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Rouge-Gorge (Harry Hole #3)

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Rouge-Gorge, c'est le surnom d'un soldat mort qui continue pourtant de faire parler de lui. C'est aussi l'oiseau, discret comme le destin, qui vient à chaque porte, un jour, prendre son dû... Harry Hole, à la suite d'une bévue diplomatiquement grave, est muté à la surveillance des milieux néo-nazis de Norvège. Une seule consigne : faire le mort. Hole le voudrait qu'il n'y ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 605 pages
Published 2004 by Gallimard (first published 2000)
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The Redbreast is actually the third of Jo Nesbø's detective novels featuring the alcoholic Harry Hole (who is on the wagon for most of this particular novel), but alas, it was the first to be translated into English. Nevertheless, it works fine as a standalone, though the impact of one particular event might have been greater had we been able to read about the character in the two previous novels. Anyway ... back to The Redbreast, which involves Nazis, both Old Skoole and Neo-, a couple of touch ...more
May 05, 2016 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jo Nesbo ups his game. Way up.

The third of Nesbo’s Harry Hole novels, this one published in 2000. In my review of the second novel, Cockroaches, I opined that as good a writer as Nesbo is, his best work lay in the future.

Every now and then I am right about something and this time I was, The Redbreast is head and shoulders above his previous two books. This is inspired, confident and mature – almost as if he were shrugging off his Journeyman title and moving towards the ranks of master writer.

Here's the thing about the recent popularity of Scandinavian writers and if you're a Nordic Thriller aficionado you couldn't care less about the distinction: the novels are depressed, somber, filled with ennui, a lack of humor, with flawed characters if not suffused with a strong tendency towards determinism; in short, whether you're reading Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell, or Jo Nesbo you are likely reading Literary Naturalism. If you live in Scandinavia you might consider this par for the cours ...more
James Thane
Jo Nesbo may be the best Scandinavian crime fiction writer going these days. He's created in Detective Harry Hole an interesting, deeply flawed protagonist who may remind American readers of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch.

The Redbreast is the third novel to feature Hole, and it's a complex story that moves back and forth between the Second World War and the turn of the Twenty-First Century. In the earlier action, a group of Norwegian soldiers are fighting for Hitler's Germany on the Eastern Fro
Edward Lorn
Jul 25, 2015 Edward Lorn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
There might be spoilers in the comments because this is one of those books you'll want to talk about with friends.

I have it on good authority (*waves at Thomas*) that Harry Hole's last name doesn't rhyme with "goal". But who are we kidding. We're gonna laugh and snicker every time I mention Harry Hole in this review so go ahead and get it out of your systems. Harry Hole... BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Sorry to anybody I may have offended by being a dumb American. Speaking of being a dumb American, some of y
Nov 12, 2014 Algernon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
There’s nothing wrong with this Scandinavian crime thriller, possibly the most popular of its category in recent years. Yet its technical achievements (pacing, characterization, research, atmosphere, etc) may have been what kept me being fully emotionally involved in the story. With a few exceptions of great character sketches, the story felt contrived and to clever for its own good. I would even go so far as call the plot forgettable if it were not for the numerous flashbacks to the World
فهد الفهد
Sep 03, 2014 فهد الفهد rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-crime
تصفية الخونة

لدي عادة في السفر – تزعج زوجتي جدا ً -، وهي أن أزور أي مكتبة تصادفني، ولو كانت ركناً في مطار حقير، أتصفح العناوين الإنجليزية التي تكون نادرة أحياناً، اكتشف الأغلفة، أقلب الأوراق، حتى تجرني زوجتي بعيداً باتجاه الطائرة أو القطار المنتظر.

وكان جو نيسبو أحد أكثر الأسماء التي صادفتها في جولاتي هذه، رواياته البوليسية الكثيرة في كل مكان، وبكل اللغات، هذا الإصرار الذي يطاردني به نيسبو، جعلني أقرر الحصول على أحد كتبه حالما أعود للوطن.

