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The Redbreast by Jo Nesbø
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Mar 24, 2008

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Recommended to Tattered Cover by: Neil

Neil says:

My new favorite cop, up there with Arkady Renko, is Harry Hole, something of a sad sack Oslo policeman who has, nonetheless, inspired moments of lucidity. There are people out to get him but his skillful moments keep him just ahead of the pursuit.

In Redbreast, despite hopes by his superiors that they've finally got him sidelined where he won't cause any more trouble, Harry finds himself on the tail of an assassin who drew first blood sixty years ago in the trenches before Leningrad as one of Norway's Nazi volunteers.

Jo Nesbo, the author, has won numerous prizes for his books in Europe and has been voted Norway's best crime writer of all time. The Brits have published him in English though as near as I can figure this is Nesbo's American debut.

Publishers Weekly gave it starred review.

A great book for crime fans and the Norwegian collaboration with the Germans is an interesting angle for the historically-minded.

-Neil S

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