Title: The Devil’s Star: A Novel
Author: Jo Nesbo
Release Date: March 9, 2010
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Detective Harry Hole is an alcoholic. For some time, he was able to control his addiction, living with his lover Rakel and her son Oleg. However, after his partner’s death, Harry becomes consumed by her murder investigation and degenerates into a drunk. Harry gets the chance to salvage what’s left of his career when he is assigned to a murder investigation with the police officer he suspects of murdering his partner.
The Devil’s Star is the third in Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole trilogy, though I didn’t know that when I first accepted it for review. The novel is seamless enough to where I had no idea I was missing anything while reading it. It was only after going back and reading about the book that I discovered that it was part of a series.
Harry is an intriguing and appealing main character, and really is able to carry this book on his own two shoulders. He’s a brilliant detective with an incredible mind, yet he is crippled by his dependence on alcohol. Once he puts the drinking aside, though, it becomes clear how smart and resourceful he really is.
The mystery in The Devil’s Star is very intriguing. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started it. I couldn’t predict how gripping and well-written it would be. Nesbo takes the reader on twists and turns that really keep the reader guessing from the first page to the last.
I really enjoyed The Devil’s Star and would love to go back and read the first two books in this series. The main character is compelling, the mystery is fascinating and the book as a whole is well-written and will keep readers entertained from beginning to end.