Jo Nesbo, whom many now claim is the top crime writer in Europe, does it again! The Redeemer (Frelseren) was a huge hit when it was published in Norway. Quite possibly it is the best among Nesbo’s books translated into English so far.
The action in this book starts with two incidents taking place 12 years prior to the main plot in the book. The first is a rape of a 14 year old girl that takes place in a Salvation Army summer camp in Norway. We learn of the rape, but not who the perpetrator is, nor the identity of the victim. The second event is that a young Croatian boy destroys 12 Serbian tanks in Croatia.
Then, on a cold night, an officer in the Salvation Army in Oslo is murdered during a Christmas concert, shot in the head at point blank range. The murderer is a professional hit man who usually does not make mistakes. But this time he made one small mistake. As well, he was unlucky.
So Harry Hole and his team have their work lined up. Harry is pretty dry now, not drinking much. But, of course, he has other problems. He has a new boss, which he quickly turns into an enemy. And he is a little paranoid (which is good, in this case). A troublemaker, and certainly not one for teamwork!
In this case there is very little to work with. No immediate suspect, no weapon, no motive. And then the assassin discovers he has shot the wrong man, and Harry’s problems start for real. What follows is some really outstanding police work, utilizing modern surveillance technology to the utmost. And the hit man becomes increasingly desperate. He will stop at nothing to eliminate his target.
The Redeemer is, I think, Jo Nesbo’s most gripping thriller yet. The descriptions and characters are good. The plot is rich, complicated and fascinating. As well, Jo Nesbo provides readers with some false clues to make it even more complicated. And the action is fast and very exciting. Hole is even more fascinating in this book than in the previous ones, I think. And, as well, all the right ingredients are there: Lies, deceit, motives, revenge, murders, and skillful opponents. Go buy! A great read!
Praise for this book:
Hole in one! — VG, Norway