ومن المحزن أن قراءة الروايات البوليسية تفسد البرستيج الاف
Jan 13, 2015 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Και κάπου εδώ ξεκινάνε όλα για το Χάρι. Αν η μέχρι τώρα ζωή του θεωρούνταν βασανισμένη και τον οδήγησε να γίνει αλκοολικός, είναι απορίας άξιο πώς κατάφερε να επιβιώσει από όσα ακολούθησαν μετά από την περιπέτεια αυτού του βιβλίου: είδε συνεργάτες του να σκοτώνονται, ήρθε αντιμέτωπος με πραγματικά άσχημες καταστάσεις, γνώρισε όλο το κακό συνάφι της Νορβηγίας… Ίσως ο λόγος για τον οποίο άντεξε ήταν η Ράκελ, η γυναίκα της ζωής του, που τόσα της έκανε, αλλά την αγαπούσε όσο τίποτα, αυτή και το γιο ...more
Jun 12, 2012 Arah-Lynda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-said
According to goodreads alone, 7800 people gave this on average, 3.8 stars.

I should have liked this, but to be honest it was a struggle for me to even finish.

The story seems fractured, moving as it does, between two different time periods, the latter days of WWII and present day Oslo.

Nesbo writes with the kind of authority that assumes every reader would be familiar with the history of Norway and why Norwegians were mixed up with the Germans on the Eastern Front.

I kept looking, lo these many pag
Oct 31, 2015 Bắp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Điều đầu tiên xuất hiện trong đầu khi đọc xong những dòng cuối : lại tốn tiền - tốn tiến để rước thêm Nemesis (Kẻ Báo Thù).
Sau đó chợt nhận ra cái tên Nhã Nam =.=
Nhã Nam luôn rất vui tính.
Chim Cổ Đỏ là cuốn #3 trong serie Harry Hole của Jo Nesbo (bao gồm 10 cuốn). Số 1 và số 2 đắc tội gì với các vị mà lại chọn dịch cuốn đầu tiên trong serie là #3. Nhã Nam hứa hẹn sẽ xuất bản thêm Nemesis (#4) và The Son ( 1 cuốn hoàn toàn ko lq đến serie này). Âu kê, với "lời nguyền 3 cuốn" thường thấy thì
Apr 29, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, there would never be a main character in an American mystery novel called Harry Hole, unless it was a crime-solving porn star, but it seems to work just fine, for this Norway based police officer. Harry is a tough, complex, hard-drinking cop, who may have discovered a possible assassination attempt.
I am not going to reveal very much here, because one of the joys of reading this terrific Scandinavian thriller, was never knowing where this baby was going. It’s a very ambitious novel, sp
May 28, 2013 Marty rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I'm quitting after four chapters. There have been four different scenes, a couple dozen characters and at least two dates (out of time sequentially). I HATE books written this way. Hate them. I already don't remember the characters. I don't remember which character goes with which scene. I don't want the first chapter preview of things yet to come. Mysteries are supposed to have confusing plots, not generate confusion by having the chapters in random order. I'm done with books written this way a ...more
Dec 20, 2014 Phrynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
]This is the third book in the Harry Hole series and Harry is developing into a very interesting and likeable character. It was nice to see him in this book in good relationships with two very important women in his life and some of the dialogue and observations were laugh aloud funny. There was a lot of concentration required as the book bounced around in time and place with many, many characters who mostly have Norwegian names! At first I wondered how it was going to all come together but of c ...more
Jun 13, 2011 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think Jo Nesbo is a better writer than Stieg Larsson, although I enjoyed the Millenium series. This author requires some concentration, as the plot is quite complex, but it is worth it. I loved the characters and the Oslo setting. Not only do we get a well-constructed mystery, but also learn a bit of history. Looking forward to other books in the series.
Cathy DuPont
Apr 03, 2013 Cathy DuPont rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cathy by: Harry Roolaart
Granted, I readily admit that I am not cosmopolitan.

Learning other languages (haven’t tried the Rosetta Stone) has always been a challenge for me never being successful---try as I may. Fortunately (or not) here in north Florida, knowing English is good enough although I do know my fair share of ‘red neck’ since north Florida is the center of the universe for the dialect. (Please don’t spread that around although I think it's already known.)

