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The Redbreast (Paperback)
"The first installment of the wildly popular Harry Hole detective series, The Redbreast begins with a bang... literally. When Harry shoots the member of a political convoy on accident, he becomes the low man on the totem pole at police headquarters, but when a mysterious gunman starts picking off citizens it is Harry who must hunt him down."— Chris M.
An elegant and complex thriller .Harrowingly beautiful.
New York Times Book Review
A hugely impressive achievement ambitious in scope, and skilled in execution.
Los Angeles Times
The Redbreast certainly ranks with the best of current American crime fiction.
No disrespect meant to Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson, but Jo Nesbo, the New York Times bestselling author of The Snowman, is the most exciting Scandinavian thriller writer in the crime fiction business. The Redbreast is a fabulous introduction to Nesbo's tough-as-nails series protagonist, Oslo police detective Harry Hole. A brilliant and epic novel, breathtaking in its scope and design winner of The Glass Key for best Nordic crime novel and selected as the best Norwegian crime novel ever written by members of Norway's book clubs The Redbreast is a chilling tale of murder and betrayal that ranges from the battlefields of World War Two to the streets of modern-day Oslo. Follow Hole as he races to stop a killer and disarm a ticking time-bomb from his nation's shadowy past. Vogue magazine says that nobody can delve into the dark, twisted mind of a murderer better than a Scandinavian thriller writer and nobody does it better than Jo Nesbo James Patterson fans should also take note.
“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.”
“Exciting, witty, melancholy and thought-provoking.”
-Daily Telegraph (London)
“Paced to grip and twiddle with your insides, this is a fine thriller.”
“Original…demands concentration but it’s worth the effort.”
“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.”