One freezing night in Oslo, Christmas shoppers gather to listen to a Salvation Army street concert. An explosion cuts through the music, and a man in uniform falls to the ground, shot in the head at point-blank range. Harry Hole and his team have little to work with: no immediate suspect, no weapon and no motive. But when the assassin discovers he ...
One freezing night in Oslo, Christmas shoppers gather to listen to a Salvation Army street concert. An explosion cuts through the music, and a man in uniform falls to the ground, shot in the head at point-blank range. Harry Hole and his team have little to work with: no immediate suspect, no weapon and no motive. But when the assassin discovers he has shot the wrong man, Harry Hole's troubles have only just begun. After some exceptionally shrewd detective work, the team begins to close in on a suspected hit man, monitoring his credit card, false passport and the line to his employer. With no money, only six bullets and no place to stay in the bitter cold, the hit man becomes increasingly desperate. He will stop at nothing to eliminate his target. Moving at a breathless pace, "The Redeemer" is Jo Nesbo's most gripping thriller yet.
A great series continues. Harry keeps you guessing.
Jun 26, 2012
Once again that self destructive, self effacing, but adept cop, Harry Hole, engages in investigating a crime which has implications to many of the powerful folks in Norway. I like his humanity but have no patience with his ambivalence with drink and women. I miss Oleg and Rakel and can't figure out why Harry couldn't work harder to keep them in his life as he truly loved Oleg at least. I wish the relationship with Moller had more dimension. I learned more about the Salvation Army than I knew before. I also learned that, if I ever visit Oslo, it will be in the summer. Overall Mr Nesbo is wonderful in his descriptions of character, plot, and what things make people do what they do. This is a very good read even though the title pushes the issue somewhat.
Apr 14, 2011
The author makes Scandinavia seem like a very depressed place to be. Harry keeps on being himself, but you do wish he'd cheer up a bit.
Publishers Weekly, 2013-07-29 This sixth installment in Nesbo's popular series finds Harry Hole, Oslo's most successful and least collaborative police investigator, spending the Christmas season trying to unravel a knotty murder case while bemoaning the loss of a friendly superior and working around the demands of the strong-willed new boss. The novel alternates between Harry's sleuthing and a Croatian assassin's attempt to evade him long enough to escape the city. John Lee selects a properly surly and world-weary voice for Harry, and an accented, desperate one for the killer known as "the little redeemer." Since the book travels through various strata of Oslo society and even includes a side trip to the former Yugoslavia, Lee is given ample opportunity to display a panoply of Norwegian and Croatian accents. He uses his own rich British accent to guide us smoothly through the novel's descriptive passages. Since the author packs his fast-paced scenes with crucial details easily missed, Lee's clear, crisp rendition is a blessing. However, several shifts between Harry's sections and those of the little redeemer are so abrupt-narrated by that same well-modulated voice-it may take listeners a moment to realize whose story is being told. A Knopf hardcover. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 2013-03-25 The first chapter of Nesbo's highly suspenseful sixth Harry Hole thriller introduces 17-year-old Robert Karlsen and his year older brother, Jon, who in 1991 are cadets at a Salvation Army retreat in the Norwegian countryside, where a 14-year-old girl is sexually assaulted. In the next chapter, 22 years later, detective Hole is winding up the investigation of a drug-related murder in Oslo. The main action begins when a Serbian hit man, Cristo Stankic, shoots Robert on a crowded city street, though his intended target was Jon-and that's when the pace really picks up. As the title suggests, the search for redemption is on-redemption through violence. The deeply flawed Hole is his familiar self: difficult and disrespectful, brilliant and intuitive. At times the book feels padded with lengthy asides and banter, but the primary narrative, told in powerful prose, never fails to grip. Series fans should note that later entries have already appeared in the U.S., most recently Phantom (2012). Announced first printing of 150,000. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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