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A fantastically gripping thriller from the best-selling author of The Snowman.Christmas shoppers stop to hear a Salvation Army concert on a crowded Oslo street. A gunshot cuts through the music and the bitter cold: one of the singers falls dead, shot in the head at point-blank range. Harry Hole—the Oslo Police Department’s best investigator and worst civil servant—has littA fantastically gripping thriller from the best-selling author of The Snowman.Christmas shoppers stop to hear a Salvation Army concert on a crowded Oslo street. A gunshot cuts through the music and the bitter cold: one of the singers falls dead, shot in the head at point-blank range. Harry Hole—the Oslo Police Department’s best investigator and worst civil servant—has little to work with: no suspect, no weapon, and no motive. But Harry’s troubles will multiply. As the search closes in, the killer becomes increasingly desperate, and Harry’s chase takes him to the most forbidden corners of the former Yugoslavia. Yet it’s when he returns to Oslo that he encounters true darkness: among the homeless junkies and Salvationists, eagerly awaiting a savior to deliver them from misery—whether he brings new life or immediate death. With its shrewdly vertiginous narrative, acid-etched characters, and white-hot pace, The Redeemer is resounding proof of Jo Nesbø’s standing as one of the best crime writers of our time....

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The Redeemer Reviews

  • Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο Αμούν Arnum
    2019-03-05 05:28

    Θα το χαρακτήριζα επιεικώς τέλειο, ανατρεπτικό,πολυεπίπεδο, αγωνιώδες!Ο λατρεμένος μου επιθεωρητής Χολε καλείται και παλι να λύσει μια παράξενη δολοφονία που διαπράττεται σε δημόσιο χώρο ωρα αιχμής και κατάσταση γιορτινή!Πλησιάζουν Χριστουγεννα και η νορβηγική αστυνομία με νέο πλέον αρχηγό προσπαθεί να βρει έναν πληρωμένο δολοφόνο που πυροβολεί εν ψυχρώ έναν ένστολο του Στρατού Σωτηρίας και τον σκοτώνει μπροστά στα ματια εκπληκτων πολιτών σε μια συναυλία! Ο άνθρωπος που πέφτει νεκρός δεν ειναι ο στόχος και οταν το αντιλαμβάνεται ο δολοφόνος αρχίζει όλη η πλοκή να γινεται ανεξάντλητα ενδιαφέρουσα.Ο Χολε ξεκινάει την έρευνα απο το μηδέν. Χωρίς στοιχεία,χωρίς κίνητρα,χωρίς αποδείξεις οδηγείται μαθηματικά σε αδιέξοδο.Το κυρίαρχο σκοτάδι στην ιστορια πέφτει απο τη στιγμή που ο δολοφόνος κυκλοφορεί με πλαστά στοιχεία!Σιγά σιγά αλλα καθόλου κουραστικά το κουβάρι αρχίζει να ξετυλίγεται με απρόσμενες εξελίξεις!Οι αναφορές του συγγραφέα στις βαλκανικές πολεμικές αναταραχές και στις συνέπειες αυτών με έμφαση στους πρόσφυγες,τα ναρκωτικά που εξαθλιώνουν,τη φτώχεια και την παρακμή κάποιων ανθρώπων μας εμπλέκουν συναισθηματικά σε ενα παιχνίδι συνείδησης και αξιών.Ο δολοφόνος ειναι ένας παράξενα θαυμαστός χαρακτήρας πιστός και αφιερωμένος σε αξίες και ιδεώδη που εχει και ειναι ορκισμένος ψυχικά με φόρο τιμής να πληρώσει ,να ξεπληρώσει,να ΛΥΤΡΩΣΕΙ στο παρόν του ότι δεν κατάφερε στο παρελθόν του!Απο την αλλη πλευρά βρίσκονται τα θύματα - θύτες υπεράνω υποψίας αλλα και υπεράνω οποιασδήποτε αξιας και τιμής αφού γίνονται έρμαια των παθών τους υλικών και μη!Στο τελος η ΛΥΤΡΩΣΗ έρχεται τόσο ανατρεπτικά και απρόσμενα αλλα και τόσο τέλεια μελετημένα με οδηγό και πρωτοπόρο τον λατρεμένο και αντισυμβατικό Χάρι Χολε! Καλή ανάγνωση. Πολλούς ασπασμούς.

  • Allison
    2019-03-10 03:33

    562 pages of brilliance. The English-speaking publication industry has destroyed Jo Nesbo's fantastic Harry Hole (pronounced "Hula" like Hula Hoop) series, not only by omitting the first two books in this series by starting it on the third book (The Redbreast), but also by switching the order of a few books in the series. Whatever the case, make sure you are reading these in order: they are brilliant. Did I say that already?It's understandable then why I had a hard time finding this book. Not only is this book the only one missing from this series at my local library, but it is also missing from the libraries in nearby counties as well as in e-book downloads. In the end, I had to purchase this used and wait for it to arrive. Even then, I was hesitate about starting the novel simply because The Devil's Star blew my mind and I was convinced that nothing could top it. I was, fortunately, mistaken. If you are not a fan of the series, become one. I was glad that this book was so thick since I didn't want to put it down (and I didn't - I finished it within 24 hours). I'm too excited and can't wait to start on the next one. It is easy to say that Jo Nesbo is the master of plot, the MC of words, and the ringleader of exceptional narrative.

