The Redbreast (Harry Hole Series #3)

The Redbreast (Harry Hole Series #3)

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The Redbreast 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 125 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Those long winter nights must evoke creative juices, because Scandinavian detective thrillers are a terrific genre. Knowing several of the popular Swedish series, I had until recently not heard about Norway's Nesbo, but I'm happy that's changed. He manages to weave together several major stories, with unanticipated twists and turns, linking past and present mysteries over several decades, and in the process he tosses in a dose of Norwegian history that is as interesting as the rest of his story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know the author of "Redbreast" is not Joe Queenan; I am thanking Mr. Queenan for his recognition of Scandinavian writers as a fresh voice in the mystery/crime fiction genre. Spot-on. The non-spoiler summary: A few good cops, some with some bad habits, are pitted against office politics (and office politicians, as well as some not-so-good cops) while trying to catch a skilled killer with quite a bit of method, and history, to his madness. The substance: Jo Nesbo (don't know how to do the o-slash) is a solid but creative writer with the instinct to tell a real, honest-to-goodness human story that draws readers in without insulting their intelligence by weighing them down with unnecessary details. About halfway through the book, I had to smile at the writing skill - it's been awhile since I've read a story constructed as thoughtfully as this one. "Redbreast" has (enough) surprises to keep the reader intrigued, and although the material doesn't use the accepted U.S. standards for action, romance, or drama, Nesbo blends the perfect recipe of all three into an underlying plot related to one of the main characters.
knittingnancy More than 1 year ago
A complicated combination of characters is introduced to us when they are young and reintroduced to us over 50 years later. I admit to being confused more than once until I started to see how the author uses this devise to keep the reader off balance. Once I thought I had it figured out...bam...Nesbo quickly pulled the rug from under my feet. The translator does a wonderful job. too. The phrasing in natural and the characters, although sometimes hard to keep straight, are very believable.
dbmnazgul More than 1 year ago
A mystery/thriller involving neo-Nazis and their ties to Norway's involvement in WWII. The novel itself jumps back and forth in time, giving pertinent clues to the reader while immersing them in 2 separate stories tied together. This may sound more daunting than it is-- by the time the story reaches its climax it all makes sense. The characters draw you in with their human qualities-- the only issue I had was occasionally losing track of some of them due to my unfamiliarity of Norwegian names. There is a sequence of answering machine messages in the novel that really drew me in to the main character, Harry Hole-- he truly felt like a real person.
edofarrell More than 1 year ago
This book begins with, and the plot turn on, a case of mistaken identity with agents guarding dignitaries. It has the hero, Harry Hole, checking his .38 caliber revolver and then checking for the two 'magazines' for the gun. revolvers do not have magazines. Then he checks the safety. Revolvers do not have safeties. Then he runs toward a person in a toll booth and worries that his weapon will penetrate the 'light ballistic' vests of the Secret Service. 'light ballistic' vests will easily stop a 38 caliber round. Then he opens fire and penetrates the heavy glass of a toll booth with that .38 caliber revolver; unlikely. And the suspect he fires at is alone. I've worked presidential security details. No one, repeat no one, is ever deployed alone. So the book starts off with utter nonsense and goes very quickly south with purple prose, Hardy boy dialog and characters and generally little to pull it out of the hole -- you'll excuse the pun -- of the first few chapters. If you're a young adult and utterly indifferent to accuracy in your thrillers, this might be a book for you. I'd pass and save the money, were I you.
onadvidreader More than 1 year ago
Very good. The English translation was sometimes hard to follow, but otherwise a great read. Gave me an interesting view of WWII for Norway. Will read more of his books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read most of the "Harry Hole" novels and this one of the best. The twists that Nesbo puts into the novel really keep you on the edge of your seat. Hard to put down.
