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The Redbreast

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The Redbreast

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Jo Nesbo
publisher:
HarperCollins
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction

We gave it a B+

What is it with literary sleuths and booze? Like Dashiell Hammett’s dipso Nick Charles and Ian Rankin’s whiskey-swilling John Rebus, Norwegian cop Harry Hole can’t stay off the sauce. But it doesn’t seem to affect his job performance. The hero of Jo Nesb&oslash’s book, The Redbreast has little trouble tracking down one of the most elderly serial killers in crime fiction, a murderer whose nefarious plan took root in the trenches of WWII and has come to fruition in the 21st century. Overlong but seriously absorbing, the novel includes several star-crossed romances, neo-Nazis, and the deliberate poisoning-by-injection of an oak tree. B+

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