murderer with singular methods.

They topped the charts in Norway, but Nesbo continued working as a financial analyst, crunching numbers during the day and gigging at night.As the story opens, Norwegian former police detective Harry Hole - severely depressed after the death of his wife Rakel - is in a Los Angeles bar, trying to drink himself numb. A battered hero, a memorably creepy villain, a series of false endings worthy of Jeffery Deaver: What’s not to love? Struck off the force, down and out in Los Angeles, it seems that nothing can entice him back to Oslo. This is not only a conniving killer, but one who is ruthless in their treatment of victims, happy to exact brutal pain and suffering, all in the name of an unknown motive. Not one I’d perhaps recommend reading around meal times unless you have a strong stomach, but entertaining nonetheless.

He puts together a team consisting of a cocaine-dealing childhood friend, a corrupt police officer and a cancer-stricken psychologist. The book unfolds in three parts, and each new part takes the story in an unexpected direction, forcing me to reevaluate everything I thought I knew. Maybe someone needs to remind Nesbo that storytelling in fiction allows us to explore alternate worlds.Tre år med sidesprang til andre krimforfattere i håp om å finne noe i nærheten av Jo Nesbøs kaliber. Nearly ten pages into Killing Moon, I wondered whether Nesbo had always depicted women in such a cruel, hateful way. The pacing is not the fastest – it feels more cerebral (again no pun intended – those who read the book will understand what I mean) than action based, but I still found myself propelled along, tearing through the pages wanting to get to the bottom of the overwhelming mystery that envelopes every page. I won't go into anything further because it would spoil the weirdness for you - if you're into weird, highly implausible methods of murder, that is.

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