The Redbreast

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Harvill Secker, 2006 - Detective and mystery stories - 519 pages
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In 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 in a Vienna hospital. He becomes involved with a young nurse, the consequences of which will ripple forward to the end of the century. 1999: Harry Hole, working alone having caused an embarassment 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, from his police officer days makes a startling discovery. Then a former soldier is found with his throat cut. In a quest which 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 novel's nail-biting conclusion. THE REDBREAST, won the Glass Key for best Nordic crime novel when it was published in Norway, and was subsequently voted Norway's best crime novel. THE DEVIL'S STAR, Nesb 's first novel featuring Harry Hole to be translated into English, marked Nesb as a voice to watch in the ever-more fashionable world of Nordic crime. This is the third book in the Harry Hole series.

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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  - PhilipJHunt - LibraryThing

Oh, but this guy is good! Jo Nesbo isn't just the "new Stieg Larrson" as the cover proclaims. After all, Larrson wrote only one really good novel - his first. I lost count of Nesbo's outpout after ... 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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