Friday, December 13, 2013

Police - Jo Nesbø

My review of the audiobook of Police first appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers. It is appearing here today with their permission.

http://www.murderbooks.com/book/9780804163880
First line: "It was asleep in there, behind the door."

John Lee returns as the voice of Harry Hole for Jo Nesbø’s newest installment of his beloved detective’s series. Harry resigned his shield and is no longer a part of the police department, but he’s back in Oslo teaching at the police college. When a demented killer begins targeting police officers—killing them at the scene of a crime the officer failed to solve--the Oslo Police are on high alert, and Harry Hole returns as a “consultant” to help capture the madman.

John Lee’s approach to Harry Hole expresses the intensity and urgency of the plot while still maintaining the cool, detached persona of the weathered detective. Lee also manages to exude the depth of Hole’s emotions, whether they be the love for his family or the distain for his suspects, without betraying the protective mask Hole displays to the world.

Police, like most installments in this series, employs multiple key plot twists. Lee’s narration works to augment the suspense without inadvertently providing signals that clue the reader. This is especially vital because of Nesbø’s unpredictability. He’s never been one to shy away from killing a main character, so with a plot that involves a serial cop killer, maintaining that mystery is key.

The combination of Nesbø’s writing and Lee’s reading paints a dark, chilling atmosphere, and Police is at equal measures haunting and hopeful.

Because Police reveals spoilers from Phantom, book 9 in the series, those wishing to read earlier books would be advised to do so before Police.

Police is available on unabridged audio (ISBN: 9780804163880) from Random House Audio. It's a longer audiobook at 14 discs (about 17 hours). It is also available in hardcover (ISBN: 9780307960498) from Knopf.

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