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The Hole truth,
This review is from: The Redbreast: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 1) (Mass Market Paperback)
I must concur with most of the other reviewers - a superb detective story and a charismatic new detective to rival, if not surpass, Kurt Wallender. Where Nesbo scores over Mankell is the tightly plotted story line and plausible psychological motivation despite the complicated and dramatic theme. There are plenty of ironic twists and sharp dialogue as the grumpy (what else) and intuitive Harry Hole follows up a hunch about a deadly sniping rifle smuggled into the country that leads him via a trail of dead bodies to an amazing serial killer and a deadly vengeance whose origins date back to WW2 on the Eastern Front. There is a fair bit of scene switching from the trenches to the modern setting but the killer's identity is fairly well hidden. The reader also gets a fascinating insight into the Norwegian political conscience about their divided loyalty during the war. The detection is a tantalising chase and the action is compelling right to the end. Well written and translated and nesbo leaves a loose end that will surely propel Hole into another story soon. I've already bought the follow up Devil's Star and look forward to more sleepless nights.
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Initial post: 21 Oct 2008 13:29:57 BDT
As strange as it seems, 'Nemesis' is actually the follow-up to Redbreast, 'The Devils Star' being the follow-up to 'Nemesis'. I only discovered this myself from www (dot) jonesbo dotcom
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jul 2009 17:37:03 BDT
Huck Flynn says:
yes, strange - why they do this ?
same happens with Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallender series
and Fred Vargas Adamsberg books
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