The Redbreast: A Harry Hole Novel (Harry Hole Series #3) (Paperback)

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Great writing and riveting plots are hallmarks of Nesbo’s
Harry Hole series.  Harry is charged with
taking part in the security detail when the American President visits Norway,
something goes horribly awry.  The powers
that be do not want the press to get wind of their errors, so the easiest thing
to do is remove the weak link.  Harry is
reassigned to keep watch on the Neo-Nazis and their nasty little plans.  But Harry is distracted by information that
someone has recently bought a very specialized sniper rifle, an expensive and
hard to come by gun, a gun that would be not only out of the price range of
most of the Neo-Nazis but way out of their league too.  So who purchased the smuggled gun and who are
they planning to kill?  The trail will
lead back more than sixty years to a cold winter on the Russian front.  The Redbreast was awarded the Norwegian
Bookseller’s Prize 2000 for Best Novel of the Year.  Nesbo’s stories are dark, disturbing, and
fantastically good reading.  He used some
of his father’s experiences fighting on the Russian Front during WWII in
crafting his story.



— Deon Stonehouse


“An elegant and complex thriller. . . . Harrowingly beautiful.” —New York Times Book Review

“Hugely impressive—ambitious in scope, and skilled in execution.” —Los Angeles Times

“Ranks with the best of current American crime fiction.”Washington Post

Jo Nesbø, the New York Times bestselling author of The Snowman, has solidified his spot as one of the most exciting Scandinavian thriller writers in the crime fiction business. The Redbreast is the third installment in Nesbø’s tough-as-nails series featuring Oslo police detective Harry Hole. 

Detective Harry Hole embarrassed the force, and for his sins he's been reassigned to mundane surveillance tasks. But while monitoring neo-Nazi activities in Oslo, Hole is inadvertently drawn into a mystery with deep roots in Norway's dark past—when members of the nation's government willingly collaborated with Nazi Germany. 

More than sixty years later, this black mark won't wash away, and disgraced old soldiers who once survived a brutal Russian winter are being murdered, one by one. Now, with only a stained and guilty conscience to guide him, an angry, alcoholic, error-prone policeman must make his way safely past the traps and mirrors of a twisted criminal mind. For a hideous conspiracy is rapidly taking shape around Hole—and Norway's darkest hour may still be to come.

About the Author

A musician, songwriter, and economist, Jo Nesbø is also one of Europe’s most acclaimed crime writers, and is the winner of the Glass Key Award, northern Europe’s most prestigious crime-fiction prize, for his first novel featuring Police Detective Harry Hole. Nesbø lives in Oslo.

Praise For…

“Reading The RedBreast is like watching a hit movie.... The pacing is swift. The plot is precise and intricate.... The Redbreast is surprisingly witty at times and often grim. But it’s always smart.” — USA Today

“An elegant and complex thriller . . . Ingenious design. . . . Harrowingly beautiful scenes.” — New York Times Book Review

“Certainly ranks with the best of current American crime fiction.” — Washington Post Book World

“Reading THE REDBREAST is like watching a hit movie. Author Jo Nesbo’s scenes are so vivid that you can imagine them playing across the big screen. The pacing is swift. The plot is precise and intricate. The characters are intriguing.” — USA Today

“Exciting, witty, melancholy and thought-provoking.” — Daily Telegraph (London)

“Paced to grip and twiddle with your insides, this is a fine thriller.” — Sunday Sport

“Original…demands concentration but it’s worth the effort.” — Literary Review

“Shifting effortlessly between the last days of WWII on the Eastern front and modern day Oslo, Norwegian Nesbø spins a complex tale of murder, revenge and betrayal. . . . Perfectly paced and painfully suspenseful.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[A] bold, ambitious thriller.” — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061134005
ISBN-10: 0061134007
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
Pages: 544
Language: English
Series: Harry Hole Series