The Redeemer (Harry Hole #6) by Jo Nesbo

Book Description:

Published: March 9, 2010

A 14-year old girl is raped at one of the Salvation Army summer camps. Twelve years later, at a Christmas concert in a square in Oslo, a Salvation Army soldier is executed by a man in the crowd. A press photographer has caught a suspect on one of the photos of the concert. Beate Lønn, the identification expert, is confused by how the face can change from one photo to the next. Inspector Harry Hole’s search for the faceless man takes place on the seamy side of the city, among those who seek eternal – or just momentary – redemption. And the gunman has not yet completed his mission.

Review –

Highlights of this book:

  • Story starts off with the assault and maybe murder of a 14 year old girl by a Salvation Army soldier in 1991.
  • Rakel has dumped Harry and now he has stopped drinking and taken up getting fit.
  • A junkie is found dead in a shipping container and is pronounced a suicide.
  • Harry’s boss (who protected him from the higher ups) is taken a new position in another town.
  • The new POB (a real ass) doesn’t like Harry and will look for anything to get rid of him.
  • Brothers Robert (dark) and John (light) are soldiers in the SA and Robert knew the girl from 1991.
  • Harry doesn’t believe the facts in the shipping container case and discovers that the father of the junkie killed him to save his wife from the stain the son was putting on her.
  • One of the brothers raped the 14-year-old girl in 1991 and a hit has been put on his head (I can’t tell you who ordered the hit-too much of a spoiler)
  • The hit is to be carried out by a Croatian national with the nickname The Little Redeemer.
  • Harry’s partner, Jack Halverson, is murdered.
  • Harry finds out his beloved old boss was involved in the gun smuggling.
  • The rapist brother is killed.

The story was a bit too convoluted for me but I loved it anyway.