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The Redbreast: A Harry Hole Novel (Paperback)

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This is the next series to read after Stieg Larsson's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. "Redbreast" is the first book in the series by Norwegian author Jo Nesbo (the 6th is coming out this year) and Detective Harry Hole is our hero. Each book can be read as a stand alone but the richness comes through in a continuous understory concerning both Harry's professional and personal life as he fights not only various criminals but internal corruption and inner demons. You care about Harry in a personal way and this is one of the factors that makes this series special.

"Redbreast" shifts back and forth between the final days of WWII on the Eastern Front and modern day Oslo until the two stories final collide. What we get is a fascinating and intricate story concerning Nazi collaboration and how it echoes to this day. Ultimately what we get is an beautifully written thriller that I would recommend highly to not only those who love detective fiction but to those who appreciate a well-written novel.


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Jo Nesbo's The Snowman is soon to be a major motion picture, starring Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, and J.K. Simmons.

"An elegant and complex thriller....Harrowingly beautiful."
--New York Times Book Review

"A hugely impressive achievement--ambitious in scope, and skilled in execution."
--Los Angeles Times

"The Redbreast certainly ranks with the best of current American crime fiction."
--Washington Post

No disrespect meant to Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson, but Jo Nesbo, the New York Times bestselling author of The Snowman, is the most exciting Scandinavian thriller writer in the crime fiction business. The Redbreast is a fabulous introduction to Nesbo's tough-as-nails series protagonist, Oslo police detective Harry Hole. A brilliant and epic novel, breathtaking in its scope and design--winner of The Glass Key for best Nordic crime novel and selected as the best Norwegian crime novel ever written by members of Norway's book clubs--The Redbreast is a chilling tale of murder and betrayal that ranges from the battlefields of World War Two to the streets of modern-day Oslo. Follow Hole as he races to stop a killer and disarm a ticking time-bomb from his nation's shadowy past. Vogue magazine says that "nobody can delve into the dark, twisted mind of a murderer better than a Scandinavian thriller writer..".and nobody does it better than Jo Nesbo James Patterson fans should also take note.

Praise For…

“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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061134005
ISBN-10: 0061134007
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: November 14th, 2014
Pages: 519
Language: English
Series: Harry Hole