Christmas shoppers stop to hear a Salvation Army concert on a crowded Oslo street. An explosion cuts through the music and the bitter cold: One of the singers falls dead, shot in the head at point-blank range. Harry Hole - the Oslo Police Department’s best investigator and worst civil servant - has little to work with: no suspect, no weapon, and no motive. But Harry’s troubles will multiply. As the search closes in, the killer becomes increasingly desperate, and Harry’s chase takes him to the most forbidden corners of the former Yugoslavia.
Yet it’s when he returns to Oslo that he encounters true darkness: among the homeless junkies and Salvationists, eagerly awaiting a savior to deliver them from misery - whether he brings new life or immediate death.
With its shrewdly vertiginous narrative, acid-etched characters, and white-hot pace, The Redeemer is resounding proof of Jo Nesbø’s standing as one of the best crime writers of our time.
©2013 Jo Nesbo (P)2013 Random House Audio
The Devil's Star is the only other Harry Hole book I've read, and I thought it was just so-so, not nearly as good as Karin Fossum. But The Redeemer is something else entirely. I may be biased because I lived in Croatia for several years, but the Croatian connection is not the only reason this book is good. Harry seemed so much more likable and complex in this book: he's not just angry-headstrong-brilliant-detective-guy but also showed more vulnerability (and I don't just mean his alcoholism). Plus, you know how sometimes you read a detective novel and you hope for a different type of ending? Here ya go. Not that the mystery is that difficult--I figured out the culprit really easily, which I don't even try to do, normally--but the resolution was really nice. Nesbo's portrayal of Croatian refugees and war veterans is spot-on.
About the narration: the biggest issue for me was the....occasional...William Shatner....pacing. Egregious. Plus, the narrator's "Croatian" accent was just pseudo-Russian, and several crucial Croatian words are mispronounced. I lived in Osijek--near Vukovar--for years, and "Spasitelj" is pronounced SPASitelj, not spaSEEtelj. Bah.
But the narration rarely impeded my enjoyment of the story...I just have a few minor issues with it. This book is well, well worth a credit.
Redeemer might be another excellent book in the Harry Hole series, except that the narrator does such a poor job as to make the book hard to follow. I almost stopped listening several times, but it's Harry Hole, and I don't quit on Harry!
I know we're used to Robin Sachs, and I was entirely prepared to cut John Lee some slack because inevitably he'll be compared to Sachs. I'm sorry to say that after finishing the book, I'm not prepared to cut him any slack at all. His narration of this book was unacceptable, standing on it's own, without comparison to Robin Sachs.
John Lee doesn't do voices. This makes it difficult to follow the characters. The book skips between characters and places without transition, so I often found myself wondering which "he" was speaking, and where, and about who/what. The transitions weren't marked by pauses of suitable length either, again, making the book hard to follow. Many times I was simply lost, and kept rewinding until I thought maybe I was back in sync. Sometimes it wa just a lost cause and I had to plow on.
This is a shame, because there are good themes and good character development in this book. The title isn't empty, but a theme that runs throughout. In this book, Harry himself seeks personal redemption.
I found myself getting mad at Harry sometimes. Mad at his inability or unwillingness to get sober and stay sober. Maybe Harry's mad at himself for the same reasons, and that's one reason he seeks redemption. Decide for yourself, I won't give away the book!
We also wonder about the future of his love for Rakel, Is there a future at all?
This almost felt like it might be a last book in the series. I hope not.
If there is a next book, I do hope they'll try a different narrator
Audible started me reading fiction again. What a treat to have professional actors narrating a book I may not have had the time to "read".
Hard to follow. The book went back and forth from one story to another. In the end it was just too confusing and as a result not enjoyable.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
Don't buy any of this series unless you plan to listen to them all. I would suggest you listen in order which is now possible because most have been translated at this point. Although there have been two different narrators, you really won't notice unless you listen to one after the other. They are both excellent. Start with the Bat, (which was actually my least favorite but still good) and work your way through the series. The main character, Harry Hole, is not you typical detective due to his alcohol problems, but he always manages to solve the case. The author does a great job of giving you the clues to solve it before Harry picks up the trail. You almost want to shake the book and say, "Harry , look the clue is right in front of you."
I would rate this series on par with Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series. But this one has more books so you can listen longer.
When I like something I'll let you know. If I don't, I'll let you know that too!
The Redeemer is another great installment in the Harry Hole series. Listening to this book answers some confusion that I had in later books. The Redeemer has plenty of Nesbo trademark detail. twists and turns that make the series so enjoyable. If you're a Hole fan, or just enjoy an interesting police procedural, this is a worthwhile way to spend a credit!
I have always enjoyed Jo Nesbo's work inspite of the effort it takes to rearrange my mind to the geographic descriptors. I am a bit of a dullard when it comes to remembering the streets, parks and landmarks critical to the unwinding story. Nonetheless this is my 6th Nesbo and it does not disappoint.
Nice book to listen to during holidays. l am interested in the complete series. I will be listening to more.
Not quite as good as The Redbreast and The Devil's Star but well worth the time and money. Doesn't keep you as on the edge as those two. But comes close! The narrator isn't up to Robin Sachs caliber but he doesn't do harm to the listening of the book. This is another great book by Jo Nesbo. He really is something special
Not one of the best stories of the series and John Lee reads too fast. However, If you reduce playback to 3/4 speed this narration becomes comparable to others in the series read by Robin Sachs and is a much better listen.
The mystery at the heart of the novel itself is a wonderful roller coaster ride of increasing tension and amazing revelations. But it also wraps up some small threads which have been dangling from the five previous novels. The narrator adds emotional depth to what already is a terrific story as well.
I love this series. It not only fulfills every mystery lover's desire for an amazing entertainment, it is incredibly intelligent. Every book so far is an architecture of award-winning beauty.
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