YMMV / Harry Hole

  • Accidental Innuendo: English speakers may have to be forgiven for initially assuming these books are satirical or even pornographic based on the name of the protagonist. It really doesn't help that the Snowman film actually pronounces it as "hole" rather than the proper "ho-lay."
  • Critical Research Failure: A plot point in The Redbreast involves Svarre Olsen on trial in South Africa and threatened with execution, and at the end he is sentenced to death. The problem is that South Africa had abolished the death penalty well before 2000, when the novel takes place.
  • Growing the Beard: The Bat and Cockroaches are not particularly highly regarded, as they suffer from a great deal of Early Installment Weirdness and Jo Nesbo was still finding his feet as a writer. It is the third book, The Redbreast where Nesbo truly comes into his own as a writer, and the series vastly improves in quality from there.
  • Iron Woobie: Harry, big time — especially in the last few books.
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