A man is shot through the head, but Harry Hole and his team have trouble finding a motive. Could it be that the hitman killed the wrong person? Hole and his team start to close in on the killer, but the closer they get, the more desperate he becomes. 'Interesting and exciting... Hole and his author provide unusually good reading' "Literary Review" *As seen in August Buyer's Notes*
One freezing night in Oslo Christmas shoppers gather to listen to a Salvation Army street concert. An explosion cuts through the music, and a man in uniform falls to the ground, shot in the head at point-blank range. Harry Hole and his team have little to work with: no immediate suspect, no weapon and no motive.
The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo
Ben East the observer Sat 24 October 2009
A maverick detective with a drink problem and predilection for pop music, solving murder cases in the underbelly of a beautiful city: Jo Nesbø's Harry Hole is so Rebus it hurts. But for all the crime cliches and hilarious cliffhangers, The Redeemer is an enjoyably chilly manhunt through Oslo's wintry streets, as the curmudgeonly hero tracks down a Croatian hitman who has seemingly shot the wrong brother. For once, this isn't a gangland murder; it is set instead amid the more refined circles of the Norwegian Salvation Army. But what could have been a taut 350-page thriller is bogged down by reams of unnecessary explanation and masses of psychiatric babble. This fourth instalment in the Hole series is often great fun, but overlong.