The Redbreast

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Harvill Secker, 2006 - Detective and mystery stories - 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, Nesbo's first novel featuring Harry Hole to be translated into English, marked Nesbo as a writer to watch in the ever more fashionable world of Nordic crime.

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I really liked this book. I have always been a sucker for books set in places like Norway or Russia, and particularly for books written in those countries. I can't explain why but they always seem ... Read full review

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Any book that requires last miinute, long journal entries to explain the plot is taking a shortcut. I can hear the editor after he reads the manuscript. "I can't figure out what was going on. You must ... Read full review

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Jo NesbÝ was born on March 29, 1960 in Molde, Norway. He graduated from the Norwegian School of Economics with a degree in economics and business administration. He worked as a freelance journalist and a stockbroker before he began his writing career. He is the author of The Harry Hole series and The Doctor Proctor series. The 2011 film Headhunters is based on his novel Hodejegerne (The Headhunters). He is also the main vocalist and songwriter for the Norwegian rock band Di Derre.

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