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Jo Nesbø: The Devil’s Star

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The Devil’s Star
Jo Nesbø
ISBN 978-0-09-947853-9
1 August 2006
$11.99 in Canada

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En français : L’étoile du diable


A young woman is murdered in her Oslo flat. One finger has been severed from her left hand, and behind her eyelid is secreted a tiny red diamond in the shape of a five-pointed star — a pentagram, the devil’s star.

Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case with his long-time adversary Tom Waaler and initially wants no part in it. But Harry is already on notice to quit the force and is left with little alternative but to drag himself out of his alcoholic stupor and get to work.

A wave of similar murders is on the horizon. An emerging pattern suggests that Oslo has a serial killer on its hands, and the five-pointed devil’s star is key to solving the riddle.

Written by Thomas

2008-12-26 at 23:00

Kjell Ola Dahl: The Man in the Window

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The Man in the Window
Kjell Ola Dahl
Faber & Faber
ISBN 978-0-571-23291-8
10 June 2008
$10.99 in Canada

En français : L’homme dans la vitrine


The Man in the Window is the next instalment in K. O. Dahl’s Oslo police mysteries: a brilliant thriller with the same narrative drive and sardonic tone that distinguished The Fourth Man.

It is Friday the thirteenth, and with the Norwegian capital enveloped in freezing cold, seventy-nine-year-old Reidar Folke Jesperson passes what will be the last day of his life.

In the early hours of the following morning he is found stabbed to death in his shop, his naked body exposed in the shop’s window, a red string tied around his neck, and three crosses and a number – 195 – written across his chest.

Police officers Gunnarstranda and Frolich – the team who were so deeply embroiled in the search for The Fourth Man – are called to the scene. Questions of love and betrayal, loyalty and guilt consume the investigation, just as they fill the private lives of the investigators, as the two men uncover a world where victims, perpetrators and even police officers are haunted by the past, still trying to cope with the dark memories of the Nazi occupation of the country.

Written by Thomas

2008-12-26 at 20:58

Kjell Ola Dahl: The Fourth Man

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Now available as an ‘A’ format UK paperback:

The Fourth Man
Kjell Ola Dahl
Faber & Faber
ISBN 978-0-571-23093-8
25 March 2008
$10.99 in Canada

En français : Le quatrième homme


The first in a gripping series of contemporary detective novels from a new star on the Faber Crime list.

In the course of a routine police raid Detective Inspector Frank Frolich of the Oslo Police saves the lovely Elizabeth Faremo from getting inadvertently caught in crossfire. When he runs into her again some weeks later, apparently coincidentally, they begin an affair. By the time he learns that she is the sister of Johnny Faremo, wanted member of a larceny gang, it is already too late.

Then in the middle of the night Frolich receives a phone call. A young guard has been killed in the course of an attempted break-in. Meanwhile, Elizabeth has vanished from Frolich’s bed. Arriving at the crime scene, he learns that Faremo’s gang are chief suspects. Yet Elizabeth has produced an alibi for her brother. Suspected, suspended, and blindly in love, Frolich must find out if he is being used before his life unravels beyond repair.

Written by Thomas

2008-12-26 at 20:39

Jo Nesbø: The Redeemer

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The Redeemer
Jo Nesbø
Random House Canada
ISBN 978-0-307-35572-0
10 March 2009
$27.95 in Canada

See also: new edition
En français : Le sauveur


The Redeemer is the fourth in the Harry Hole series to be translated into English.

A mixture of religion, urban misery, modern European history and grisly horror story, The Redeemer takes the crime writing of Jo Nesbø to yet another level, establishing him firmly as one of the international top names in crime fiction. Through snow-swept, Christmas-illuminated Oslo town, Inspector Harry Hole chases a faceless contract killer from the former Yugoslavia among the homeless junkies, perverts and Salvationists, eagerly waiting for a new saviour to deliver them from misery – whether he brings new life or immediate death.

Written by Thomas

2008-12-26 at 18:14

Jo Nesbø: Nemesis

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New in Paperback:

Jo Nesbø
Vintage Canada
ISBN 978-0-307-35575-1
20 January 2009
$19.95 in Canada

En français : Rue Sans-Souci


Grainy CCTV footage shows a man walking into a bank and putting a gun to a cashier’s head. He tells her to count to twenty-five. When he doesn’t get his money in time, she is executed. Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case.

While Harry’s girlfriend is away in Russia, an old flame gets in touch. He goes to dinner at her house and wakes up at home with no memory of the past twelve hours. The same morning the girl is found shot dead in her bed. Harry begins to receive threatening e-mails. Is someone trying to frame him for this unexplained death? Meanwhile the bank robberies continue with unparalleled savagery.

Gripping and surprising, Nemesis is the new thriller by one of the biggest stars of Scandinavian crime fiction.

Written by Thomas

2008-12-26 at 17:27