Published: November 2, 2009
1944: Daniel, a soldier, legendary among the Norwegians fighting the advance of Bolshevism on the Russian front, is killed. Two years later, a wounded soldier wakes up in a Vienna hospital. He becomes involved with a young nurse, the consequences of which will ripple forward to the turn of the next century.
1999: Harry Hole, alone again after having caused an embarrassment in the line of duty, has been promoted to inspector and is lumbered with surveillance duties. He is assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities; fairly mundane until a report of a rare and unusual gun being fired sparks his interest. Ellen Gjelten, his partner, makes a startling discovery. Then a former soldier is found with his throat cut. In a quest that takes him to South Africa and Vienna, Harry finds himself perpetually one step behind the killer. He will be both winner and loser by the novel’s nail-biting conclusion.
The Redbreast won the Glass Key prize for the best Nordic crime novel when it was first published, and was subsequently voted Norway’s best crime novel. The Devil’s Star, Nesbø’s first novel featuring Harry Hole to be translated into English, marked Nesbø as a writer to watch in the ever more fashionable world of Nordic crime.
Another great book in the Norwegian character Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo. This is a very convoluted plot driven story and you have to be alert and keep up with the going back and forth in time situation and all the many characters involved in the story line. I have to hand it o the author because there really was genius involved in the writing of this book.
Some of the highlights are:
Harry, through no merit of his own, is made an Inspector.
He first meets Rakel. (his main love interest in the series)
His partner, Ellen Gjelten, is brutally beaten to death with a baseball bat and the case goes unsolved. (the reader knows who did it, Sverre Olsen, but he was told to do it by a man called the Prince, who is in actuality Tom Waaler, a Senior Inspector on the police department.
I loved it!