With that said, at times I found myself a bit lost read
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Artemis Slipknot
Jan 26, 2016 Artemis Slipknot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Πολύ καλό, ένα βιβλίο που σε κρατάει από την αρχή μέχρι το τέλος.
Nemojte ovoj knjizi suditi po sižeu ni po prvih nekoliko strana a ni po koricama, pročitajte celu knjigu a onda donesite sud.
Ova knjiga nudi uvid u život Norvežana, njihovu kulturu i istoriju, tako da ćete bar malo bolje upoznati ovaj skandinavski narod. Juov stil pisanje je prelep, čist i jednostavan a njegove knjige su jedinstvene.
Ako očekujete kliše naci knjigu i potragu za mitskim blagom nacista potražite neku drugu knjigu. Ali ako želite kvalitetno da iskoristite svoje vreme pročitajte ovu
Nov 19, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Detective Harry Hole embarrasses the Norwegian police force during a U.S. Presidential visit so he is reassigned to the Norwegian Security Service as an Inspector (a promotion that gets him out of the way and is supposed to shut him up). Assigned to investigate what should be a rather mundane case, Hole instead finds himself getting embroiled in a possible assassination plot that has its roots in World War II—involving some Norwegians who served on the Eastern Front in the servic
When they advertise Jo Nesbø as ‘The Next Steig Larsson’, I’m inclined to pass on this author. But since a lot of people seem to be raving about this author, I thought I better check him out, especially when they class his Harry Hole series as Hard-Boiled. I’ve found the only reason they are calling him the next Larsson is simply because he is another Scandinavian crime writer; which means some overly graphic murders, Nazis and an expected twist. The Redbreast is the third book in the Harry Hole ...more
Minh Nhân Nguyễn
3,5 sao

Một cuốn trinh thám “lạ”.

Trước giờ đọc trinh thám hiện đại mình đều cảm thấy nó khuôn mẫu quá, chỉ có một mô tuýp nhân vật nam chính là thám tử tài giỏi, đẹp trai, quyến rũ, gái thì mê say, trai thì ngưỡng mộ, cuốn nào cũng tâng bốc nhân vật chính lên hàng phi thường, tột đỉnh hết. Nên mình cũng thắc mắc không biết nếu viết đi ra ngoài mô tuýp đó thì sẽ như thế nào mà sao chưa thấy ai dám thử sức. Và thắc mắc của mình đã được giải đáp khi đọc cuốn này.

Có lẽ cũng do đây là cuốn thứ 3 trong
May 15, 2014 Carolyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I very much enjoyed this third instalment in the Harry Hole series.Harry is back in Oslo and after causing an embarrassment by shooting a secret service man has been promoted to Inspector and given a new role surveilling neo-Nazi activity.He soon becomes embroiled in a case involving the death of a Nazi sympathiser, a former Norwegian WWII soldier who fought with the Germans on the Russian front. He also suspects that the purchase of a powerful assassins rifle by a Norwegian may be involved in a
Nancy Oakes
The Scandanavians are geniuses in the crime-writing world; this book is 500+ pages and I couldn't stop reading until I had finished the entire thing. It is so very credible that I couldn't put it down. The characters are very well drawn, the story grabs you and doesn't let down, and the writing is excellent.

