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The Redeemer (Harry Hole) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, May 21, 2013
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Current Day: Oslo, shots ring out at a Christmas Concert, a volunteer dressed as a Salvation Army soldier is executed by a man in the crowd. Less than an hour later Inspector Harry Hole is at the crime scene and with hardly any leads to go on, he hunts for his faceless killer. Harry's luck is about to change, the current snow storm that has hit Oslo has grounded flights. Stranded, the Killer looks for a place to stay while trying to keep a low profile, but as the cold night draws on he also discovers he made a fatal mistake, his shot the wrong man! With his contract job still pending he makes the most of his time in Oslo and decides to finish his work. He takes refuge for a while with the Salvation Army trying to hide behind the seamy side where dope heads sell their clothes even if it could mean life or death in a freezing city. As twisted events unfold Harry suddenly finds himself looking for two types of psychopaths an assassin and a rapist; on the wintry streets of Oslo it suddenly becomes an increasing desperate situation for all.
Fantastic reading!Read more ›
I did.I contacted his publishing company, they told me it was pronounced...
"O"like in "pool" and "e"like in "ethnic"
Harry Hoooley. I like that MUCH better than Harry Hole.
Be sure and read The Redeemer AFTER The Devils Star, the last few pages go back to Devils Star, WOW!
From the first couple of chapters, I could not put this book down as I was drawn into an intricate, well plotted storyline that kept me guessing right to the end. Having never been to Oslo or indeed any of the Scandinavian countries, the authors depiction made it easy to imagine the location. The characters are incredibly well written; Inspector Harry Hole, a cop with a history and demons (as they always seem to be in crime novels) is so much more than that and is a terrific character with depth and someone you want to know more about. The hitman is also brilliantly portrayed and the author takes you with him into the seedier side of Oslo as he seeks refuge as the net tightens. All of the characters have detail and depth, even the lesser ones.
This is the first book I've read by Jo Nesbø and I can't recommend it highly enough, I didn't realise when I bought it that it was the fourth in the Harry Hole series to be translated into English and I had no problem reading it without having read the previous ones, but I'll certainly be going back and reading them now.
However, Nesbo relies too much on fantastic coincidences to keep his plots going. The majority of the book consists of a contract killer trying to hit his target and just missing because of some unbelievable coincidence, and the police trying to capture the contract killer and just missing, again because of some unbelievable coincidence. In the middle of the book, both the killer and his intended victim remark on how the experience is like some surreal nightmare that just repeats itself over and over, and as a reader forced to buy unlikely event after unlikely event I could sympathize completely.
The most irritating example of this lazy plotting is that whenever a character finds something out that could crack the case wide open, he or she invariably dies before contacting Hole. Using this kind of cheap plot device makes it easy to prolong the suspense for over 400 pages, but as a reader I felt like I was jerked around unnecessarily. Nesbo did manage to provide a satisfying ending that answered all of the questions raised along the way, but the too-convoluted plotting took away a good part of the enjoyment.
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Real thriller with a ton of twists. Warning once you start you won't be able to put it down. I recommend all Harry Hole books.Published 20 days ago by Jon of Knoxville TN
As opposed to the scalding hot summer atmosphere in the Devil's Star, the story of the sixth Harry Hole book unfolds in the pre-Christmas period with temperatures dropping 20 °C... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kamila Stofirova
Story takes a little while to pick up pace but in the last 50 or 60 pages Nesbo really brings it all together. Read morePublished 1 month ago by R C Summers
May be the best Harry Hole novel yet! And I have totally loved all of the five mysteries in the series before this one. Don't skip a one. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David R. Gant
The Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo are terrific! If you like great characters and a plot that keeps you guessing till the end start reading my friend.Published 1 month ago by zagato27
I read this series out of order and now am finished with all ten books. I don't know how I can read another book and not compare it with this series! Read morePublished 2 months ago by lunachick
Nesbo is one terrific mystery novel author. Hole is one of my favorite characters. Looking forward to reading the next in this suspenseful series.Published 2 months ago by Dayton House