My first reaction when I first read the blurb on the cover was to dismiss this book as just another of those detective stories where the good guy gets caught in a compromising situation, and has to find the guilty party to recover his good name. However, this is a Harry Hole thriller, written by Jo Nesbo, and had I followed my first instinct, i would have missed a very good novel, by a very accomplished author.
There are 2 main crimes being investigated in this book, and as the story progresses, with numerous twists and turns, the culprits come to light. Reading, i found myself a couple of times thinking, there are loads of pages to go, so what now? Without giving away too much, the twists and turns in the story lines are incredibly intricate and intriguing.
While these stories are proceeding, there is a constant reminder of the death in a previous book of Harry's one time partner Ellen. Harry's superiors are happy that that murder has been solved. However, Harry is itching to restart the investigation. He suspects that there is more to her death than has come to light. Having read the previous books in the series, we know as well, and in fact that is again made clear in this book. So as Harry succeeds in solving the crimes in this book, his reward is being allowed to begin again with Ellen's death.
At the end of the book, he finds a witness. He shows a picture of his prime suspect and we must wait for the next instalment: (The Devil's Star).
Each novel stands on its own, and is complete in itself. They are extremely well written and gives insights into not only his life as a detective but also the constant pressure on him as an alcoholic. There are discussions on different topics which in themselves are interesting, including Sun Tzu's "The Art of War".
I would highly recommend this book, as I have all of the series that i have read so far, and will soon begin The Devil's Star.