The Redbreast (Harry Hole #3)

Author(s): Jo Nesbø; Don Bartlett (Translator)

Crime & Thrillers

1944: Daniel, a soldier, legendary among the Norwegians fighting the advance of Bolshevism on the Russian front, is killed. Two years later, a wounded soldier wakes up in a Vienna hospital. He becomes involved with a young nurse, the consequences of which will ripple forward to the turn of the next century.

1999: Harry Hole, alone again after having caused an embarrassment in the line of duty, has been promoted to inspector and is lumbered with surveillance duties. He is assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities; fairly mundane until a report of a rare and unusual gun being fired sparks his interest. Ellen Gjelten, his partner, makes a startling discovery. Then a former soldier is found with his throat cut. In a quest that takes him to South Africa and Vienna, Harry finds himself perpetually one step behind the killer. He will be both winner and loser by the novel's nail-biting conclusion.

The Redbreast won the Glass Key prize for the best Nordic crime novel when it was first published, and was subsequently voted Norway's best crime novel. The Devil's Star, Nesb 's first novel featuring Harry Hole to be translated into English, marked Nesb as a writer to watch in the ever more fashionable world of Nordic crime.


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A brilliantly tense thriller from Scandinavian crime writing superstar Jo Nesbo.

Norway's finest crime writer...Nesbo entwines a Second World War ghost story with a modern hunt for an assassin in a clever and entertaining way that teases and taunts to the very end...Nesbo clearly demonstrates his skill at executing expertly-crafted, well-paced thrillers that he sustains to the very end in a compelling first novels go, The Redbreast and The Devil's Star are as accomplished as any reader is likely to experience Daily Express


It requires some skilled plotting, but Nesbo brings it off, and Harry, with his quirky sense of humour, is a likeable hero despite his many flaws Sunday Telegraph


A complex, utterly captivating story Evening Standard


Exciting, witty, melancholy and thought-provoking Daily Telegraph


A complicated story of passion, lost love, betrayal and murder The Times


Scary...culminates in a nail-biting episode with overtones of The Day of the JackalIndependent


A page-turner you won't want to put down Time Out

Jo Nesbo, musician, economist and author of the best-selling series featuring Detective Harry Hole, has won many prizes for his novels, including the Glass Key, the Riverton Prize and the Norwegian Bookclub prize for best ever Norwegian crime novel. His first novel to be published in English was The Devil's Star, which sold more than 100,000 copies in Norway alone. He lives in Oslo.

General Fields

  • : 9780099546771
  • : penguin random house
  • : Arrow
  • : November 2009
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 32mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : October 2009
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 1209
  • : English
  • : 839.82374
  • : General Adult
  • : oc2009062254
  • : 656
  • : Jo Nesbø; Don Bartlett (Translator)
  • : Paperback