The Phantom, the latest book in Jo Nesbro's phenomenally popular Harry Hole crime series, was released in paperback in the UK at the start of January - and features a surprise reference to Pioneer's much-loved Kuro TV technology.

During a tender interlude on p361 of The Phantom, Harry Hole contemplates the incomparable quality of his lover with the following paragraph...

'She stroked his shoulder, up as far as his neck and back again. Over his chest. And he thought she must be able to feel his heart beating and that she was like the Pioneer TV they had stopped producing because it was too good, and you could see it was good because the black bit of the picture was so black.'

Who would have guessed that Oslo's leading fictional detective was also a big AV fan?