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    2019-03-16 04:11

    ”And for one vulnerable moment Harry felt nothing but sympathy. Not the sympathy he could feel for the victim or for the next of kin, but for the person who for one heartrending moment sees his own pathetic humanity.”Harry Hole has looked in the mirror many times and seen the stark pitiful vision of his own existence. His own human frailty too real to bear, but there is always a new case to keep him from drowning in despair.Something smells fishy in the ranks of the Salvation Army in Oslo, Norway, and it isn’t just the odor coming from the investigating officer’s tennis shoes. ”’You should get yourself a couple of new insoles for the sneakers you’ve got in there,’ she said, pointing.He eyed her in astonishment.‘You don’t have to be Jean-Baptiste Grenouille to recognize the smell,’ she added.‘Patrick Suskind,’ he said. ‘Perfume.’‘A policeman who reads,’ she said.‘A Salvation Army soldier who reads about murder,’ he said. ‘Which leads us back to the reason for my being here, I’m afraid.’”An attractive woman in a snappy, Salvation Army uniform who references the main character of the cult classic Perfume would turn the head of any man of discerning taste, but for a lonely man like Harry Hole, it is like seeing an unexpected blue haze of water in the middle of the Sahara desert. He is intrigued, maybe even a bit besotted. I’d chastise Harry because he is in love with another woman and barely hanging onto a few months of sobriety, but I was right there with him, wanting to keep this woman talking to see what other interesting literary allusions might fall from her pretty lips. Martine.And so young. Harry has a new boss who keeps a cast on his desk of the pinky finger of a fanatical, Japanese officer from WW2 who cut off his finger when his superior did not allow him to counterattack. The pinky says it all. This is going to be a difficult working relationship. Harry has a lack of social survivability skills. He says what he means without a filter. He pushes things to the breaking point when he should let it go. He likes being alone, or so he says, but really he is just still searching for the person who will complete him. The person who will make him want to stay sober. He sees things and makes connections that others do not make. He is the best detective in the department, and if he weren’t, he’d have already been bounced out of the department, and we would be reading about Harry the Truck Driver or Harry the Bouncer. He has caught an interesting case involving the very public, very professional shooting of a mid-level officer in the Salvation Army. Who would want to kill someone in God’s army? Harry soon finds himself in a desperate chase that has him running through the streets of Oslo, trying to catch up with the killer who is called The Little Redeemer. The case has him meeting with the mother of a Serbian, resistance fighter to trade a life for a life. He finds himself searching through empty, shipping containers on the docks and is nearly eaten by a rare, but vicious Metzner guard dog. There are junkies who know seemingly insignificant pieces of the plot. The twists and turns of the changing truth would leave most investigators’ minds corkscrewed into a babbling mess of incoherent suppositions. Harry’s mind just continues to refine what he knows, sets aside what is confusing, until finally the facts become incontestable.And the new partner assigned to Harry learns very quickly to just let him work and not to try to keep up with the jumps in logic. Sometimes, Harry leaps Grand Canyons. Who wants to flail and fall through the long darkness to only find Harry’s painful grin waiting for you at the bottom so he can elucidate for you who and why? Drive him where he wants driven. Do what he asks and enjoy the front row view of not only the reveal of the killer, but also of the mastermind behind it all. Oh, and Tom Waaler, from The Devil’s Star, the series entry before this one, is a phantom continuing to lurk on the edges of every Harry inspired success. Some things are just never put to bed. As always Jo Nesbo delivers an exciting thriller that scratches that Nordic Noir itch I get at least once a month. Next for me is Snowman to be properly prepared to watch Michael Fassbender metamorphose into Harry Hole in the movie release on October 20th, 2017. If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visithttp://www.jeffreykeeten.comI also have a Facebook blogger page at:

  • Michael
    2019-03-14 02:28

    This is a great step up from a mystery serving just as entertainment. Though some might quibble over whether Nesbo should be shelved with “literature”, I felt like I was treated to a serious tour of complex social issues. As pointed out so well by Harry Roolaart here on Goodreads, the new genre of Nordic Noir can often tagged as “natural realism” with its coverage of the failing side of the progressive dream of these counties to become an egalitarian paradise . Here the topics include the problems of drug addiction and prostitution and the more hidden crimes among certain leading members of the society, in this case the vaunted Salvation Army. As usual with crime fiction, we become invested with the mission of the detective to serve as a proxy physician to address the ills of society. In this case, our hero Harry Hole has to deal with whether he is willing to assume the role of “redeemer”, which by one definition is “a person who brings goodness, honor, etc., to something again.”The book starts with the rape of a 14-year old girl at a Salvation Army summer camp. Not grossly wrought, just a mysterious background to the events in the story 12 years later. We are put into the mind of an assassin who executes a member of the Salvation Army on a public street in Oslo. We are soon given the knowledge that he is known as “The Little Redeemer” for his role as a boy soldier who blew up Serbian/Yugoslavian tanks in the siege of Vukovar in Croatia in the 1991 war. Harry Hole is working on the death of a heroin addict when the case comes up, which involves him already familiarizing himself with the wonderful work of the Salvation Army in serving these folks. Much of the novel covers his slow and brilliant efforts to solving both the whodunit, that the reader already knows, and the whydunnit, which is a deep mystery. As it soon becomes clear that the hitman is not done and has another target, the pressures mount, terrible mistakes are made, and the stress and guilt Harry feels leads him to struggle with staying on the wagon with respect to his drinking problem.The Christian concept of redemption under Protestant schemes is a relatively passive affair of accepting Christ as the son of God who experienced human death to atone for our sins. But in Nesbo’s book the theme of redeemer is of a more active and violent means of achieving divine justice, as if to redeem is a transitive verb. At one point one character poses the question: “If God doesn’t do His job, though, someone has to do it.” The epigram at the start of the book is from Isaiah which speaks of the Messiah in warrior terms: “Who is this that comes from Edom, coming from Bozrah, his garments stained with crimson? Who is this, in glorious apparel, marching in the greatness of his strength? ‘It is I, who announce that right has won the day, it is I,’ says the Lord, ‘for I am Mighty to save.’ “ The Salvation Army is not known for operating in this retributive mode, although I have always been perplexed by the martial metaphor in the hymn “Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war …”; I suppose that dates back to their temperance activities in the 19th century. This book is no indictment of the mission of the Salvation Army, which does great humanitarian work in 126 countries (Wikipedia tells me that in the U.S. alone they help over 32 million people a year with a budget over $3 billion). However, the tale does delve into how an upbringing in a Salvation Army family can twist some members’ personalities. The plot is fascinating enough, but I got more pleasure from Harry’s character development. I am at some disadvantage reading this out of series order, but it is clear that Hole is more isolated than usual due to his role in a violent solution of a case of pervasive police corruption in the prior book. Yet at one point as he is getting close a woman in the Salvation Army community, she gets him to admit that he has always been lonely and a loner. I am still simmering over his self-assessment on that:“Bjarne Moller, my former boss, says people like me always choose the line of most resistance. It’s in what he calls our ‘accursed nature.’ That’s why we always end up on our own. I don’t know. I like being alone. Perhaps I have grown to like my self-image of being a loner, too. …”Another character puts her finger on the true challenges Harry faces in negotiating the moral gray zones of the modern world he inhabits:You’ve discovered that guilt is not as black-and-white as you thought when you decided to become a policeman and redeem humankind from evil. As a rule there’s little evil but a lot of human frailty. Many sad stories you can recognize in yourself. However, as you say, one has to live. So we start lying. To those around us and to ourselves.

