CBR11Bingo – Cannonballer Says
I thought I was done with Harry Hole with the last novel because it dived way too deep into misogynistic territories in ways that I didn’t feel like a lot of the previous novels did. I also kind of thought that Jo Nesbo was done writing them, in part because it felt like the previous novel had wrapped things up and had circled back around and was about policework as a whole, not just as a medium. But also because he wrote three more novels in between including creating a new series of novels along the way.
So this novel, then, since the previous felt like the close, feels extra, and maybe a little extraneous. But over all, it’s a solid middle of the road Harry Hole novel. I find the novels to be usually one of two ways in terms of mystery and plot: run of the mill or quite ambitious and almost nothing in between. That doesn’t automatically speak to their quality. This one is more ambitious in some ways, but felt like completely revisiting older novels and their plots — specifically The Bat and Leopard, with clear callbacks to Police.
Our mystery here is that a man has been using Tindr to stalk and kill women and appears to be doing so with constructed iron teeth. These are seen perhaps as ritualistic killings under the fetishistic classification of “vampirism” but the jury’s still out on whether or not that’s an actual thing or not. We pull Harry Hole out of semi-retirement as both the Crime Squad and Jo Nesbo can’t quite let him go yet.