The Redbreast (Harry Hole, #3)
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The Redbreast (Harry Hole #3)

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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...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 2nd 2009 by Harvill Secker (first published 2000)
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Bibliophile
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
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...more
Harry
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
Mark
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...more
Arah-Lynda
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...more
Elaine
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 21, 2013 Cathy DuPont rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Derek
This was my first Jo Nesbo book, and I must say that I was very impressed. Crime fiction used to be one of my primary reading genres, but I started to get burned out on it, so I took a lengthy break. Well, The Redbreast was a very good way in which to re-introduce myself to the genre.

The plot held my interest throughout, but the back half of this book was extremely hard to put down. The storyline shifts back and forth from Oslo, Norway circa 2000, to the front line of the Eastern Front of World...more
Melissa
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Michael
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
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Jul 16, 2008 Tattered Cover Book Store added it
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...more
Marty
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
Jennifer
Book Description

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...more
Mark
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.

Rachelle Urist
Like many other Goodreads reviewers, I found the book confusing. I liked Jo Nesbø’s cutting back and forth in time, but I couldn’t keep all the names and matches straight. I liked learning about Norway’s collusion with the Nazis during WWII, but I wanted more details. Nesbo writes as though his readers are conversant with this part of his country’s history. Which Norwegians were sent to the Eastern Front to fight for the Germans? Why? And why were they later deemed traitors?
I like Inspector Harr...more
Tony
Nesbo, Jo. REDBREAST. (2000; U.S. – 2006). ****. Police Detective Harry Hole is back. Unfortunately, he’s been reassigned to surveillance duty after the unfortunate incident when he shot a CIA agent by mistake. It doesn’t matter, though, because wherever Harry goes he’s sure to find trouble. This time he’s charged with infiltrating a neo-Nazi organization in Oslo that includes most of the misfits in the country, but is led by sly agents from around the world. Another problem that Harry has to wo...more
Eyehavenofilter
If I had slowed down to warp speed I would have realized that this is #3 in the H. Hole series. Dang! Anyhoo!
Nesbo makes me burst out in manic laughter in one paragraph and cringing, swallowing hard trying not to lose lunch it in the next!
It's like a suicidal rollercoaster ride that started out as a kidde ride and took a turn for terror when I wasn't looking, and I loved every minute of it!
The decisions that people made were classic "OMG that's sure to have happened SOMEWHERE in the world at l...more
Kipi
This book sucks, to put it bluntly.
1) Im still not interested in the story the least at 60+%
2) the jumps in time are irritating and make the book seem fragmented like an old pc
3) the characters are shallow and not believable
4) bodyshaming again
5) the narrator is annoying sith these different accents
6) the volume jumps between scenes annoyingly (coul be a problem with my copy)

So dnf for now. I have better things to listen to...
Tanja Berg
Finally! This was rather entertaining and despite being slow on the uptake, this was much better than the previous two books. Harry Hole is a bit less of an asshole in this book and actually shows some genuine feelings. He does have some lapses of judgement and falling into his drunken habits, but is nonetheless more likeable than before.

Harry Hole is moved into some other department following one of his lapses in judgement. He begins to follow the trails of an expensive and unusual weapon whic...more
Georganna
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.
Jane Stewart
2 ½ stars. I was curious to see how things would end, but it was frustrating. Many details were not shown.

I liked the last fourth of the book. As things became clear, I was surprised. The overall plotting was excellent. But I have complaints.

1. As I read, I kept thinking of “The Day of The Jackal” by Frederick Forsyth. In both stories we watch an assassin plan and make arrangements to kill someone. We also watch cops try to learn who the assassin is and stop him.

In Jackal, I was fascinated and a...more
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...more
James
My first Jo Nesbø book - in fact the first one translated into English, so the previous two books are effectively out of reach for now. It's difficult to know if this means that I've missed key background on the main character Harry Hole or not. Either way, short of learning Norwegian, there isn't much I can do about it.

Harry Hole (a name that you would never pick for an English character) is a detective in the Norwegian police, and a heavy drinker. Him and his partner are assigned to part of a...more
Felicity
This book probably deserves a higher rating. I thought it was the first in the Harry Hole series, but elsewhere seems to suggest it's the third. Basically, I took off a star because it took me a very long time to get into the book. The jumping back and forth between the 1940s and the present day is just plain irritating to the reader at first, simply because there are no clues--as there should be, I think, in a good mystery--as to how the pieces might fit together. Consequently, the reader, at l...more
Olga Biernátová
Červenka je fascinující, dobře vystavěná a komplexní detektivka, která postrádá slabé místo. Oproti pozdějším knihám autora spadá čistě do detektivního žánru a nenajdeme zde přesahy do thrilleru nebo hororu, jako je tomu např. ve Sněhulákovi. Neužijete si ani “kreativních” vražd (a že se ta kreativita s každým novým dílem pořádně stupňuje). Umírání je prosté, přímočaré a téměř obyčejné. Příběhy na pozadí tvoří dokonalou mozaiku událostí, které se nakonec spojí v jeden celek. Tak trochu jako impr...more
Siria
The Redbreast is a solid read despite its flaws. It's a complex look at the issues of loyalty, betrayal, and self-deception which surround Norway's role in the Second World War, embedded in a plot which is at times overly complex and relies too much on coincidence and unlikely occurrences. Harry Hole, the protagonist, is sort of the book in microcosm—the tiresome cliché of the gifted yet loose cannon cop with a drinking problem and a troubled relationship with his family, made likable by his dry...more
Raquel
Talvez por tudo o que já li sobre o autor e as referencias que tinha ao seu trabalho, iniciei o Passaro de Peito Vermelho com demasiadas expectativas. Não é que o livrio seja mau, pelo contrário, a narrativa está muito bem conseguida, é um livro dinamico com uma estrutura clara e um final arrebatador, o escritor (ainda não o posso tratar por Jo)fez o trabalho de casa, a recriação de Viena e da frente de guerra é perfeita, as histórias dos soldados, o movimento nazi nos países do Norte estão clar...more
Sean Kennedy
(3.5 / 5)

I really enjoyed this book, although I struggled with it a little. I'm not sure whether it was because of the Norwegian names (I have the same problem with fantasy novels as I find difficult names hard to keep track of), or because it is actually the third book in the series - the first two are yet to be translated into English.

Harry Hole is a detective who has recently been promoted due to his involvement in a botched 'assassination' attempt which saw an innocent man injured. He is soo...more
aPriL meows 'n growls TLDR
The best general review is here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... - IMHO

The best plot and writing examination review is here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... - IMHO

Keep in mind I read about twenty or so reviews out of thousands, but regardless. I liked these two best out of the few I read. Apologies to those who also wrote great reviews.

GR is not listing the Audible audiobook I actually used to 'read' this book, so I selected this audition. Although I enjoyed it very much, I hav...more
Vanessa
This is the third Harry Hole novel, but it's the first one available (as of this writing) in English. I've read that it functions fine as a stand-alone novel, although there are occasional references made to the previous two novels. Wikipedia has very brief summaries of those works that at least cleared up what the scattered asides to Hole's fame stemming from an incident in Australia were about.

This novel is a prime example of a Scandinavian mystery. That is to say, using the mystery novel for...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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