The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo
(Harry Hole)

71%

8 Critic Reviews

This fourth instalment in the Hole series is often great fun, but overlong.
-Guardian

Synopsis

A fantastically gripping thriller from the best-selling author of The Snowman.

Christmas 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.

 

About Jo Nesbo

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Jo NesbØ is a musician, songwriter, economist, and one of Europe’s most critically acclaimed and successful crime writers today. His first novel featuring Police Detective Harry Hole was an instant hit in Norway, winning the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel—the most prestigious crime-writing award in Northern Europe. Norwegian readers voted The Redbreast the best Norwegian crime novel of all time. NesbØ lives in Oslo.
 
Published May 21, 2013 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. 514 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Horror. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Redeemer
All: 8 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 2

Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Ben East on Oct 24 2009

This fourth instalment in the Hole series is often great fun, but overlong.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Mar 25 2013

...the primary narrative, told in powerful prose, never fails to grip.

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Kirkus

Excellent
on Mar 03 2013

...those with an affinity for the darkest and most literary crime fiction will want to get here as soon as they can.

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The Independent

Good
on Mar 13 2009

This complex narrative interweaves child abuse along with long-repressed desires for revenge and graphic physical violence.

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Booklist Online

Good
on May 01 2013

The thin line separating crooks and cops in all of the intensely character-focused Hole novels has never been thinner or more treacherous than it is here.

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The Bookbag

Below average
on Sep 08 2012

Perhaps I was expecting too much after my enthusiastic response to Nesbø's earlier books...while an enjoyable read, I'm afraid I found The Redeemer never quite met my high expectations.

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Book Geeks

Below average
on May 14 2009

...this is not groundbreaking and The Redeemer is nothing more revolutionary than a good tale...

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Reviewing the Evidence

Good

THE REDEEMER is simply outstanding. Although I now have a cast-iron excuse to steer clear of vacuum cleaners...

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