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 novel’s 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 Norway’s best crime novel. The Devil’s Star, Nesbø’s first novel featuring Harry Hole to be translated into English, marked Nesbø as a writer to watch in the ever more fashionable world of Nordic crime.

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Review: The Redbreast (Harry Hole #3)

User Review  - Deanne - Goodreads

Complicated plot which switches between the second world war and the case Hole is dealing with. Great story and it kept me guessing, though I have a feeling that some things still need to be resolved. Read in one night, but it was a quiet shift, so it helped the night go by quickly. Read full review

Review: The Redbreast (Harry Hole #3)

User Review  - Karen - Goodreads

I like the Harry Hole series. Often dark, but then it can be very dark in Norway, as Jane and I can recently attest. This story was a little too confusing in the beginning, just trying to understand ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Jo Nesbø, 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 Devil’s Star, which sold more than 100,000 copies in Norway alone. He lives in Oslo.

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