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The Redbreast

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books; Unabridged edition (1 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445009528
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445009520
  • Package Dimensions: 19.6 x 18.4 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (451 customer reviews)
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Review

"Nobody can delve into the dark, twisted mind of a murderer better than a Scandinavian thriller writer."
-"Vogue"
"I place Nesbo high up on the Scandinavian mystery league."
-Marcel Berlins, "The Times"

"Nobody can delve into the dark, twisted mind of a murderer better than a Scandinavian thriller writer."
-"Vogue"
"I place Nesbo high up on the Scandinavian mystery league."
-Marcel Berlins, "The Times"

"From the Trade Paperback edition."

"Original.demands concentration but it's worth the effort." -- Literary Review

"[A] bold, ambitious thriller." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Original...demands concentration but it's worth the effort."--Literary Review

"Certainly ranks with the best of current American crime fiction."--Washington Post Book World

"An elegant and complex thriller . . . Ingenious design. . . . Harrowingly beautiful scenes."--New York Times Book Review

"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."--USA Today

"[A] bold, ambitious thriller."--Kirkus Reviews

"Exciting, witty, melancholy and thought-provoking."--Daily Telegraph (London)

"Paced to grip and twiddle with your insides, this is a fine thriller."--Sunday Sport

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. --USA Today"

Exciting, witty, melancholy and thought-provoking. --Daily Telegraph (London)"

Paced to grip and twiddle with your insides, this is a fine thriller. --Sunday Sport"

Original demands concentration but it s worth the effort. --Literary Review"

Shifting effortlessly between the last days of WWII on the Eastern front and modern day Oslo, Norwegian Nesb? spins a complex tale of murder, revenge and betrayal. . . . Perfectly paced and painfully suspenseful. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

[A] bold, ambitious thriller. --Kirkus Reviews"

-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.---USA Today

-Exciting, witty, melancholy and thought-provoking.---Daily Telegraph (London)

-Paced to grip and twiddle with your insides, this is a fine thriller.---Sunday Sport

-Original...demands concentration but it's worth the effort.---Literary Review

-Shifting effortlessly between the last days of WWII on the Eastern front and modern day Oslo, Norwegian Nesb? spins a complex tale of murder, revenge and betrayal. . . . Perfectly paced and painfully suspenseful.---Publishers Weekly (starred review)

-[A] bold, ambitious thriller.---Kirkus Reviews

"Shifting effortlessly between the last days of WWII on the Eastern front and modern day Oslo, Norwegian Nesb? spins a complex tale of murder, revenge and betrayal. . . . Perfectly paced and painfully suspenseful."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I found this book very difficult to get into and almost gave up after not being able to move past first 100 pages in over one week, but it did improve and became easier to read. It is definitely better than the first two of the Harry Hole thrillers but a good deal of suspension of disbelief is still required. A fairly unrealistic plot spoils the enjoyment. Too many subplots, some of them do not resolve in a story, though they might be resolved in future books of the series. Police is generally shown as not very competent, supposedly brilliant police woman while realising that she uncovered the identity of a dangerous criminal doesn't realise that her life is now in grave danger and main protagonist is shown as someone who puts his personal sympathies above his public duties, moreover his superiors seem willing to play along and ignore interests of innocent victims. I can buy that they can avoid disclosing a prevented assassination attempt if the perpetrator is dead, but would they sweep under the table 4 previous related murders/assassinations? Is it really considerate to the murderer's next of kin not to inform them what their parent got up to or plainly irresponsible considering that he was most likely suffering from a serious mental disorder? I also don't like the way Nesbo takes liberty with certain facts and tries to change them to fit his chosen story line. There is no death penalty in South Africa, so if he says that there is then he can just as well give his protagonist some superman powers. Overall, it wasn't a very bad read compared to his first two books, but it doesn't merit the accolade Nesbo's series apparently received. I won't be in a rush to read another Harry Hole story or anything by Jo Nesbo.
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This book was the first Jo Nesbo that I read and it won't be the last. The story is interesting and told in a way that is quite gripping.
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I really enjoyed this book. It didn't grip me at first but,after a short time I realised that I was totally hooked and becoming anti-social. I had already read his latest but am now reading the rest in chronological order. I love these Nordic Noir books, as the scandinavian setting is interesting and so different from England but it's fascinating to see the ways in which our cultures have many things in common.
The story itself is sooooo good.
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Possibly the best Harry Hole novel I've read so far. I think the extra twist of the World War Two Eastern Front element made the book even more enthralling than the others.

There is something about these books that keeps me turning the pages and looking forward to the next one. I rarely read novels as quickly as I devoured this one.

Brilliant.
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Brilliant - love the Harry Hole series
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good
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Once again that flawed but likeable character Harry Hole comes out top terrific read.
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Great Author - great series of books
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