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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  12,550 ratings  ·  1,080 reviews
A fantastically gripping thriller from the best-selling author of The Snowman.

Christmas shoppers stop to hear a Salvation Army concert on a crowded Oslo street. A gunshot cuts through the music and the bitter cold: one of the singers falls dead, shot in the head at point-blank range. Harry Hole—the Oslo Police Department’s best investigator and worst civil servant—has litt
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Paperback, 562 pages
Published October 15th 2009 by Vintage (first published 2005)
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Allison
562 pages of brilliance.

The English-speaking publication industry has destroyed Jo Nesbo's fantastic Harry Hole (pronounced "Hula" like Hula Hoop) series, not only by omitting the first two books in this series by starting it on the third book (The Redbreast), but also by switching the order of a few books in the series. Whatever the case, make sure you are reading these in order: they are brilliant. Did I say that already?

It's understandable then why I had a hard time finding this book. Not on
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Michael
Nov 24, 2014 Michael rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michael by: Harry Roolaart
This is a great step up from a mystery serving just as entertainment. Though some might quibble over whether Nesbo should be shelved with “literature”, I felt like I was treated to a serious tour of complex social issues. As pointed out so well by Harry Roolaart here on Goodreads, the new genre of Nordic Noir can often tagged as “natural realism” with its coverage of the failing side of the progressive dream of these counties to become an egalitarian paradise . Here the topics include the proble ...more
Cathy DuPont
Nov 22, 2014 Cathy DuPont rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cathy by: Ed Yorke and Harry Roolaart
4.5 Stars Rounded up to Five

Harry Roolaart, my Goodreads friend Harry, said Jo Nesbo is a must read for me and he was right. However, I didn't enjoy Harry Hole (pronounced, per Harry R. as Hoo-leh) near as much as "our Harry." But then, I'm not sure anyone loves and enjoys Nesbo's writing and his character Harry Hole, as much as "our Harry." (Harry Roolaart is from the Netherlands and he IS cosmopolitan. I'm not. I'm southern.)

Yes, Harry, yes, I enjoyed this book and enjoyed it a lot. As a matte
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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
Mal Warwick
It’s inevitable. Mystery stories are always grounded in some level of manipulation by the author. A virtual army of murder suspects mysteriously comes into focus in the background, one at a time. Trusted figures reveal hidden motives. The author deliberately conceals some crucial element by simply truncating a scene before the reader can discern what’s happening. All this is the stuff of the traditional parlor mystery and locked-room puzzles parodied in the board game Clue (Colonel Mustard was f ...more
Andrea Bowhill
The Redeemer is the fourth book in translation by Jo Nesbo and he captures our imagination with this book by bringing us readers into the storyline twelve years prior to the main plot. We start with the rape of a fourteen year old girl that takes place at a Salvation Army summer camp in Norway. Although we know there was a rape we are not given clues who committed this act or disclosure of the victim. In a second separate event we are also given the story of a young croatian boy caught up in his ...more
Barbara Mitchell
The Scandinavian invasion in crime fiction caught me off guard, so much so that I am only now trying my first novel from that phenomenon. I know, I'm years late but at least I finally decided to jump in. I had heard about Jo Nesbo and his hero Harry Hole; I even know how to pronounce Hole's last name, so I wasn't totally behind times. Anyway, I noticed Nesbo's newest volume was available at Amazon Vine so I requested it.

I wonder now if all of these novels would give me the same reaction. Reading
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Chris
This series has its moments and this one is the best by far. As always it's weird, disturbing, and goes at a frenetic pace. Nesbo transitions abruptly from one character to the next and it's often not clear who he's writing about. Initially I found it annoying but then began to like it. He also keeps it unclear to the very end-nobody could possibly forsee how this one's going to turn out. You are constantly surprised at what's happening. Inspector Harry Hole is not the most likeable person but h ...more
Cátia Santos
Sim, sou fã de Jo Nesbo, por isso talvez seja suspeita... Mas penso que as 5* são mais do que merecidas. É o 4º livro que leio deste autor e, para já, o meu preferido! Viciante desde o início até às revelações finais. Recomendo vivamente! :)
Marc Nash
This is my 3rd Nesbo book in the Harry Hole detective series. And I've had diminishing returns with each read. Maybe I was unlucky to have started off at the apex with "The Snowman". Perhaps it's unfortunate that having read the most recent two, now I am having to go backwards in the series which may not best serve up his work. Or perhaps it's because I have a problem with character-led series. I've said it in my review of "The Leopard", but what new insight into Hole or any other main character ...more
Lou Robinson
This is the best Harry Hole so far. As I suspected, the books are getting better and better as the series progresses. I'm not saying they are literary classics necessarily - just really engaging reads with lots of dead bodies and interesting storylines.

