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Sunday, June 27, 2010
The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo
This is a complicated mystery. The fact that it was translated from the Norwegian did not help matters. A serial murder is tracked by an alcoholic cop with one foot in the grave. The murders are almost a subplot to the self redemption of Harry Hole, the alcoholic cop.
Complicated, convoluted, intricate and compelling all describe this story. I had trouble getting into it. I persevered and am glad I did so. Harry Hole is not terribly likeable but he is brilliant and insightful. The book is populated by a lot of un-likeable characters. The author leads you down a twisted path of mental aberration, unfulfilled emotions and thwarted desires. There are also discernable societal differences between the American ethos and the Norwegian. The book is not an easy read but it is a worthwhile read.