The Redbreast: A Harry Hole Novel (Harry Hole Series #3) (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.


— From Matt


“An elegant and complex thriller...ingenious…harrowingly beautiful.”—New York Times Book Review

The third novel in the brilliant and epic Harry Hole series from the author of The Snowman.

Detective Harry Hole embarrassed the force, and for his sins he’s been reassigned to mundane surveillance tasks. But while monitoring neo-Nazi activities in Oslo, Hole is inadvertently drawn into a mystery with deep roots in Norway’s dark past, when members of the government willingly collaborated with Nazi Germany. More than sixty years later, this black mark won’t wash away—and disgraced old soldiers who once survived a brutal Russian winter are being murdered, one by one.

Now, with only a stained and guilty conscience to guide him, an angry, alcoholic, error-prone policeman must make his way safely past the traps and mirrors of a twisted criminal mind. For a conspiracy is taking rapid and hideous shape around Hole...and Norway’s darkest hour may be still to come.

About the Author

A musician, songwriter, and economist, Jo Nesbø is also one of Europe’s most acclaimed crime writers, and is the winner of the Glass Key Award, northern Europe’s most prestigious crime-fiction prize, for his first novel featuring Police Detective Harry Hole. Nesbø lives in Oslo.

Praise For…

“Reading The RedBreast is like watching a hit movie.... The pacing is swift. The plot is precise and intricate.... The Redbreast is surprisingly witty at times and often grim. But it’s always smart.”
USA Today

“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: October 3rd, 2017
Pages: 544
Language: English
Series: Harry Hole Series