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review 2017-12-08 12:19
Kakerlaken // Cockroaches!!!
Kakerlaken: Harry Holes zweiter Fall (Ein Harry-Hole-Krimi) - Jo Nesbø

German and english review
First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

 

Inhalt: In Bangkok wurde der norwegische Botschafter ermordet. Harry soll die thailändische Polizei unterstützen und taucht tief ein in die Unterwelt einer Stadt, in der Moral und Gesetz keine Rolle spielen. Dabei findet er mehr über den Ermordeten heraus, als seinen Vorgesetzten lieb ist.

 

Harry Harry Harry.
Er ist ja wirklich eine absolute Katastrophe aber ich hab ihn total ins Herz geschlossen. Außerdem fand ich es schön, dass wir in diesem Teil ein bisschen mehr von ihm und Søs, seiner Schwester gesehen haben, ich will mehr davon. MEHR!!!!

 

Der Fall an sich war wieder ziemlich heftig aber auch total interessant. Und die Wendungen. Also ich bin ja jetzt erst beim zweiten Band der Reihe, allerdings habe ich jetzt schon eine wichtige Lektion gelernt, TRAUE NIEMANDEN!!!!

 

Die Erinnerungen an Birgitta haben mich geschafft. Das ist immer noch etwas, dass ich aus dem ersten Teil nicht wirklich verzeihen kann. Also werde ich schon mal garnichts zu diesem Teil und Runa sagen. RUNA.

 

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Summary: When the Norwegian ambassador to Thailand is found dead in a Bangkok brothel, Inspector Harry Hole is dispatched from Oslo to help hush up the case.

 

But once he arrives Harry discovers that this case is about much more than one random murder. There is something else, something more pervasive, scrabbling around behind the scenes. Or, put another way, for every cockroach you see in your hotel room, there are hundreds behind the walls. Surrounded by round-the-clock traffic noise, Harry wanders the streets of Bangkok lined with go-go bars, temples, opium dens, and tourist traps, trying to piece together the story of the ambassador’s death even though no one asked him to, and no one wants him to—not even Harry himself.

 

Harry Harry Harry.
He really is a total mess but I still love him. I also really really loved that we got more of him and his sister, Søs. I want more from that. MORE!!!!

 

The case itself was really intense but also very interesting. The twists. I mean, I'm only on my second book in the series but I already learned my lesson to TRUST NO ONE!!!!

 

The memories of Birgitta got to me really bad. That's still something I can't forgive from the first book. So don't even get me started on the second book and Runa. RUNA.

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video SPOILER ALERT! 2017-11-15 00:58
The Snowman: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 5) by Nesbo. Jo ( 2010 ) Paperback - Nesbo. Jo

As a Jo Nesbo fan, I'm excited that one of his Harry Hole book turned into movie.

 

What I dislike is the lack of tension, and the lack of explanation on what's going on so that the audience would know why this movie is called Snowman.

 

For those who have read the book, we know that the killer knew what Harry is up to, but why.

 

In the movie there isn't much build up of the characters or even dialogue. 

 

Why there is a snowman and what is in them?

Why Harry has such strange relationship with his ex?

Why Harry's new female partner seems to be tolerate him so much? Yet being cold to him at time?

Why he fall down on the street and lost consciousness? 

What it has to do with the old case?

Why is it important for him to solve the case?

The drinking part of Harry is just implied but we hardly see him drink in the movie.

Why Harry is famous that attracted the killer's attention in the first place?

The killer was in Harry's house with builder overall, why not reveal the identity of the killer then? In the book, the reader knows who Snowman is before Harry. And that's the tension. Without that, it is more like a police report without the drama.

 

As usual, Michael Fassbender is good as a detective Hole with the complexity and depth of emotion. But even good actor need dialogue and action and other actor to show their strength. This movie didn't give any of the actor much chance. The book is good, the script is not. 

 

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review 2017-11-07 16:09
Der Fledermausmann // The Bat!!!
Der Fledermausmann: Harry Holes erster Fall - Jo Nesbø

German and english review

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

 

Ich habe es geschafft bei NetGalley, die ganze Buchreihe abzustauben!!!! Ich bin echt so happy, denn gleich mit dem ersten Band, haben sie mich total in die Welt von Harry Hole reingezogen.

