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The Redeemer [Paperback]

Jo Nesbo , Don Bartlett
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March 9 2010 World of Crime a Harry Hole Mystery
The Redeemer is the fourth in the Harry Hole series to be translated into English.

A mixture of religion, urban misery, modern European history and grisly horror story, The Redeemer takes the crime writing of Jo Nesbø to yet another level, establishing him firmly as one of the international top names in crime fiction. Through snow-swept, Christmas-illuminated Oslo town, Inspector Harry Hole chases a faceless contract killer from the former Yugoslavia among the homeless junkies, perverts and Salvationists, eagerly waiting for a new saviour to deliver them from misery – whether he brings new life or immediate death.

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The Redeemer rocks! Jo Nesbø is my new favorite thriller writer and Harry Hole my new hero. This book had my pulse in the red zone from start to finish.”
— Michael Connelly

“The Redeemer
is Nesbø’s fourth novel and it proves to be as brilliant as his other three. It provides a grimly realistic portrait of the Norwegian capital — druggies shooting up in public; refugees being exploited in private — as well as an engrossing mystery, full of twists. . . . The Croatian assassin is a fascinating character — a former war hero with a truly fatal gay charm — who has the advantage of ‘hyperelasticity,’ a face so mobile no one can remember it. Nesbø’s work is full of such idiosyncratic detail and it is to be hoped that he won't let the world-weary Hole retire or get fired any time soon.”
Evening Standard (UK)

“The killer’s boyhood in the war-torn Balkans gives added depth to a complex story, impossible to second-guess, which proves that greed, lust and a desire for revenge lurk within the saintliest of folk”.
Daily Telegraph

“Hole in one. . . . Jo Nesbø has done it again. This autumn’s Harry Hole crime novel is conceived on a large scale and masterfully carried out. . . . One of Norwegian literature’s most outstanding storytellers just happens to be named Jo Nesbø.”
Verdens Gang (Norway)

“Right on the mark. . . .Jo Nesbø draws his bow, takes aim and hits a bull’s eye. He has the language, he has the suspense — and he has Harry Hole. . . . a storyteller who doesn’t give the reader a moment’ s breathing room, it’s full-bore 464 pages to the end. . . . In case you haven’t already been saved by Jo Nesbø, it’s high time you were.”
Bergensavisen (Norway)

"A tour de force. Nesbø has a plot here that is so tightly constructed and compelling that it's impossible to put the book down. This is a serial-killer story, and one with a punch."
— Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail

"Nesbø has been gradually climbing up the competitive league of Nordic crime writers. With The Redeemer he's touching the summit, and his hero, the stubborn, insubordinate Oslo detective Harry Hole, has become my favourite copper from those parts. . . . Terrific shocks, tension and atmosphere."
The Times

About the Author

Jo Nesbø, musician, economist and author of the best-selling series featuring Detective Harry Hole, has won many prizes for his novels, including the Glass Key, the Riverton Prize and the Norwegian Bookclub prize for best ever Norwegian crime novel. His first novel to be published in English was The Devil’s Star and the second, The Redbreast, was shortlisted for the CWA Duncan Lawrie International Dagger. He lives in Oslo.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Who Is Your Redeemer? March 19 2010
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
For I know that my Redeemer lives,
And He shall stand at last on the earth;

And after my skin is destroyed, this I know,
That in my flesh I shall see God,

--Job 19:25-26 (NKJV)

For most people the attraction of this book will be to the challenges of being an unconventional, alcoholic police detective experienced by Harry Hole. If you haven't read any of the books in the series before, Harry isn't a poster child for the good influences of serving in the police. He's more akin to Harry Bosch, someone who serves despite his demons.

The Redeemer is that rare work of detective fiction that causes you to reconsider what you know from other perspectives. In this case, Jo Nesbo portrays virtually every kind of potential redeemer you can imagine in the course of this thought-provoking police procedural.

The book also has gritty roots that will remind some series fans of the unforgettable war scenes in The Redbreast.

There are also many story lines carried over from the earlier three books that have been translated into English (The Redbreast, Nemesis, and The Devil's Star). Although I certainly feel you can read this book as a standalone novel, I believe you will gain about a half-star's worth of benefit by having read the other three books first.

To me, one of the most interesting aspects of the book was having it contain so many characters who are involved in the Salvation Army. You get looks into day-to-day life and ambitions that resonated well with what I've read in nonfiction accounts of serving in the Salvation Army.

I was also drawn to the many moral choices that Harry Hole had to make during his investigation.

