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A brilliantly tense thriller from Scandinavian crime writing superstar Jo Nesbo.

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

A report of a rare and unusual gun – a type favoured by assassins – being smuggled into the country sparks Detective Harry Hole's interest. Then a former WW2 Nazi sympathizer is found with his throat cut. Next, someone close to Harry is murdered. Why had she been trying to reach Harry on the night she was killed?

As Harry's investigation unfolds, it becomes clear that the killer is hell-bent on serving his own justice. And while the link between the cases remains a mystery, one thing is certain: 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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The Snowman
The Thirst
The Bat
New Harry Hole Thriller
Blood on Snow & Midnight Sun
Midnight Sun
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Large Print: Police
Large Print: The Son
The Son
The Leopard
The Redeemer
The Devil's Star


The Snowman
Make Me
The Girl on the Train
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Store
Angels And Demons
The Handmaid's Tale
Two Nights
Don't Let Go
After the Fire
Line of Fire
To Kill A Mockingbird
The Child
A Stranger in the House
A Gentleman in Moscow
I Am Pilgrim
The Mistress
The Golden House
The Word Is Murder
The Narrow Road to the Deep North