Learnt a bit about the Salvation Army (although how true to life it is, I wouldn't know). And I'll certainly never look at rubbish chutes in the same light again...
T. Edmund
The Redeemer is an ideal Harry Hole novel - violence, intrigue, sexual perversion, booze and politics.

My only beef with this piece of the Oslo Sequence is nothing in particular stands out.
Babete
Este é o 1º livro que leio deste autor e fiquei completamente cativada, não há adjectivos que cheguem para o definir, absolutamente fabuloso!
Athina
The Redeemer is a rather interesting book, but I couldn’t connect with the story so much this time. Even if it has a very powerful start, most of the second characters didn’t click. I felt as if the pieces couldn’t fit together. Kind of forced to stay put, if you know what I mean.

To be honest, I didn’t really like the killer, the motive or the way he did the job. Even if Nesbo plots very good, surprises us and amazes us with the events and his smart wits, this killer was just too shallow. He did
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Jennifer

4.5/5

It is only far that I disclose upfront that I am a huge fan of Jo Nesbø’s works and Redeemer, the sixth in the Detective Harry Hole series does not disappoint. I have mentioned this before in reviews, but it bares repeating, while the series does not need to be read in order, I do think once one has read a book by Jo Nesbø one will want to read them all and in order to fully grasp just who Harry Hole is. Only one other Scandinavian writer beats out Jo Nesbø for crafting together clever plot
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Caroline
When a soldier with the Salvation Army is shot and killed, the lack of a motive, suspect and weapon frustrates the Norwegian crime squad. What could have been the perfect crime, however, begins to unravel when the killer realizes that he's made a mistake a killed the wrong person.

With his nemesis gone and his alcoholism under control for the time being, Harry Hole should be dancing on cloud nine. Instead, his boss retires and is replaced with a man who appears to play by the book and want to ins
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Elli
The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo, a Nordic crime novel which essentially takes place in Norway. Harry Hole is the main detective and leader involved. It goes from the Salvation Army, a very active philanthropic group as well as a religious organization in the social setting to the Serb Croat war in eastern Europe. The characters and story are so well presented including the twists, turns, and subplots. The darker side of humanity is part of it everywhere, from greed pure and simple to the barbaric horro ...more
Carmen Amato
The story centers around a contract killer who accidentally kills the wrong member of the Salvation Army, which apparently has a big footprint in Oslo, then must stick around to find the right person and complete his assignment. Harry will find the vulnerable daughter of the head of the Salvation Army in Norway for both a possible romantic dalliance and source of information. Secretive Martine will be torn between her attraction to Harry—free at the moment from his on-again-off-again relationshi ...more
Anastasia
Thriller mediamente buono, forse dimenticabile fra la marea di thriller mai scritti.
Non è una lettura che sconsiglio, ma anche se non la fate di certo non mi offendo a morte, vivete bene lo stesso. Diciamo che ha tanti punti vincenti contro due o tre falle che no, lo portano a queste ambigue tre stelline.
Andiamo per ordine:

1 - Harry Hole. Ora, io non ho letto tutta la serie e mi sono ritrovata a sapere che La ragazza senza volto è il settimo (o sesto? whatever) della serie di questo commissario
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Andrzej Gutowski
Kryminały dzielą się w mojej głowie na dwie grupy. Pierwsze to opowieści z zagadką na głównym planie, kiedy krętą droga poszlak i odkryć dochodzi się do rozwiązania. Drugie kiedy zagadka pozostaje w tle, a historia toczy się głównie wokół postaci - najczęściej poranionych Skandynawów,tak się jakoś złożyło. I tu niestety ma miejsce opcja numer dwa, czyli książka, której równie blisko do kryinału i sensacji, jak pierwszemu lepszemu obyczajowi.

Nesbo nie jest niestety tak sprawny jak Larsson, a his
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Amy
I think maybe I liked The Redeemer a bit more than the previous book, Devil's Star , but it's hard to say. (They're all so good!) I found the Salvation Army story line pretty fascinating; I'd never given the organization much thought before. I wonder if the US version is as similar to the Norwegian organization...