  • Matt
    2019-02-25 04:21

    In the sixth novel from the Harry Hole series, Nesbø adds a slight religious flavour to the story, with strong symbolism throughout. When Robert Karlsen, a member of the Salvation Army, is gunned down during a public concert, the identity of the shooter remains a mystery, baffling the authorities. Harry Hole leads the investigation, though there is little on which to act, except a description that includes a red neckerchief. Unbeknownst to them, a Croatian soldier-cum-hitman, Stankic, was been paid for the shooting, but soon realises that he struck the wrong Karlsen. Rather than leaving town, Stankic doubles back and tries to kill Jon Karlsen to set things right. It is at this point that Hole begins to learn a little more and almost captures the elusive Stankic. Heading to Croatia to tie up some loose ends in the form of clues, Hole realises that Stankic is being handled by his mother. Hole makes a promise to ensure the authorities do not kill her son if Hole is told who ordered the hit. All is revealed to Hole, as well as a substantial motive. Returning to Norway, Hole must track down not only the killer but those who have been committing other heinous crimes within the Salvation Army and bring it all to an end before there are more casualties. However, Hole suffers a devastating event of his own, which focusses his attention to solve the case and get justice for all. In a way that only Hole can do, all cases converge and lead to a suspense-filled finale where there will be blood, but whose? Nesbø fascinates his readers yet again with this explosive tale.The Hole series finds new and impressive ways to get better with each story. I find myself enthralled the more I read and cannot rest when Hole is on the prowl. Told from a more complex and darker perspective than North American thrillers, Nesbø thickens this book with significant character development (as he has in all the other novels) and inserts powerful story arcs that punish the reader for skimming or skipping books in the series. Nothing is more refreshing than seeing an author use all their skills to weave a book of much worth together as the breadcrumbs lead to an ultimate crime that only the master storyteller could construct. Jo Nesbø knows how to tell a story and does so with such ease!Kudos Mr. Nesbø for another gem. Your ideas are ceaseless, which makes me want to keep reading.Like/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at:

  • Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο Αμούν Arnum
    2019-03-02 10:06

    Ανατρεπτικό,πολυεπίπεδο, αγωνιώδες!Ο λατρεμένος μου επιθεωρητής Χολε καλείται και παλι να λύσει μια παράξενη δολοφονία που διαπράττεται σε δημόσιο χώρο ωρα αιχμής και κατάσταση γιορτινή!Πλησιάζουν Χριστουγεννα και η νορβηγική αστυνομία με νέο πλέον αρχηγό προσπαθεί να βρει έναν πληρωμένο δολοφόνο που πυροβολεί εν ψυχρώ έναν ένστολο του Στρατού Σωτηρίας και τον σκοτώνει μπροστά στα ματια εκπληκτων πολιτών σε μια συναυλία! Ο άνθρωπος που πέφτει νεκρός δεν ειναι ο στόχος και οταν το αντιλαμβάνεται ο δολοφόνος αρχίζει όλη η πλοκή να γινεται ανεξάντλητα ενδιαφέρουσα.Ο Χολε ξεκινάει την έρευνα απο το μηδέν. Χωρίς στοιχεία,χωρίς κίνητρα,χωρίς αποδείξεις οδηγείται μαθηματικά σε αδιέξοδο.Το κυρίαρχο σκοτάδι στην ιστορια πέφτει απο τη στιγμή που ο δολοφόνος κυκλοφορεί με πλαστά στοιχεία!Σιγά σιγά αλλα καθόλου κουραστικά το κουβάρι αρχίζει να ξετυλίγεται με απρόσμενες εξελίξεις!Οι αναφορές του συγγραφέα στις βαλκανικές πολεμικές αναταραχές και στις συνέπειες αυτών με έμφαση στους πρόσφυγες,τα ναρκωτικά που εξαθλιώνουν,τη φτώχεια και την παρακμή κάποιων ανθρώπων μας εμπλέκουν συναισθηματικά σε ενα παιχνίδι συνείδησης και αξιών.Ο δολοφόνος ειναι ένας παράξενα θαυμαστός χαρακτήρας πιστός και αφιερωμένος σε αξίες και ιδεώδη που εχει και ειναι ορκισμένος ψυχικά με φόρο τιμής να πληρώσει ,να ξεπληρώσει,να ΛΥΤΡΩΣΕΙ στο παρόν του ότι δεν κατάφερε στο παρελθόν του!Απο την αλλη πλευρά βρίσκονται τα θύματα - θύτες υπεράνω υποψίας αλλα και υπεράνω οποιασδήποτε αξιας και τιμής αφού γίνονται έρμαια των παθών τους υλικών και μη!Στο τελος η ΛΥΤΡΩΣΗ έρχεται τόσο ανατρεπτικά και απρόσμενα αλλα και τόσο τέλεια μελετημένα με οδηγό και πρωτοπόρο τον λατρεμένο και αντισυμβατικό Χάρι.Καλή ανάγνωση. Πολλούς ασπασμούς.

