HarperTorch, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780062068422, 563pp.
Publication Date: August 2011
Detective Harry Hole embarrassed the force, and for his sins hes 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 Norways dark past, when members of the government willingly collaborated with Nazi Germany. More than sixty years later, this black mark wont wash awayand 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 conspiracy is taking rapid and hideous shape around Hole . . . and Norways darkest hour may be still to come.
“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.”