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  • Published: 3 December 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099554783
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560
  • RRP: $27.00

Phantom

Harry Hole 9




The thrilling new novel from crime-writing superstar, and number 1 bestseller, Jo Nesbo

Summer. A boy is lying on the floor of an Oslo apartment. He is bleeding and will soon die. In order to place his life and death in some kind of context he begins to tell his story. Outside, the church bells toll.

Autumn. Former police inspector Harry Hole returns to Oslo after three years abroad. He seeks out his old boss at Police Headquarters to request permission to investigate a homicide. But the case is already closed: the young junkie was in all likelihood shot dead by a fellow addict. Yet, Harry is granted permission to visit the boy's alleged killer in jail. There, he meets himself and his own history. What follows is the solitary investigation of what appears to be the first impossible case in Harry Hole's career. And while Harry is searching, the murdered boy continues his story.

A man walks the dark streets of Oslo. The streets are his and he has always been there. He is a phantom.

  • Pub date: 3 December 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099554783
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560
  • RRP: $27.00

About the Author

Jo Nesbo

Jo Nesbo is one of the world’s bestselling crime writers, with The Leopard, Phantom, Police, The Son and his latest Harry Hole novel, The Thirst, all topping the Sunday Times bestseller charts. He’s an international number one bestseller and his books are published in 50 languages, selling over 40 million copies around the world.

Before becoming a crime writer, Nesbo played football for Norway’s premier league team Molde, but his dream of playing professionally for Spurs was dashed when he tore ligaments in his knee at the age of eighteen. After three years military service he attended business school and formed the band Di Derre (‘Them There’). They topped the charts in Norway, but Nesbo continued working as a financial analyst, crunching numbers during the day and gigging at night. When commissioned by a publisher to write a memoir about life on the road with his band, he instead came up with the plot for his first Harry Hole crime novel, The Bat.

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Praise for Phantom

“Expertly plotted and structured...relentlessly paced...a compulsive page turner”

Independent on Sunday

“Nesbo wrings out the tension, by turns painful and delicious, with consummate skill. The surprises come like an avalanche as the end nears”

Sunday Express

“A first-class thriller...and the complex plot...contains several twists some of which will make you gasp and at least one of which will make you cry”

Evening Standard

“The relationship between Harry and Rakel is truly multifaceted, and richer in nuance than anything else in the crime genre. Phantom will maintain Jo Nesbo's unstoppable momentum”

Barry Forshaw, Independent

“Jo Nesbo writes tightly plotted, claustrophobic thrillers with plenty of snow and a brutal yet hopelessly romantic policeman hero... They're also exuberantly, ingeniously gruesome”

Sunday Telegraph

“With a steady hand, Jo Nesbo deftly ties together the different narratives, steering the novel towards its goal with great precision...The fact that Harry Hole is a character in constant development makes the book even more interesting... Great, sombre summer reading.”

VG (Norway)

“A brilliant and incredibly fast-paced race through the violin-ravaged (violin is a new drug, more powerful than heroin) streets of Oslo to uncover who is at the centre of a drugs rung... ex-alcoholic Hole is dealing with more demons than 24’s Jack Bauer ... Sceptics may argue that crime fiction is too sensationalist and that endings are tied up too neatly but Phantom proves them all wrong. Once you’ve read the conclusion you’ll agree that Nesbo’s writing is far from predictable.”

Stylist

“Nesbo is a powerful writer”

Joan Smith, Sunday Times

“A gritty, pared-back thriller”

Esquire Magazine

“A pacy punchy read frome one of the best in the business”

Sport

“ike a Scandinavian police version of the Jason Bourne series... a compulsive page turner... Nesbo leads us into the murky back-streets of Oslo and a world of drug addiction and smuggling, gang warfare and corrupt officialdom – all of which social context is handled with real skill by the author.”

Independent on Sunday

“Phantom is arguably a much better book than any previous instalments. Nesbo wrings out the tension, by turns painful and delicious, with consummate skill.”

Davd Connett, Sunday Express

“Nesbo’s extraordinary writing power still mesmerises.”

The Times

“Phantom will maintain Jo Nesbo’s unstoppable momentum.”

The Independent

“The king of Nordic crime – and his haunted protagonist Harry Hole – returns with this tightly plotted thriller which pitches Hole deep into the murky underworld of Oslo’s heroin market.”

Metro

“Jo Nesbo is at the top of his game... The must-read thriller of 2012.”

Bella

“Phantom leaves us reeling, with a storyline and ending that hurts us almost as much as it hurts the protagonists... The twists and turns show Nesbo at his complicated, yet utterly accessible best, and Hole at his undeniably brilliant but self-destructive worst.”

The List

“Jo Nesbo is a master of his craft. His latest novel, Phantom, is world-class crime writing. Phantom is a crime novel that pleases on every level.”

Dagbladet (Norway)

“Harry Hole is back only to find that the case he wants to investigate is already closed”

Observer

“Jo Nesbo has done it again with Phantom, his seventh gripping novel featuring Inspector Harry Hole... Tense and compulsive Phantom will have you jumping out of your seat”

Hannah Britt, Daily Express

“King of Scandinavian crime... A writer at the top of his game”

Deirdre O’Brien, Sunday Mirror

“Riveting reading from page one”

My Weekly


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