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.
©2012 Jo Nesbo (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd, published in the UK by Random House Audiobooks
"Welcome back Harry"
Well...Jo Nesbo has done it again...another dark, complex Harry Hole book....I can't help it, I just love them all. This latest offering takes you on an emotional rollercoaster for Harry, as the plot twists and turns in the usual Nesbo fashion. Obviously enhanced by Sean Barrett's addictive voice, I thoroughly enjoyed Phantom...and am hoping for another Harry very soon....
"The Phantom- brining Harry Hole full circle"
I have loved all the Harry Hole books - more so because of Sean Barrett's audio versions. The Phantom sees Harry return from Hong Kong to recapture his old life, but another story unfolds we see the return of some other familiar characters. For me this book brings us full circle, and it starts to show hope and then the familiar despair within Harry's character and life. I finished the book two weeks ago. I have not stopped thinking about it and it has had a lasting effect. The depth of characters and the interweaving of storyline cements Jo Nesbo as one of the great crime writers. Highly recommended.
"Harry the super super hero"
I have loved all the Harry Hole books but I agree with the previous reviewer that Harry has powers of endurance beyond belief, that said I did love this book it has more twists and turns than a corkscrew and does keep you guessing until the very end. This is a tale of addiction and corruption which Harry susses out in his usual heroic style and a very surprising ending. Would recommend.
A good listen with some interesting twists in the story but not my favourite Jo Nesbo book.
Brilliant start, brilliant end, excellent middle I love the Harry Hole series and this is the best And Sean Barrett has truly taken on this character I could listen to his voice all day Thoroughly recommended
great listen, have read all the other Jo Nesbo books but loved listening to this one - well done Sean brought it to life.
"Addictive reading but with some flaws..."
I love the Harry Hole series and this is no exception. However, as one reviewer states Harry Hole does appear to go from one exceptionally dangerous situation to another escaping death by a hair's whisper each time. It does feel a little over the top compared to the previous books.
However, that said, I loved this book as I love the whole series. Sean Barrett's reading is exceptional and I am gripped as always by the main characters and how they evolve. Can't wait for the next book, really hope there will be one!
"The Price of Addiction"
Phantom is a heartbreaking study of addiction - not just looking at the terrible price paid by the addict but also the dreadful effect it has on family and loved ones.
This is the most personal crime Harry has ever investigated, and the most difficult. Many of the characters we have grown to know and love over the course of the series appear in this book as Harry finds himself struggling to save those he loves whilst becoming embroiled with Russian drug lords and corrupt officials.
Everything we love and hate about Harry comes together in this novel as we race toward the conclusion. Sean Barret narrates the story as well as ever and has become the voice of Harry to me. An enthralling listen that leaves a lasting impression.
Having been waiting with great excitement for this new book with Harry Hole, after listening to the book find I am very disappointed. Harry seems to have gained some superpowers, the amount of times he manages to escape from dangerous/life threatening situations and all in all, I don't this book fits well with all the rest of the series. If I had read this book first, without reading the others, I wouldn't bother reading anymore. I have loved all the Harry Hole books but I would say that this one is very disappointing and definately the worst of the whole series. I would add that Sean Barrett read as excellently as ever.
"Perhaps not the best Harry Hole"
I have to agree with those reviewers who said that this story goes a bit too far in bending the rules of believability. There are a number of scenes where Harry seems to be living too charmed a life. The story, as ever is a good one and Sean Barrett is my favourite reader but overall, this book was slightly spoiled by having to suspend disbelief from the stratosphere! Otherwise, I would have given it 5 stars.
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