I hope that more of these novels will become available in English. What a blessing that will be!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant April 14 2009
By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
One evening during Christmas a Salvation Army man is shot (assassination style) at his collection post. As the police try to find whether this murder is aimed at the Salvation Army as a whole the man's brother is shot at and barely escapes with his life. Now it becomes a family thing and the police want to know which brother was the real target or are they both wanted dead? But when a seemingly unrelated woman's brutal death soon follows the police are stumped as to whether there is any connection. There is an unknown hit man on the loose and the bodies are piling up when another man related to the case kills himself.

An absolutely brilliant piece of crime fiction! Starting out slowly with the first hit and lots of character introductions and generous characterizations filled with background the reader gets to know the people involved. This is a thinking man's mystery, no car chases or helpless females running through the woods with a serial killer chasing after them. No, most of the detection is done inside Harry Hole's head as he pieces the bits of evidence together and his team goes out into the field to bring him answers to his questions. An amazingly intricate plot, I had no idea how this was going to end. Once I had my mind on whodunit a wide curve would set my mind reeling in a different direction and I was completely shocked by the solution. Of course, I found myself set up with a misconception right from the beginning too. True brilliance. Somewhat slower of a read than the slash and dash thrillers I usually read but oh so much more rewarding with it's intelligent plot and real, flawed characters. I'm anxious to go back and read the other's in this series I've not read yet and I so hope the publishers go back and have #1 and #2 in this series translated to English as soon as possible. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whoa! April 26 2009
By Dave and Joe TOP 100 REVIEWER
Jo Nesbo has created a series of fast paced mysteries full of flawed characters we care about, the brilliant writing has come to be expected. This book has plotting that is seemless and twists that are as unanticipated as they are believeable. The ending makes sense even though you never see it coming. One of Nesbo's strength as a writer is that he gives you what he gives Harry - you know what he knows when he knows it. It's fun to guess what's going on, but I defy anyone to guess this one before the last few pages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Norwegian mystery series March 30 2009
By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
I love mysteries and detective novels - especially series, where you can really come to know the protagonist. The Redeemer was a great new find for me. It's the fourth book in the Harry Hole series by Norwegian Jo Nesbo. It's just been released this month in Canada by Random House.

Harry Hole is a highly effective detective in the Oslo police department. However he is a bit of a rebel - he has a problem with both alcohol and following orders. Because he gets results he is tolerated.

The Redeemer opens with a scene from 1991 at a Salvation Army retreat. A crime is committed but never reported. Fast forward to present day. An unnamed hit man is on his last job - he has decided to call it quits. When the hit man kills the wrong target and a snow storm prevents his escape from the country, Harry Hole isn't far behind. The hit man has limited resources in Norway and Harry is tightening the noose.

I found the first few chapters a bit confusing as the action changed rapidly from character to character, especially as the pronoun he is used for the hit man in the beginning. This cleared up fairly quickly though. Because it is so unique, I found the settings and the attitudes especially interesting. I thought it was very different to use a known religious organization as a main part of the plot. It does showcase the Army's good works, but also paints a portrait of an organization subject to the same issues as any other business. Oslo seems to have an inordinate amount of drug users and the tolerated sale of drugs in a specific area came as a surprise. (haven't yet discovered if that's fact or fiction)

I enjoyed the character of Harry - his flaws make him even more interesting. Other characters are well drawn as well, eliciting sympathy, anger, disgust and pity.
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Published 1 month ago by Wabbit
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading
Great suspense and thriller had me hooked until the very end. The authur did an amazing job. I Loved it.
Published 7 months ago by Carol Hammond
4.0 out of 5 stars good story but not my favorite
I own and have read all JN's books and I recommend them all to anyone who likes stores about strong single characters. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sandra Park
4.0 out of 5 stars "I know that my Redeemer liveth and that he shall stand at the latter...
It is Christmas week in Oslo. The streets are filled with shoppers getting ready for the holidays. A small crowd gathers around a Salvation Army band giving a Christmas concert. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Leonard Fleisig
4.0 out of 5 stars The Redeemer
Not one of the better Harry Hole books but still should be read to keep up with his chronology. This was the only book I found to go on a bit too long. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Vicki Swim
5.0 out of 5 stars What Goes Around
This Harry Hole novel [termed “Oslo Sequence #4” in the series and the newest to be published in the US] may be an allegory, but it certainly is a high-powered crime story. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ted Feit
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best so Far
"'The Redeemer'" is the 4th book I have read and one of the most captivating so far. Some may shy away from this book because of its size but I personally enjoyed every moment... Read more
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