Book Review: The Redbreast, by Jo Nesbo, #3 Harry Hole Series

Norwegian Title: Rødstrupe

Publication date:  2000

English translation: September 2006

Pages: 450


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 is my second audio book and I was quite thrilled about it. It is also my favorite book of Harry Hole’s Series so far. I heard that Police is really good as well, but until I will read it, this will remain my favorite.

Once more, Nesbo has proved that each writer gets better with every book. While in the first two books I had problems with keeping my attention, now it wasn’t the case. And I will tell you why. 

As you can see in the description of the book, the book is written as a story that is happening in the present and a narration from the past. Precisely during the World War II. And I love it. Learning new things about history is something that I found interesting lately. 

The second best thing about this book is Harry Hole’s character. He’s much better of a man than he ever was in the previous two books. He tries his best to become a better man. He even gets interested in a woman he meets. I love this side of Harry and I hope that I won’t have to see him as a miserable man. 

Another awesome thing about this book is the plot which is quite complex and long. 

This is definitely a book I had been waiting for in a long time and I can’t wait to read the next one in series. But at this time I am reading two books. Yep, that’s right. I read two books at a time. The Handmaid’s Tale and The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye. 


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