Police

Paperback | September 17, 2013

byJo Nesbo

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The thrilling follow-up to Jo Nesbo's #1 bestseller Phantom.

Several police officers are found murdered at the scene of an old and unsolved murder case that they were involved in investigating. The killings are extremely brutal and bestial. The police have no leads. What's more, they're missing their best investigator. A severely wounded man in a coma is kept alive at a hospital in Oslo. The room is guarded by the police and the identity of the patient is kept secret.

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The thrilling follow-up to Jo Nesbo's #1 bestseller Phantom.Several police officers are found murdered at the scene of an old and unsolved murder case that they were involved in investigating. The killings are extremely brutal and bestial. The police have no leads. What's more, they're missing their best investigator. A severely wounde...

JO NESBO is a musician, songwriter, economist and author. His first crime novel featuring Harry Hole was published in Norway in 1997 and was an instant hit, winning the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel (an accolade shared with Peter Høeg, Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 9.01 × 5.98 × 1.19 inPublished:September 17, 2013Publisher:Random House Of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345813200

ISBN - 13:9780345813206

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Police I've read all the Harry Hole series now. Enjoyed Police a lot as story lines continue to evolve and for a change Harry is having some peace in his life. Was worried that the series might be coming to an end but a nice twist at the end signals that for sure there is more to come. Yay!
Date published: 2015-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from John First time reading Nesbo. A little different with the Norwegian names and the translation takes getting used to, however an excellent, tense, fast paced, thriller-mystery. I'll certainly read more.
Date published: 2014-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Police Good story but still find changes between characters unnerving. Changes happen within chapters.
Date published: 2014-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Is this the end of Harry? Great read, but sad to know that this series has ended... or has it?
Date published: 2014-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Is this the end of Harry? One thing for sure with Jo Nesbo is that he gets better and better at keeping readers at the edge of their seats as he writes new books in the Harry Hole series. I was pretty sure that Harry didn't die at the end of Phantom, but to be honest was worried a little bit ... so the arrival of "Police" was more than welcome and am not disappointed at all how the story develops here. If I may be allowed to predict, I think Police is the second in another trilogy which has started with Phantom. As you read, you learn more about people who surrounds Harry, both his foe and colleagues-friends, for whom you hope nothing bad happens ... Can't wait for the next book!!
Date published: 2014-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dr The first nesbo for me. I am told I should have started with his first book. It is written in a different style that must be uniquely nesbo. One eventually adjusts the non-sequitur paragraphs,that run multiple crises in parallel. If you can cope with continuous acute stress, then you will enjoy the book.
Date published: 2014-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dr Twists and turns galore, as Jo Nesbo adds yet another brilliant novel to the Harry Hole collection.
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best yet Best Jo Nesbo story yet....they just keep getting better.
Date published: 2014-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best yet Best Jo Nesbo story yet....they just keep getting better.
Date published: 2014-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Harry's come a long way Great read. Jo Nesbo is such a wordsmith!
Date published: 2014-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Harry's come a long way Great read. Jo Nesbo is such a wordsmith!
Date published: 2014-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Harry's come a long way Awesome! Love the twisting, turning plot.
Date published: 2014-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Police I love the Scandinavian genre of murder mystery and have read all of Nesbos's books. Police was no exception it was very good ! I felt there was a bit of a loose end with the unstable female student character, maybe I missed something, but it felt a bit flimsy, as Nesbo pays such good attention to detail. However, maybe this means there will be another Harry Hole book. I love all the ethic names they are wonderful, perhaps Oleg will pick up the baton. I enjoy getting glimpses into the zeitgeist of the culture. Good work Jo.
Date published: 2013-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable that Each Book Gets More Intense than the One Before! Wow. Wow. Wow.  After Phantom, which left everybody wondering if it was the end of the Harry Hole series, I just didn't think Nesbo could ever outdo himself.  But, my God, he has indeed done just that.  What an absolutely thrilling, horrific serial killer story that both grips the reader with the actual case and progresses the stories of the running characters in this series, especially the troubled Harry Hole.  I do admit I found the start a bit slow, I wondered when we were going to find out where Harry was after we'd left him so suddenly in the last book and it took a while for him to appear. But my impatience was quenched with his arrival and I was floored with the places Nesbo went with the regular characters in this book.  The killer in this book is after the police themselves and gets himself dubbed "The Police Killer".  One of the more gruesome killers in my recent serial killer book reading.  The ending is very good, Nesbo leaves us with a scenario that the series will be continuing with a setup that will be a bit different than the past, a bit of a new direction, but also that though the case has been solved in this book, there are also some loose ends and the next book may perhaps begin with a shocking tragedy (or not). We'll have to see.  Some very fine Nesbo plotting, characterization and just good ol' story telling here!
Date published: 2013-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kept me guessing As usual, Jo Nesbo's favourite son, Harry Hole, was a riveting read. Several times I found myself holding my breath as I waited for plot points to reveal themselves. An exciting read. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2013-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best yet! So many twists and turns, almost makes you dizzy. Loved it. Not going to say much about the plot, no spoilers, just buy it and enjoy it
Date published: 2013-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best one yet Jo Nesbo left us wondering at the end of the ninth book (Phantom) in his Detective Harry Hole series if there would be a tenth book. There is indeed - Police. I think it's the best one yet. Quite frankly, it's one of the best detective stories I've read in a long time. Nesbo's plotting is spectacular. I really had no idea where the book was going to go. Suspects abound and deceit, lies and corruption are the order of the day from everyone - criminals and cops. A mysterious unnamed man in a coma being guarded around the clock in the hospital. Who is he? Why is he so important? Police officers are being killed on the scenes of old unsolved crimes - ones that they were involved in. necessarily solved. How is someone getting the drop on a police officer? And Harry's old unit?Disbanded. Where is Harry? Oh, Nesbo is so clever with his storytelling! I was hooked from the first page to the very last (and very happy that there were 500 delicious pages to enjoy!) The plot is serpentine with another and then another twist slowly added, entangling the reader. Police is dark Harry Hole is one of the most tortured, conflicted, complicated protagonists in crime fiction. Police finds him in a different place, both physically and mentally. But is it a better place? Hole continues to fight demons both within and without, walking a fine line between chasing criminals and becoming one. Police is a brilliantly dark read. And just when the story is winding down and you thought you could take a deep breath - Nesbo snatches it away again in the final pages with another gut wrenching ending that will have fans counting down the days 'til the next entry in this fantastic series. I have Jo Nesbo and Harry Hole on my must read list. Nesbo combines fantastic characters, great plotting, lots of action and suspense and yes, social commentary into addictive reads. Although you could pick up Police and dive into the series, I think new readers of this series need to start with an earlier book to fully appreciate Harry.
Date published: 2013-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Police Excellent. As good as Snowman. Twists and turns right to the last paragraph. Not to be missed.
Date published: 2013-10-05

