575 pages

English language

Published Aug. 8, 2011 by Windsor.

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3 stars (3 reviews)

"One 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. Harry Hole and his team have little to work with: no immediate suspect, no weapon and no motive. But when the assassin discovers he has shot the wrong man, Harry Hole's troubles have only just begun. After some exceptionally shrewd detective work, the team begins to close in on a suspected hit man, monitoring his credit card, false passport and the line to his employer. With no money, only six bullets and no place to stay in the bitter cold, the hit man becomes increasingly desperate. He will stop at nothing to eliminate his target."--Publisher description.

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Review of 'The redeemer' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

I found myself getting increasingly annoyed with this book. Another reviewer already mentioned the “bad confusion” that made it hard for me to really get into the story.

I also didn’t like the large cast of characters. The plot is quite involved and because of that there’s just no time to get to know all these people. They remain cardboard characters. More confusion. :(

I will say that the plot was interesting and original, though. It’s the main reason I finished this book.

reviewed The redeemer by Jo Nesbø (Harry Hole -- 6)

Review of 'The redeemer' on 'LibraryThing'

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A hired assassin from the Balkans, called the 'little redeemer' when he was a child soldier in Croatia during the violent breakup of Yugoslavia, travels to Norway to kill an officer in the Salvation Army. Unfortunately, he picks off the wrong guy, and has to stick around a very cold country where they speak a language he doesn't know to finish the job. Harry Hole is in pursuit, trying to figure out why someone would have a beef with the foot soldiers of God. As always, there's a tangle of threads connecting this book with others in the series, some revelations about his co-workers, and a mordant, morally ambiguous ending. Nesbo is a very, very good writer.

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  • Harry Hole (Fictitious character)
  • Fiction
  • Police
  • Fugitives from justice
  • Murder for hire


  • Norway
  • Oslo