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Harry Hole

Harry Hole is the main character in a series of, so far, seven crime novels written by Jo Nesbø. Hole is a classic loose cannon in the police force, with few close friends and some unorthodox methods. Hole is a heavy smoker and an alcoholic. The latter brings him into repeated conflict with his superiors and some of his colleagues, but Bjarne Møller, head of Hole's department and one of his closest friends, manages to prevent him from being kicked out. This is not primarily due to pity, but the fact that Harry Hole is also a brilliant detective.

Harry lost his mother, a descendent of the Sami people, to cancer while he was in his twenties, and he has never had a close relationship to his father Olav Hole, who is a teacher. Harry has an older sister with Down syndrome.

Two of Hole's partners are killed in the line of duty during the series of novels. Proving that a highly regarded colleague is actually corrupt and responsible for the first of these murders becomes at some point Hole's main mission in life.

Harry Hole's home address is Sofies gate in a part of Oslo called Bislett. Close by is also Holes favourite "watering hole", Schrøder's Cafe.

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