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Not all angels are heaven sent. I am one such angel, and I have come to pass judgement on the living, and the dead...

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


A page-turner you won't want to put down

Daneet Steffens, Time Out

Scary...culminates in a nail-biting episode with overtones of The Day of the Jackal

Jane Jakeman, Independent

A complicated story of passion, lost love, betrayal and murder

Marcel Berlins, The Times

A complex, utterly captivating story

Mark Sanderson, Evening Standard

Exciting, witty, melancholy and thought-provoking

Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph

Norway's finest crime writer...Nesbo entwines a Second World War ghost story with a modern hunt for an assassin in a clever and entertaining way that teases and taunts to the very end...Nesbo clearly demonstrates his skill at executing expertly-crafted, well-paced thrillers that he sustains to the very end in a compelling fashion...as first novels go, The Redbreast and The Devil's Star are as accomplished as any reader is likely to experience

David Connett, Daily Express

It requires some skilled plotting, but Nesbø brings it off, and Harry, with his quirky sense of humour, is a likeable hero despite his many flaws

Susanna Yager, Sunday Telegraph

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