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The third novel in Jo Nesbø’s Harry Hole series finds the detective playing catchup with the reader, writes John Mullan. The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Jo Nesbo’s The Snowman is soon to be a major motion picture, starring Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, and J.K. Simmons.“An elegant and complex.

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The complete review ‘s Review:. The Redbreast centres around Harry Hole, and begins with the justifiable but inconvenient mistake he makes that leads to his promotion to Inspector in the Norwegian Security Service. This is the second Harry Hole-novel to appear in English, but in their infinite wisdom the British and American publishers are bringing them out in what appears to be completely random order.


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Harry is your usual problem-character — a brilliant investigator, with a fondness for the bottle and some emotional baggage. He’s not ji social, and having his own office at the end of a hall where he can cloister himself suits him fine.

Among the few people he can work with is his former police partner, Ellen.

The Redbreast also centres around Norway’s past, focussing on a group of Norwegians who volunteered to fight on the Eastern front during World War II, redbrwast a considerable number of scenes in the book set in those times. Some of the survivors have fared better than others, but one is out for a final revenge.

With its 16 mm bullets it is: Harry doesn’t have to worry too much about outside interference, as he’s allowed to do pretty much as he pleases; it’s only when someone perceives him as a romantic rival that he’s shunted off briefly to a posting in Sweden. He flies to South Africa and Vienna, but events unfold — and the bodies pile up — faster than he can put the pieces together.


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It’s also a book about moral ambiguity, as those young Norwegians were branded traitors yet often just did what they did without thinking through all the moral implications. And good does not too-easily prevail: Having two men wield their considerable power to try to maneuver unwilling women into their beds also seems a bit much.

The Redbreast moves at a good pace, and the story — in the past and present — is fairly gripping throughout. The crimes along the way are more interesting than the criminal’s ultimate goal, but it’s all engaging enough.

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