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  1. Allison Allison says:

    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


  2. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    ”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 despairSomething 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 pointingHe 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 MartineAnd 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 incontestableAnd the new partner assigned to Harry learns very uickly 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 of my most recent book and movie reviews visithttpwwwjeffreykeetencomI also have a Facebook blogger page at


  3. Matthew Matthew says:

    35 starsI know what to expect from Nesbø but I keep going back for hoping it gets at least slightly better At times I thought the book was great At other times I could not wait for it to end That is how every Nesbø book I read so far is and I wish it wasn't At the beginning of the book he starts off with a scene I understand and then follows it up by jumping around to a bunch of seemingly unrelated scenes Now you might say but Matthew that is what a mystery is and the fun is in the journey bringing them together I agree wholeheartedly However Nesbø is really good at muddying the waters to the point of distraction before things become clear Just when I think I am getting what's happening a scene starts and I am all like who is this where are we and how does this relate at all I am hoping some of you out there understand what I am saying about good confusion vs bad confusionI will say that one of the best parts of this book was the ending So it is worth all of the confusion to get thereSide note I got a chance to read this whole book in under 24 hours on a business road trip for work As a road trip book I give it 6 out of 10 stars because a road book should keep me engaged and awake The confusing jumping around was causing me to lose interest and I kept checking how much time was left


  4. Barbara Barbara says:

    In this 6th book in the 'Harry Hole' series the detective is on the trail of a wily hitman The book can be read as a standaloneAs 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 conseuences During that same year during the break up of Yugoslavia a Croatian 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 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 Croatian 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 interesting characters who interact in a variety of waysJo 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 thrillerYou can follow my reviews at


  5. Michael Michael says:

    This is a great step up from a mystery serving just as entertainment Though some might uibble 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 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 SerbianYugoslavian 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 problemThe 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 active and violent means of achieving divine justice as if to redeem is a transitive verb At one point one character poses the uestion “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 US 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 pleasure from Harry’s character development I am at some disadvantage reading this out of series order but it is clear that Hole is 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


  6. Matt Matt says:

    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 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 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 taleThe Hole series finds new and impressive ways to get better with each story I find myself enthralled the I read and cannot rest when Hole is on the prowl Told from a 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 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 easeKudos Mr Nesbø for another gem Your ideas are ceaseless which makes me want to keep readingLikehate the review? An ever growing collection of others appears at


  7. Lyn Lyn says:

    Jo Nesbo anticipates and writes an early Harry Hole version of his brilliant 2014 novel The SonFirst 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 crimesThe 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 thrillerHole 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 suad continues to entertainFor Hole fans and for Nordic noir aficionados


  8. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    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 nextI found it to be a really great read and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good gritty police thriller


  9. Harry Harry says:

    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 livesHaving 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 didIn 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 uick 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 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 tooI 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 invulnerableAndah yes there is the matter of plot So how do we justify this decided streak of fatedeterminism 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 writerThe expositionsetting is often Scandinavia the weather is somber the descriptions grey like the people absorbed with alcohol and withdrawn if not bundled and seuestered 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 NesboI 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 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


  10. Cbj Cbj says:

    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 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 uite 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 of his work in the future


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Frelseren ❤ [KINDLE] ❃ Frelseren By Jo Nesbø ➣ – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk A fantastically gripping thriller from the best selling author of The SnowmanChristmas shoppers stop to hear a Salvation Army concert on a crowded Oslo street A gunshot cuts through the music and the A fantastically gripping thriller from the best selling author of The SnowmanChristmas 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.