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The Redbreast: A Novel by Jo Nesbo
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The Redbreast: A Novel (original 2000; edition 2008)

by Jo Nesbo, Don Bartlett (Translator)

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Title:The Redbreast: A Novel
Authors:Jo Nesbo
Other authors:Don Bartlett (Translator)
Info:Harper Paperbacks (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 544 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:***1/2
Tags:Mystery, Harry Hole series, Norwegian, Translation, ebook, Read 2012

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The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo (2000)

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I felt this Harry Hole adventure missed some of the fun action of other Nesbo novels. The back story of the Norwegians who fought with the Germans in WWII was interesting but didn't ultimately lead to a compelling mystery story. Some fun, of course, but I prefer Snowman or Headhunters. ( )
  ghefferon | Jul 28, 2014 |
A long, complex, but satisfying thriller. I like this author, but this was not his very best. ( )
  sberson | Jul 3, 2014 |
Need to add a bit of an extra star because it was very good. Plenty of complexity and a mastery of the short chapter which keeps the pace going beautifully. I had to look the author up as I couldn't decide whether the writer was a man or woman and that intrigued me. Although the detective is a man and women as well as men get killed I could still imagine the author might be a woman, a welcome absence of misogyny. I usually steer clear of war related books but with the centenary of the first world war coming up this year, I have found myself reading a number of books dealing fictionally with the aftermath of the two 'world' wars. The Norwegians fighting on the German eastern front made it all the more interesting as normally english texts only look from the perspective of the Norwegian resistance, and reading only 2 years after the Fascist Brevick massacre the book deals with very topical issues. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jun 17, 2014 |
Oh, but this guy is good! Jo Nesbo isn't just the "new Stieg Larrson" as the cover proclaims. After all, Larrson wrote only one really good novel - his first. I lost count of Nesbo's outpout after forty! Now, I haven't read them all. Yet. But so far so good. Nesbo writes plots that twist and turn. You think the mystery is all sorted, then you notice a thick wad of unread pages remain under your right thumb and, sure enough, there are more surprises to come. Nesbo is also very good at wrapping up loose ends in a way that doesn't leave you wondering on the one hand, or feeling patronised on the other. ( )
  PhilipJHunt | Jun 5, 2014 |
A well-written mystery which kept me engaged from the first page to the last. Dark and filled with shocks, twists and turns, and certain unresolved plot developments, which will hopefully be resolved later in the series, I will definitely be reading more of these books. ( )
  riverwillow | May 4, 2014 |
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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
Taş, RabiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vroom, Annelies deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zimnicka, IwonaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
林立仁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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Original title: Rødstrupe
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061134007, Paperback)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:20:14 -0400)

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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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