One freezing night in Oslo Christmas shoppers gather to listen to a Salvation Army street concert. An explosion cuts through the music, and a man in uniform falls to the ground, shot in the head at point-blank range.
Harry Hole and his team have little to work with: no immediate suspect, no weapon and no motive. But when the assassin discovers he has shot the wrong man, Harry Hole’s troubles have only just begun. After some exceptionally shrewd detective work, the team begins to close in on a suspected hit man, monitoring his credit card, false passport and the line to his employer. With no money, only six bullets and no place to stay in the bitter cold, the hit man becomes increasingly desperate. He will stop at nothing to eliminate his target. Moving at a breathless pace, The Redeemer is Jo Nesbo’s most gripping thriller yet.
©2009 Jo Nesbo (P)2010 Random House Audio
This is my first review
Revelation of complex plot
First book I have listened to by a Norwegian writer. Wonderful complex plot. Builds up layer by layer. Good characterisation and exploration of human motive. This book is for the intelligent reader, not for dull thrill seekers. Don't let the reference to the Salavation Army put you off. It's what makes this book such a good read.
"Excellent once again from Nesbo"
Another great installment to the Harry Hole series, great story that keeps you engaged from start to finish!
"Probably the best Harry Hole story"
I've read/listened to many of the Harry Hole series and this stands out as the best story for me, slightly above The Snowman and Leopard.
"High standards with Harry Holle"
Nesbo is keeping high standards in my fourth (and sixth in a series) novel starring Oslo Inspector Harry Hole, investigating murder of Salvation Army officer.
Realistic and grim, as we are used to for Scandinavian writers, with no black &white characters, and with main hero being an alcoholic - Nesbo manages to give us a main story, interwoven with few minor plots. It is almost a perfect crime novel, however somewhere in the middle I had a feeling he was trying to unnecessary make it longer. Nevertheless, despite his shortcomings (or maybe because of them) Harry stays one of the best and coolest characters in crime novels.
Unlike first three, which I read, I listened to this one from Audible, and voice of Sean Barrett added extra dimension to Hole ;)
"Keeps you guessing until the end"
I love the way Jo Nesbo takes us to different worlds. This time it is to the world of the refugee and the displaced. He does it all with such a fine touch.
I enjoy the audio version because I can do other things as well as listen to the stories.
Silly question the lovely Harry Hole
When Harry corners the assassin.
When his partner is killed
It's a bit long winded and not as good as the other books but worth sticking with.
"Glad I went ahead..."
I thought the reviews of this book were mixed, but I went ahead and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The full outcome of all the twists doesn't come until near the end... but there are definitely some surprises.
Excellent and very entertaining. It doesn't really matter if you don't like the Sally Army...
"My first taste of Nesbo - but not my last!"
This was my fist taste of a Jo Nesbo novel.
I bought it on a whim and was very pleased that I did. The story was satisfyingly complex and ended with a couple of twists, one of which I did see coming.
I enjoyed the narration by Sean Barrett which is excellent, he builds the tension well.
I have just bought 'The Bat' and will now start from the beginning of the series.
"Book's redeeming quality"
I have now read all of the Jo Nesbo Harry Hula series- admitedly not in the right order. As is always the case good narration and lots of twists and turns. One of Harry's characteristics is his alcoholism. By tge time I got to the end of this, my last in the series, I'd got a little bored with the varients on this theme. Overall not bad - a modern day sherlock holmes perhaps?
Another intricate plot, another set of paradoxes and mysteries for Harry to solve, and another great read. My fifth novel in this series of late, and still as enjoyable as the first. Keep it up Harry (and Jo!).
This is yet another Jo Nesbo's treat . And well read too!! The reader really puts the character well placed . Really enjoyed it
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