- Series: Harry Hole Series (Book 3)
- Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (August 30, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062068423
- ISBN-13: 978-0062068422
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (890 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Redbreast: A Harry Hole Novel (Harry Hole Series) Mass Market Paperback – August 30, 2011
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Starred Review. Shifting effortlessly between the last days of WWII on the Eastern front and modern day Oslo, Norwegian Nesbø (The Devil's Star) spins a complex tale of murder, revenge and betrayal. A recovering alcoholic recently reassigned to the Norwegian Security Service, Insp. Harry Hole begins tracking Sverre Olsen, a vicious neo-Nazi who escaped prosecution on a technicality. But what starts as a quest to put Olsen behind bars soon explodes into a race to prevent an assassination. As Hole struggles to stay one step ahead of Olsen and his gang of skinheads, Nesbø takes the reader back to WWII, as Norwegians fighting for Hitler wage a losing battle on the Eastern front. When the two story lines finally collide, it's up to Hole to stop a man hell-bent on carrying out the deadly plan he hatched half a century ago in the trenches. Perfectly paced and painfully suspenseful, this crime novel illuminates not only Norway's alleged Nazi ties but also its present skinhead subculture. Readers will delight in Hole, a laconic hero as doggedly stubborn as Connelly's Harry Bosch, and yet with a prickly appeal all his own. (Dec.)
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“An elegant and complex thriller . . . Ingenious design. . . . Harrowingly beautiful scenes.” (New York Times Book Review)
“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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The assassination plot in this story is complex and steep in historical context stretching back 60 years of Norwegian history and her involvement in the Second World War. The historical information of Norwegian's divided alliance during the Second World War was surprising and interesting for me given my ignorance of Norway's history. But this novel has certainly piqued my interest to find out more about the right wing extremist that fought for the Germans against the Soviets at the eastern front. The story swings back and forth between World War Two and modern Oslo in 1999/2000. With most of the actions happening in Oslo, it was really fun and intimate also for me because I have lived in Oslo for nearly 9 years now. I live in Bislett. And so that makes Harry my neighbour and so I know the streets and his usual haunts like his watering hole Schroeders. I have certainly eaten at Schroeders restaurant and spent many happy hours on SantansHaugen Park watching dogs let loose to frolick amongst themselves. One has to know Oslo and experience the Norway's national day celebrations with the children's parade around the palace on 17th May to truly appreciate the story. Like all books, Redbreast should be read in its native tongue to fully enjoy the beauty of the language and nuances in the story.
The plot refers back to an interesting time in Norwegian history when a significant number of them fought with the Germans in WW11, something I knew nothing about. We certainly didn't hear of it in Britain after the war. The current time of the book is about long held bitterness and resentment.
An excellent read.
Most recently, there's been a lot of buzz about a Norwegian novelist, Jo Nesbo, and his anti-hero, detective Harry Hole. The Redbreast is my introduction to Jo Nesbo's nine novels about his complex and often exasperating fictional detective. I have to say I'm impressed. Nesbo's plotting is fiendishly complex, and his insight into character runs deep. As a writer, he (or perhaps his translator, Don Bartlett) matches up to any of the other Scandinavian crime writers, and he's a damn sight better novelist than most of the Americans who write best-selling murder mysteries.
In The Redbreast, Harry Hole finds himself on the trail of a would-be assassin. Not only is the assassin's identity unknown to him, but so is the target. To begin with, all he knows is that someone has paid a fortune to acquire what is described as the assassin's rifle of choice, and he's determined to discover who bought it, and why. Meanwhile, having screwed up a major assignment and created an international incident in the process, Hole is ordered to investigate a neo-Nazi organization and sidetrack his work on the rifle. Naturally, he ignores the orders and doggedly pursues the trail of the overpriced murder weapon. His journey yields a new perspective on Norway during World War II, when the country was occupied by Nazi Germany and many misguided young Norwegians volunteered to fight for the Third Reich. The historical references are both integral to the story and fascinating for an American whose experience of Nazism has come exclusively from books and film.