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The Redbreast by Jo Nesbø
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Sep 11, 11

Read in September, 2011

Almost 4 stars, but the ending let me down. Until near the end, this is a beautifully written and intriguing mystery set in 1944-45 Russia & Vienna and in 1999-2000 Oslo. Moving back and forth between time periods, the story focuses on Norwegian NAZIs who served in Hitler's Waffen SS during the Siege of Leningrad. The historical elements provide background for the modern-day terrorist threat that canny detective Harry Hole uncovers and thwarts. My issue with the story wasn't the ending itself, which was dramatic and satisfying; it was the characterization of the bad guy and who he turned out to be. It was a surprise, but it irritated me. Robin Sachs, narrator of the audiobook, did a splendid job. I'm going to listen to the next in the Harry Hole series, hoping for a better end.

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message 1: by Barb (new)

Barb You might like Russian Winter, by Daphne Kalotay--story of two Russian girls who become ballerinas with the Bolshoi and endure the Stalinist era in different ways.

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