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.
©2006 Jo Nesbo (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
If you have read my review of "The Bat" (Book 1 in this series) then you will know that I opted to listen to this ahead of my planned read because I enjoyed Book 1 and, you might have inferred, that I was engaged by Harry Hole as a character (vomit and all). So, was that the correct decision? Absolutely! This is a better book than Book 1.
The plot here is complex and you need to listen to each part carefully. The threads are all there (as they were in "The Bat"), so there is no slight of hand Shaitana-like revelation of the Agatha Christie type, here. In fact, like "The Bat", the perp' is no surprise when revealed, but the why and what for is worth the wait. (Spoiler alert), not every mystery is put to bed here, so I am expecting the unresolved part to feature in future installments.
The plot here is much more Larsson-like. There are neo-Nazis and corrupt officials scattered generously throughout the Norse public service. However, it has it's own distinctive feel. Perhaps it's because Harry's vice (drink) is so much easier to relate to than Blomkvist's (women he has no bases to aspire to - Australians call this "punching above your weight"). We can all have more drink than we need, but can one ever be fortunate enough to love every woman one might have wanted to, especially when one is me? I like Harry more than I liked Blomkvist. I liked this book a lot. My only regret is that (like Larsson) it seems that Nesbo's women don't get a good run in this Scandavian crime genre. Maybe that will change in Book 4. For now, I have had to deliberately stop myself from reading Book 4.
Again, Sean Barrett is very good; proving he can do German accents, too.
Read it at your peril, because you may be compelled to read the next installment, too!
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
I enjoyed listening to this book although the plot was bit predicable. The way the charaters were intertwined made for interesting listening. Sean Barrett did a fine job narrating.
Say something about yourself!
Not as good as the first book but still a good listen.
Sean Barratt as with the first was excellent.
Fascinating, intriguing, complex.
Learning about Norway's role in WWII was a great historical bonus.
His Norwegian accent and pacing bring authenticity to the reading.
I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.
I loved "The bat" and I love Harry Hole. In this book the second world war takes up too much space. I did not even listen to half of it because I do not wish to think of his other books as bad ones. If you love hearing war stories you will love this one!
I have a few to choose from: John Grisham, the newest Stephen King novel, Penny Marshall's fantastic "My mother was nuts" alongside another Nesbo... Yes, I listen too way too many audiobooks. As you can see, this book did not turn me away from Nesbo, but since I grew up in Norway I know enough about how badly people were being treated during this war of madness. I do not want to be reminded of it when I am trying to have a good time.
He is beyond fantastic. I prefer him over Robin Sachs.
The war characters.
This is the only book in this series that talks about the war. I am so looking forward to the rest of this books. I love Harry.
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
The story is complex, coming together at the end. At times I thought I had missed something and needed to backtrack and listen again. Having listened to The Redeemer first, this story does give the background to 'The Prince, who comes up in the later stories..Some chapters seemed to have missed the final audio edit, to remove small errors in reading. The plots thankfully lack the drum roll and big cash conspiracy, allowing for the individual need to redress perceived. wrongs, to unfold and surface in a very sinister undercurrent. Interesting in regard to WW11. and post war Europe. While Sean Barrett reads Mankell , and Kurt Wallander very well, I am not sure he is right for the Harry Hole. stories.
Just finished Book 3 after my introduction to Jo Nesbo and his star anti-hero Harry Hole in Book 1. This book is situated primarily in Norway with flashbacks to WW2. Am I glad I found Jo Nesbo. It's entertaining, incredibly fast-paced, strong character development and a plot that contains many twists and turns.
Another must read.
And Sean Barrett is a perfect fit for the Harry Hole series.
Please Audible - bring on the other books in this powerful series.
I liked the storry, but the narrator was annoying. I would rather have an american narrator. I know the first book of the storry of Harry Hole takes place in Austalia, but the rest of books I believe takes place in different part of the world and I would rather have a more neutral english speaking narrator to read the books.