The book starts with one story line featuring Harry Hole, a police detective, and his partner Ellen, who are on surveillance detail in Oslo while the US President is meeting with others ther
Dec 22, 2016 nikolaos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ο Κοκκινολαίμης είναι η Τρίτη κατά σειρά ιστορία του Χάρι Χόλε, αλλά ,εάν δεν κάνω λάθος, είναι η πρώτη που μεταφράστηκε στα ελληνικά, από τις εκδόσεις Ορφέας, χωρίς όμως να γίνει ευρέως γνωστός στο ελληνικό αναγνωστικό κοινό, καθώς η αποδοχή ξεκινάει αργότερα , όταν αρχίζουν να εκδίδουν τα βιβλία οι εκδόσεις Μεταίχμιο, οι οποίες και ξεκίνησαν με το Νέμεσις (τέταρτο βιβλίο της σειράς) και συνέχισαν , αρχικά, με την σειρά τους (Το Αστέρι του διαβόλου, Ο Λυτρωτής … και πάει λέγοντας ), όμως κάποια ...more
Είναι λοιπόν αλήθεια ότι ο Nesbo απ'αυτό το τρίτο μέρος των ιστοριών με τον Χάρι Χόλε αποκτά ενδιαφέρον, ίσως γιατί μετά τις δύο απογοητευτικές ιστορίες που είχαν προηγηθεί θα ήταν κάπως αδύνατο να έχει κατακτήσει τον κόσμο της αστυνομικής λογοτεχνίας αν εξακολουθούσε να μην μπορεί να γράψει κάτι που, τουλάχιστον, θα θύμιζε τις καλές στιγμές του είδους.

Ευτυχώς, εδώ υπάρχουν αρκετά καλά στοιχεία που αρκούν για να συνεχίσεις να διαβάζεις και το γεγονός ότι αυτή τη φορά η ιστορία διαδραματίζεται στ
Moonlight Reader
Sep 03, 2016 Moonlight Reader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: w-o-b-b-l-e
I waffled between 3 & 4 stars for this book. I liked it, but I can't say that I loved it. Perhaps because the book is 16 years old at this point, and I've read a lot of Nordic Noir in those intervening years, it doesn't feel particularly groundbreaking to me. This is potentially unfair, because I can't unread those other books, and I can't go back in time to see what this book would've been like had I read it when it was published.

But, the main thing is that I hate the trope that was the cen
Tattered Cover Book Store
Mar 24, 2008 Tattered Cover Book Store added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tattered Cover by: Neil
Shelves: staff-recommends
Neil says:

My new favorite cop, up there with Arkady Renko, is Harry Hole, something of a sad sack Oslo policeman who has, nonetheless, inspired moments of lucidity. There are people out to get him but his skillful moments keep him just ahead of the pursuit.

In Redbreast, despite hopes by his superiors that they've finally got him sidelined where he won't cause any more trouble, Harry finds himself on the tail of an assassin who drew first blood sixty years ago in the trenches before Leningrad as
Jan 16, 2014 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not my normal reading material as my goodread friends know this came highly recommended by Andy, and the lad was spot on.

you get a intense crime thriller spanning nearly 60 years which keeps you guessing right till the end. Its also a history novel about a complex period of Norwegian history which I knew nothing about, the author handles it really well writting giving both sides and works it in to the storyline

its the third book inthe series.

Dec 11, 2012 Georganna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
Took me awhile to get into this, but it started my love affair with Harry Hole. The twists and turns of Nesbo's plots and excellent development of the main character (Hole) far surpasses the Swedish books that have been so popular. My biggest challenge is keeping the Norwegian names straight.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Harry Hole (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Flaggermusmannen (Harry Hole, #1)
  • Cockroaches (Harry Hole, #2)
  • Nemesis (Harry Hole, #4)
  • The Devil's Star (Harry Hole, #5)
  • Frelseren (Harry Hole, #6)
  • The Snowman (Harry Hole, #7)
  • The Leopard (Harry Hole, #8)
  • Phantom (Harry Hole, #9)
  • Police (Harry Hole, #10)
  • Žízeň (Harry Hole #11)

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“And the rest of the story?" he asked, trying to force a smile. "Is that like everything else in POT, on a need-to-know basis?"
She nodded.
The waiter came to their table, but must have sensed his timing was off and went away again.
She opened her mouth to say something. Harry could see that she was on the verge of tears. She bit her lower lip. Then she put the napkin down on the tablecloth, shoved her chair back, stood up without a word and left. Harry remained, sitting and staring at the napkin. She must have been squeezing it in her hand for some time, he mused, because it was crumpled up into a ball. He watched it slowly unfold like a white paper flower.”
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