Synopses & Reviews
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 Scandanavian 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 designwinner of The Glass Key for best Nordic crime novel and selected as the best Norwegian crime novel ever written by members of Norways book clubsThe 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 nations shadowy past. Vogue
magazine says that nobody can delve into the dark, twisted mind of a murderer better than a Scandanavian thriller writer
and nobody does it better than Jo Nesbo! James Patterson fans should also take note.
"Original...demands concentration but it's worth the effort." Literary Review
"Exciting, witty, melancholy and thought-provoking." Daily Telegraph (London)
"Paced to grip and twiddle with your insides, this is a fine thriller." Sunday Sport
"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
“[A] bold, ambitious thriller.” Kirkus Reviews
"An elegant and complex thriller....Harrowingly beautiful scenes." New York Times Book Review
"Certainly ranks with the best of current American crime fiction." Washington Post Book World
"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 hugely impressive achievement...ambitious in scope, and skilled in execution." Los Angeles Times
Detective Harry Hole embarrassed the force, and for his sins hes 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 Norways dark past, when members of the government willingly collaborated with Nazi Germany. More than sixty years later, this black mark wont wash awayand 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 Norways darkest hour may be still to come.
About the Author
Jo Nesbo is a musician, songwriter, economist, and author. He is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the Glass Key, the Riverton Prize, and the Booksellers' Prize, and Norwegian readers voted one of his Harry Hole novels the best Norwegian crime novel of all time. He lives in Oslo.