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.
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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I thought this book was very engaging. I enjoy books that develop the characters and allows them to be flawed even when they are basically good. I didn't want to put it down. I really enjoyed the Millennium books by Steig Larsen and read one after another. I plan on doing the same with the Harry Hole series of books.
I cannot get enough of the Harry Hole series and it all started with this one. The author takes many twists and turns and the endings are not predictable. I love that Harry is brillant, down to earth, but very damaged. Robin Sachs is great as the narrator and I was a little disappointed another narrator is used in the next audiobook in this series. Not to worry though because Sachs is back for The Devil's Star. I was also disappointed that The Redeemer has not been translated to English (as well as the first two books in this series). If you liked Steig Larsen you will love this series. Exceptional!!!
evocative novel better read than listened to
Compelling character/detective Harry Hole in a complex tale filled with interesting characters against the backdrop of Norway during World War II. The audio version of the book was tough for me to follow while listening on a commute, and included one implausible character with “MPD”, multi personality disorder, whose role is central to the plot. Better read than listened to, but any Harry Hole, like Dave Robicheaux, is worthy of exploration.