RplusR More than 1 year ago
This book is the third book in the Harry Hole series, but the first of the series to be translated into English. (There are occassional references to earlier events in Harry Hole's police work. It would be nice if the first two books in the series were translated.) The Redbreast is definitely a more complex and inventive work than most mystery books. There are three different threads that are being woven together. (The experiences of a group of Norwegian soldiers fighting for the Nazis on the Russian front during WWII; an elderly man who feels that the cause of National Socialism has been been betrayed and seeks vindication during the final year of his life; Harry Hole working to uncover an assassination plot before it materializes.) The complexity can be a challenge, but adds to the depth of the overall work. This is the second Jo Nesbo work that I have read. I find him to be a very inventive and creative talent. Well worth reading.
manugw More than 1 year ago
This is my second book by Jo Nesbo. In The Readbreast, he had the skils to conceive a story blending the high beating pulse of an international thriller mixed with the intrigue of the hard boiled. Fast paced, suspenseful, entertaining and with an arrray of similar characters and ingenious twists and turns, The Readbreast will not disappoint readers, who will have to make an intellectual effort so as not to get lost in the story who looks confusing with purpose, it leaves some unsolved issues for a sequel. After having finished it, I now feel compelled to go and read all the following Nesbo published books. He shows he is a cultivated, smart and sly author.
alpersjo More than 1 year ago
Well written - great beach book with enough thrills to convince me to special order Nesbo's other books
NEB1 More than 1 year ago
Harry Hole and Oslo come alive in this mystery. Jo Nesbo doesn't hand you the answer - twists and turns make you think about what's happening. I love stories that take place in Scandinavia and this character is right up there with Kurt Wallender.
Jeanie-j More than 1 year ago
I think this may be an "artsy-fartsy" book. I just didn't get it. The scene kept shifting in time and place, from way back when to right now ... and I gave it up after about 100 pages. Sorry. Just didn't hit my hot button.
macabr More than 1 year ago
In Jo Nesbo's THE REDBREAST, police detective Harry Hole has presented a perfect case against Sverre Olsen, a leader of the Neo-Nazi party in Norway. But a mistake made by the judge causes the case to fall apart and Olsen is back in the community. A month later Harry makes a mistake that nearly causes an international incident so, to prevent further embarrassment, Harry is promoted and assigned to surveillance duties, a job intended to keep him out of the spotlight. This,however, puts Harry in contact again with Olsen and his followers. The Neo-Nazi party has become increasingly active and there are rumors that something is planned for Norway's Independence Day which coincides with the Muslim holiday of Eid. Rumors spread suggesting that the crowds celebrating the national holiday will prevent the police from effectively responding to an attack on the Muslim community. Then a homeless man is murdered and suspicion falls on Svarre Olsen but as Harry investigates he realizes that the old Nazis and the young Nazis are tied together through a story of love, brutality, hero worship, and sexual extortion. Norway worked zealously to bury its connections to Germany during WWII. Vidkun Quisling made his name a synonym for traitor but he wasn't the only Norwegian to believe that the future would belong to the Third Reich. Many of Norway's young men died fighting for Germany on the eastern front and those who did not, returned to a country that was trying to re-write its recent past and so they were branded as traitors. Sixty years later, the old soldiers are being killed with surgical skill or a sniper's shot. Who is doing the killing and why, after so many years, has the assassin decided to act? Jo Nesbo evokes the war years by bringing the reader to the battlefields of Russia and a hospital in Vienna. He brings to life an Oslo comfortable in its democracy, aware of its 21st century problems, and happy to have been convinced that history is a story told by the winners and what is dark and shameful can be redacted with an historian's pen.
LordVader More than 1 year ago
I wasn't bothered by storyline going back and forth on the timeline. I found the history of Norwegian SS volunteers interesting. I enjoyed the plot line, the characters - good and bad, and was stunned to have a possible romantic interest abruptly killed. The name Harry Hole is a bit much, but I like the character. Tell me it's not Wallender with an overlay of Rebus. I plan on reading all of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite of his but this series is a must read. ~*~LEB~*~
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CPK37 More than 1 year ago
Not the best mystery that I've read, but it was nice reading about Sweden.  Some of Harry Hole's antics are a bit far-fetched., but then, I have Policemen in my family and know how some things are really done.
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Crbncb More than 1 year ago
The writing is great, as usual wit Jo Nesbo. And the story is fascinating. But it's so complex that I'll probably have to read this book several times. And I'll be happy to do so.
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Great book. Page turner
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