The Redbreast

The Redbreast

Book - 2008
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Harry Hole, drunkard, loner and brilliant detective is reassigned to surveillance after a high profile mistake.

He's bored by his new job until a report of a rare and unusual gun being fired sparks his interest because of its possible links to Neo Nazi activity. Then a former soldier is found with his throat cut. Next Harry's former partner is murdered. Why had she been trying to reach Harry on the night her head was smashed in? The investigation leads Harry to suspect that the crimes have their roots in the battlefields of Eastern Front during WWII. 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.
He's your judge, jury and executioner...

And he must be stopped
Publisher: London :, Vintage Books,, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780099546771
Branch Call Number: MYS NES
Characteristics: 626 pages : map ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Bartlett, Don
Nesbø, Jo 1960-


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Mar 29, 2019

4 star read. Nesbo writes intelligent thrillers featuring Harry Hole and this is the third in the series. I am late to the Nesbo party so I am starting from the beginning and enjoying each read more than the one before it. This one flips between the Russian Front in 1943 and modern day Norway in 1999. There are a group of men from Norway, National Socialist sympathizers, fighting against the Russians. And in the modern day, there is a man preparing for an assassination and Harry Hole is following the faint trail this man has left behind him. He's on the trail of a special gun that has been smuggled into Norway, not your ordinary hunting type gun. If he finds it, he finds the assassin. But there is a trail of bodies between Harry and the assassin and Harry has to work against time to figure it out and try to stop more bloodshed from happening. At 618 pages, it is a hefty book but well worth the read.

Jan 19, 2018

The book was ruined for me by all the penciled underlining by a reader. Very distracting and without purpose. I usually like short chapters but I didn’t like the book structure with frequent time and location shifts. Very hard to follow in 15-30 minute bursts of reading. Regardless, I like Harry Hole and look forward to Nesbo’s next book, hopefully without some idiot’s underlining.

Jul 15, 2017

I read this book as part of a book group. Otherwise, I wouldn't have chosen a book with Neo-Nazis as part of the plot, since they are the "go-to" villains of too many novels of late. Once I started reading the book, I enjoyed the pace. Nesbo moves the reader along with short chapters that end in a way that makes you say, "It's not that late. I can stay up and read a little bit more" since you really want to find out what happens next. Then, the last few chapters change rhythm, slow down, and resort to well-worn plot devices for an unconvincing conclusion.

Jun 15, 2017

Too bad the library doesn't have the 1st 2 books in this series. This one might have made more sense after reading them.
It's a complicated story that keeps shifting back & forth from Turn of the Millennium Oslo to the trenches of WW2. Many, many characters to keep track of across time. I had to keep going back & re-reading sections trying to understand/remember who was who & did what to whom. It got especially confusing toward the end where identities started inter-changing. But it is well-written & interesting, especially the descriptions of Oslo in winter.
Overall recommended, but you really need to pay attention while reading.

Nov 12, 2016

Much enjoyed. It was good to go back to an early book in the Harry Hole series to gain a more rounded view of the characters.Jo Nesbo has given us a good insight into what went on with Norwegians and their ambivalent situation with the Germans and the Russians in WWII and the later ramifications.

Nov 06, 2016

The third book in the Harry Hole series

May 01, 2016

I'm half way through the Harry Hole books - try to read them in order if possible! This one was good - interesting historical perspective - but as usual way too many characters that sort of drag down the plot.

Dec 01, 2015

Good book, maybe. After a while it was as if I had left the fictional novel and entered an historical manual, almost an essay. I was lost in too much details, too much characters, too much war time descriptions, time too much ado about nothing. After a while I kind of lost interest. It was like a never ending story. And the end was really anticlimactic.

May 14, 2014

Nesbo combines the interesting dichotomy of Norway's role in WWII with how the response was back at home, and transports those events to this era; the result, a very interesting crime story ensues.

Dec 06, 2012

The main interest in this book is the story of the Norwegians who joined the Germans to fight the Russians in WW II, feeling their small country threatened on the Eastern Front. History is told by the victors, and the smaller number of Norwegians who were part of the Resistance became the heros, with the soldiers on the Eastern Front named traitors and shot or imprisoned after the war. This is a story of one of the soldiers on the Eastern Front who seeks to ensure "justice" is served at the end of the century. The history is interesting although the plot is convoluted and somewhat unbelievable.

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