It is 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.
In 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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Woman of a million books
Twisting, excellent plotting
The whole book is memorable because it is so different than the regular rubbish sold in airports across the nation. Jo Nesbo gives you a thought provoking plot with twists and turns that are completely unanticipated. You can't miss one page or you will loose the story. Excellent writing and a very complex storyline. I loved it and wished more authors, including myself were able to tie things together so well.
Americans will be shocked at how well this novel is written.
I don't know as I couldn't get through the first chapters describing the man with his lung cancer and all of his symptoms. Very upsetting as this is an issue that we are dealing with in real life.
Wish that there was a rating system for health things like there is for sex. That way I wouldn't have bothered to get this book.
Just wish authors could use some other illness than cancer for their sick characters.
took a long time to really connect where the plot was taking us
reader didn't really give a sense of "here's another person talking" -- voice inflection was just ok.
will want to try a different reader for future books
Gets the series off to a great start
Harry calling Ellen's "answer phone"
For the most part - I still have a bit of trouble with names and keeping characters straight. I wonder if some sort of web page or two could help with this...
The time with Oleg - and Rakel
I read this fourth - I would rank it #2 after "The Leapord"
I got this book because I loved the Snowman. This book is along the same lines, but not as interesting. I found my mind constantly wandering and I would have to go back and listen to parts again to keep on track. I finally made it thru the book. I have decide that Nesbo is not for me. This is an epic book, I wouldn't buy it again.
Another good novel from Nesbo. Can be compared to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.I have not read them in sequence but I love Harry more with each page. I don't normally reread books. There are too many out there.
Complex, believable plot with a lot of twists and turns.
After a slow start, it's very fast-paced.
He brought the characters to life
No, too involved, need a break to digest the plot
I particularly enjoyed learning about Norway's WW II history and the involvement of some of its citizens with the Nazis. Nesbo's writing puts the reader into the middle of the action and gives the story an immediacy not often achieved by authors.
One reason I bought this book was because someone compared Jo Nesbo to Stieg Larsson. I disagree. Although I love Harry Hole (hero of this book), I was not nearly as engaged by "The Redbreast" as I was by the Larsson books.
This is a mystery, psychological thriller, love story and history book rolled into one. I enjoyed learning about the conflicting roles Norway played during WWII, and I definitely enjoyed several of the main characters. But the story was hard to follow. Part of this is due to the unfamiliarity of the Norwegian names. I was initially so mixed up about who was who that I eventually wrote down the names (spelled phonetically) of each character as he/she was introduced. That helped.
The plot, however, of "The Redbreast" is so complex, bouncing back and forth between two time periods (1943-45 and 1999-2000), that I had to struggle to keep up. At the very end, I started the book over again to make sure I understood what had been revealed.
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
This is my second book by Jo Nesbo (read The Snowman earlier), and I am just blown away. It is rare to add an author to my all-time favorites list. I love to listen to thrillers and smart mysteries during my commute to work. Jo Nesbo provides all that I require and so much more. If you enjoy characters like Lisbeth Salander, Harry Bosch and Jack Reacher, you will love Harry Hole. I can't wait to get to know him better with more audible books. I even had several chuckles when Harry would think or say something that I thought was so witty, clever and "spot on" for the occasion. I wouldn't have minded if this book had been twice the length.
Now for the story -- wow. I definitely did not know much about Norway's history of fighting alongside the Nazi's on the Eastern Front during the war, and Norway's recent events with a re-emergence of neo-nazism among a segment of its population. The pacing of the "mystery" was so well done. I can't remember the last time I couldn't wait to get up and go to work so that I could listen to more of the audiobook.
Robin Sachs is "Harry Hole" in my mind. No one else could do it better. I love his delivery and enjoyed learning the Norwegian pronunciation of locations and names.
Please Mr. Nesbo, keep up the excellent writing. I can't wait to devour your book. I have already bought several books for friends with the same reading interests as me. I want my friends and family to associate me with their introduction to Harry Hole.
I base my selections a lot on what kind of reviews I read about a book. I read "The Snowman" and thought it was excellent. Then, I read "The Leopard" and it too was excellent. Then I read all the great reviews (except for one reader) about this book and I've been struggling through 22 chapters and still have no idea what the heck this story is about or where it's going. I'm ready to give up! Again, after investing hours on 22 chapters I absolutely have no idea what this book is about.
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