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This is a really good Crime Thriller. It’s also pretty brutal.
It features at least four murders and one torture, with varying degrees of intensity. This is not a book for the faint of heart, in other words.
But if you like well-written, modern crime fiction, you will probably dig this book. Especially if you live in Oslo or you’ve ever visited it.
Jo Nesbø features lots of good descriptions of Oslo in this book, from the city’s classy hotels to the more slummy areas east in the city where the drug addicts live. He also features a varied cast of characters.
One thing I didn’t like was the names, many of which are untypical and somewhat unrealistic, such as “Sonny”, “Rover” and “Ab”.
That said, the characters are still interesting, such as the main character Sonny who is a brutal murderer but still very sympathetic, the love interest Martha which is very conflicted and takes a long time to realize that she’s fallen for Sonny, and the old wise cop Simon who turns out to be very different from what he initially seems.
The plot is well crafted and gripping, and will keep you at the edge of your seat like a good thriller is supposed to do.