Phantom by Jo Nesbo

7 of 46
400 pages; Knopf
Former-policeman Harry Hole returns to Oslo with one purpose: to find Gusto Hannsen's killer. The only problem? The murder is already solved, and the murderer—Oleg, the son of Harry's ex-lover—is behind bars. But Hole's intuition tells him Oleg is innocent, a suspicion that grows once learns that Oleg is mixed up in the sale of an illegal drug called violin, a synthetic form of heroine, produced by a man only referred to as Dubai. To solve Gusto's murder Hole must find Dubai, a phantom described as "so visible on the streets and yet so invisible behind the scenes." Ashe spirals deeper and deeper into the world of Oslo's drug trade,he as learns that everyone, even the most innocent of the city,has something to hide when it comes to Gusto's death.Whether you are already a fan of Harry Hole from Jo Nesbø's previous best selling Nordic crime novels including "The Snowman" and "The Leopard," or just getting to know him, the gripping suspense and fast-paced action that fills "Phantom"will keep you reading until dawn. Nesbø masterfully alternates between the use of a third-person narrator to tell Harry's story and the first-person narrative of Gusto's experiences leading up to his murder. Each time the suspense reaches its peak, the perspective changes. You'll be in shock once the two plot lines meet in the middle and the killer turns out to be anything but invisible.
— Melissa Bykofsky