Post Script: Police – Jo Nesbo

Back at his brutal best!

Police

A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 8)

Jo Nesbo

Random House Australia Pty Ltd

Harvill Secker

ISBN: 9781846555978

 

Description:

The victims are carefully chosen. The locations former crime scenes. The killings no accident. The target: police.
After recovering from a near fatal shooting, Harry Hole has finally retired from active duty. He hears about the case but keeps his distance, determined to protect those he loves from the danger that he can never seem to escape.
But as the media pressure intensifies, Harry finds himself advising an unofficial task force investigating the murders. Drawn into a dangerous web of cold cases and precarious allegiances, Harry can’t guarantee protection for anyone. Least of all himself.

My View:

Jo Nebo has returned with a book that is outstanding and gripping. It is full of red herrings, grim and grisly murders, and the self doubts, recriminations and guilt that Harry Hole is renowned for. This book returns Jo Nesbo to the top of the tree! He has written a masterpiece of crime fiction that will leave you guessing, and has delivered an ending that has you counting down, holding your breath, fearful, and waiting for the next installment in this series.  A great read!

Post Script: Redemption – (also known as A Conspiracy of Faith) – Jussi Adler-Olsen

Redemption (Department Q, #3)

Redemption (also known as A Conspiracy of Faith)

Jussi Adler-Olsen

Penguin Books Australia

Penguin

ISBN: 9780141399997

 

Description:

Two young brothers wake tied up and gagged in a boathouse by the sea. Their bonds are inescapable. But, just perhaps, there is a way to cry for help . . .

In Copenhagen’s cold cases division, Detective Inspector Carl Mørck has received a bottle. It holds an old and decayed message, scratched in blood, from two boys. Is it real? Who are they and why weren’t they reported missing? Can they possibly still be alive?

Though the investigation initially appears hopeless, soon Carl and his team find themselves on the trail of not just these missing children – but others. Boys and girls taken – never to be seen again.

And a cold-hearted killer unable to stop . . .

My View:

Although this is the 3rd book in the Dept Q series and I have not read the first books I had no problems slipping into this story of misery and crime. I loved the quirkiness of the main characters – imperfect, interesting, unusual… real, are the immediate terms that spring to mind. Each has a background of equally intriguing interest and the 3, investigator and assistants in Dept Q  – Copenhagen’s  Cold Case Division, are also likable, show a sense of humour, are dedicated and I am pleased that the author allows them to indulge in their uniqueness. My favourite is Assad –I love his sense of humour, his brilliant comedic timing, his misquoted/misunderstood phrases, his wit, mystery and his intelligence. As the book progresses he continues to surprise.

The villain in this piece is a true socio path – superficially charming, callous, lacks empathy, lacks remorse or guilt, with shallow or feigned emotions … (http://www.mcafee.cc/Bin/sb.html), Adler-Olsen has written a perfectly evil anti hero of the worst kind – one who kidnaps and murders children. This is a fascinating character based read, with great interaction between the incumbents of Dept Q, mixed with wit and humour and portrays a real sense of setting that is emotional, visual and believable.

So we have an interesting set of unique characters (not a stereo type hidden here anywhere), and a great hook (kidnapping/message in a bottle), an intriguing complex plot, and crimes that are heinous and realistic (given the villains background), what more could you ask for? A great read.

Post Script – The Long Shadow (aka A Place in the Sun) Liza Marklund

A Place in the Sun

The Long Shadow (aka A Place in The Sun)

Liza Marklund

Random House UK, Transworld Publishers

Corgi

ISBN: 9780552161961

 

Description:

A violent robbery has killed an entire family on the Costa Del Sol.

Annika Bengtzon is assigned to cover the story for the Evening Post. But when she arrives in Spain she discovers there was a third child – a teenage daughter – who is unaccounted for.

Annika makes it her mission to find the missing girl. But as she delves into the mystery she becomes embroiled in a far darker side of Spanish life than she’d envisioned, as she begins to piece together a terrifying story of violence, abuse and murder.

My View:

An intricate tale of many stories – a journalists working life, a relationship breakdown, families with nasty histories and the big story  of secrets, murder and mayhem. For me there was too much happening in this book – I am afraid it didn’t grip, it didn’t excite and largely I felt like an observer – and I am wondering if any of this is due to reading this in English and not the original script?

There were elements of interest – but for me this book just did not deliver.