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Detective Biography: Harry Hole

Officer Name: Harry Hole

Overview: Inspector in Crime Squad, Oslo Police Force.

DOB: 1963

Nationality: Norwegian

Marital Status: Single, but his heart belongs to Rakel Faulke, with whom he has a very complex relationship. He’s a strong, if flawed, father figure to Rakel’s son Oleg.

Location: Oslo, Norway.


  • Foiled a former World War II soldier bent on destruction, caught a deadly bank robber, busted a gun-smuggling ring that reached right up to Oslo’s most powerful circles, tracked a desperate hit man at large in Oslo.
  • Holds a near celebrity status after a case that saw him track down a serial killer in Australia. He has been invited on TV shows to talk about his high-profile police work, but he usually declines.

Personnel assessment notes:

  • One of the best officers in the Oslo police department.
  • In 1999 he was promoted to Inspector and seconded to the Norwegian security service for a major case.
  • An effective but troubled detective who operates on his own personal code.
  • A general disregard for authority figures and instructions.
  • Known trust issues with both friends and colleagues, keeping neither his friends nor his enemies particularly close.
  • Shows true commitment, compassion and a sense of fair play to the job even amidst difficult personal involvement.
  • Known to have alcohol dependencies.
  • Tragedy has taken some of his best friends from him.

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Listed below are Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole novels ordered chronologically (start to finish) by their appearance in the series.

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