  • Lyn
    2019-03-04 10:07

    Jo Nesbo anticipates and writes an early, Harry Hole version of his brilliant 2014 novel The Son.First published in Norwegian in 2005 as Frelseren, and then translated to English in 2007, The Redeemer blends elements of fundamentalist Christianity with street violence, drug culture and sex crimes.The Salvation Army is structured as a war agent against sin and so this view from the front lines makes sense to some degree, but the discontinuity between the two extremes was at times unsettling. In the capable hands of a talented writer like Nesbo, though, the dichotomy is explored and mined for all its worth, and we see roles reversed and twists and turns revealed in an exciting and fast moving thriller.Hole and his dysfunctional Oslo detectives are on the trail of an execution in broad daylight of a Salvation Army soldier when the trail gets deep into international crime and hidden secrets. Nesbo’s dynamic portrayal of the Oslo crime squad continues to entertain.For Hole fans and for Nordic noir aficionados.

  • Nasia
    2019-03-18 04:10

    Δυνατός, ανατρεπτικός και καυστικός Jo Nesbo, μου άρεσε πολύ και πάω με βήμα ταχύ για τον "Χιονάνθρωπο".

  • Phrynne
    2019-02-28 10:30

    Number six in the Harry Hole series and another fantastic book from Jo Nesbø. I struggled a bit at the beginning as the POV switched from one person to another with no explanation as to who each person was. However it soon became clear that there was a good reason for this and it certainly helped to prolong the sense of mystery. Harry is his usual self, smarter than the average cop, always refusing to bow down to authority and in a constant battle with alcoholism. The story is gripping and it is almost impossible to guess what will happen next.I found it to be a really great read and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good, gritty police thriller.

  • Barbara
    2019-03-12 09:08

    As the story opens, it's 1991 and the 14-year-old daughter of a high official in the Norwegian Salvation Army is raped by someone she knows. This apparently goes unreported as there seem to be no consequences. During that same year - during the break-up of Yugoslavia - a Croation youth is dubbed "Little Redeemer" for his brave deeds against Serbian militias. Fast forward a dozen years and the "Little Redeemer" - now a hitman for hire - goes to Norway and kills Robert Karlsen, a respected young member of the Norwegian Salvation Army. The hitman soon discovers he mistakenly assassinated the wrong guy. He then goes after Robert's brother Jon Karlsen, the true target. Enter Inspector Harry Hole and his team of detectives, whose job it is to capture the murderer and prevent further deaths. A great deal of the book involves the hitman chasing Jon Karlsen and Hole's team chasing the killer. Much happens along the way: the killer demonstrates clever skills in escaping the cops and hiding out; Hole travels to Croatia; a police officer is stabbed; a woman is murdered in a horrifying way; another girl is raped, and much more.Of course there are plenty of side issues: Robert Karlsen has a reputation for liking young girls and seems to have gotten friendly with a 15-year-old Croation refugee. Jon Karlsen has a girlfriend but is also involved with a married woman whose husband wants to purchase Salvation Army properties. Hole develops a relationship with the pretty Salvation Army worker, Martine, who was raped at the beginning of the book. And there are lots more interesting characters who interact in a variety of ways.Jo Nesbo loves to include lots of misdirection and unexpected twists in his books, and he outdoes himself here. The book is chock full of surprises. This is a complex,engaging story. A good mystery thriller.You can follow my reviews at https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot....

  • Harry
    2019-02-28 09:24

    Here's the thing about the recent popularity of Scandinavian writers and if you're a Nordic Thriller aficionado you couldn't care less about the distinction: the novels are depressed, somber, filled with ennui, a lack of humor, with flawed characters if not suffused with a strong tendency towards determinism; in short, whether you're reading Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell, or Jo Nesbo you are likely reading Literary Naturalism. If you live in Scandinavia you might consider this par for the course, ennui is imbued into the populace (as it is also reflected in the works of prominent Russian writers - Anna Karenina comes to mind). Just as we continue to struggle here in the States with our history of slavery and the resulting racial tensions, so do Europe and Scandinavia struggle in coming to terms with Nazism and the Bolshevik revolution (More than a few reviewers have expressed their dissatisfaction with the Nordic writers' pre-occupation with Nazism). And yet, the rise in popularity of these Nordic thrillers here in the States is puzzling given our strong tendency towards literary Romanticism. We like for the good guys to win, we like emotion, we like our heroes (as opposed to anti-heroes) we enjoy free will, and in general consider ourselves in control of our own lives.Having said that: there is excellence in Literary Naturalism. The above doesn't mean we can't enjoy a well written novel, an intriguing mystery, a flawed anti-hero, a well crafted story written in the style of literary Naturalism. It doesn't mean we can't enjoy the works of Jo Nesbo. I did.In Jo Nesbo's words: "I come from a family of readers and story tellers." With a librarian mother and a father who sat before the fire and told the kids stories they wanted to hear (each repetition bringing something new to the tale) Jo's foundation was carved in stone. Again, in his own life story we sense the determinism filtering into his life: he wanted to be a soccer star but an injury put a quick stop to this; with a dreadful feeling of fate guiding his life he entered the military in the hopes something would happen (what happened was "Self-Discipline"); thinking he might want to be an economist he entered the world of finance which he abandoned as well; someone told him he could play guitar (he only knew 3 chords) and he formed several bands, Di Derre being the most successful; and finally he wrote (on an airplane to begin with) and he never stopped.The Redbreast is Jo Nesbo's third Harry Hole (pronounced "Hooleh") novel (the other two not being translated for a US audience as of yet) and is Nesbo's claim to fame. So, this is where we start. Yes, the books should be read in order! For an American audience, Harry Hole can be likened to Harry Bosch; he defies authority, is an outcast within his own organization, is best left alone to do this job (his office is at the end of the hall), is more of an anti-hero than a hero, has trouble with his romantic life, lives alone, has a fierce propensity for justice (as opposed to the Law) and once let loose is like a pit bull with a bone fastened to his jaws. But perhaps the most compelling reason why Harry Hole has such a following is Nesbo's devastating characterization of what exactly comprises a flawed hero. Upon reflection, American hard-boiled writers don't come close to accomplishing the same. This is not too dissimilar to the way Nesbo sees himself.Bjarne Møller, my former boss, says people like me always choose the line of most resistance. It's in what he calls our 'accursed nature'. That's why we always end up on our own. I don't know. I like being alone. Perhaps I have grown to like my self-image of being a loner, too....I think you have to find something about yourself that you like in order to survive. Some people say being alone is unsociable and selfish. But you're independent and you don't drag others down with you, if that's the way you're heading. Many people are afraid of being alone. But it made me feel strong, free and invulnerable.And...ah, yes, there is the matter of plot! So how do we justify this decided streak of fate/determinism within the novels with Nesbo's apparent mastery of plot? The two seemingly ought to contradict each other. On the one hand, we have Nesbo's almost Shakespearean tendency to cast characters as marionette puppets on the strings of fate (the very opposite of plot), while on the other hand we are riveted by the very complex actions and reactions made by Harry Hole during his investigations (Nesbo is a master at not adding anything superfluous to his novels). Perhaps it is an unholy marriage between the two that transfixes us. His plots are intricate, very complex, the seemingly irrelevant details exposed throughout the novels become larger than life as the story closes, and they can weave through time, forward and backward, as the story unfolds. But, with a little alacrity, we can remember we are reading Naturalism and so it isn't always Harry Hole making events happen, but rather the reverse, it is the events that move Harry Hole. Again, it is a matter of preference but in Nesbo's case it is done with utter expertise as a writer.The exposition/setting is often Scandinavia: the weather is somber, the descriptions grey-like, the people absorbed with alcohol and withdrawn, if not bundled and sequestered. And yet, the dialogue and scenes are full of references to other millieus', continents, languages, and cleverly hidden philosophical references that speak to a widely cultured audience (as opposed to American writers of this genre who rarely venture beyond the borders of their land, if not their own State). And as with plot, there are no superfluous details. Everything in the novels matters and Nesbo does not forget even the tiniest detail to which he's made a seemingly furtive reference earlier on in the story. This is one of the biggest reasons why I love Jo Nesbo.I thoroughly enjoyed Jo Nesbo's The Redbreast and am currently reading the remaining Harry Hole novels. I remain intrigued by events left undone (such as the fate of our undiscovered villain in this and other stories). You'll just have to read the novels to find out more.Oh, yes, as with other series this review is likely to be repeated for all (unless there is a drastic divergence from what I have written here). So, if you've read this review, you've read 'em all. Enjoy!

