The Redeemer: Book summary and reviews of The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo

The Redeemer

A Harry Hole Novel

By Jo Nesbo

The Redeemer
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  • Published in USA  May 2013,
    416 pages.

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Christmas shoppers stop to hear a Salvation Army concert on a crowded Oslo street. An explosion 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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"Starred Review. Perhaps not the best novel for a Nesbø initiate, but those with an affinity for the darkest and most literary crime fiction will want to get here as soon as they can." - Kirkus

"Recommended for the many fans of Nesbø as well as for readers who appreciate maverick, intuitive detectives who fight the system almost as often as they fight crime." - Library Journal

"At times the book feels padded with lengthy asides and banter, but the primary narrative, told in powerful prose, never fails to grip." - Publishers Weekly

"The Redeemer is Nesbø's fourth novel and it proves to be as brilliant as his other three. It provides a grimly realistic portrait of the Norwegian capital - druggies shooting up in public; refugees being exploited in private - as well as an engrossing mystery, full of twists." - Evening Standard (UK)

"The killer's boyhood in the war-torn Balkans gives added depth to a complex story, impossible to second-guess, which proves that greed, lust and a desire for revenge lurk within the saintliest of folk." - Daily Telegraph

"Hole in one... Jo Nesbø has done it again. This autumn's Harry Hole crime novel is conceived on a large scale and masterfully carried out. ... One of Norwegian literature's most outstanding storytellers just happens to be named Jo Nesbø." - Verdens Gang (Norway)

"Right on the mark...Jo Nesbø draws his bow, takes aim and hits a bull's eye. He has the language, he has the suspense - and he has Harry Hole... a storyteller who doesn't give the reader a moment' s breathing room, it's full-bore 464 pages to the end ... In case you haven't already been saved by Jo Nesbø, it's high time you were." - Bergensavisen (Norway)

"A tour de force. Nesbø has a plot here that is so tightly constructed and compelling that it's impossible to put the book down. This is a serial-killer story, and one with a punch." - Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail

"Nesbø has been gradually climbing up the competitive league of Nordic crime writers. With The Redeemer he's touching the summit, and his hero, the stubborn, insubordinate Oslo detective Harry Hole, has become my favourite copper from those parts. ... Terrific shocks, tension and atmosphere." - The Times (UK)

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Jo Nesbo Author Biography

With his internationally acclaimed crime novels featuring Detective Harry Hole, Jo Nesbø has achieved an unparalleled success both in his native country Norway and abroad, winning the hearts of critics, booksellers and readers alike. Translated into more than forty languages, awarded a range of awards and boasting record-breaking sales, Nesbø has been lavishly praised by international critics for broadening the scope of the contemporary crime novel, and is today regarded as one the best crime writers of our time.

Books to Date:

Harry Hole Series
1. The Redbreast (2006)
2. Nemesis (2008)
3. The Devil's Star (2005)
4. The Redeemer (2009)
5. The Snowman (2010)
6. The Leopard (2011)
7. Phantom (2012)
8. Police (2013)
9. The Son (2014)

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