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The Redbreast by Jo Nesbø
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Jul 16, 2010

bookshelves: susan, staff-picks-blog, mysteries

This intricate Norwegian mystery alternates narratives between the WWII eastern front where some Norwegians fought with the Nazis against Russia, and turn of the century (1999-2000) Oslo. Depressed, alcoholic, relentless, and talented (a younger Kurt Wallender, perhaps?) Detective Harry Hole has been promoted and reassigned to the political unit after an unfortunate incident with a U.S. Secret Service officer. He is investigating the importation of a powerful assassin’s rifle and keeping an eye on a neo-Nazi who was released from a murder charge on a technicality.

The subplots and secondary characters are very well developed and the climax is a thriller. In 2004 The Redbreast was voted "Best Norwegian Crime Novel Ever Written" by members of the Norwegian books clubs. I don’t know if I’d go that far, but I’ll certainly be looking for the next installment. --Susan

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