  • Cathy DuPont
    2019-02-25 04:30

    4.5 Stars Rounded up to FiveHarry Roolaart, my Goodreads friend Harry, said Jo Nesbo is a must read for me and he was right. However, I didn't enjoy Harry Hole (pronounced, per Harry R. as Hoo-leh) near as much as "our Harry." But then, I'm not sure anyone loves and enjoys Nesbo's writing and his character Harry Hole, as much as "our Harry." (Harry Roolaart is from the Netherlands and he IS cosmopolitan. I'm not. I'm southern.)Yes, Harry, yes, I enjoyed this book and enjoyed it a lot. As a matter of fact, I enjoyed it more than the first one I read, The Redbreast. With that said, "our Harry" wrote an excellent review and I agreed with all he said excepting these few sentences:But perhaps the most compelling reason why Harry Hole has such a following is Nesbo's devastating characterization of what exactly comprises a flawed hero. Upon reflection, American hard-boiled writers don't come close to accomplishing the same. This is not too dissimilar to the way Nesbo sees himself. (My boldface.)Many American readers may disagree with that comment. I do. The first "flawed hero" who comes to my mind is Dave Robicheaux although as readers, we know he is married and less a loner than Harry Hole; another comes to mind, Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch. I'm sure others have their own suggested "flawed heroes" who were created by American authors and may disagree with Harry's statement. Other than that, please take a look at Harry's's thoughtful and articulate and you can read the admiration Harry has for Jo Nesbo and his character, Harry Hole. Harry's review of The Redeemer is here.My one complaint, and it's purely my personal problem, is the Norwegian names. They drive me crazy and yes, I know they can't be Tom, Dick and (oops, sorry, Harry) Harry. But from the names in Nesbo's books, I can't tell if the person introduced is a man or woman. So I'm reading along, and in my mind it's "he this" and "he that" then, come to find out, it's a woman! Crap...have to go back and re-read it with a a woman in mind. Take a look at these names and see if YOU can absolutely, positively tell if they are a man or a woman. And no, I don't have the answer. (I'm not by myself either on this. Reading some reviews of The Redbreast some time ago, a fellow was complaining about the names as well and asked "what's with those tiny zeros above some letters? And the slash through the "o's"...what's with that?" Poor guy has a point...what's with that? Damned if I know.) Here we go....Jørgen Juve (George Juvie?); Ole Solskjær (Helloooo and one strange letter(s) of the alphabet combining a&e? huh?); Tore André Flo (feminine last name, I think); Stine Bredal Oftedal (what?); Pål Grotnes (Pal with tiny "o's" above the "a" and last name Grotnies?); Jan Åge Fjørtoft (sounds feminine to me); Odd Iversen (sounds odd to me); Marit Malm Frafjord (a woman?); Olav Nilsen (clueless); Ase Birkrem (how to pronounce that, ass?); Øyvind Leonhardsen (huh?)...get my drift? No. Up front, no, I am not cosmopolitan needless to say. But I'm trying. Never mind, I've given up already. I speak southern. But will read another Nesbo. Strange names and was a fantastic book. Thanks, Ed...thanks, Harry.

