The Redeemer (Hardcover)
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|A fantastically gripping thriller from the internationally acclaimed author of "The Snowman," "The Leopard," and "Phantom." Antihero police investigator Harry Hole chases a desperate, faceless contract killer at large in Oslo at Christmas.|
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A fantastically gripping thriller from the internationally acclaimed author of The Snowman, The Leopard, and Phantom: antihero police investigator Harry Hole chases a desperate, faceless contract killer at large in Oslo.
Christmas shoppers stop to hear a Salvation Army concert on an Oslo street. Suddenly a musician falls dead, shot at point-blank range. Hole--the police department's best investigator and worst civil servant--has no suspect, weapon, or motive. But his troubles have just begun: the assassin, quickly discovering that he shot the wrong man, becomes frantic in his search for his target. Hole's search is growing equally frantic, and he finds himself on a chase that leads into the darkest corners of the former Yugoslavia. But it's when he returns to Oslo that he encounters true darkness: among the homeless, the junkies, and the Salvationists, eagerly awaiting their savior--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 among the best crime writers of our time.
Jo Nesbø is widely recognized, both in his native Norway and around the globe, for his bleak and sometimes gruesomely violent crime novels. Although he has told interviewers that he dislikes being lumped in with other Scandinavian writers of the genre, he understands that impulse. "It may have to do with the storytelling tradition in Scandinavia," he has explained. "The cliché is that we have these long dark nights where people stay in and tell each other stories--horror stories, fairy tales, dark stuff. . . . Maybe there's something to that." The son of a librarian and a businessman, Nesbø grew up in the Norwegian town of Molde, and as a youth he played soccer in Norway's Premier League. He badly damaged his knee at age 19, however, and with pro soccer no longer an option, he earned a bachelor's degree in economics and embarked on a career as a stockbroker. Concurrently, he and his brother Knut played in a rock band, Di Derre, which landed several songs on the European music charts. A skilled lyricist, Nesbø was approached by a publisher to write a memoir about his life in the band. Instead, he became engrossed in writing a crime novel, DER FLEDERMAUSMAN ("The Bat Man"), which was published in Norway in 1997. The book introduced Harry Hole, an alcoholic loner who is nonetheless one of Oslo's top detectives. Nesbø has since written several other books featuring Hole; the first to be published in the U.S. was THE REDBREAST, which was translated in 2007. A later book, THE SNOWMAN, has been optioned by Hollywood. In addition to his crime fiction, Nesbø is the author of a series of children's books featuring a zany inventor named Doctor Proctor.
" "This complex narrative interweaves child abuse along with long-repressed desires for revenge and graphic physical violence. It is packed with psychiatric information about the making of criminals and the creation of sexual perversion within an intensely religious background. If you want a big book which tells you a lot with fast-moving narrative, it will keep you occupied." - Jane Jakeman 03/13/2009