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER “Ten books on, Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole series just keeps getting better.... This plot has people, pacing, and place that keep the action moving right up to the final chapter. A must for Harry Hole fans and a great place to start for those who haven’t discovered this superb series.” —Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail  “A superb piece of suspense writing in the Thomas Harris vein.” —Barry Forshaw, The Independent “After 9 previous novels featuring inspector Harry Hole, this pyrotechnically assured style of writing should come as no surprise, but the delight in reading a new Nesbo novel is that he never fails to surprise…. It’s a dizzyingly taut feat of storytelling…. Nesbo’s trademark intensity never flags throughout the roller-coaster waves of this highly enjoyable ride.” —Daneet Steffens, The Boston Globe  “One hell of a thriller…. Nesbo messes with everyone here, especially the reader, but furious as we’d like to be, in the end we’re willing supplicants.” —Booklist (starred review)  “Having upped the ante with the previous novel in the Harry Hole series, the author goes for broke here. Arguably the most densely packed and ambitiously plotted novel in a series that has been getting darker with each volume.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)“Police is a fast-paced crime novel with a great deal of exhilaration and suspense…. A spiral of action that never seems to end. It is impressively executed and as a craftsmanship considered to be superb. If you are a fan of Nesbo, Police will not dismay. Further to the eternal question as to why this man sells so many crime novels: for the simple reason that he is an extremely talented crime author?” —Dagbladet (Norway)“With this novel, Jo Nesbo proves that the crime genre can be elevated to new levels, both in literary terms and when it comes to an innovative, sublime, suspenseful and surprising plot…. This is not only an intelligent crime novel; it is also perfectly composed and can be enjoyed with gusto.” —VG (Norway)“Police consolidates, and probably also reinforces, Jo Nesbo’s position as the world champion of crime fiction” —Adresseavisen (Norway) “Jo Nesbo’s is not trying to renew the crime genre. He doesn’t need to, ’cause he is one of those who masters the genre the very best, whether we’re looking at the shelves of Norwegian or translated crime writers.” —Aftenbladet (Norway) “Police has all the traits that we have come to expect from a Harry Hole novel: a story that works entirely and where the reader more than once may wonder if Nesbo is playing a joke on us, a story that is told at a pace and with a built-in pressure that almost forces the text on the reader. The language is distinct and direct…with the dialogues as its strongest suite. The suspense is impeccable.” —NRK (Norway)