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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
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Paperback, 519 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
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
James Thane
Sep 08, 2012 James Thane rated it really liked it
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
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Edward Lorn
Nov 10, 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
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Algernon
Dec 13, 2014 Algernon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
[7/10]
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
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Mark
May 08, 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
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Fahad
Sep 14, 2014 Fahad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
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Arah-Lynda
May 27, 2013 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
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Cathy DuPont
Apr 21, 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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Phrynne
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
Marty
Jun 10, 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
Elaine
Jun 21, 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.
Maja
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
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Artemis Slipknot
Feb 01, 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.
Bắp Nổi Chuột
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...ch
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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
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Mark
May 30, 2014 Mark rated it it was amazing
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.

Georganna
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.
Matt
Dec 21, 2015 Matt rated it it was amazing
With Harry Hole focussing his attention on Norwegian soil, Nesbø brings the third book in the series to the writer's attention. After a heroic act during a political summit, Hole is promoted to inspector and moved to the POT, a security directorate. In his new role, Hole begins an investigation into rumours that a high powered rifle has been brought into the country and may be used in an assassination attempt of some sort. Working in conjunction with his former partner, Ellen, they discover that ...more
Ivan Bogdanov
Jul 21, 2015 Ivan Bogdanov rated it really liked it
Не случайно ми казваха, че трябва да започна от тази книга четенето на Несбьо. Тук той е истинския и има онова очарование на скандинавските автори. Дажа на доста места стилът му доближава Бекман в "Човек на име Уве".
За разлика от по-късните книги от поредицата, където човекът Хари Хуле го няма, а е останал само Старши инспектора, в тази книга са показани всички "девичи вълнения" на Хари. Много близък ми беше в момента, в който се влюбва и започва да си мисли - ама това на мен ли се случва, заслу
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Therin Knite
Feb 24, 2015 Therin Knite rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller

[Cross-posted to Knite Writes]

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Carolyn
Jan 24, 2015 Carolyn rated it it was amazing

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
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Tony
Feb 24, 2009 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
This is my first introduction to Harry Hole, and Jo Nesbø. I now totally agree with a Goodreads friend that one has to read the Harry Hole Series in order. The Redbreast is a very complicated novel and for the first 100 or so pages, I wasn't sure how all of the sub-plots fit into the main story line. But they all do eventually, and I wasn't prepared for the skill that Jo Nesbø has - the twists were surpris ing, his writing speaks for itself; he knows how to tell a very suspenseful and entertaini ...more
Melissa
Oct 12, 2011 Melissa rated it liked it
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Jennifer
Nov 19, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
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milica
Reading Challenge:
- a book translated to English
- a book set in Europe
- a murder mystery
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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
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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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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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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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