 

Inhalt: Der Polizist Harry Hole wird zur Aufklärung des Mordes an der norwegischen Schauspielerin Inger Holter nach Australien gesandt. Dort steht ihm sein Kollege Andrew Kensington, ein Aborigine, zur Seite. Die beiden unkonventionellen Polizisten freunden sich schnell an. Von Andrew erfährt Hole eine Menge über Australien, seine Geschichte und das Leben in Sydney. Doch der Mord an Inger Holter ist kein Einzelfall. Im ganzen Osten von Australien werden junge, blonde Frauen vergewaltigt, mitunter auch erwürgt. Ist der Täter ein psychopathischer Frauenmörder?

 

Jetzt, wo ich am Ende des Buches so durch meine Notizen gehe, finde ich es einfach nur süß wie naiv und unschuldig ich war. Ganz ehrlich, ich zweifel nach dem Buch total an meiner Menschenkenntnis (außerdem zweifel ich an meinen Rechtschreibfähigkeiten, weil ich dieses Wort in fünf Versionen geschrieben habe, bevor ich endlich aufgegeben und Google gefragt habe).

 

Es hat sich am Anfang unheimlich gezogen, dass muss ich ehrlich zu geben. Doch als ich den Teil dann überstanden hatte, war es einfach nur noch unheimlich spannend. Zum Schluss hin, habe ich keinen der Nebencharaktere mehr getraut, nachdem mich die ein oder andere Wendung vollkommen blind getroffen hat und richtig erschüttert hat.

 

Mehr will ich eigentlich garnicht sagen oder verraten. Außer, dass ich Jo Nesbø's Schreibstil unheimlich toll finde und ich auch schon gleich das zweite Buch in der Serie angefangen habe zu lesen. Harry Hole, er ist eine Katastrophe und wirklich ein totales Wrack, aber irgendwie ist er mir ans Herz gewachsen.

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Through some dumb luck, I actually got the whole series from NetGalley!!! I'm so so happy, cause right with the first book they managed to suck me into the world of Harry Hole.

 

Summary: Inspector Harry Hole of the Oslo Crime Squad is dispatched to Sydney to observe a murder case. Harry is free to offer assistance, but he has firm instructions to stay out of trouble. The victim is a twenty-three year old Norwegian woman who is a minor celebrity back home. Never one to sit on the sidelines, Harry befriends one of the lead detectives, and one of the witnesses, as he is drawn deeper into the case. Together, they discover that this is only the latest in a string of unsolved murders, and the pattern points toward a psychopath working his way across the country. As they circle closer and closer to the killer, Harry begins to fear that no one is safe, least of all those investigating the case.

 
Now that I finished the book and went back over my notes, I'm just amazed how adorable and naive I was. Seriously, after this book, I highly doubt my ability to read people (also why isn't there an english word for 'Menschenkenntnis', that doesn't sound super wrong when I write it???)
 

To be honest, in the beginning things really were slow and I couldn't be bothered. But as soon as I got through that part, things started to get really interesting and exciting. At the end of the book, I didn't trust any of the minor characters anymore after I got blindsided by some of these twists that were coming out of nowhere and hit me right were it hurt.

 

I actually don't want to say anything more. Only that Jo Nesbø's writing is amazing and I love it. I also started reading the second book in the series right away. Harry Hole, he is a mess and a total wreck but he somehow managed to find his way into my heart.

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review 2017-11-01 08:00
The Devil's Star
The Devil's Star - Jo Nesbø,Jo Nesbø

I had read one book by Jo Nesbø and I liked it, so when I came across Marekors (in Dutch: Dodelijk Patroon) I wanted to read it.

Each fifth day, there's a ritual murder in Oslo. Harry Hole starts with his final weeks at the police due to his drinking problem. But he still gets involved in this case. So is his archenemy, Tom Waaler...

I didn't read all the books about Harry Hole yet, so I couldn't understand where everything about Tom Waaler was all about. But I guess that's my own mistake, because I didn't read them in the right order. I like the book. Especially in the beginning it starts with quite some murders and you are thrown right in to the story. I liked the writing style, it was fast and nice to read. It took me some time to get respect for the end of the book and the way Nesbo (forgive me that last letter) had made up the story.

But I start to think that alcoholism is an occupational disease for policemen...

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review 2017-10-29 08:00
The Redeemer
The Redeemer - Jo Nesbø

This was the first book I read by Jo Nesbø and I enjoyed it. It reminded me to the Wallander-series by Henning Mankell. Both have a main character who isn't without problems or thinks life isn't difficult sometimes.

 

The story was nice to read, the writing style was good as well. I didn't gues the end of the story till I got there, so it still was a surprise for me. (Which in my opinion is very good. How many books have I read while knowing the end after some pages...) It made me curious to the other books by Jo Nesbø, and I have already read Marekors, but am still planning to read more of his books...

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