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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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    December 3, 2012


    560 pages

    RRP $27.00

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  • EBook


    March 1, 2012

    Vintage Digital

    560 pages

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