[Book Review] The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbø

34313119Title: The Devil’s Star*
Author: Jo Nesbø
Genre: Fiction, crime, Nordic noir, thriller, mystery

Where I got the book: I purchased this book at Norli.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: While Oslo city is overtaken by a heat wave, a woman is found murdered in her flat. One finger has been severed from her left hand and a tiny red diamond in the shape of a pentagram has been inserted behind her eyelid. Detective Harry Hole, currently in an alcoholic stupor and soon-to-be without a job, is assigned to the case with his long-time adversary Tom Waaler. It doesn’t take long before a wave of similar murders follows and Hole appears to have a serial killer on his hands.

*I read this in its original language (Norwegian) under the title “Marekors”.

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[Book Review] House of Spines by Michael J. Malone

35437703Title: House of Spines
Author: Michael J. Malone
Genre: Fiction, mystery, gothic, thriller, crime

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★☆☆☆

Summary: Ranald McGhie, a writer struggling with mental health problems, discovers that his deceased mother was related to one of Glasgow’s oldest merchant families and that he has inherited Newton Hall, a mansion that belonged to his great-uncle. The mansion is first and foremost devoted to books and seemingly a perfect place for a lonely writer, but beneath the surface the house is hiding something far more sinister. As he explores the many rooms and corridors, Ranald’s grasp on reality slowly appears to be slipping.

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[Book Review] End of Watch by Stephen King

33641267Title: End of Watch
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Fiction, horror, supernatural, mystery, crime

Where I got the book: I purchased this book at Norli.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Brady Hartsfield, the Mercedes Killer, has been in a vegetative state for five years since he was stopped by police detective Bill Hodges. Complete recovery is unlikely, but Brady is awake and in possession of new deadly powers. Bill Hodges, now retired, runs an investigation agency with his partner Holly Gibney. They are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre. This is the start of their most dangerous case yet, one in which Brady Hartsfield is somehow pulling all the strings, and he’s planning revenge not only on Hodges and his friends, but also on an entire city.

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[Book Review] Nemesis by Jo Nesbø

34313100Title: Nemesis*
Author: Jo Nesbø
Genre: Fiction, crime, Nordic noir, thriller, mystery

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Bokkilden.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: A female cashier is shot dead during a brutal bank robbery. Detective Harry Hole is on the case, but after a dinner with an old ex-girlfriend he wakes up with no memory of the last 12 hours. The girl is later found dead under mysterious circumstances and Harry starts receiving threatening e-mails: someone is trying to frame him for murder. The bank robberies continue, a killer is on the run, and Harry Hole has suddenly become the number one suspect…

*I read this in its original language (Norwegian) under the title “Sorgenfri”.

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[Book Review] The Redbreast by Jo Nesbø

34313091Title: The Redbreast*
Author: Jo Nesbø
Genre: Fiction, crime, Nordic noir, thriller, mystery

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Bokkilden.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: During President Clinton’s visit in Norway, police officer Harry Hole accidentally shoots a Secret Service Agent. The incident is covered up and Hole is promoted to inspector. He’s assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities, which is a mundane task until the discovery of a rare and unusual rifle is made. This is followed by several startling leads pointing to neo-Nazi networks and a mysterious contact only known as “the Prince”. Then an old drunk and former soldier is found with his throat slit, and Hole slowly unravels a murder plot dating all the way back to World War II.

* I read this in its original language (Norwegian) under the title “Rødstrupe”.

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[Book Review] Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama

51slfs9zmflTitle: Six Four
Author: Hideo Yokoyama
Genre: Fiction, crime, thriller

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: The 1989 kidnapping of seven-year-old Amamiya Shoko ended in tragedy. The failed investigation became known as Six Four and remained unsolved for the next 14 years. In 2002, renewed efforts are made to solve the Six Four-case. Former detective and now police press director Yoshinobu Mikami confronts an anomaly in the case. While he finds himself caught in a power struggle between the conflicting demands of bureaucrats, detectives, and journalists, Mikami’s own investigation uncovers more than he’d dared to imagine. Soon, a new case slowly unfolds.

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[Book Review] Victim Without a Face by Stefan Ahnhem

24659165Title: Victim Without a Face*
Author: Stefan Ahnhem
Genre: Fiction, crime, thriller, Nordic Noir

Where I got the book: This book was gifted to me and I’m reviewing this on my own initiative.

My rating: ★★☆☆☆

Summary: Criminal investigator Fabian Risk has left Stockholm in order to start fresh in his hometown of Helsingborg. It doesn’t take long before he is asked to help investigate the brutal murder of Jörgen Pålsson, one of Risk’s former classmates. Soon however, more mutilated bodies of his old classmates are found and the killer must be caught before the entire class is murdered – and before Risk himself becomes a victim.

* I read the Norwegian translation of this book under the title “Offer Uten Ansikt”.

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