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Killing Moon: Harry Hole #13    by Jo Nesbo order for
Killing Moon
by Jo Nesbo
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Knopf, 2023 (2023)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Killing Moon (translated by Seán Kinsella) is the thirteenth in Jo Nesbo's extraordinary thriller series starring Harry Hole, an alcoholic, angst-ridden loner who was also an exceptional cop when he worked as a Crime Squad Police Detective in Oslo, Norway. Like Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch in many ways, Hole was well respected by his peers if not by most of his bosses. He was persistent to the point of obsession.

As this episode opens, Harry has been fired, has lost his wife, and is at rock bottom, drinking himself to oblivion in Los Angeles. He befriends elderly Lucile, 'An actor who played one big role', in a bar there. She reminds Harry of his mother. She's made a bad investment and one day, two Esposito family collectors wait outside for her. Harry intervenes, which brings him to the attention of a mob boss.

Back in Norway, Oslo Crime Squad investigator Katrine Bratt is at a crime scene. The body of Susanne Andresen (one of two missing women who both attended real estate magnate Markus Roed's party) lies on the forest floor, her throat slit. Given that Harry cleared up three previous serial killer cases, Katrine wants to find him and involve him in the case but her boss refuses.

Given Harry's strong public profile, Roed wants him as an investigator. Harry says no, but a threat to Lucile forces his hand. Back in Norway, he pulls together a team of misfits whom he can trust. It's a race against time to solve the case. As always, Nesbo's intricate plot has wheels within wheels, little is as it seems, and it's never over when you think it's over - a must read for mystery fans.

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