Nesbo’s ‘Devil’s Star’ Lights Up Oslo’s Dark Side

Cover ImageNorwegian writer Jo Nesbo is a pretty cool character in his own right. Formerly known as a stockbroker and rock musician, the ever-morphing Nesbo now finds himself tagged as Europe’s new star of crime fiction. With his internationally acclaimed Harry Hole series Nesbo is fast becoming Oslo’s literary darling, and after flying through his newly released The Devil’s Star I can see why.

I first heard about writer Jo Nesbo on NPR’s All Things Considered. The title segment Nordic Noir: Catching Olso’s Killer in ‘Devil’s Star’ highlights the author, his beloved Scandinavian people, and his contemporary thriller, The Devil’s Star. Though Star is the fifth of Nesbo’s eight thrillers that feature the haggard, hard-drinking Detective Harry Hole, this fifth translation was only recently released in the U.S. a couple of months ago.

The Devil’s Star is an entertainment boon; not only does it read like an edge-of-your-seat flick, but Nesbo backs it up with smooth, nuanced detail of Oslo’s dark side. Keep an eye out for NLR’s upcoming quickie review of Nesbo’s latest, or link here to sample an excerpt.

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-Post by Megan Shaffer

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