Additionally, I'm eternally hoping that Harry will put more effort into his personal life to save his relationship with Rakel and Oleg. And I really wanted an explanation for the uri
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Susan
Not the worst, but far from the best of the current crop of Nordic noirs, THE REDEEMER follows a disturbing series of murders starting with that of a Salvation Army leader in Oslo. Cinematic crosscutting of scenes adds to the suspense, and the plot is sufficiently contorted but not extremely neat. Even when balancing compassion with alcoholism, Harry Hole still is not a very attractive protagonist. Perhaps I've been reading too many of these, because I feel like I've been compulsively stuffing m ...more
Janice
I continue to really enjoy this series. This installment of the Harry Hole series centers around a contract killer dubbed "the redeemer". As usual, things become complexly intertwined.

The one downside to the book was the writing style at the beginning. There is abrupt shifting of POVs. I don't know if something was lost in the translation in languages, or in the translation to ebook format, or simply that it wasn't conceptualized well. I understand why Nesbo employed this tool, but it did confus
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Bandit
Totally random pick, just needed an audio book to walk/bike around to. This is one of the ever more ubiquitous Scandinavian mysteries. Turned out a pretty good one too, considerably better written than an average detective story. To me the most interesting parts were the uniquely cultural quirks of Norway. The bleakness of Oslo's winter. The Norwegian police absolutely bizarre (by American standards) attitude toward guns. The mystery itself was a tad muddled and drawn out and I kept getting lost ...more
Vichy
Μετά τα γεγονότα του προηγούμενου βιβλίου, η Ράκελ επέλεξε να απομακρυνθεί με το 10χρονο Όλεγκ από το Χάρι και πλέον έχει σχέση με το γιατρό Ματίας Λουντ-Χέλγκεσεν, ήτοι βλέπε επόμενο βιβλίο για τη συνέχεια αυτής της σχέσης. Ο Χάρι πέρα από την ξεπέτα με την Άστριντ από τους ΑΑ, που τον έχει στείλει ο ψυχολόγος Στούλε Άουνε να συμμετάσχει, και την πιο τρυφερή σχέση με τη Μαρτίνε Έκχοφ, κόρη του Ντάβιντ Έκχοφ, Διοικητή του Στρατού Σωτηρίας, παραμένει εν γένει κολλημένος σε Ράκελ και Όλεγκ. Ο Μπγι ...more
Nancy Brisson
When we read a mystery by Jo Nesbø featuring his now well-known police detective, Harry Hole, we know we are not in America. Of course there are the names of the people and the places, but there is also the close interaction of Norwegian politics and eastern European politics. In this novel, entitled The Redeemer, we are sort of embedded in the Salvation Army of Norway and the Serbian-Croatian war, the impacts of which were apparently powerfully felt even in Norway. Here we find a connection bet ...more
Shane Harcombe
One of the best Harry hole books I have read yet. This was a great read, with lots of red herrings which kept me guessing all the way. I could see through some and figure out parts of the story, but couldn't see the full picture. Even the epilogue had a surprise! Reminded me I need to read more Nesbo.
Marina
Best Jo Nesbo book so far. Very intense as of the first moment, definately would recomend to anyone looking for a good thriller. The problem is that I am not sure whether you should read all the earlier Harry Hole sequals before this one. I may have developed some kind of compassion to the main character and others around him, so my impression of this book carries the background from earlier books. Anyway...read it and enjoy!
Barbara
As the story opens, it's 1991 and the 14-year-old daughter of a high official in the Norwegian Salvation Army is raped by someone she knows. This apparently goes unreported as there seem to be no consequences. During that same year - during the break up of Yugoslavia - a Croation youth is dubbed "Little Redeemer" for his brave deeds against Serbian militias.

Fast forward a dozen years and the "Little Redeemer" - now a hitman for hire - goes to Norway and kills Robert Karlsen, a respected young m
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Carol
A rape of a young girl, a foreign hit man, the Oslo Salvation Army, and Harry “on the wagon” is the scenerio for this Jo Nesbo book. It had me hooked from the beginning and kept me raptly reading until the end. Nesbo's convoluted stories are extremely entertaining and dark and sad at the same time. As usual, when the reader thinks all the surprises are over, Nesbo springs a few more traps right through into the epilogue!

The harsh Norwegian winter is almost as much of a character in this book as
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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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  • Cockroaches (Harry Hole, #2)
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  • Nemesis (Harry Hole, #4)
  • The Devil's Star (Harry Hole, #5)
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