A 14-year old girl is raped at one of the Salvation Army summer camps. Twelve years later, at a Christmas concert in a square in Oslo, a Salvation Army soldier is executed by a man in the crowd. A press photographer has caught a suspect on one of the photos of the concert. Beate Lønn, the identification expert, is confused by how the face can change from one photo to the next. Inspector Harry Hole’s search for the faceless man takes place on the seamy side of the city, among those who seek eternal – or just momentary – redemption. And the gunman has not yet completed his mission.
The Redeemer was shortlisted for the 2009 CWA International Dagger.
“The Redeemer rocks! Jo Nesbo is my new favorite thriller writer and Harry Hole my new hero. This book had my pulse in the red zone from start to finish.”
“The most popular organization in Norway at that time – the Salvation Army – had a big role to play in this book. Closed institutions which think in some way that they control the truth are always interesting. But the Salvation Army people were very open with me and I met a lot of nice people. In the story not all of them are quite as nice. The model for the contract killer was someone I met and interviewed in Zagreb while I was writing “Stemmer fra Balkan” [Balkan Voices].”
Jo speaks about The Redeemer
Book trailer by Jo’s Slovakian publisher Ikar
“If you are looking for a new addiction, I suggest picking a book from the Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbø. … The Redeemer is possibly Nesbø’s most complex and fully realized work to date. … By the time you reach the conclusion, you’ll be amazed by and a little dizzy from all of the twists and turns that Nesbø has put you through, but you’ll be the more entertained for it. … Taken as a whole, The Redeemer just might be the ultimate hitman novel.”
“The deeply flawed Hole is his familiar self: difficult and disrespectful, brilliant and intuitive. … The primary narrative, told in powerful prose, never fails to grip.”
Publishers Weekly (US)
“[A] breathtaking police thriller … [A] swift novel, full of shocking chance and nuance, unforeseen twists and ice-crystal-clear views of Oslo in winter. … From the grotesque to the poignant, from shootout to hangover, Mr. Nesbo has the prose style to keep a reader entranced. There are tension-breaking moments of humor and scenes of subtle emotion as the taciturn Harry comforts or congratulates comrades.”
Wall Street Journal (US)
“This intense, atmospheric and satisfyingly intelligent installment continues a strong series.”
Cleveland Plain-Dealer (US)
“The Redeemer is Nesbø’s fourth novel and it proves to be as brilliant as his other three. It provides a grimly realistic portrait of the Norwegian capital – druggies shooting up in public; refugees being exploited in private – as well as an engrossing mystery, full of twists. /…/ The Croatian assassin is a fascinating character – a former hero with a truly fatal gay charm – who has the advantage of ‘hyperelasticity’, a face so mobile no one can remember it. Nesbø’s work is full of such idiosyncratic detail and it is to be hoped that he won’t let the world-weary Hole retire or get fired any time soon.”
Evening Standard (UK)
“The killer’s boyhood in the war-torn Balkans gives added depth to a complex story, impossible to second-guess, which proves that greed, lust and a desire for revenge lurk within the saintliest of folk.”
Daily Telegraph (UK)
“The new [Raymond] Chandler.”
“Nesbø has been gradually climbing up the competitive league of Nordic crime writers. With The Redeemer he’s touching the summit, and his hero, the stubborn, insubordinate Oslo detective Harry Hole, has become my favorite copper from those parts… Terrific shocks, tension and atmosphere.”
The Times (UK)
”Nesbø has proven to have found his calling in life: to write page-turners.”
”Fascinating characters, interesting storyline inversions. The Redeemer has got it all.”
Vrij Nederland (Netherlands)
”Splendid and intelligent /…/ A magnificent and thrilling story”
Friesch Dagblad (Netherlands)
”A first-rate whodunit.”
”The extraordinary Nesbø plays his usual game, on an exceptionally high level … [his stories are] addictive puzzles.”
NRC Handelsblad (Netherlands)
6 of 6 stars.
“Hole in one. /…/ Jo Nesbø has done it again.”
Verdens Gang (Norway)
6 of 6 stars.
“Nesbø is in a league of his own. /…/ Better thrillers are hardly being written in Norway these days. Jo Nesbø is completely supreme at this time as the Norwegian mystery series leader. /…/ Jo Nesbø is on a par with American thriller writers like Corben, Connelly, Deaver, Grisham and whatever their names are…”
Bergens Tidende (Norway)
6 of 6 stars.
“Nesbø’s narrative style and multiple points of view are among the most elegant of their kind.”
Opplands Arbeiderblad (Norway)
6 of 6 stars.
“Right on the mark from Jo Nesbø. /…/ Jo Nesbø draws his bow, takes aim and hits a bull’s eye. He has the language, he has the suspense — and he has Harry Hole. Jo Nesbø delivers an unusually sterling crime product with The Redeemer. He is a storyteller who doesn’t give the reader a moment’s breathing room, it’s full-bore 464 pages to the end. /…/ In case you haven’t already been saved by Jo Nesbø, it’s high time you were.”
6 of 6 stars.
“Jo Nesbø’s The Redeemer is a superb crime novel. /…/ The Redeemer is the type of book that possesses you from the first page. After only a few sentences you feel that this is going to be a true adrenalin rush. And it is! /…/ In masterful fashion Jo Nesbø is able to hold the narrative drive in highest gear from start to finish.”
Fredriksstad Blad (Norway)
“Nesbø is masterly”
“An incredibly intense, suspenseful crime novel with several unexpected twists. /…/ There’s only one mark to give this novel. The highest.”
Skaraborgs Läns Tidning (Sweden)