The Redbreast

The Redbreast

Book - 2006
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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.
Publisher: New York: HarperCollins, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061134005
9780061133992
006113399X
Characteristics: 519 p. : map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Bartlett, Don

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Dreamstime
Jan 19, 2018

The book was ruined for me by all the penciled underlining by a reader. Very distracting and without purpose. I usually like short chapters but I didn’t like the book structure with frequent time and location shifts. Very hard to follow in 15-30 minute busts of reading. Regardless, I like Harry Hole and look forward to Nesbo’s next book, hopefully without some idiot’s underlining.😠

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Carstens_0
Jul 15, 2017

I read this book as part of a book group. Otherwise, I wouldn't have chosen a book with Neo-Nazis as part of the plot, since they are the "go-to" villains of too many novels of late. Once I started reading the book, I enjoyed the pace. Nesbo moves the reader along with short chapters that end in a way that makes you say, "It's not that late. I can stay up and read a little bit more" since you really want to find out what happens next. Then, the last few chapters change rhythm, slow down, and resort to well-worn plot devices for an unconvincing conclusion.

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Tdruid
Jun 15, 2017

Too bad the library doesn't have the 1st 2 books in this series. This one might have made more sense after reading them.
It's a complicated story that keeps shifting back & forth from Turn of the Millennium Oslo to the trenches of WW2. Many, many characters to keep track of across time. I had to keep going back & re-reading sections trying to understand/remember who was who & did what to whom. It got especially confusing toward the end where identities started inter-changing. But it is well-written & interesting, especially the descriptions of Oslo in winter.
Overall recommended, but you really need to pay attention while reading.

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jazpur
Nov 12, 2016

Much enjoyed. It was good to go back to an early book in the Harry Hole series to gain a more rounded view of the characters.Jo Nesbo has given us a good insight into what went on with Norwegians and their ambivalent situation with the Germans and the Russians in WWII and the later ramifications.

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maipenrai
Nov 06, 2016

The third book in the Harry Hole series

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ba_library
May 01, 2016

I'm half way through the Harry Hole books - try to read them in order if possible! This one was good - interesting historical perspective - but as usual way too many characters that sort of drag down the plot.

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loudem
Dec 01, 2015

Good book, maybe. After a while it was as if I had left the fictional novel and entered an historical manual, almost an essay. I was lost in too much details, too much characters, too much war time descriptions, time too much ado about nothing. After a while I kind of lost interest. It was like a never ending story. And the end was really anticlimactic.

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maritbryn
May 14, 2014

Nesbo combines the interesting dichotomy of Norway's role in WWII with how the response was back at home, and transports those events to this era; the result, a very interesting crime story ensues.

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uncommonreader
Dec 06, 2012

The main interest in this book is the story of the Norwegians who joined the Germans to fight the Russians in WW II, feeling their small country threatened on the Eastern Front. History is told by the victors, and the smaller number of Norwegians who were part of the Resistance became the heros, with the soldiers on the Eastern Front named traitors and shot or imprisoned after the war. This is a story of one of the soldiers on the Eastern Front who seeks to ensure "justice" is served at the end of the century. The history is interesting although the plot is convoluted and somewhat unbelievable.

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tocch101
Jul 12, 2012

I really enjoyed this book. It was a little more round about than his later books, but it was nice to see where everything began since I read these out of order. Hope there is more to come.

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