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The Redeemer

(Harry Hole #6)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  34,050 ratings  ·  2,147 reviews
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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 D

Kindle Edition, 514 pages
Published May 21st 2013 by Knopf (first published January 1st 2005)
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May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jeffrey Keeten
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nordic-noir
”And for one vulnerable moment Harry felt nothing but sympathy. Not the sympathy he could feel for the victim or for the next of kin, but for the person who for one heartrending moment sees his own pathetic humanity.”

Harry Hole has looked in the mirror many times and seen the stark pitiful vision of his own existence. His own human frailty too real to bear, but there is always a new case to keep him from drowning in despair.

Something smells fishy in the ranks of the Salvation Army in Oslo, Norwa
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, library, 2018, audio
3.5 stars

I know what to expect from Nesbø, but I keep going back for more hoping it gets at least slightly better. At times, I thought the book was great. At other times I could not wait for it to end. That is how every Nesbø book I read so far is, and I wish it wasn't!

At the beginning of the book, he starts off with a scene I understand and then follows it up by jumping around to a bunch of seemingly unrelated scenes. Now, you might say, "but, Matthew, that is what a mystery is and the fun is
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In this 6th book in the 'Harry Hole' series, the detective is on the trail of a wily hitman. The book can be read as a standalone.


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 Croatian youth is dubbed "Little Redeemer" for his brave deeds against Serbian militias.

Mar 01, 2014 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
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jo Nesbo anticipates and writes an early, Harry Hole version of his brilliant 2014 novel The Son.

First published in Norwegian in 2005 as Frelseren, and then translated to English in 2007, The Redeemer blends elements of fundamentalist Christianity with street violence, drug culture and sex crimes.

The Salvation Army is structured as a war agent against sin and so this view from the front lines makes sense to some degree, but the discontinuity between the two extremes was at times unsettling. In t
Aug 10, 2015 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
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was reasonably good. Great twist and revelation at the end. But it does go on and on. Too many sub-plots and flashbacks. Too many suspects. Just like in The Snowman, there are instances where the case is thought to be solved but then there are more revelations and twists. I wonder whether this is Nesbo's formula. I have only read a couple of books by him so far.

The salvation army setting was interesting. I liked the way the book began with the account of life in a salvation army camp from
Cathy DuPont
Jul 14, 2013 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
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best Harry Hole series I have read. The twists and turns are excellent. Salvation Army, Croatian assassins, corruption, fancy watches and the coldness of an Oslo winter make for a gripping thriller. This story is excellent with the twists and surprises. Follow the money is the best clue. The two brothers and the complicated relationships are intriguing.
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
Charlie Hasler
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

By far one of my favourites of the Harry Hole series. (I started because of the Film with Snowman and am up to knife but felt compelled to learn more of Harry's origins and the back stories the later books allude to)

They should have made this into a movie instead of the Snowman. (That being said Fassbender was the only choice to play Harry)

Brilliant crime thriller.

Some really twists in this, one in particular if you are fan of the series so far will blow your mind.
Mohammed M. Sheikh
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, norwegian
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The Redeemer ( Harry Hole #6)
No of pages:562
Rating : 8.8/10
The Redeemer is the sixth book of the Harry Hole series written Norwegian writer Jo Nesbo. On freezing cold evening when when the Norwegian were busy with there christmas shopping and some people are heading at the concert of the Norwegian Salvation Army a young guy got shoot to death. Not much clue to proceed in the case but when the killer realises that he has killed the wrong
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nesbo Delivered yet again! A change of leadership at the Politi and a hired gun (workaholic!) assassin will still not stop Harry Hole from arriving at the truth. Add to it the Christmas spirit and religious symbolism - forgiveness, redemption and suffering and Nesbo delivers a cracker of mystery that is both fast paced and intelligent.

It all starts with a rape. Fast forward to the present where a Salvation Army member is murdered in public and Harry with his team leads the investigation. In a pa
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
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: part-of-a-series
Bravo Nesbo! Bravo!
Best installment in the series, and I have a feeling it will get better and better as we read on.

This book was full of twists, suspense and emotions.
In true Nesbo form, you keep changing your mind about who is the guilty party, who is the victim, the motives... and on the way, you get a spoonful of dilemmas and heartache.

Can’t wait for the next book in the series!
Thank you my darling Lena and Sofia for another great BR xox
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harry has matured, changed, but he still pulls the rabbit out. The plots are more complex, but they are trackable. Unnecessary suspense is avoided, but pages of useless stuff still get in the way. The philosophy is deep, and the insights ring true. I can’t wait to start the next book.
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
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Good series. May be his best.
May 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Detective Harry hole book No. 6 sees a once again single Harry Hole get caught up in the hunt for The Redeemer a clinical and very professional hit-man who himself is after a Salvation Army officer! Good read. 6 out of 12
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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,
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime
The Redeemer is book six in the Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo. Christmas is for celebration, and Oslo's Salvation Army Branch organise a concert on the streets of Oslo, and everyone was joining themselves until someone killed one of the singers. Detective Harry Hole caught the case. The readers of The Redeemer will go on a rollercoaster ride with Detective Harry Hole to find the killer.

The Redeemer is the first book I have read of Jo Nesbo, and I did enjoy reading it. The translator Don Bartlet
Oct 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Harry Hole gets involved with this case when a murder occurs at a Salvation Army Christmas concert. This was a complicated story that began years before during a time of war in Croatia. I had the wrong guy picked for the perpetrator until very near the end so I was surprised to find my theory was dead wrong. Harry is still battling alcohol, as always, and there is a change in command at the Oslo police department, so Harry has a new boss. Not my favorite book in the Harry Hole series, but it was ...more
Denisa Arsene
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
The first pages didn't keep my interest at all. I fel a bit dizzy with all the elements and names and the salt from one point to another. But keeping reading the story, I skatched the characters, understood the plot. It is a story who keeps your brain working. You are all in it. And the narrative thread is well built.
I really enjoyed this one!
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jo Nesbø is fast becoming one of my favourite authors and Harry Hole one of favourite detective protagonists. The Redeemer is #6 in the Harry Hole thrillers and the fourth in the Oslo sequence. The Redeemer was edgy, fast paced, layered and complex and is probably my favourite of the 6 books that I have devoured. Nesbø uses the notions of forgiveness and redemption throughout the book, woven through a pseudo religious theme involving the Salvation Army church.

Harry is a complex character, authe
Andrea Bowhill
Oct 10, 2009 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
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This kept me guessing the whole time and was an exciting read. There are FREQUENT perspective shifts that I didn't always catch, but that was my only issue.
Barbara Mitchell
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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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