Robin a bobbin

17 02 2011

Redbreast by Jo Nesbo

According to Vogue: “Nobody can delve into the dark, twisted mind of a murderer better than a Scandinavian thriller writer”. Nothing like a sweeping generalisation to start things off. However, this is a really good crime thriller and well worth the puff. The blurb summarises it thus:

Harry Hole, drunkard, loner and brilliant detective is reassigned to surveillance after a high profile mistake. He’s bored by his new job until a report of a rare and unusual gun being fired sparks his interest because of its possible links to Neo Nazi activity. Then a former soldier is found with his throat cut. Next Harry’s former partner is murdered. Why had she been trying to reach Harry on the night her head was smashed in? The investigation leads Harry to suspect that the crimes have their roots in the battlefields of Eastern Front during WWII. 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. He’s your judge, jury and executioner…And he must be stopped.

All good stuff. Looking forward to further cheery storylines in this series. Without wishing to spoil the plot too much I think it only fair to point out that the Redbreast of the title is not, in this case, an actual bird. Nor is he called Robin. In fact he displays very little interest in ornithology whatsoever what with all of that judging and executing.

[Read on iPad]

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