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Starred Review. Shifting effortlessly between the last days of WWII on the Eastern front and modern day Oslo, Norwegian Nesbø (The Devil's Star) spins a complex tale of murder, revenge and betrayal. A recovering alcoholic recently reassigned to the Norwegian Security Service, Insp. Harry Hole begins tracking Sverre Olsen, a vicious neo-Nazi who escaped prosecution on a technicality. But what starts as a quest to put Olsen behind bars soon explodes into a race to prevent an assassination. As Hole struggles to stay one step ahead of Olsen and his gang of skinheads, Nesbø takes the reader back to WWII, as Norwegians fighting for Hitler wage a losing battle on the Eastern front. When the two story lines finally collide, it's up to Hole to stop a man hell-bent on carrying out the deadly plan he hatched half a century ago in the trenches. Perfectly paced and painfully suspenseful, this crime novel illuminates not only Norway's alleged Nazi ties but also its present skinhead subculture. Readers will delight in Hole, a laconic hero as doggedly stubborn as Connelly's Harry Bosch, and yet with a prickly appeal all his own. (Dec.)
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“An elegant and complex thriller . . . Ingenious design. . . . Harrowingly beautiful scenes.” (New York Times Book Review)
“Certainly ranks with the best of current American crime fiction.” (Washington Post Book World)
“Reading THE REDBREAST is like watching a hit movie. Author Jo Nesbo’s scenes are so vivid that you can imagine them playing across the big screen. The pacing is swift. The plot is precise and intricate. The characters are intriguing.” (USA Today)
“Exciting, witty, melancholy and thought-provoking.” (Daily Telegraph (London))
“Paced to grip and twiddle with your insides, this is a fine thriller.” (Sunday Sport)
“Original…demands concentration but it’s worth the effort.” (Literary Review)
“Shifting effortlessly between the last days of WWII on the Eastern front and modern day Oslo, Norwegian Nesbø spins a complex tale of murder, revenge and betrayal. . . . Perfectly paced and painfully suspenseful.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“[A] bold, ambitious thriller.” (Kirkus Reviews)
This is the first Jo Nesbo novel for me. The Redbreast was recommended to me after reading The Millennium series by Stieg Larsson. Read morePublished 2 months ago by steel link
Interresting analogy with the redbrest bird, it's resilience, through out the narative of this complicated and captivating story.Published 13 months ago by Pierre Lambert
As usual with Jo Nesbo's books there are lots of twists and turns and he has you guessing right until the end 'whodunit'.Published 15 months ago by AvidReader
Great book and fully recommended, it should be noted that I am a big Jon Nesbo fan. this book keeps you guessing all of the time and is full of surprises. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ken Foxcroft
Superb example of the Nordic fiction so deservedly popular today.
His works are all a surprise at the end, never quite guessed till it's over.
For a first novel, Nesbo's 'The Redbreast' offers a reader everything he or she might want in a psychological thriller: an intricate and well-managed plot, well-honed characters,... Read morePublished on May 30 2013 by Ian Gordon Malcomson
This book was recommended to me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Getting used to some of the names was hard at first but once I got used to this I let the story take over and found the... Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2013 by firstname.lastname@example.org