The Redbreast

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Random House UK, Oct 3, 2006 - Fiction - 519 pages
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1944: Daniel, a soldier, legendary among the Norwegians fighting the advance of Bolshevism on the Russian front, is killed. Two years later, a wounded soldier wakes up in a Vienna hospital. He becomes involved with a young nurse, the consequences of which will ripple forward to the turn of the next century.

1999: Harry Hole, alone again after having caused an embarrassment in the line of duty, has been promoted to inspector and is lumbered with surveillance duties. He is assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities; fairly mundane until a report of a rare and unusual gun being fired sparks his interest. Ellen Gjelten, his partner, makes a startling discovery. Then a former soldier is found with his throat cut. In a quest that takes him to South Africa and Vienna, Harry finds himself perpetually one step behind the killer. He will be both winner and loser by the novelís nail-biting conclusion.

The Redbreast won the Glass Key prize for the best Nordic crime novel when it was first published, and was subsequently voted Norwayís best crime novel. The Devilís Star, NesbÝís first novel featuring Harry Hole to be translated into English, marked NesbÝ as a writer to watch in the ever more fashionable world of Nordic crime.

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The start of a love story. - LibraryThing
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User Review  - Ma_Washigeri - LibraryThing

Need to add a bit of an extra star because it was very good. Plenty of complexity and a mastery of the short chapter which keeps the pace going beautifully. I had to look the author up as I couldn't ... Read full review

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User Review  - Hanneri - LibraryThing

The book was a lot different than the first two. I think it had more depth, less horrid scenes and much more romanticism (of old times and new). The little surprises the author uses fascinates me the ... Read full review

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Jo NesbÝ, musician, economist and author, has won many prizes for his novels, including the Norwegian Book Club prize for best ever-Norwegian crime novel. His first novel to be published in English was The Devilís Star, which sold more than 100,000 copies in Norway alone. He lives in Oslo.

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