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Published July 22nd 2011 by Zatpix
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Donna Lewis
I could not find "The Redeemer" as a separate listing, and although I have read the other books in the collection, I will focus on it. Mr. Nesbo makes the reader work hard to follow all the nuances in his writing. Also, the Danish names are a bit difficult to follow. However, once you get immersed in the book, you realize how complex the plot is and how interwoven the action. I enjoyed this book as much as "The Snowman" and much more than "The Leopard.". Harry Hole is a fascinating police detect ...more
happuccino
I have read all of those in this collection but just finished The Redeemer, so a little out of sequence, and my comments relate to this. For me one of the best of the series and better than The Snowman which seemed to be the book which helped Jo Nesbo reach a wider audience (but I could be wrong...) Harry Hole could easily become a typical detective cliche but somehow Jo Nesbo pitches him just right to remain sympathetic and realistic. As with other books in the series, the plot interweaves a nu ...more
Joan Halloran
Love the Harry Hole series
Amanda
This is for 'The Redbreast'- 'The Devil's Star' *IF YOU INTEND TO READ THE HARRY HOLE BOOKS I ADVISE YOU TO GO IN ORDER, MEANING START WITH THE REDBREAST! BOOKS 1 AND 2 ARE NOT YET AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH...dumb, but unless you can read the written Norwegian language you have to begin with book 3

Now that his more current thrillers have made the NY Times bestseller list and he has been put on Americans' radar, I saw that the Norwegian Jo Nesbo is being compared to Stieg Larson. I'll admit that's wh
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Geoff Hancock
I have just read The Redeemer which I enjoyed far more than The Snowman, which I found quite implausible in places. The Harry Hole character I thought was going to be one of those maverick cop cliches, but he turned out to be more complex.
I think I maybe reading them out of sequence but looking forward to reading the others anyway.
I find the Norwegian place names and some of the detailed street guides a bit too much sometimes in as much as they slow the pace and are often irrelevant.
However on
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Ann Nicholas
While I really appreciate Nesbo's criminal mind, or at least the ability to imagine the criminal mind, this one bothered me because of the suspension of disbelief required to continue reading. Can't say anything more without spoiling it for future readers.
Nancy Day
For some reason Goodreads won't pull up just The Leopard, which is the one I read (although I've read the others in this compilation). Another great Nesbo book - a bit on the gory side but I'm a wimp and I could take it without too much flinching. Nesbo transcends the usual mediocrity of the thriller genre with his excellent, descriptive writing and his likable and very human characters. One of my favorite authors.
Matt Middlebrook
I finished "The Leopard" which for some reason doesn't show up as its own book on Goodreads. It follows the same detective as "The Snowman" which I loved. Detective Harry Hole is a great character, though his adventures are a little far fetched in this book. Lots of twists, fun to read, not quite as good as either the "The Snowman" or "The Headhunters", but if you are interesting a good crime read, this is fun.
Mel
I have read The Devils star - brilliant book. I like the flawed lead character but I particularly like that you never know who the culprit is, Jo Nesbo is constantly keeping you guessing. Unlike other authors who are so predictable you have the case solved by Chapter three
Sabine Neubauer


just finished the redeemer. not quite as good as the snowman but also a good read with a twist at the end. now reading the leopard.
the leopard: I couldn't put down the book. really good read! I'd say 4.5 stars.
John Mahoney
The Leopard: The best Harry Hole detective story I've read. And I've read them all. Stunning, imaginative, the adjectives could keep coming, but it would not capture the psychological and dramatic turns this novel reveals.
Sharon
This is for THE DEVILS STAR...because I cannot find the book on goodreads! Shame it was number two after The Redbreast and a very good book. Explaining the conflicts within the group in Harry Holes police unit.
VaultOfBooks
Jo Nesbo, The Leopard-


By Jo Nesbo. #8 in Harry Hole Series. Grade A+

From the past two decades or so, we have seen numerous fictional characters cementing their legacy in the world of books and in people’s mind. These legends include names like Bourne, Reacher, Knapp, and even Langdon. After reading all the novels of these notable writers and going through an era of Sidney Sheldon as the best crime fiction writer, one has to thank Jo Nesbo for another name to add to that list. He is known as Hole
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Diane
I have read all the books in this collection. I have to pace myself with Nesbo books as I find that I want to read them straight through. His writing and thinking is complex and one has to have a good memory to keep all the characters and their connections to follow the mystery to its solution. Plots are suspenseful and I love that I can rarely figure out who the criminal is....only in The Snowman did I have suspicions early on.
Dawn Barton
This is my first book by this author and a really great read, alot of twists and turns in the plot, but I did figure out who the murders were being comitted by long before the book ended.