  • Heba
    2019-03-06 04:06

    حسناً..الآن استطيع القول إنني تعرفت على طريقة " جو نيسبو" في كتابة رواياته البوليسية حيث يبتدأها بمشهد هو من يجعل قلبك يخفق بشدة..وعينيك زائغة تحاول الثبات على نقطة توصلك إلى الحقيقة وأما عن عقلك فهو يبدأ رحلة قد تكون شاقة ومُرهقة ولكنها رائعة وممتعة وفي هذه الرواية نحن أمام قاتل محترف يستطيع تحديد المسافة المطلوبة بكل دقة من ضحيته لكي يتمكن من التصويب بين عيني هدفه دونما أى احتمال ان يُخطئه..خاصة وإنه يقف وسط حشدا من المحتفلين وسط المدينة المحقق " هارى" بارع في الكشف عن خيوط الجريمة والربط بينها تابعاً حدسه وذكائه لكي يصل للحقيقة...ولكن هنا استوقفني أمراً هاماً إنه مدمن علىى الشراب ويحاول التوقف ولكنه يسقط اسيراً لتلك العادة خاصة عندما يفقد أحد أصدقائه المقربين العاملين معه بوحدة مكافحة الجريمة أو عندما يطغى عليه الشعور بافتقاد من يحبولكن كيف يمكن لرجل يعيش وحيداً لأنه لا يعترف إلا بالعيش في فضاء حريته أن يفقدها بسهولة هكذا مع ادمان الشراب ؟!!الأمرمحيراً حقاً ...ولكنني مازلت معجبة بذكائه وبراعته في الكشف عن حقائق الجريمة ومرتكبها

  • Arax Miltiadous
    2019-02-23 10:33

    αλήθεια πολύ καλό παιδιά. Δεν έχω διαβάσει και πολύ Nesbo και αυτό μου το πρότειναν ως το καλύτερο του. Απαξιώ ως προς την επαλήθευση.πραγματικά έντονο, διεξοδικό, περιγραφικό, ανατρεπτικό και πολλά άλλα. Να το διαβάσετε όσοι αγαπάτε τα βιβλία. δεν συρρικνωνεται σε κατηγοριοποίηση. είναι απλά πολυυυ καλό.

  • Mal Warwick
    2019-03-19 10:10

    It’s inevitable. Mystery stories are always grounded in some level of manipulation by the author. A virtual army of murder suspects mysteriously comes into focus in the background, one at a time. Trusted figures reveal hidden motives. The author deliberately conceals some crucial element by simply truncating a scene before the reader can discern what’s happening. All this is the stuff of the traditional parlor mystery and locked-room puzzles parodied in the board game Clue (Colonel Mustard was found with Mr. Boddy in the Library, but Professor Plum did it with the Candlestick in the Dining Room).In a well-crafted mystery, outright manipulation of this sort is kept to a discreet minimum, so that the reader doesn’t feel badly used. Jo Nesbo, whom I consider one of the best mystery writers alive, normally manages to drive his stories forward without creating a sense that I’m being duped. He failed the test in The Redeemer, the sixth of his ten novels to date featuring Inspector Harry Hole of the Oslo police.Despite all the early signs of a disturbing and credible Harry Hole tale, The Redeemer gradually unveils an awkward dependency on all the traditional tools of manipulation employed by so many of Nesbo’s forebears — and all too many of his contemporaries. The story becomes virtually unwieldy, with seemingly unrelated murder mysteries intersecting in suspect ways and too many characters turning out to be dramatically different from the ways they were first portrayed. To make matters worse, the theme behind the book’s title comes to light in the first pages and is repeated throughout in heavy-handed ways.However, with all this said, Nesbo’s skill in building suspense, and my abiding interest in the profoundly complex character of Harry Hole, The Redeemer kept my interest to the end.In recent years I’ve reviewed The Redbreast, Nemesis, and The Leopard, all of which I found to be brilliant, as well as The Bat, the first of Nesbo’s Harry Hole series, which was promising but clumsy.

  • Sarah ~
    2019-03-16 07:24

    المنقذ - جو نيسبو هذه الرواية عن قاتل مأجور، واتحاد الرعاية الإجتماعيّة في النرويج، ومعتل إجتماعي وحرب البلقان، والعنف والفساد وطبعًا هاري هول ....حبكة متماسكة وممتازة وأحداث غير متوقعة، وشخصيات معقّدة وبعض المفاجآت .كانت هذه أفضل رواية أقرؤها لـ جو نيسبو ..

  • Ray
    2019-03-05 03:19

    Convoluted. Pacy. Wonderful The plot twists are mesmerising - I was wrong footed on so many occasions. I know that this is stagecraft and in part contrived but it was enjoyable all the same.Well worth a read

  • Linda
    2019-03-23 10:15

    1.99 Kindle Special. 12/18/16Good series. May be his best.

  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    2019-03-23 05:23

    Oooooh. Harry Hole, Oslo police inspector, has a new tricky, multi-faceted deadly mystery in the sixth novel in the Harry Hole detective series, ‘The Redeemer’. At first he has some joy in a clean desk and a re-start on his life! A new boss with no built-up grudges against Harry, Gunnar Hagen, is eager to earn his star in heaven. AA meetings are Hole’s chance to begin again with a clean slate, now that his greatest unsolved case has been cleared up (previous books in the series). Without Rakel, his ex-girlfriend and Oleg, Rakel’s son, to steady him, will the fresh start keep Hole from falling off the wagon? Jack Halvorsen, Harry’s young partner, is a likable and earnest innocent, and Harry wants to set a good example for him. Maybe it will be enough. First, some definitions of the words the author uses as titles:Advent - the arrival of a notable personRedeemer - one who redeems, say the dictionaries (Does anyone else have a problem with definitions which supposedly describe a word with a form of itself without any other clues?)Redeems - to discharge or fulfill; or to make amendsCrucifixion - the act of crucifying (another definition which is not informative of meaning, only word type) Crucifying - to treat with gross injustice; to nail to a crossMercy - act of kindness or pityThese words are the titles of the several parts of the novel ‘The Redeemer’. Non- or nominal Christians may not understand the titles. (view spoiler)[It may be the gentle reader is unfamiliar with Christian theology due to that few Christians practice what they preach (knowing only the sound-bite or cherry-picked versions of Christian faith), or worse, choose only to follow Old Testament commands instead of the New Testament which was supposed to replace the former.(hide spoiler)]We all know the most vicious killers all over the world tend to be religious fundamentalists who have been raised with a lot of ‘corrective’ beatings based on religious teachings, most often involving matters of sexuality, which often leads to damaged self-hating adults. Extremist and evangelical Christians - and Muslims - appear to prefer creating punitive murderous psychotics in their family rather than recognize various aspects of human sexuality exist. The other nasty social habit of mankind in creating murderous psychotics is war. So what would happen if an atheist Norwegian police officer, aware that justice and his bosses are often compromised by politics, pandering and pay-offs, do when faced with two monster killers created by the top two most soul-destroying institutions of all societies - religion and war?I’m not telling, except to say I have relatives who are officers in the Salvation Army, and I agree with Hole’s final decision. (view spoiler)[ Can anyone explain why the war killer liked to wear urinal cakes?(hide spoiler)]

