Knife

Knife

'Nesbo is one of the best thriller writers on the planet' Daily ExpressA man like Harry had better watch his back...Following the dramatic conclusion of number one bestseller THE THIRST, KNIFE sees Harry Hole waking up with a ferocious hangover, his hands and clothes covered in blood. Not only is Harry about to come face to face with an old, deadly foe, but with his darkes...

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Title:Knife
Author:Jo Nesbø
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Knife Reviews

  • Crime by the Book

    A new book from my favorite author is ALWAYS a cause for celebration, but I have to say, Nesbo's

    truly blew me away, even more than I was expecting. This book feels like vintage Nesbo: it's dark and gritty, but it's not as gory as 2017's

    , and I think that's a great thing - it really lets Nesbo's razor sharp prose and rich character development shine. (Don't get me wrong, this book is still super creepy and dark - it's just not as wildly bloody as Nesbo's previous Harry Hole

    A new book from my favorite author is ALWAYS a cause for celebration, but I have to say, Nesbo's

    truly blew me away, even more than I was expecting. This book feels like vintage Nesbo: it's dark and gritty, but it's not as gory as 2017's

    , and I think that's a great thing - it really lets Nesbo's razor sharp prose and rich character development shine. (Don't get me wrong, this book is still super creepy and dark - it's just not as wildly bloody as Nesbo's previous Harry Hole novel.) This is a big book, but I loved every single page; it's the kind of story you want to sink into and savor. Leave it to Nesbo to write a thriller that's as addictive and intricate as it is emotional and heartbreaking. I adored

    and cannot wait to see what Nesbo does next!!

  • Matt

    Jo Nesbø returns with yet another of the Harry Hole novels, as intriguing as it is dark. When Harry wakes from a drunken stupor, covered in blood, he is unsure what’s happened. Could it have been a bar fight gone wrong, or perhaps something a little more dastardly? While he shakes out the cobwebs, there is news on the crime front, when a body is discovered with its neck slit and a massive stab wound in the stomach. Harry learns of this and seeks answers, particularly when he discovers the victim

    Jo Nesbø returns with yet another of the Harry Hole novels, as intriguing as it is dark. When Harry wakes from a drunken stupor, covered in blood, he is unsure what’s happened. Could it have been a bar fight gone wrong, or perhaps something a little more dastardly? While he shakes out the cobwebs, there is news on the crime front, when a body is discovered with its neck slit and a massive stab wound in the stomach. Harry learns of this and seeks answers, particularly when he discovers the victim is someone close to him. While Harry is now stuck working cold cases, he continues probing into this active investigation, which turns up an old nemeses. Svein Finne was an early criminal that Harry caught when he was new to the scene, learning the ins and outs of this most notorious criminal mind. Finne, nicknamed ‘The Fiancé’, would choose his female victims and violently rape them, in hopes of making them pregnant. Thereafter, he would threaten to harm the women, should they in any way report him or terminate their pregnancies. Finne served his time and is now out on parole, just in time to strike again. As Harry pieces together the elements of a murder, a woman comes to report a rape that has Finne’s trademarks all over it, but recants and leaves the authorities baffled as to how they might proceed. With fire in his eyes, Harry strikes and tries to secure an arrest, though things fall flat. With little to show for his actions, Harry falls into a deep depression, coming to terms with the loss of a loved one. Evidence points that the blood on him was that of the victim, which only furthers his grief. Left despondent, Harry wonders if he would be better off dead, taking matters into his own hands while he is on the lam. In a race for the truth, Harry is a pawn in a larger game, one that could see the bodies pile up as the murderer watches with glee. Nesbø is masterful at spinning this dark web of deception and mystery, perfect for fans of his work. Recommended to all those who love Scandinavian thrillers that pack a punch from the opening sentence.

    I have long been a fan of Jo Nesbø and his writing, even though it is much heavier than many of the novels I read. The reader is forced to focus intently in order to ascertain all the nuances found within the narrative. With nothing apparently lost in translation, this Norwegian thriller keeps the reader guessing throughout while showing the depths to which Harry Hole can find himself when things do no go his way. Harry remains a stunning member of the police, though his skills are always in question when drink enters the equation. That being said, Harry seems able to push the haze aside and make something of himself, though this might be the end of his luck, as personal angst acts as a anchor to drag him into the depths of his melancholy. Others around him seek to lighten the mood—or make it darker, depending—and shape the narrative effectively. Nesbø chooses a wonderful cast of characters to portray the themes he has in mind, as well as introducing the reader to one man who has haunted Harry Hole for many years. The plot of the story worked well, keeping me intrigued while also wondering if things would remain gloomy throughout. Nesbø does so well with the darkness and angst-filled stories that I could never tell when I ought to pause, worried I would miss some enlightening aspect. For those not familiar with Harry Hole or many of these Scandinavian noir thrillers, I would recommend walking back to the start of the series, as things definitely need context before popping up here, twelve novels in.

    Kudos, Mr. Nesbø, for keeping my attention throughout and helping me see another side of Harry Hole. I never tire of your work and hope you’ll keep the novels coming.

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  • Dimitris Passas

    Before beginning my review of the latest Harry Hole novel, I should mention that perhaps there are some minor spoilers in this review, so be warned.

    ---SPOILERS AHEAD---

    After the disappointment I felt by both Police (#10) and Thirst (#11), this book's storyline, character and feeling reminded me of Jo Nesbø's earlier novels in the mythical Harry Hole series, such as The Redeemer or Redbreast which made the protagonist one of the most iconic crime fiction detectives worldwide. In an interview, he

    Before beginning my review of the latest Harry Hole novel, I should mention that perhaps there are some minor spoilers in this review, so be warned.

