The Redbreast (Hardcover)

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“An elegant and complex thriller….Harrowingly beautiful.”
New York Times Book Review

“A hugely impressive achievement—ambitious in scope, and skilled in execution.”
Los Angeles Times

The Redbreast certainly ranks with the best of current American crime fiction.”
Washington Post

No disrespect meant to Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson, but Jo Nesbø, the New York Times bestselling author of The Snowman, is the most exciting Scandinavian thriller writer in the crime fiction business. The Redbreast is a fabulous installment in Nesbø’s tough-as-nails series protagonist, Oslo police detective Harry Hole. A brilliant and epic novel, breathtaking in its scope and design—winner of The Glass Key for best Nordic crime novel and selected as the best Norwegian crime novel ever written by members of Norway’s book clubs—The Redbreast is a chilling tale of murder and betrayal that ranges from the battlefields of World War Two to the streets of modern-day Oslo. Follow Hole as he races to stop a killer and disarm a ticking time-bomb from his nation’s shadowy past. Vogue magazine says that “nobody can delve into the dark, twisted mind of a murderer better than a Scandinavian thriller writer”…and nobody does it better than Jo Nesbø! James Patterson fans should also take note.

About the Author


A musician, songwriter, and economist, Jo Nesbø is also one of Europe’s most acclaimed crime writers, and is the winner of the Glass Key Award, northern Europe’s most prestigious crime-fiction prize, for his first novel featuring Police Detective Harry Hole. Nesbø lives in Oslo.

Praise For…


“Reading The RedBreast is like watching a hit movie.... The pacing is swift. The plot is precise and intricate.... The Redbreast is surprisingly witty at times and often grim. But it’s always smart.”
USA Today

“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 Nesbø spins a complex tale of murder, revenge and betrayal. . . . Perfectly paced and painfully suspenseful.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[A] bold, ambitious thriller.”
Kirkus Reviews


Product Details
ISBN: 9780061133992
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: November 20th, 2007
Pages: 528
Language: English