Often I will put books on hold with the library and they all tend to come in at once – or in a very short time period. This is what is happening right now. I’ve had many items on hold for months which have started to arrive. First I got Phantom by Jo Nesbø. I was thrilled to read another Harry Hole story, but I was very disappointed with the ending.
A couple of days after Phatom arrived, The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen showed up. It’s funny how dissimilar these two books are, in spite of both involving police, being set somewhat geographically close to one another, and being very fast reads. I knew when I started Phantom that I was in for some serious story. Harry Hole is an intensely serious character and continues to remain ultra-driven even though he is no longer a police officer. Of course he has to since – Oleg is in trouble. Oleg is Rakel’s son and under other circumstances would be Harry’s son, or step-son. Oleg has become a junkie and is accused of killing another junkie, so Harry has come back to Oslo from Bangkok to investigate Oleg’s case. Continue reading