    ---SPOILERS AHEAD---

    After the disappointment I felt by both Police (#10) and Thirst (#11), this book's storyline, character and feeling reminded me of Jo Nesbø's earlier novels in the mythical Harry Hole series, such as The Redeemer or Redbreast which made the protagonist one of the most iconic crime fiction detectives worldwide. In an interview, he gave, Nesbø claimed that he's never been this brutal to Harry before and this is true, but I won't reveal anything more concerning the plot of Knife because it would spoil a great reading experience. I will only say that Harry, once again, is forced to face his -many- demons because of a much personal and tragic event that sends him back to his old love, a bottle of Jim Beam, and lots of self-loathing.

    In my opinion, Nesbø' makes a bold move, plotwise, as many readers will be shocked by the murder that is the event that moves the story forward as it is rare for crime fiction authors to take this kind of risk. Nevertheless, the Norwegian multitalented superstar author manages to pull this off by crafting an intricate, elaborate plot, a trademark characteristic of his, that makes "Knife" an irresistible read. As always, the story is narrated by multiple points of view, the center, of course, being Harry and his mental as well as emotional torment, while we meet once more characters well-known by the previous books in the series like Mikael Belman, Johan Krohn, Truls Berntsen, Kaja Solness, Katrine Bratt and many others. Some of them have a more important role to play in the story than others but it is nice to read about familiar characters that you learned to love from the Harry Hole universe.

    The book is divided into four parts and in the first, a serial rapist and killer named Svein Finne act as the main antagonist and he is suspected of the murder that made Harry a human wreck. When he is proved innocent of this crime, Harry will have to embark on a journey in order to find the true culprit that seems to be close to him, perhaps a person that he unconditionally trusts. The whodunit element is strong in Knife and the readers should expect a lot of red herrings, as often in Nesbø's novels, while the final revelation is bound to shock you as it is unexpected as well as satisfying

    Nesbø is perhaps the best Scandinavian crime author as far as crafting a labyrinthine plotline is concerned and what makes him stand out is the facts that he doesn't leave any loose ends and at the end of each book, the reader has all the answers to the many questions of the stories. That is the reason that I disliked the previous two books in the series, as they ended in a series of small or bigger cliffhangers, something that seemed to be like a cheap trick and not worthy of the author's skills and talent. In Knife, however, Nesbø avoids repeating the same mistake and the result is a full-fledged novel that is guaranteed to entertain the readers and become a major success. In an interview he gave years ago, the writer claimed that the Harry Hole series will have a definite end and the protagonist's fate is predetermined. As a loyal fan of his work, I can only wish for more novels having Harry as a protagonist as they were one of the reasons that I love crime fiction as a genre.

  • Tanja Berg

    Harry has fallen off the band-wagon. Rakel has thrown him out, he is drinking too much and has a desk job at the police mostly involving playing tetris. Then his life is thrown so far off track that there can be no more saving. As pieces of his memory from one fateful night with black-out returns, darkness closes.

    Again, all the signs of the perpetrator were there. Maybe I didn't want to believe it. I couldn't grasp a single hint, although Nesbø's writing and plotting should have been familiar b

    Harry has fallen off the band-wagon. Rakel has thrown him out, he is drinking too much and has a desk job at the police mostly involving playing tetris. Then his life is thrown so far off track that there can be no more saving. As pieces of his memory from one fateful night with black-out returns, darkness closes.

    Again, all the signs of the perpetrator were there. Maybe I didn't want to believe it. I couldn't grasp a single hint, although Nesbø's writing and plotting should have been familiar by now. Nonetheless, I was entertained. In another setting this might have been too dark - as it was, it suited my mood perfectly.

  • Scarlett

    With great sadness, I must announce that Harry and I are done. I will not be reading this series in the future and I hope that

    will respect my decision and not write anything else. When you read 12 books of a series, it is inevitable that some of them will not be to your liking. Also, as a reader, you feel that you know the characters even better than the author! While

    still has the lowest rating from me, this one takes the cake for the worst written Harry Hole book because of th

    With great sadness, I must announce that Harry and I are done. I will not be reading this series in the future and I hope that

    will respect my decision and not write anything else. When you read 12 books of a series, it is inevitable that some of them will not be to your liking. Also, as a reader, you feel that you know the characters even better than the author! While

    still has the lowest rating from me, this one takes the cake for the worst written Harry Hole book because of the complete destruction of our main character.

    I won't get into details about the story. There is a big shocker in the beginning where we lose one of our beloved characters, but other than that, we have the same premise as usual. Harry is on the sidelines of the official investigation because of yet another problematic thing that he did. He goes on a bender, he does illegal stuff, but he means well. Only this time - it doesn't work. Characters like Harry need to have some strong redeeming qualities that can justify them being complete assholes and unreliable people. Reading this, you wouldn't recognize him. Jo Nesbø destroyed him, made him childlike, illogical, selfish without any self awareness. We knew that women liked him before, but this was unbelievable. We have a line of great looking, successful women knocking on the door for the chance of only one night with this drunken, lost and evil man. They even fight over him when, in this book at least, they should thank the other for taking him off their hands.

    Even his professional skills don't seem real here - the case gets solved in Shakespearean method, with convenient confessions, sudden clues and with great help from the sky above. If I read one more close-to-death experience where Harry survives like a cat, I'll go crazy!

    I also had a big problem with the storytelling. There are SO MANY irrelevant back stories of even more irrelevant minor characters. I felt that Jo Nesbø couldn't decide beforehand if he will focus on PTSD, child molestation, rape, jealousy, telenovela twists of missing/found children or racism.

    What made his thrillers stood out from the sea of mysteries are those well-built cases with strong characters. Yes, Harry could always surprise you, but still stay in his lane. I am sorry, but I am so disappointed with this book.

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