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The Redbreast

Popular Norwegian crime novel

September 8, 2011
By REGINA M. ANGELI - Books Writer , The Daily News

The reader of Scandinavian crime fiction may want to take a look at the much acclaimed novel, "The Redbreast" by Jo Nesbo featuring Norwegian Inspector Harry Hole.

Norwegian readers voted this the best Norwegian crime novel. (Harper Books/HarperCollins Publishers, 562 pages)

While assigned to protect the American President and other leaders who have come to Oslo for the Mideast Peace talks, inspector Harry Hole accidentally shoots a secret service agent. He is promptly reassigned to a security task force.

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But when neo-Nazi beats his former partner, Ellen, to death, Harry is compelled to investigate the skinheads. The case takes an ominous turn when Hole learns that a deadly Marklin rifle, the ultimate assassin's weapon, has been smuggled into Norway.

Hole becomes entangled in a mystery that is rooted in the dreadful days of the Second World War and the Nazi sympathizers within Norway.

Given the recent tragic events in Norway, Nesbo's story has an all too realistic ring to it as it deals with the threats posed by modern day racists.

For those who enjoyed Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander series or Stieg Larsson's "Dragon Tattoo" trilogy, Jo Nesbo's "The Redbreast" is a gripping example of Nordic crime fiction.



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