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The Redeemer (Harry Hole #6)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  20,257 Ratings  ·  1,494 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
Paperback, 562 pages
Published October 15th 2009 by Vintage (first published 2005)
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May 26, 2012 Allison rated it it was amazing
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
Helen Stavraki
Aug 05, 2015 Helen Stavraki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Θα το χαρακτήριζα επιεικώς τέλειο, ανατρεπτικό,πολυεπίπεδο, αγωνιώδες!
Ο λατρεμένος μου επιθεωρητής Χολε καλείται και παλι να λύσει μια παράξενη δολοφονία που διαπράττεται σε δημόσιο χώρο ωρα αιχμής και κατάσταση γιορτινή!
Πλησιάζουν Χριστουγεννα και η νορβηγική αστυνομία με νέο πλέον αρχηγό προσπαθεί να βρει έναν πληρωμένο δολοφόνο που πυροβολεί εν ψυχρώ έναν ένστολο του Στρατού Σωτηρίας και τον σκοτώνει μπροστά στα ματια εκπληκτων πολιτών σε μια συναυλία! Ο άνθρωπος που πέφτει νεκρός δεν ειναι ο
Mar 01, 2014 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  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
Helen Stavraki
Aug 05, 2015 Helen Stavraki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ανατρεπτικό,πολυεπίπεδο, αγωνιώδες!

Ο λατρεμένος μου επιθεωρητής Χολε καλείται και παλι να λύσει μια παράξενη δολοφονία που διαπράττεται σε δημόσιο χώρο ωρα αιχμής και κατάσταση γιορτινή!

Πλησιάζουν Χριστουγεννα και η νορβηγική αστυνομία με νέο πλέον αρχηγό προσπαθεί να βρει έναν πληρωμένο δολοφόνο που πυροβολεί εν ψυχρώ έναν ένστολο του Στρατού Σωτηρίας και τον σκοτώνει μπροστά στα ματια εκπληκτων πολιτών σε μια συναυλία!

Ο άνθρωπος που πέφτει νεκρός δεν ειναι ο στόχος και οταν το αντιλαμβάνεται
Aug 10, 2015 Phrynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Number six in the Harry Hole series and another fantastic book from Jo Nesbø. I struggled a bit at the beginning as the POV switched from one person to another with no explanation as to who each person was. However it soon became clear that there was a good reason for this and it certainly helped to prolong the sense of mystery. Harry is his usual self, smarter than the average cop, always refusing to bow down to authority and in a constant battle with alcoholism. The story is gripping and it is ...more
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
Cathy DuPont
Jul 14, 2013 Cathy DuPont rated it it was amazing  ·  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
sweet jane
Sep 23, 2015 sweet jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ένα Llama Minimax με σιγαστήρα κροατικής παραγωγής υψόνεται και χτυπάει κατακούτελα τον στόχο του. Αυτό ήταν, η δουλειά στο Παρίσι είχε τελειώσει. Ο Λυτρωτής φεύγει για τον τελευταίο προορισμό του, το Όσλο, το συμβόλαιο θανάτου ενός κάποιου Γιον Κάρλσεν τον περιμένει. Κάπως έτσι ξεκινά η ιστορία του Λυτρωτή, εξελίσσεται σε ένα άγριο ανθρωποκυνηγητό και στο τέλος μετατρέπεται σε ένα ακόμα παιχνίδι άγραφων κανόνων της ζωής. Ο Χάρι Χόλε κρατά την ισορροπία της αφήγησης, μιας που δεν μπορεί να το κά ...more
Arax Miltiadous
Jan 03, 2017 Arax Miltiadous rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
αλήθεια πολύ καλό παιδιά.
Δεν έχω διαβάσει και πολύ Nesbo και αυτό μου το πρότειναν ως το καλύτερο του.
Απαξιώ ως προς την επαλήθευση.
πραγματικά έντονο, διεξοδικό, περιγραφικό, ανατρεπτικό και πολλά άλλα.
Να το διαβάσετε όσοι αγαπάτε τα βιβλία. δεν συρρικνωνεται σε κατηγοριοποίηση. είναι απλά πολυυυ καλό.
Dec 19, 2016 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-special, 2017
1.99 Kindle Special. 12/18/16
Good series. May be his best.
Mal Warwick
Jan 10, 2014 Mal Warwick rated it liked it
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
Marc Nash
Feb 25, 2013 Marc Nash rated it it was ok
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
aPriL does feral sometimes
Oooooh. Harry Hole, Oslo police inspector, has a new tricky, multi-faceted deadly mystery in the sixth novel in the Harry Hole detective series, ‘The Redeemer’.

