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The Redbreast: A Novel (Harry Hole Series) Paperback – January 31, 2012
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“Certainly ranks with the best of current American crime fiction.” (Washington Post Book World)
“Reading THE REDBREAST is like watching a hit movie. Author Jo Nesbo’s scenes are so vivid that you can imagine them playing across the big screen. The pacing is swift. The plot is precise and intricate. The characters are intriguing.” (USA Today)
“Exciting, witty, melancholy and thought-provoking.” (Daily Telegraph (London))
“Paced to grip and twiddle with your insides, this is a fine thriller.” (Sunday Sport)
“Original…demands concentration but it’s worth the effort.” (Literary Review)
“Shifting effortlessly between the last days of WWII on the Eastern front and modern day Oslo, Norwegian Nesbø spins a complex tale of murder, revenge and betrayal. . . . Perfectly paced and painfully suspenseful.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“[A] bold, ambitious thriller.” (Kirkus Reviews)
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Top Customer Reviews
It's easy to see why, literally from the opening moments of the book. The pace is leisurely, but perfectly cadenced. The detail is carefully chosen, the revelations of character and depth drawn in easy strokes. This has to be attributed in part to translator Don Bartlett, but one must assume it was there in the first place.<
The book is set in the present, but its events cover a good deal of time. They go back to World War II, a time when some young Norwegian men willingly fought for Hitler. The plot includes the story of a war hero as well. So out-of-control and alcoholic Hole is plunged into a mystery whose elements reach far and wide.<
Hole is a wonderful, rich creation. And so is the villain in this book.<
"The Redbreast" is an ambitious book, a mystery, thriller, and serious work of literature combined. The fact that it is highly successful in each of its modes makes it the best thriller of the year - from any country.
I was extremely excited to get this book after reading the blurb on Amazon. A murder mystery, set partially in modern Norway (a beautiful country I would love to visit) and partially on the Eastern front during WWII, covering both real Nazis and neo-Nazis, seemed like it could be a great read. I haven't been as excited to get a book by a new author in a long time actually. When I received the book and read the dust cover I got even more excited...apparently this book was voted "the best Norwegian crime novel EVER". As if that were not enough, apparently Jo Nesbo is a well-regarded pop music talent in Europe with several top ten hits and is also an economist. My wife noted that he was also exceptionally good-looking. I decided, with a little effort, to not hold all of this spectacular over-achievement against Nesbo, and just try to enjoy the book. I jumped Redbreast to the front of the crowded reading queue and got started.Read more ›
Nesbo has some first-order talents: his characters are leanly drawn, yet complex; his story telling skills are masterful: the scenes of violence, for instance, are unexpected and devastating -to the reader as well as to the victims, and sometimes to the perpetrator. (Nesbo seems is more comfortable with violence than with tenderness, but maybe that's a weakness of the genre--and of his hero, Henry Hole.
In the end, unfortunately, the very richness and complexity of the plot paralyze the story. The denouement seemed contrived and self-conscious. The plot device used to convince the reader that the villain of the piece could be one and the same with one of its most noble characters was fatally unconvincing. The extensive `confession' of the culprit had a flatness that seemed entirely unsuited to the character and somehow vulgarized the entire experience. Part of the problem, I think, was that Nesbo had too much complexity to unravel at the end. There were too many important characters, all with much the same experiences, and with some pretending to be someone else, reducing the huge machine of a plot to a crawl for the final 50 pages
Moreover, some of the twists and turns seemed superfluous and distracted from the central story's momentum. Why for example did he need to introduce Sofia at all?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So many war details were kind of confusing. He also left a loose end: the man who ordered the killing of the police woman.Published 4 days ago by Manuel Ferreira Sanchez
Likable Columbo with a drinking problem who reminds you of Alan Turing, in that our hero is the smartest guy in any room whose filter is perpetually broken. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Viggen
I loved that Elen's killer finally was caught but I didnt like how things ended. About the center story, like always in Jo Nesbo's work, very clever , intriguing and (in)tense!Published 7 days ago by rejane barradas
At the third outing with Harry Hole, it's a closer and more intimate feeling as we get to know his working and private life. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Chiek
I have not even finished the book yet but I am hooked on the writing style and characterizations of Nesbo. I love flawed characters. Read morePublished 13 days ago by hikerwoman