Gunner Hagen the head of the Crime Squad sends his colleague Kaja Solness to Hong Kong, her mission is to convince Harry Hole to come out of retirement and come home to Oslo, as they need his expertise to capture a serial killer. Harry initially refuses, but Kaja informs him that his father is seriously ill and
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Mk
OK, so I've read all three except the Devils Star and Goodreads doesn't have them listed separately so here goes. I've loved all Harry Hole books so far. What I like about Jo Nesbo is just when I think I've got it figured out, the plot turns. And that's not easy to achieve with a reader that's read one too many crime novels for their own good. So if you're looking for a mystery - this is it.
Barb
The Redeemer is the only one in the series that I've read, but I enjoyed it so much, I intend on reading more Jo Nesbo. This book is about detective Harry Hole. A detective that has a drinking problem. It's about the murder of a Salvation Army employee. It takes place in a Nordic country so I could not connect w/ where it took place. However, it's it face paced and has a lot of twists.
Annette
The Devil's Star... Third book in Jo Nesbo's trilogy. Redbreast/Nemesis/The Devil's Star.

I gave the first two books 4 stars, they left me wanting more of the story. In "The Devil's Star, the story is wrapped up and the correct guy is brought to his end.

This book is about a serial killer in Norway. Our old friend, alcoholic, Harry Hole, a detective, is the protagonist. Harry's drinking problem gets in the way of his life, his love and his job. In each of the books Harry runs into trouble and out
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Deb Adams
I have read only The Redeemer in this collection. In fact, I didn't realize it was part of a collection. The author, Jo Nesbo, was recommended by my brother-in-law. I really liked the book and will definitely read more of his books. Harry Hole, the "hero" is a police detective in Oslo (books are translated from Norwegian). He's an imperfect hero, as they often are. The Redeemer takes place mostly in Oslo. A tricky thing about the writing is that without a page break, bullets or any markings, you ...more
Loie
I have never read a Jo Nesbo book before but I choose this one based upon a statement that it was very similar to Stieg Larson's novels. I found this book both intriguing and disturbing. The plot line was fascinating. I was listening to this novel via audible so there were a few times that I thought the crime was solved, the ends tied up and the novel over only to have a new twist add more chapters. Nesbo manages to do this without being boring or redundant. However, the violence and brutality m ...more
Star
I liked The Redeemer. It was a bit too long, though. And character Harry Hole is oddly unknowable. He seems selfish. Also, I recently read Jo Nesbo's 'story of my life' on his website. It was long and manic and boring and two dimensional. I don't think he's my cup of tea, but I like his intense mysteries and I recommend anyone who's new to Nesbo's Harry Hole series read them in order now that they're mostly translated in the US. And, anyway, liking Nesbo doesn't really figure. He's someone maybe ...more
Richard Brand
I just read THE LEOPARD. As a separate stand alone book. But that does not come up on the good reads site. I am at a lost to explain why this story just never ignited any interest or excitement in me. It has all the normal ingredients of a good story. A undisciplined detective hero, a very clever bad guy, two competing governmental agencies, the unofficial network of super talents who held detective, and a convoluted story line that has the wrong people arrested two or three times. And there is ...more
Julie Crawford
The Redeemer is a gripping read that has a twist to keep you thinking. A well written crime story that keeps you guessing.
Jen
The Devil's star is the novel that fills in the gap in the Jo Nesbo series, where I finally found out how Tom Waaler died. Unfortunately, I read it last, so it suffered because I am becoming a little tired of the similarity in plots and the violence, though I still find Harry an interesting character. Harry is investigating the murder of several women. In each case, the victim is missing a finger, and a pentagram is found on the body or nearby. Harry has to work with Tom Waaler to solve the crim ...more
Cheryl garrett
Enjoyed this book very much looking forward to reading his other books
Jean
I am reading "The Redeemer," which Goodreads will not allow me to name alone.

I loved "The Snowman," the first Nesbo mystery I read.

I own "The Leopard," a gift from Charley, I can't remember whether I've read it or not. Inside the cover, Charley stuck a note,
This guy has a weird imagination."
Mosunflower
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Brooke
The Redeemer (not listed separately on good reads)
Barb
Why don't you have the Redeemer as a separate title?
Shayne
I have read The Snowman, Leopard and Phantom. In that order as I was told that it was a Trilogy. Had I realised that Harry Hole featured in all of his novels, I would have started at the beginning! Having said this, I LOVED these three. Real page turners. Thrillers with a capital T. A little gruesome in his writing at times (which i'm not crazy about), but boy does he get you and reel you in. Having long been a fan of Michael Connelly, i feel these are in the same genre, just stepped up a couple ...more
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Jo Nesbø is a bestselling Norwegian author and musician. He was born in Oslo and grew up in Molde. Nesbø graduated from the Norwegian School of Economics with a degree in economics. Nesbø is primarily famous for his crime novels about Detective Harry Hole, but he is also the main vocals and songwriter for the Norwegian rock band Di Derre. In 2007 Nesbø also released his first children's book, Dokt ...more
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