Yes, but I rather listen to the original language or find another narrator in english for the rest of the books about Harry Hole.
After reading the other Jo Nesbo books I thought I would try the above title in audio format. What a disappointment - the narrator is just not suited to the diverse characters in the book. More than one narrator was definitely needed. The story was great and very informative, but I would have preferred to read this book.
"Slow burner, but thrilling finish"
First audiobook I have heard from Jo Nesbo, and it won't be my last. Persevere with the initial stories of the Eastern front, it does all come together at a thrilling end. I look forward to hearing more about Inspector Harry Hole. I enjoyed the story and the narration. Not quite a Stig Larson story, but does merit comparison.
"A well read and interesting audiobook"
This is a well read and interesting audio book. The chapters are short, which keeps the action moving and the intrigue at just the right level. The book jumps backwards and forwards between the present and WW II and this can be a bit confusing at the start but it all makes perfect sense in the end.
I will be downloading the other books in the Harry Hole series.
I did not notice the poor editing which other reviewers have referred to. I guess it must be fixed.
"Good story, terrible editing"
A good story (4 stars) and well read, but hard to listen to because of the editing errors mentioned by previous reviewers - far too many instances of the narrator repeating a sentence to tidy up a mistake and the original mistake not being edited out.
I'll get more of these, but really hope the quality improves on the other books in the series.
"Excellent book, really well read"
Another great Jo Nesbo book with some good twists and loads of nice background on Harry et al if, like me, you're not reading the books in order. As with the previous books they are brilliantly read by Sean Barrett who has a great voice and good characterisations.
One small note - my download had several instances where the reader started a sentence, made a mistake and then restarted the sentence. Not many but certainly more than I've noticed in any other books - perhaps they're rushing them out to cash in on the authors popularity?
"Thriller by Name...."
The first Jo Nesbo book I have listened to, enjoyed it so much! I listen on headphones while I work at patchwork projects at home. Another brilliant way to multitask! I love Nesbos' writing style, so many twists and turns in the gritty story lines and 'Harry' is such a likeable rogue. Have now added more Harry Hole titles to my listening library and have become totally addicted.
"A Jo Nesbø must have"
I have always been a huge fan of the books of Jo Nesbø and have read most of them in both Norwegian and English, and I must say this is one of the best! To follow Harry Hole on his different cases, his ups and downs, the characters surrounding him and everything makes you smile, while at the same time it is one the most thrilling books on the market. In my opinion Jo Nesbø is the best author in the world, and Harry Hole one of the best characters, and put together they are simply a must have for everyone who like crime novels, loved it!!!!!!
After finishing The Snowman I was quite taken with the Harry Hole character, so I decided to go back and start from the beginning. Since I don't speak Norwegian this book was as far back as I could go; third in the series but the first translated to English. I really enjoyed this one too and I think I'll stick with Harry for a while and catch up on his other adventures. This is a pretty standard serial killer, psychological thriller, police procedural novel - but it has a nice split timeline alternating between WWII and the present day, the writing is tight and clever, the characters interesting and there are enough twists to keep you guessing. Nice read!
"I shall get more of these"
The book is super. Lovers of Henning Mankell will love it and sill wish to obtadin more Jo Nesbo.
The recoding is either poorly (not?) edited or else just not up to Sean Barrett's usual high standard; he re-starts at least six sentences in the first half of part one.
"Another classic Hole book!"
Probably on a par with Police for complexity, which I like, though I definitely understood what happened a bit more on the second listen. Excellent story telling and excellent narration!
"Another Nesbo treasure."
I've heard it twice already. It'll be heard again and again in due course.
By the way we spell the above word FAVOURITE here in Britain. It has to be the very flawed Harry of course
Sean Barrett's voice wraps his rich tones about the text and makes it his story.
Harry wouldn't suit a tag line and would shun anything like a tacky cliche.
Once you've tried one Harry Hole you should move on another straight away.
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