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The Redbreast (original 2000; edition 2007)

by Jo Nesbo, Don Bartlett (Translator)

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Title:The Redbreast
Authors:Jo Nesbo
Other authors:Don Bartlett (Translator)
Info:Harper (2007), Hardcover, 528 pages
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Tags:Oslo, Norway, neo-Nazis, Nazi occupation, World War II, assassination, crime fiction

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The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo (2000)

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There is something about these Norwegian and Swedish writers that is so fantastically dark that it is absolutely amazing. The Redbreast is technically the third installment of the Detective Harry Hole series but the first two have not been translated in English yet so it's the first one for me.

This story was absolutely phenomenal. Det. Harry Hole is an awesome character with insecurties and strengths. I am going to love when the first two novels are translated into English because I can get more depth into his psyche. Nesbo crafted a very complex story with many POVs yet it was surprisingly simplistic. Not in a bad way either.

I loved this book and I cannot wait to read the next one. ( )
  Y2Ash | Apr 16, 2014 |
I've read almost all the Harry Hole books and now that I've read #1 & 2am going back to fill in a couple I missed. This one, admittedly, did get off to a very slow start and I wondered if it would ever turn into a real thriller. But it did, and how! The beginning has alternating chapters of Harry in the present with Norwegian soldiers fighting on the WWII Eastern front for the Nazis. Very interesting perspective. This is the book that features Harry's partner Ellen and it was great to get to know her and here is the beginning of his romance with Rakel. So though having a slow start, this is the defining book that really sets up the running story line that continues on from here. I've read the next book so will be finishing up with #5. ( )
  ElizaJane | Apr 10, 2014 |
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  Bruno_Estigarribia | Mar 31, 2014 |
Eastern Front, 1941, the siege of Leningrad. An SS battalion of Norwegian volunteers faces the Russians in the fierce colds of the winter. On their right flank, on the German side, is a battalion of Australian soldiers, on their left flank a battalion of Dutch soldiers. They were are all brought together to fight against Communist Russia with determination.

This is not alternative-history fiction. I caught an interview with the author Jo Nesbø on the radio, he was explaining how his father was among the Norwegian volunteers who fought on the side of the Germans. When Germany invaded Soviet Russia in 1940, volunteers with anti-communist verve joined the Nazi army. They arrived from all over the world.

"The Readbreast" knits together three story lines. The siege of Leningrad in 1941, a military hospital around Vienna of 1944, and contemporary Oslo. Detective Harry Hole is involved in an investigation that comes across a deal of a sale of a remarkably powerful weapon -- Märklin rifle. The hunt for a mysterious client and figuring out his potential targets leads him into the world of Norway's Neo-Nazis, with their admiration for the Norwegian SS volunteers from 1941, and digging into the stories of the volunteers themselves.

Along the way we get into the world of Harry. His cynical humor, his affectionate and brotherly feeling for his friend Ellen, he is a flawed by his past addiction but aspires to be good.

The plot is elaborate but not impossible to follow. The fact that the books is a translated work is the only downside worth considering.
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1 vote port22 | Dec 5, 2013 |
This third installment in the Harry Hole-series is when Nesbø hits his stride with the character. The format, weaving together one story from World War II with a story in the current time of the novel, is made virtually flawless by the Nazi/neo-Nazi connection. Such a great story with fantastic characters and it's as close to unputdownable as you can get. I especially appreciate how Nesbø isn't afraid to kill off characters that have endeared themselves to the reader - not because I want them to die, but because I'm constantly kept on my toes. Looking forward to see how The Prince messes up Hole's life in Nemesis/Smärtans hus. ( )
1 vote -Eva- | Nov 3, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Jo Nesboprimary 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
Inōe, EtsukoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Menna, OutiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mihăeș, LorenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Montes Cano, CarmenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Olaisen, PerTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Paunovska, AnetaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Puleo. GiorgioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Saʻd al-Dīn, MarwānTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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
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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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