  • Cbj
    2019-03-02 04:18

    This was reasonably good. Great twist and revelation at the end. But it does go on and on. Too many sub-plots and flashbacks. Too many suspects. Just like in The Snowman, there are instances where the case is thought to be solved but then there are more revelations and twists. I wonder whether this is Nesbo's formula. I have only read a couple of books by him so far. The salvation army setting was interesting. I liked the way the book began with the account of life in a salvation army camp from the point of view of a girl who is waking up to her sexuality. The life of the assassin on the run was also quite entertaining. I was not satisfied with the police procedural aspects of the novel. Nobody does that like Thomas Harris. I'm done with Nesbo for now. I might check out more of his work in the future.

  • Judy
    2019-02-25 07:29

    Harry Hole gets involved with this case when a murder occurs at a Salvation Army Christmas concert. This was a complicated story that began years before during a time of war in Croatia. I had the wrong guy picked for the perpetrator until very near the end so I was surprised to find my theory was dead wrong. Harry is still battling alcohol, as always, and there is a change in command at the Oslo police department, so Harry has a new boss. Not my favorite book in the Harry Hole series, but it was still really good.

  • Jenny
    2019-02-24 06:31

    The Redeemer is book six in the Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo. Christmas is for celebration, and Oslo's Salvation Army Branch organise a concert on the streets of Oslo, and everyone was joining themselves until someone killed one of the singers. Detective Harry Hole caught the case. The readers of The Redeemer will go on a rollercoaster ride with Detective Harry Hole to find the killer. The Redeemer is the first book I have read of Jo Nesbo, and I did enjoy reading it. The translator Don Bartlett also did an excellent job of translating Jo Nesbo story from Norwegian to English. Sometimes I find books that are translator lose the original plot of the story. However, in The Redeemer, this did not happen. I loved Jo Nesbo portrayal of his characters especially Detective Hary Hole. I also became engaged with the story after reading the first chapter. The way Jo Nesbo puts the twists and turns in the plot throughout The Redeemer ensures you are glued to your chair.The readers of The Redeemer will learn about the Salvation Army in Norway. Also, the readers of The Redeemer will learn about law enforcement procedures in Norway. The Redeemer highlights that situations are not always what they seem on the surface.I recommend this book.

  • Alona
    2019-03-03 10:11

    Bravo Nesbo! Bravo!Best installment in the series, and I have a feeling it will get better and better as we read on.This book was full of twists, suspense and emotions.In true Nesbo form, you keep changing your mind about who is the guilty party, who is the victim, the motives... and on the way, you get a spoonful of dilemmas and heartache.Can’t wait for the next book in the series!Thank you my darling Lena and Sofia for another great BR xox

  • Andrea Bowhill
    2019-03-16 08:29

    The Redeemer is the fourth book in translation by Jo Nesbo and he captures our imagination with this book by bringing us readers into the storyline twelve years prior to the main plot. We start with the rape of a fourteen year old girl that takes place at a Salvation Army summer camp in Norway. Although we know there was a rape we are not given clues who committed this act or disclosure of the victim. In a second separate event we are also given the story of a young croatian boy caught up in history of croatia and it's political cruelties his known by others as the little redeemer. Current Day: Oslo, shots ring out at a Christmas Concert, a volunteer dressed as a Salvation Army soldier is executed by a man in the crowd. Less than an hour later Inspector Harry Hole is at the crime scene and with hardly any leads to go on in the hunt for his faceless killer his luck's about to change, the current snow storm that has hit Oslo has grounded flights. Stranded, the Killer looks for a place to stay and keeps a low profile but as the cold night draws on he also discovers he made a fatal mistake his shot the wrong man. With his contract job still pending he makes the most of his time in Oslo and decides to finish his work. He takes refuge for a while with the Salvation Army trying to hide behind the seamy side, where drug dealers and dope heads sell their clothes for fixes even if it could mean life or death in a freezing city. As twisted events unfold Harry suddenly finds himself looking for two types of psychopaths an assassin and a rapist; on the wintery streets of Oslo it suddenly becomes an increasing desperate situation for all. Fantastic reading! all the ingredients of evil in one book, lies, deceit, revenge, biblical passages, manipulation, bribery, corruptions, violence and more twists and turns than a twisty-turny thing! I will never look at my vacuum cleaner in the same light again! The Author Jo Nesbo does a wonderful job in this book with his incredible observation, not only of people with their thoughts and feelings making all characters seem so very real, but also about every day life and little things in general. Subjects such as politics, giving us the good/bad sides to his city, level of corruptions in Oslo and of course if you haven't been to Oslo, like me, he gives us those clear visuals, a sense of place for our minds to work towards. You can clearly tell when reading through his interviewed people throughly, tapping into different areas also adding parts of history to build the story. He remains very descriptive throughout his writing, which is something I love more than anything and it really adds and helps us readers use our imagination to lose ourselves in the whole dark twisted plot. I actually refer to this book as Harry new start, his ex girlfriend is very much in the background and he also managed to get himself to AA meetings and stay soberish for this book. But his still having that constant battle since he requires to carry a hip flask with his favorite tipple as a safety precaution. Even though there are three others books before this one; you can start straight from here, but I would always recommend from the beginning. There will be references to other characters in passing but explanations on them are given throughout. Harry Hole remains a compelling character to read; a romantic with a very cynical side, he also realizes he needs to confront and question his own weaknesses. After reading the first three books The Redbreast, Nemesis and The Devil's Star you will learn Harry's achilles heal is alcohol, his an alcoholic. His job requires him to live between good and evil in his every day life, but between the lines, could his own addictions and rule breaking finally make him face those two sides of good/evil, which one will finally take hold of him first. Other nice touches to Harry's character, he is, his own man, clearly likes women, well read and he has his love of music and films. But something I noticed over all others right from the first book, Norwegian Hole maybe, but my favorite characteristic in him would be directness of conversation spun with an english dry sense of humor. For all books that I've read so far in this series, the stories are fascinating to read, constantly moving forward and the plots interwoven with smaller stories throughout bringing in the old and new characters along the way keeping everything fresh with the right pace, suspense, tension and interest. The Author holds the excitement from one page to the next and knows how to surprise, twist and shock. The Redeemer maybe 460 pages but it's entertaining all the way especially loving the twists. It engages the mind to the very end which clearly makes this book another winner to add to a great series. Also adding here a thank you to Don Bartlett who gave us all the clear translation of each book in this series. Next in translation The Snowman released March 2010. Andrea Bowhill

