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The Redbreast

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The Redbreast

Harry Hole Series, Book 3
by Jo Nesbo

"An elegant and complex thriller....Harrowingly beautiful."
—New York Times Book Review

"A hugely impressive achievement—ambitious in scope, and skilled in execution."
—Los Angeles Times

"The Redbreast certainly ranks with the best of current American crime fiction."
—Washington Post

No disrespect meant to Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson, but Jo Nesbø, the New York Times bestselling author of The Snowman, is the most exciting Scandinavian thriller writer in the crime fiction business. The Redbreast is a fabulous introduction to Nesbø's tough-as-nails series protagonist, Oslo police detective Harry Hole. A brilliant and epic novel, breathtaking in its scope and design—winner of The Glass Key for best Nordic crime novel and selected as the best Norwegian crime novel ever written by members of Norway's book clubs—The Redbreast is a chilling tale of murder and betrayal that ranges from the battlefields of World War Two to the streets of modern-day Oslo. Follow Hole as he races to stop a killer and disarm a ticking time-bomb from his nation's shadowy past. Vogue magazine says that "nobody can delve into the dark, twisted mind of a murderer better than a Scandinavian thriller writer"...and nobody does it better than Jo Nesbø! James Patterson fans should also take note.

"An elegant and complex thriller....Harrowingly beautiful."
—New York Times Book Review

"A hugely impressive achievement—ambitious in scope, and skilled in execution."
—Los Angeles Times

"The Redbreast certainly ranks with the best of current American crime fiction."
—Washington Post

No disrespect meant to Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson, but Jo Nesbø, the New York Times bestselling author of The Snowman, is the most exciting Scandinavian thriller writer in the crime fiction business. The Redbreast is a fabulous introduction to Nesbø's tough-as-nails series protagonist, Oslo police detective Harry Hole. A brilliant and epic novel, breathtaking in its scope and design—winner of The Glass Key for best Nordic crime novel and selected as the best Norwegian crime novel ever written by members of Norway's book clubs—The Redbreast is a chilling tale of murder and betrayal that ranges from the battlefields of World War Two to the streets of modern-day Oslo. Follow Hole as he races to stop a killer and disarm a ticking time-bomb from his nation's shadowy past. Vogue magazine says that "nobody can delve into the dark, twisted mind of a murderer better than a Scandinavian thriller writer"...and nobody does it better than Jo Nesbø! James Patterson fans should also take note.

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About the Author-
  • A musician, songwriter, and economist, Jo NesbØ is also one of Europe's most acclaimed crime writers, and is the winner of the Glass Key Award, northern Europe's most prestigious crime-fiction prize, for his first novel featuring Police Detective Harry Hole. NesbØ lives in Oslo.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from September 24, 2007
    Shifting effortlessly between the last days of WWII on the Eastern front and modern day Oslo, Norwegian Nesbø (The Devil's Star
    ) spins a complex tale of murder, revenge and betrayal. A recovering alcoholic recently reassigned to the Norwegian Security Service, Insp. Harry Hole begins tracking Sverre Olsen, a vicious neo-Nazi who escaped prosecution on a technicality. But what starts as a quest to put Olsen behind bars soon explodes into a race to prevent an assassination. As Hole struggles to stay one step ahead of Olsen and his gang of skinheads, Nesbø takes the reader back to WWII, as Norwegians fighting for Hitler wage a losing battle on the Eastern front. When the two story lines finally collide, it's up to Hole to stop a man hell-bent on carrying out the deadly plan he hatched half a century ago in the trenches. Perfectly paced and painfully suspenseful, this crime novel illuminates not only Norway's alleged Nazi ties but also its present skinhead subculture. Readers will delight in Hole, a laconic hero as doggedly stubborn as Connelly's Harry Bosch, and yet with a prickly appeal all his own.

  • New York Times Book Review

    "An elegant and complex thriller . . . Ingenious design. . . . Harrowingly beautiful scenes."

  • Washington Post Book World

    "Certainly ranks with the best of current American crime fiction."

  • Daily Telegraph (London)

    "Exciting, witty, melancholy and thought-provoking."

  • Sunday Sport

    "Paced to grip and twiddle with your insides, this is a fine thriller."

  • Literary Review

    "Original...demands concentration but it's worth the effort."

  • Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    "Shifting effortlessly between the last days of WWII on the Eastern front and modern day Oslo, Norwegian Nesbø spins a complex tale of murder, revenge and betrayal. . . . Perfectly paced and painfully suspenseful."

  • Kirkus Reviews

    "[A] bold, ambitious thriller."

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