Mystery music, part II
In The Devil's Star, however, Jo Nesbø uses rock and roll as an amusing marker for his protagonist, Harry Hole, at least three times, once invoking the Stones:
"Hi, Øystein. Harry here. Have you got anyone in the car?"
"Just Mick and Keith."
"The world's greatest band.
"The Stones are not the world's greatest band. Not even the world's second greatest band. What they are is the world's most overrated band. And it wasn't Keith or Mick who wrote `Wild Horses.' It was Gram Parsons."
"That's lies and you know it. I'm ringing off – "
"Say something nice to me. Quickly."
"`Under My Thumb' is not a bad tune. And `Exile on Main Street' has its moments."
"Fine. What do you want?"
"I need help."
That's funny and real, and its occurrence at a moment of tension makes it funnier and more real. Perhaps that's because Jo Nesbø is a funnier writer than Ian Rankin. Or perhaps it's because Nesbø is himself a rock musician and can write about the subject with passion and humor.
© Peter Rozovsky 2007
Norwegian crime fiction