THE MURDER HAS BEEN SOLVED. BUT HAS JUSTICE BEEN DONE?
Harry Hole is back in Oslo. He's been away for some time, but his ghosts have a way of catching up with him. The case that brings him back is already closed. There is no room for doubt: the young junkie was shot dead by a fellow addict.
THE POLICE DON'T WANT HIM BACK...
Denied permission to reopen the investigation, Harry strikes out on his own. Beneath the city's eerie tranquillity, he discovers a trail of violence and mysterious disappearances seemingly unnoticed by the police. At every turn Harry is faced with a conspiracy of silence.
THE CRIMINALS DON'T WANT HIM BACK...
Harry is not the only one who is interested in the case. From the moment he steps off the plane, someone is watching his every move and tracing his every call.
SOMEONE WANTS HIM SILENCED.
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Like a Scandinavian police version of the Jason Bourne series... a compulsive page turner... Nesbo leads us into the murky back-streets of Oslo and a world of drug addiction and smuggling, gang warfare and corrupt officialdom – all of which social context is handled with real skill by the author. - Independent on Sunday
Jo Nesbo writes tightly plotted, claustrophobic thrillers with plenty of snow and a brutal yet hopelessly romantic policeman hero with the wonderful name of Harry Hole... they're also exuberantly, ingeniously gruesome. - Sunday Telegraph
Phantom is arguably a much better book than any previous instalments. Nesbo wrings out the tension, by turns painful and delicious, with consummate skill. - Sunday Express
Nesbo’s extraordinary writing power still mesmerises - The Times
Phantom will maintain Jo Nesbo’s unstoppable momentum - The Independent
Nesbo is a powerful writer. - Sunday Times
I've just finished the latest Jo Nesbo thriller Phantom; I love the series of Harry Hole thrillers. -
A gritty, pared-back thriller - Esquire
The king of Nordic crime – and his haunted protagonist Harry Hole – returns with this tightly plotted thriller which pitches Hole deep into the murky underworld of Oslo’s heroin market - Metro
A brilliant and incredibly fast-paced race through the streets of Oslo to uncover who is at the centre of a drugs ring... ex-alcoholic Hole is dealing with more demons than 24’s Jack Bauer ... Sceptics may argue that crime fiction is too sensationalist and that endings are tied up too neatly but Phantom proves them all wrong. Once you’ve read the conclusion you’ll agree that Nesbo’s writing is far from predictable. - Stylist
Jo Nesbo is at the top of his game... The must-read thriller of 2012. - Bella
Phantom leaves us reeling, with a storyline and ending that hurts us almost as much as it hurts the protagonists... The twists and turns show Nesbo at his complicated, yet utterly accessible best, and Hole at his undeniably brilliant but self-destructive worst - The List
A pacy punchy read from one of the best in the business - Sport
The latest novel about Harry Hole, Phantom, is possibly the best in the series. - Dagens Næringsliv (Norway)
Jo Nesbo is a master of his craft. His latest novel, Phantom, is world-class crime writing. Phantom is a crime novel that pleases on every level. - Dagbladet (Norway)
With a steady hand, Jo Nesbo deftly ties together the different narratives, steering the novel towards its goal with great precision...The fact that Harry Hole is a character in constant development makes the book even more interesting... Great, sombre summer reading. - VG (Norway)
The Snowman by Jo Nesbo is relentless. His terrifying transformation of a childhood icon permeated my sleep. I started Redbreast but it was too much. I gave it to my guitarist Lenny Kaye and he was hooked. Now my band is reading Nesbo but I am too petrified to crack open the Phantom.... -
Scandinavian crime continued to be impossible to avoid in 2012, and the literary works of Jo Nesbø have helped cement the genre in our minds - The List
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). Phantom is the seventh of Nesbo's Harry Hole novels to be translated into English. Check out www.jonesbo.co.uk.