Written by Jo Nesbø
Number 9 in Harry Hole
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Original Language: Norwegian
Read from 2020-07-05 to 2020-07-19
Review: During this journey of completionism I’ve been going on through the Harry Hole books, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how the books have managed to feel quite different, despite being so similar. Gjenferd feels different to the other Harry Hole books, but does that by feeling more like other crime novels.
As we rejoin Harry, he has returned from his extended holiday/escape from himself in Hong Kong. The reason for his return is that someone close to him has been charged with a murder, a charge Harry sets out to disprove. In the process Harry stumbles over a hereto well-hidden part of Oslo’s underground drug network, and starts getting the attention of many people whose attention is something you’d generally want to avoid.
Compared to the other Hole books, Gjenferd is a relatively standard crime novel, without the plethora of red herrings, crossed wires, interesting misdirections, and other things that have, for me, made the other Harry Hole novels stand out. It’s not bad, nor is it boring, but it felt more ordinary than what I was expecting from Jo Nesbø. That said, it did make for a much more relaxing read, as there was just less to think about.
Harry Hole is still a powerhouse of a character, and carries the book through a story that felt relatively standard-in-a-non-standard way for me. That said, of the Nesbø books I’ve read so far, this is the one that painted the most vivid picture of Oslo for me, and having spent quite a bit of time in practically all the places where this book takes place, I rather enjoyed the feeling of following the story through the familiar scenery.
All in all, Gjenferd felt a bit ordinary to me — but, perhaps because I read it during a few days when I really needed some relaxation, I enjoyed it quite a lot.