Woop woop! First review of the year and it is a new book that I have read and I am reviewing. Of course, having started The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo since last year, I am finally happy to be able to share my thoughts about it!
The third book in the Harry Hole series, in which all the books can be read as standalones.
But I don’t recommend starting with this one, if you haven’t read Jo Nesbo before.
See, The Redbreast is a bit of a weird book. First of all, it goes back and forth in time a lot, up until the somewhat middle of the book. Then, there are the many character names. That was too confusing. At least, towards the end of the story, Nesbo offers us a full explanation and it helps a lot. Of course, I had to think on it for a long while, to actually understand it. Which is always good, when it comes to crime books. But I still think I missed a plot line.
Oh well…… I can always reread it later, and see what I may have missed.
The book is filled with moments that had me on the edge of my seat and mind – blowing discoveries that I did not see coming. The main plot was simply genius and trying to place the clues together (even when it came to simple names) was a constant challenge.
I will leave you with this, hoping that you will like Jo Nesbo as much as I did!
“Many people believe that right and wrong are fixed absolutes. That is incorrect, they change over time. The job of the historian is primarily to find the historical truth, to look at what the sources say and present them, objectively and dispassionately. If historians were to stand in judgment on human folly, our work would seem to posterity like fossils – the remnants of the orthodoxy of their time.”
Title: The Redbreast
Author: Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett
Series: Harry Hole #3
Also in this series: The Leopard (Harry Hole, #8), Nemesis
Genre: Contemporary Crime Fiction
Published by: Harper
Published on: 23 December 2008
Audio Length: 14 Hours: 37 minutes
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The Redbreast is a compelling novel of war, love, and betrayal that stretches from the waning days of the Russian Front to present-day Oslo, a city perched on top of a powder keg: a restive Muslim immigrant population and a resurgent neo-Nazi movement. The wonder of this epic is that it's written within the confines of a classic crime novel.
When Harry Hole, a police detective best described as a brilliant burnout, accidentally shoots one of the president's secret service agents during a rehearsal for an upcoming summit meeting, he believes it's the end of his career. However, the politics of the moment demand a hero, not a fall guy, and Harry is promoted to inspector instead. He begins to piece together disparate threads: threats of violence on Norway's upcoming Independence Day, the illegal importation of a Marklin rifle (a favored weapon of assassins), and a murder committed outside a pizza parlor frequented by neo-Nazis.
Much more than a mystery, The Redbreast delves deeply into Norway's involvement in World War II, exposing the face-saving myth of the resistance movement and the deep-seated anger of the Russian war veterans who served as scapegoats for the national shame. A nail-bitingly suspenseful read, Nesbø's American debut is not to be missed.