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The Redbreast by Jo Nesbø
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The Redbreast (2000)

by Jo Nesbø

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Series: Harry Hole (3)

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  terran | Oct 9, 2018 |
This is my introduction to the Harry Hole series about which there has been much acclaim. I can understand that now. Hole is just complicated enough to be interesting. He’s a bit of a loner but he’s not antisocial. In fact he may have found someone to share his life with in this book; we’ll have to see where that leads.
The book starts with Hole and his partner standing security for the American President’s trip to Oslo to try to broker a peace between Israel and Palestine. Harry sees a figure in a toll booth which is supposed to be empty. It may be an American secret service agent but they weren’t informed anyone would be coming. So Harry approaches the booth waiting for Ellen to honk the horn to tell him it is a secret service agent but the President’s cavalcade is at the booth and Harry can’t hold off any longer. He shoots the person a second before the horn blares to signal it is an American agent. The agent lives and the Americans admit that they were at fault. There’s no public announcement but the Powers that Be figure it won’t be long until someone finds out. They decide to remove Hole from the Oslo police and give him a promotion as a government inspector in a department that looks into threats to security. Hole is assigned to examine incoming reports and pass on any he thinks may be credible which essentially means all of them. However one report deals with a very expensive rifle being smuggled into Norway and Harry asks to be able to examine this report himself. This leads him to chase down surviving men who joined the Nazis after Norway was taken over. One of them is probably the person who ordered the rifle and Hole believes it is going to be used in an assassination. He just has to find out which ex-soldier it is and what the target is. In an interesting plot twist the reader also is privy to the ex-soldier’s thoughts as he goes about getting the rifle and setting up a spot to fire from. However the reader never knows who the man is because he is always just called The Old Man.
There is quite a bit of background about the Norwegians fighting with the Germans on the Eastern Front which was interesting. Apparently some Dutch also joined the German army. We always hear about the brave members of the Resistance during the war but this is the first I’ve really read anything about people who collaborated with the Germans. ( )
  gypsysmom | Sep 2, 2018 |
I think I am going to have to binge read Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole series! Totally hooked after reading the first three! ( )
  ioplibrarian | Aug 26, 2018 |
@ Harry Hole series current day Norway — Oslo — crime w/in Police Dept + without — good — but real villain still at large

1999: Harry Hole, alone again after having caused an embarrassment in the line of duty, has been promoted to inspector and is lumbered with surveillance duties. He is assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities; fairly mundane until a report of a rare and unusual gun being fired sparks his interest. Ellen Gjelten, his partner, makes a startling discovery. Then a former soldier is found with his throat cut. In a quest that takes him to South Africa and Vienna, Harry finds himself perpetually one step behind the killer. He will be both winner and loser by the novel’s nail-biting conclusion.
  christinejoseph | May 20, 2018 |
Fantastic Norwegian murder mystery/thriller. Loved everything about it-the characterization, the historical aspects, the story itself. I made the mistake of finishing this late at night right before going to bed and I found my brain going round and round afterwards. I couldn't stop thinking about it. The obvious comparison to [b:The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo|2429135|The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)|Stieg Larsson|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1293975922s/2429135.jpg|1708725] can't NOT be mentioned, but Nesbo's writing is so much less dense. There's a lot less detail, and that's definitely not a bad thing in a murder mystery. I really can't wait to read more in this series. ( )
  gossamerchild88 | Mar 30, 2018 |
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An elegant and complex thriller by the Norwegian musician, economist and crime writer Jo Nesbo...The engineering of the interlocking plot pieces is intricate because it has to support Nesbo’s complicated ideas — and dire thoughts — about Norwegian nationalism, past and present. While giving his ambitious book the form of a police procedural, featuring Harry Hole, an attractive if familiarly flawed loose cannon of a cop, the author expands his street-level subplots into a narrative that reaches all the way back to World War II, when Norway was under German occupation.
 

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Nesbø, Joprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Andersen, Allan HiltonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bartlett, DonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bartulović, MislavTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Caspi, DanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Čuden, DarkoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
노진선Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Font i Mateu, LaiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fouillet, AlexTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frauenlob, GüntherTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Horáková, ŠtěpánkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Menna, OutiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mihăeș, LorenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Paunovska, AnetaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Shtrykova, A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Maar stilaan vatte hij moed, vloog dichterbij
en trok met zijn snavel een doorn, die in het hoofd
van de gekruisigde was gedrongen, uit.

Maar terwijl hij dit deed, viel er een druppel bloed van de
gekruisigde op de keel van de vogel. Die verspreidde zich snel
en kleurde al zijn zachte borstveertjes.

Maar de gekruisigde deed zijn lippen van elkaar en fluisterde tegen
de vogel: "Door jouw barmhartigheid heb je nu verworven wat je voorgeslacht
al sinds de schepping van de aarde begeerd heeft.

- Selma Lagerlöf - Christuslegende

But little by little he gained courage, flew close to him, and drew with his little bill a thorn that had becomw embedded in the brow of the Crucified One.  And as he did this there fell on his breast a drop of blood from the face of the Crucified One - it spread quickly and floated out and colored all the little fine breast feathers.Then the Crucified One opened his lips and whispered to the bird:'Because of thy compassion, thou hast won all that thy kind have been striving after, ever since the world was created.'

Selma Lagerlöf, Robin Redbreast, Christ Legends
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A grey bird glided in and out of Harry's field of vision
En grå fågel gled in i Harrys synfält och sedan ut igen.
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Maar stilaan vatte hij moed, vloog dichterbij
en trok met zijn snavel een doorn, die in het hoofd
van de gekruisigde was gedrongen, uit.

Maar terwijl hij dit deed, viel er een druppel bloed van de
gekruisigde op de keel van de vogel. Die verspreidde zich snel
en kleurde al zijn zachte borstveertjes.

Maar de gekruisigde deed zijn lippen van elkaar en fluisterde tegen
de vogel: "Door jouw barmhartigheid heb je nu verworven wat je voorgeslacht
al sinds de schepping van de aarde begeerd heeft.

- Selma Lagerlöf - Christuslegende

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It is 1944: Daniel, a soldier, legendary among the Norwegians fighting the advance of Bolshevism on the Russian front, is killed. Two years later, a wounded soldier wakes up in a Vienna hospital. He becomes involved with a young nurse, the consequences of which will ripple forward to the turn of the next century.

In 1999, Harry Hole, alone again after having caused an embarrassment in the line of duty, has been promoted to inspector and is lumbered with surveillance duties. He is assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities; fairly mundane until a report of a rare and unusual gun being fired sparks his interest. Ellen Gjelten, his partner, makes a startling discovery. Then a former soldier is found with his throat cut. In a quest that takes him to South Africa and Vienna, Harry finds himself perpetually one step behind the killer. He will be both winner and loser by the novel’s nail-biting conclusion.

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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.

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"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 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"--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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