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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (16,777 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jo Nesbo Narrator: Robin Sachs Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Harry Hole Series Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9780307933669
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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.


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vmlmike | 2/17/2014

    " Like this more than the infamous Girl with Dragon Tatto "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A.D. Puchalski | 2/12/2014

    " Awesome crime fiction from a master. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Wesley | 2/10/2014

    " Excellent crime novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo Spencer | 2/9/2014

    " Struggled with this one..... At least to begin with as it was all over the place, but still a very good read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elise AndHerBooks | 2/6/2014

    " Quality of the writing was not as good as Nesbo's later books. Enjoyed it all the same "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgina Corner | 2/5/2014

    " A truly well articulated, fascinating weave of characters, settings, and eras. You will not be able to put this book down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene | 2/3/2014

    " PB -- a complicated Nesbo -- Harry Hole book which jumps between WWI and a present time. A lot more difficult to follow than his other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcia | 1/27/2014

    " This one is engaging, but too complex. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Currier | 1/19/2014

    " I love mysteries/police dramas that are hard to put down. At first the story was a little confusing, jumping from 1999/2000 back to WW2, but it all came together. Harry Hole, the primary character, is interesting and well written. The story kept you guessing till the end! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug Kabak | 1/10/2014

    " Harry Hole--a new alcoholic, depressed super-detective. Great story, great characters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fiona Rowan | 1/4/2014

    " This book was incredible, no review will do it justice! Just read and experience it for yourself! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken Rogerson | 12/30/2013

    " Scandinavian mystery novels are just different. Interesting weave of WWII and modern day. Confusing at first, but nicely tied together in the end. Leaves some stones unturned, which is both unsatisfying and kind of intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penelope | 12/23/2013

    " The cover of my book was different,the book excellent could not put it down again, took it everywhere I went,harry Hole the detective is wonderful and avany garde, could not let it go "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Weitekamp | 12/15/2013

    " GREAT crime novel! All I wanted to do was read and find out what would happen next! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 12/10/2013

    " First of the author's work to be translated into English. Refers to incidents that must have taken place in previous books, but not too distracting. I'll read more from this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Afsaneh Hojabri | 12/1/2013

    " If you manage to put up with a poor translation and annoying chapter cuts, you might enjoy a dark yet attractive plot and the way all elements of the suspense come together at the end - not in the most subtle or elegant way though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Robinson | 11/29/2013

    " Very slow starter and right when I was thinking I might not finish it, I got hooked and read to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon Kelleher | 11/14/2013

    " I enjoyed it. It's nice to find another nordic mystery writer that i can enjoy on the bus or in a couple afternoons... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Runa Nilssen | 6/26/2013

    " One of the best books I've ever read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 5/5/2013

    " The names were confusing but the plot was genius and very fast paced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 11/26/2011

    " This is early Harry Hole, and I enjoyed his approach to solving murders connected back through the years to World War II. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan | 10/12/2011

    " Not his best effort. Something about it was clunky. Just not as engrossing as the other book I've read by Nesbo. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail Paulson | 5/22/2011

    " An excellent detective thriller by the amazing Jo Nesbo. If you enjoy Scandanavian mysteries, this is good one with flashbooks to WWII foxholes and a couple of romances thrown in to make things interesting. Had me guessing until almost the very end. "

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About the Narrator

Robin Sachs (1951–2013), actor and narrator, was raised in London and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His audiobook narrations earned ten Earphones Awards. His acting credits include Alias, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dynasty, Nowhere Man, Babylon 5, Diagnosis Murder, Galaxy Quest, Northfork, Ocean’s 11, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Megalodon.