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Police by Jo Nesbo

The police urgently need Harry Hole.

A killer is stalking Oslo’s streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated, but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical.

But this time, Harry can’t help anyone.

For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the centre of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry can’t protect anyone.

Least of all himself.

Published: October 2013
Published Edition: August 2014
Publishers: Vintage
Genre: Crime, Fiction, Thriller
Pages: 640

Format of Reading: Paperback

Goodreads Star Rating: 5/5


I was soo sceptical about picking up this book, even though I read The Bat before this book but it was the first book in the series while this book was the 10th. I read Phantom which is the book before Police about three years ago and I could not get into it. I can’t remember much about what happened but I remember reading it and not really enjoying it. BUT this book is a huge step forward, a whole new change around and I loved it.

This book starts off with a death of a police officer, the new Chief of Police wants everyone to be part of the investigation. Katrine Bratt, she was introduced in The Snowman and worked alongside Harry through the investigation. Katrine believes that the mass of people investigation is too much and should be a small group of people like how Harry used to do in the previous books. Katrine enlists co-workers who have worked alongside Harry such as Beate Lonn, Gunnar Hagen, Stale Aune and Bjorn Holm, they all believe that someone has strong intentions to change the police system by targeting them.

I really liked this book, I thought it was a new fresh change to the story. I liked how Harry was no longer a police officer and that he was changing things around with Rakel and Oleg. In about a third of the book, there is not a lot of Harry, you don’t know where he is and I really liked that. I liked that it wasn’t revealed until later where he was and it intrigued me to continue on with the book t find out more.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I went through a lot of emotions. I was shocked, cried and even cheered at times throughout the book. I felt that this was a perfect comeback after the not so great book of Phantom. I haven’t seen The Snowman (movie) and after learning about the changes that they did with the plot, I am not sure that I would want to watch it. After reading all of the reviews of the movie, at the back of my head I thought “They should have done a film of this one, this one would be better” I think the topic like this book would be more gripping and give a better introduction to Harry Hole. What do you think?

Overall, this book is amazing and I am excited to pick up The Thirst.

Happy Reading xx

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