  • Suzanne
    2019-03-23 09:32

    This kept me guessing the whole time and was an exciting read. There are FREQUENT perspective shifts that I didn't always catch, but that was my only issue.

  • Marc Nash
    2019-03-14 06:16

    This is my 3rd Nesbo book in the Harry Hole detective series. And I've had diminishing returns with each read. Maybe I was unlucky to have started off at the apex with "The Snowman". Perhaps it's unfortunate that having read the most recent two, now I am having to go backwards in the series which may not best serve up his work. Or perhaps it's because I have a problem with character-led series. I've said it in my review of "The Leopard", but what new insight into Hole or any other main character can the author reveal by book ten without me the reader thinking why didn't that trait reveal itself before? But that wasn't necessarily the problem with this book, although how many more times can Hole face death at the hands of the killer/ save someone from the same, or sleep with someone who turns out to be psychologically damaged beyond good health? Actually, there's considerably less of the first two in this than the others I've read. In fact there's tranches of text where not very much happens at all, apart from characters being en route to somewhere else. The bodycount is low in this book. There's a lot about the Salvation Army's history and internal politics within Norway which was dull and maybe of more significant to Norwegian life than it is to say Britain's. Instead you get these strange energy flows within most chapters, whereby the crescendo end of the chapter has to do the work of picking up the flagging momentum that precedes it; but Nesbo has this recurring device of ending a chapter with someone being given a revelation in a bag or by phone message, but the reader doesn't get to see what it is. It just irritates me as a reader rather than playing with my emotions or interest, because it is so constantly contrived.As to the third of the incredulous strands, that of Hole getting the girl, well the episode in this novel is rather distasteful to my sensibilities. A woman who was raped at fourteen (which is the start of the book), has kept herself pure out of a mixture of her Salvation Army faith and her own trauma of the original rape. And yet along comes our 'Arry, reformed alcoholic (sort of) and sweeps her off her feet, irrespective of the fact she is tangled up in his current investigation. I don't know, I find it a touch troubling that a woman who has avoided sex after being raped, should finally be prepared to cast off her inhibitions because of Hole. I think that represents a bit of moral blindness by the author, since Hole is so identified with Nesbo and Hole is a man who can apparently 'cure' traumatised rape victims of their fear of sex and perhaps also turn homosexuals straight...The reason i didn't give this book 1 star, was that actually there's rather a good character portrayal in it. A refugee from the bloody Yugoslavian conflict is drawn in a fully-fledged and sympathetic fashion. Unlike the other bad guys in this who are just bad (in all senses of the word) and homeless junkies who populate the book as the background service users of the Salvation Army who are all thinly drawn. I was genuinely engaged by the story and fate of the Yugoslav refugee and for that reason alone I gave the book its second star. But I don't anticipate reading any more Harry Hole adventures.

  • Chris
    2019-02-26 04:14

    This series has its moments and this one is the best by far. As always it's weird, disturbing, and goes at a frenetic pace. Nesbo transitions abruptly from one character to the next and it's often not clear who he's writing about. Initially I found it annoying but then began to like it. He also keeps it unclear to the very end-nobody could possibly forsee how this one's going to turn out. You are constantly surprised at what's happening. Inspector Harry Hole is not the most likeable person but he comes across in this episode as a determined man who knows what battles to fight and which ones not to attack. He has a new boss who is into discipline and he's living alone without the woman and her son who had become his family. A Croatian hit man is targeting an officer in the Salvation Army in Oslo just before Christmas and he just can't be caught. So many close calls and just a startling revelation at the end. One wonders who the "redeemer" really is in this riveting read.

  • Sofia
    2019-03-22 06:32

    Nesbo keeps on perfecting the art of showing and involving us in the lives of all the people in his books. Set aside the American view of the 'good' versus the 'bad' with a clearly marked line in between.Here as in life, the line is fuzzy, very fuzzy, good and bad exist in each of us and the great dilemma is balancing them so that we emerge on the side we can breathe well in. But sometimes despite all our efforts, we end up on the wrong side, suffocating.The story of three hunters, The Black, The Fearless and The Hole. A good read as always and as always Nesbo opens up possibilities more than he closes. Read with my Nesbo Adverturers, Lena and Alona - Onward girlsTicks slot no 3 of my reading challenge 2018 - 3. The next book in a series you started.

  • John
    2019-02-26 09:31

    This is one of the best Harry Hole series I have read. The twists and turns are excellent. Salvation Army, Croatian assassins, corruption, fancy watches and the coldness of an Oslo winter make for a gripping thriller. This story is excellent with the twists and surprises. Follow the money is the best clue. The two brothers and the complicated relationships are intriguing.

  • Dessy Pap
    2019-02-22 02:20

    Пет, напълно заслужени звезди!