Knife (Harry Hole, #12)
'Nesbo is one of the best thriller writers on the planet' Daily ExpressA man like Harry had better watch his back...Following the dramatic conclusion of number one bestseller THE THIRST, KNIFE sees Harry Hole waking up with a ferocious hangover, his hands and clothes covered in blood. Not only is Harry about to come face to face with an old, deadly foe, but with his darkest personal challenge yet.The twelfth instalment in Jo Nesbo’s internationally bestselling crime fiction series.

Knife (Harry Hole, #12) Details

TitleKnife (Harry Hole, #12)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 11th, 2019
PublisherHarvill Secker
ISBN-139781787300767
Rating
GenreMystery, Fiction, Crime, Thriller

Knife (Harry Hole, #12) Review

  • Matt
    January 1, 1970
    Jo Nesbø returns with yet another of the Harry Hole novels, as intriguing as it is dark. When Harry wakes from a drunken stupor, covered in blood, he is unsure what’s happened. Could it have been a bar fight gone wrong, or perhaps something a little more dastardly? While he shakes out the cobwebs, there is news on the crime front, when a body is discovered with its neck slit and a massive stab wound in the stomach. Harry learns of this and seeks answers, particularly when he discovers the victim Jo Nesbø returns with yet another of the Harry Hole novels, as intriguing as it is dark. When Harry wakes from a drunken stupor, covered in blood, he is unsure what’s happened. Could it have been a bar fight gone wrong, or perhaps something a little more dastardly? While he shakes out the cobwebs, there is news on the crime front, when a body is discovered with its neck slit and a massive stab wound in the stomach. Harry learns of this and seeks answers, particularly when he discovers the victim is someone close to him. While Harry is now stuck working cold cases, he continues probing into this active investigation, which turns up an old nemeses. Svein Finne was an early criminal that Harry caught when he was new to the scene, learning the ins and outs of this most notorious criminal mind. Finne, nicknamed ‘The Fiancé’, would choose his female victims and violently rape them, in hopes of making them pregnant. Thereafter, he would threaten to harm the women, should they in any way report him or terminate their pregnancies. Finne served his time and is now out on parole, just in time to strike again. As Harry pieces together the elements of a murder, a woman comes to report a rape that has Finne’s trademarks all over it, but recants and leaves the authorities baffled as to how they might proceed. With fire in his eyes, Harry strikes and tries to secure an arrest, though things fall flat. With little to show for his actions, Harry falls into a deep depression, coming to terms with the loss of a loved one. Evidence points that the blood on him was that of the victim, which only furthers his grief. Left despondent, Harry wonders if he would be better off dead, taking matters into his own hands while he is on the lam. In a race for the truth, Harry is a pawn in a larger game, one that could see the bodies pile up as the murderer watches with glee. Nesbø is masterful at spinning this dark web of deception and mystery, perfect for fans of his work. Recommended to all those who love Scandinavian thrillers that pack a punch from the opening sentence.I have long been a fan of Jo Nesbø and his writing, even though it is much heavier than many of the novels I read. The reader is forced to focus intently in order to ascertain all the nuances found within the narrative. With nothing apparently lost in translation, this Norwegian thriller keeps the reader guessing throughout while showing the depths to which Harry Hole can find himself when things do no go his way. Harry remains a stunning member of the police, though his skills are always in question when drink enters the equation. That being said, Harry seems able to push the haze aside and make something of himself, though this might be the end of his luck, as personal angst acts as a anchor to drag him into the depths of his melancholy. Others around him seek to lighten the mood—or make it darker, depending—and shape the narrative effectively. Nesbø chooses a wonderful cast of characters to portray the themes he has in mind, as well as introducing the reader to one man who has haunted Harry Hole for many years. The plot of the story worked well, keeping me intrigued while also wondering if things would remain gloomy throughout. Nesbø does so well with the darkness and angst-filled stories that I could never tell when I ought to pause, worried I would miss some enlightening aspect. For those not familiar with Harry Hole or many of these Scandinavian noir thrillers, I would recommend walking back to the start of the series, as things definitely need context before popping up here, twelve novels in.Kudos, Mr. Nesbø, for keeping my attention throughout and helping me see another side of Harry Hole. I never tire of your work and hope you’ll keep the novels coming.Like/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...
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  • Scarlett
    January 1, 1970
    With great sadness, I must announce that Harry and I are done. I will not be reading this series in the future and I hope that Jo Nesbø will respect my decision and not write anything else. When you read 12 books of a series, it is inevitable that some of them will not be to your liking. Also, as a reader, you feel that you know the characters even better than the author! While Police still has the lowest rating from me, this one takes the cake for the worst written Harry Hole book because of th With great sadness, I must announce that Harry and I are done. I will not be reading this series in the future and I hope that Jo Nesbø will respect my decision and not write anything else. When you read 12 books of a series, it is inevitable that some of them will not be to your liking. Also, as a reader, you feel that you know the characters even better than the author! While Police still has the lowest rating from me, this one takes the cake for the worst written Harry Hole book because of the complete destruction of our main character. I won't get into details about the story. There is a big shocker in the beginning where we lose one of our beloved characters, but other than that, we have the same premise as usual. Harry is on the sidelines of the official investigation because of yet another problematic thing that he did. He goes on a bender, he does illegal stuff, but he means well. Only this time - it doesn't work. Characters like Harry need to have some strong redeeming quality