Bookended by assassination attempts, Nesbo keeps the reader on the edge of his seat from the opening chapter. Redbreast follows Inspector Hole in the years 1999 and 2000 and follows a group of WWII soldiers during the war. In the present day sequence, when it seems someone is picking off the WWII veterans one by one, Hole gets the call.
Perhaps the most gripping storyline in the novel is the wrinkle including Hole’s ex-partner and best friend, Ellen, who sends Harry into an alcoholic downfall typical of the main character. The on the wagon, off the wagon, hopeless romantic is always entertaining.
The book has a little for everyone: a badass, flawed detective, a love story, and a compelling villain. Not to mention a nice little twist of an ending. The only downfall is that the American reader may not be familiar with Norway or the Eastern Front of WWII, but it’s a small hurdle. I’d guess most American’s weren’t too in touch with the specific locales in Bond books either.
In addition, shooting has begun on the film version of the The Snowman starring Michael Fassbender, as well. Which means Inspector Harry Hole will be a household name soon enough.