At first he has some joy in a clean desk and a re-start on his life! A new boss with no built-up grudges against Harry, Gunnar Hagen, is eager to earn his star in heaven. AA meetings are Hole’s chance to begin again with a clean slate, now that his greatest unsolved case has been cleared up (previous books in the series). Without Rakel,
Dec 16, 2014 Matt rated it really liked it
In the sixth novel from the Harry Hole series, Nesbø adds a slight religious flavour to the story, with strong symbolism throughout. When Robert Karlsen, a member of the Salvation Army, is gunned down during a public concert, the identity of the shooter remains a mystery, baffling the authorities. Harry Hole leads the investigation, though there is little on which to act, except a description that includes a red neckerchief. Unbeknownst to them, a Croatian soldier-cum-hitman, Stankic, was been p ...more
Jul 10, 2015 Ray rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Convoluted. Pacy. Wonderful

The plot twists are mesmerising - I was wrong footed on so many occasions. I know that this is stagecraft and in part contrived but it was enjoyable all the same.

Well worth a read
Andrea Bowhill
Oct 10, 2009 Andrea Bowhill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dessy Pap
Mar 18, 2017 Dessy Pap rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Пет, напълно заслужени звезди!
Barbara Mitchell
May 14, 2013 Barbara Mitchell rated it really liked it
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
May 31, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-norway
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
Nov 02, 2013 Cátia Santos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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! :)

Štai ir šeštoji Hūlės serijos knyga perskaityta. Kaip jau žinote, skaitau jas visas iš eilės, tad man labai smagu stebėti kaip Nesbo rašymo stilius po truputį keičiasi ir tobulėja. Pirmoji jo knyga "Šikšnosparnis", nors ir labai įdomi, buvo kiek sausoka, tokia "faktų ir argumentų" kratinys. Po to, po truputį į jo knygas įsigauna meniškesni pasakymai, jautresni veikėjų gyvenimų įvykiai, labiau literatūriniai ir vaizdingi aprašymai. Na, o "Gelbėtojas" man išsiskyrė savo kinematografiškumu, jei tai
Jul 15, 2016 nikolaos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Πολύ καλός ο Nesbo στον Λυτρωτή !!!
Περιληπτικά, ένας ένστολος του Στρατού Σωτηρίας δολοφονείται σε μία συναυλία , όμως τελικά ο δολοφόνος αντιλαμβάνεται ότι έχει σκοτώσει λάθος άτομο κι έτσι επανέρχεται…
Προτού γίνει η εν λόγω δολοφονία (έτσι για πρόγευση…) ο Χάρι ασχολείται με τη διαλεύκανση των συνθηκών αυτοκτονίας ενός ναρκομανή, όπου ένα στοιχείο από αυτή την υπόθεση εμπλέκεται (λίγο) , στην πορεία, και με την κύρια υπόθεση του βιβλίου.
Ένας βιβλίο που μας παρουσιάζει από την αρχή τον δολοφό
Lou Robinson
Oct 06, 2011 Lou Robinson rated it it was amazing
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...

Amazing!! What can I say? It's an addiction!!! I loved every page of this book!!
May 03, 2016 Ivana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Moram vam priznati da je meni ovo prva knjiga koju čitam od Nesboa. I žao mi je što mi je tek prva, jer stvarno nisam očekivala ovako dobru knjigu.
Mislila sam da ga svi hvale samo jer je norveški pisac krimića, a znate da svi o njima bajke pričaju 
Tako da je Nesbo dobio još jednog velikoooog obožavatelj njegovog serijala.

Spasitelj je šesta knjiga serijala o detektivu Harryju Holeu, knjige nisu povezane pošto svaka riješava svoje ubojstvo, i sve što se dogodi između, prije i
Carmen Amato
Aug 20, 2013 Carmen Amato rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nancy Oakes
Very briefly: Harry Hole, Nesbo's awesome yet angst-ridden Norwegian detective, is back -- and this time he's investigating a cold-blooded murder of Salvation Army officer Robert Karlsen in Oslo. The man was killed at point-blank range and the killer left behind no evidence. The police are stymied -- but on his way home, the killer realizes that he's killed the wrong man and botched the hit he was paid to make -- and must stay until the job is completed correctly. Nesbo's done it again (he's und ...more
Nov 23, 2016 Slađana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
U “Spasitelju“ Hole rješava problem pojavljivanja profesionalnog ubojice u Oslu, Malog Spasitelja, kojeg zadatak dovodi u povezanost s članovima Vojske spasa, jako utjecajne humanitarne organizacije na sjeveru Europe čije ustrojstvo počiva na kršćanskim moralnim vrijednostima. Ali kao da to nije dovoljno. Postoji još čitav niz upitnika iz prošlosti vezanih uz rješavanje problema u odjelu, a Hole je dodatno opterećen novim osobnim porazima. Nesbo je u “Spasitelja“ uključio širok krug novih likova ...more
Nov 26, 2011 Anna rated it it was amazing
Jo Nesbø books should come with a warning. Addictive. Please have the rest of Harry Hole series easily available when you start to read one.
Also as a recommendation, the series is best enjoyed in chronological order.

The book begins brilliantly. Short chapters, man kills another, man travels in the underground... another man emerges from an underground in another city. So directly to the action and again hooked after the first few pages. What a perfect Harry Hole book to enjoy while it's still co
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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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