that can justify them being complete assholes and unreliable people. Reading this, you wouldn't recognize him. Jo Nesbø destroyed him, made him childlike, illogical, selfish without any self awareness. We knew that women liked him before, but this was unbelievable. We have a line of great looking, successful women knocking on the door for the chance of only one night with this drunken, lost and evil man. They even fight over him when, in this book at least, they should thank the other for taking him off their hands. Even his professional skills don't seem real here - the case gets solved in Shakespearean method, with convenient confessions, sudden clues and with great help from the sky above. If I read one more close-to-death experience where Harry survives like a cat, I'll go crazy!I also had a big problem with the storytelling. There are SO MANY irrelevant back stories of even more irrelevant minor characters. I felt that Jo Nesbø couldn't decide beforehand if he will focus on PTSD, child molestation, rape, jealousy, telenovela twists of missing/found children or racism. What made his thrillers stood out from the sea of mysteries are those well-built cases with strong characters. Yes, Harry could always surprise you, but still stay in his lane. I am sorry, but I am so disappointed with this book. I got this edition through Edelweiss, thanks to Random House!
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  • Rob
    January 1, 1970
    One of the better book in the series I think. Even if the plot is a little far out there.
  • Jo Dervan
    January 1, 1970
    Harry Hole, the Swedish police detective, is back. His wife Rakel had thrown him out and he was miserable. Then Rakel was found dead and of course Harry was the prime suspect. He was convinced that Svein Faulke, a violent rapist recently released from jail, was the murderer and arrested him. Svein had sworn harm to Harry and his family because the policeman had killed his son. Then Svein had an alibi and must be released. Harry was suspended from the police force but decided to investigate on hi Harry Hole, the Swedish police detective, is back. His wife Rakel had thrown him out and he was miserable. Then Rakel was found dead and of course Harry was the prime suspect. He was convinced that Svein Faulke, a violent rapist recently released from jail, was the murderer and arrested him. Svein had sworn harm to Harry and his family because the policeman had killed his son. Then Svein had an alibi and must be released. Harry was suspended from the police force but decided to investigate on his own. The evidence pointed firmly at Harry even though he too had an alibi, that he was passed out at home after a night of heavy drinking. He had no memory of most of the evening even though his close friend Bjorn had brought him home. This is a typical Nesbo novel with violence and plot twists. Fans of the Scandinavian novels will not be disappointed.
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  • Rebecca Minnock
    January 1, 1970
    Harry Hole is back, he's drunk and he is trying to move on from Rakel after their break up.A rapist that Harry arrested years ago has been released from prison and has threatened to come after Harry's family.Without giving away any spoilers, a murder devastates Harry, and the sequence of events following the killing send him into a desperate hunt to find the killer.Gritty, dark, and with some clever yet never convoluted twists, this had me holding my breath more than once, and each time I though Harry Hole is back, he's drunk and he is trying to move on from Rakel after their break up.A rapist that Harry arrested years ago has been released from prison and has threatened to come after Harry's family.Without giving away any spoilers, a murder devastates Harry, and the sequence of events following the killing send him into a desperate hunt to find the killer.Gritty, dark, and with some clever yet never convoluted twists, this had me holding my breath more than once, and each time I thought I had worked out who did it, more information came to light that made me question my suspicions and I did NOT see the ending coming! Everything is tied up perfectly, and the ending left me desperate to get my hands on the next installment!
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Heads up lovers of Norwegian noir! Harry Hole is back and he is back with a vengeance.This is one of the most chilling, attention holding book in this series, I felt, so far. There is the most horrifying, diabolical character I have ever encountered and a heinous murder that strikes at the very heart and soul of Harry. The convoluted path to the unmasking of the killer will lead Harry down so many roads that when the ends all segue together you won't see it coming but will keep you on the edge o Heads up lovers of Norwegian noir! Harry Hole is back and he is back with a vengeance.This is one of the most chilling, attention holding book in this series, I felt, so far. There is the most horrifying, diabolical character I have ever encountered and a heinous murder that strikes at the very heart and soul of Harry. The convoluted path to the unmasking of the killer will lead Harry down so many roads that when the ends all segue together you won't see it coming but will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final sentence.....and that will leave you longing for more.Highly recommended!
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  • Tim
    January 1, 1970
    I want to admire Jo Nesbø more than I actually admire him. He's undeniably clever; I think he's probably scarily intelligent. He is undeniably dark, macabre, to the point of grotesquerie. Hole is a classic noir figure, filled with demons and dogged determination; Kurt Wallander with irony and humor. But this novel, which started with tremendous promise, a great plot hook and real emotion, got to overblown with asides and subplots that I could not wait to be done with it. It's probably a 3.5 more I want to admire Jo Nesbø more than I actually admire him. He's undeniably clever; I think he's probably scarily intelligent. He is undeniably dark, macabre, to the point of grotesquerie. Hole is a classic noir figure, filled with demons and dogged determination; Kurt Wallander with irony and humor. But this novel, which started with tremendous promise, a great plot hook and real emotion, got to overblown with asides and subplots that I could not wait to be done with it. It's probably a 3.5 more than a three.
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  • Diane V-R
    January 1, 1970
    4,5 stars
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