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Publisher's Summary

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

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great narration by John Lee

Nice book to listen to during holidays. l am interested in the complete series. I will be listening to more.

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Another great book by Nesbo.

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

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  • Kevin
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  • 01-05-16

Reduce playback to 3/4 speed

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.

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Powerful Drama

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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Great story and a great read.

If you could sum up The Redeemer in three words, what would they be?

If you liked "The girl with the dragon tattoo" you will love this author's books.

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The Salvation Army's Involved

In his sixth novel about Detective Harry Hole, Jo Nesbo, once again kept me guessing, until the very end, who the bad guy was. This time, Harry's involved with the Salvation Army. Now I am caught up with the earlier novels in this series that weren't translated into English until just a few years ago. Next up, number 10 to read and I will have completed the series. All exciting and a bit gruesome.

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A difficult listen

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Maybe have several narrators as it was difficult to keep up with the changing places and characters.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I liked it

Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

Harry Hole of course

Did The Redeemer inspire you to do anything?

Yes, to think again about choosing this author again in audio format. This would be a great read just not suitable for audio.

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My Frustration Relieved

What did you love best about The Redeemer?

Finally some resolution, but then left with the further mystery of who else may have been involved. Harry is pulling his life together a bit, so one is not left with the feeling that every time it really matters, he will crumble and turn to alcohol.

Any additional comments?

It had been difficult having so many different narrators, and although Robins Sachs was by far my favorite, I understand now that I may need to be more flexible. John Lee has been a close second, and I hope that he will be the narrator going forward with the books that Robin had yet to do.

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A somewhat functioning alcoholic.

Harry needs to work a daily program to deal with his alcaholism. It's not really believable that he can come back from those benders and function on a high level.

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Harry is my favorite Redeemer!

When I started this book, I was determined to figure out the whodunnit since I should know Jo Nesbo's writing style by now. Still, I was so surprised by the outcome. Here is what I love about listening to Nesbo's books:
1) Nesbo can turn the small event of getting his grandfather's watch fixed into an amazing anecdote when the story is wrapped up later in the book.
2) Nobody can just die a normal death, it has to be beyond imagination.
3) The story can go down lots of paths. Where lesser authors leave too many holes at the end, Nesbo wraps everything up neatly.
4) Nesbo makes me feel something. I laugh, cry and pray that the story will not end.

One odd thing, it was interesting to read how the Salvation Army is perceived in Norway compared to USA. Regarding John Lee, he did a great job. I still miss Robin Sachs as Harry Hole.