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562 pages of brilliance The English speaking publication industry has destroyed Jo Nesbo s fantastic Harry Hole pronounced Hula like Hula Hoop series, not only by omitting the first two books in this series by starting it on the third book The Redbreast , but also by switching the order of a few books in the series Whatever the case, make sure you are reading these in order they are brilliant Did I say that already It s understandable then why I had a hard time finding this book Not only is this book the only one missing from this series at my local library, but it is also missing from the libraries in nearby counties as well as in e book downloads In the end, I had to purchase this used and wait for it to arrive Even then, I was hesitate about starting the novel simply because The Devil s Star blew my mind and I was convinced that nothing could top it I was, fortunately, mistaken If you are not a fan of the series, become one I was glad that this book was so thick since I didn t want to put it down and I didn t I finished it within 24 hours I m too excited and can t wait to start on the next one It is easy to say that Jo Nesbo is the master of plot, the MC of words, and the ringleader of exceptional narrative. This is a great step up from a mystery serving just as entertainment Though some might quibble over whether Nesbo should be shelved with literature , I felt like I was treated to a serious tour of complex social issues As pointed out so well by Harry Roolaart here on Goodreads, the new genre of Nordic Noir can often tagged as natural realism with its coverage of the failing side of the progressive dream of these counties to become an egalitarian paradise Here the topics include the problems of drug addiction and prostitution and the hidden crimes among certain leading members of the society, in this case the vaunted Salvation Army As usual with crime fiction, we become invested with the mission of the detective to serve as a proxy physician to address the ills of society In this case, our hero Harry Hole has to deal with whether he is willing to assume the role of redeemer , which by one definition is a person who brings goodness, honor, etc., to something again The book starts with the rape of a 14 year old girl at a Salvation Army summer camp Not grossly wrought, just a mysterious background to the events in the story 12 years later We are put into the mind of an assassin who executes a member of the Salvation Army on a public street in Oslo We are soon given the knowledge that he is known as The Little Redeemer for his role as a boy soldier who blew up Serbian Yugoslavian tanks in the siege of Vukovar in Croatia in the 1991 war Harry Hole is working on the death of a heroin addict when the case comes up, which involves him already familiarizing himself with the wonderful work of the Salvation Army in serving these folks Much of the novel covers his slow and brilliant efforts to solving both the whodunit, that the reader already knows, and the whydunnit, which is a deep mystery As it soon becomes clear that the hitman is not done and has another target, the pressures mount, terrible mistakes are made, and the stress and guilt Harry feels leads him to struggle with staying on the wagon with respect to his drinking problem.The Christian concept of redemption under Protestant schemes is a relatively passive affair of accepting Christ as the son of God who experienced human death to atone for our sins But in Nesbo s book the theme of redeemer is of a active and violent means of achieving divine justice, as if to redeem is a transitive verb At one point one character poses the question If God doesn t do His job, though, someone has to do it The epigram at the start of the book is from Isaiah which speaks of the Messiah in warrior terms Who is this that comes from Edom, coming from Bozrah, his garments stained with crimson Who is this, in glorious apparel, marching in the greatness of his strength It is I, who announce that right has won the day, it is I, says the Lord, for I am Mighty to save The Salvation Army is not known for operating in this retributive mode, although I have always been perplexed by the martial metaphor in the hymn Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war I suppose that dates back to their temperance activities in the 19th century This book is no indictment of the mission of the Salvation Army, which does great humanitarian work in 126 countries Wikipedia tells me that in the U.S alone they help over 32 million people a year with a budget over 3 billion However, the tale does delve into how an upbringing in a Salvation Army family can twist some members personalities The plot is fascinating enough, but I got pleasure from Harry s character development I am at some disadvantage reading this out of series order, but it is clear that Hole is isolated than usual due to his role in a violent solution of a case of pervasive police corruption in the prior book Yet at one point as he is getting close a woman in the Salvation Army community, she gets him to admit that he has always been lonely and a loner I am still simmering over his self assessment on thatBjarne Moller, my former boss, says people like me always choose the line of most resistance It s in what he calls our accursed nature That s why we always end up on our own I don t know I like being alone Perhaps I have grown to like my self image of being a loner, too Another character puts her finger on the true challenges Harry faces in negotiating the moral gray zones of the modern world he inhabits You ve discovered that guilt is not as black and white as you thought when you decided to become a policeman and redeem humankind from evil As a rule there s little evil but a lot of human frailty Many sad stories you can recognize in yourself However, as you say, one has to live So we start lying To those around us and to ourselves. And for one vulnerable moment Harry felt nothing but sympathy Not the sympathy he could feel for the victim or for the next of kin, but for the person who for one heartrending moment sees his own pathetic humanity Harry Hole has looked in the mirror many times and seen the stark pitiful vision of his own existence His own human frailty too real to bear, but there is always a new case to keep him from drowning in despair.Something smells fishy in the ranks of the Salvation Army in Oslo, Norway, and it isn t just the odor coming from the investigating officer s tennis shoesYou should get yourself a couple of new insoles for the sneakers you ve got in there, she said, pointing.He eyed her in astonishment You don t have to be Jean Baptiste Grenouille to recognize the smell, she added Patrick Suskind, he said Perfume A policeman who reads, she said A Salvation Army soldier who reads about murder, he said Which leads us back to the reason for my being here, I m afraid An attractive woman in a snappy, Salvation Army uniform who references the main character of the cult classic Perfume would turn the head of any man of discerning taste, but for a lonely man like Harry Hole, it is like seeing an unexpected blue haze of water in the middle of the Sahara desert He is intrigued, maybe even a bit besotted I d chastise Harry because he is in love with another woman and barely hanging onto a few months of sobriety, but I was right there with him, wanting to keep this woman talking to see what other interesting literary allusions might fall from her pretty lips Martine.And so young Harry has a new boss who keeps a cast on his desk of the pinky finger of a fanatical, Japanese officer from WW2 who cut off his finger when his superior did not allow him to counterattack The pinky says it all This is going to be a difficult working relationship Harry has a lack of social survivability skills He says what he means without a filter He pushes things to the breaking point when he should let it go He likes being alone, or so he says, but really he is just still searching for the person who will complete him The person who will make him want to stay sober He sees things and makes connections that others do not make He is the best detective in the department, and if he weren t, he d have already been bounced out of the department, and we would be reading about Harry the Truck Driver or Harry the Bouncer He has caught an interesting case involving the very public, very professional shooting of a mid level officer in the Salvation Army Who would want to kill someone in God s army Harry soon finds himself in a desperate chase that has him running through the streets of Oslo, trying to catch up with the killer who is called The Little Redeemer The case has him meeting with the mother of a Serbian, resistance fighter to trade a life for a life He finds himself searching through empty, shipping containers on the docks and is nearly eaten by a rare, but vicious Metzner guard dog There are junkies who know seemingly insignificant pieces of the plot The twists and turns of the changing truth would leave most investigators minds corkscrewed into a babbling mess of incoherent suppositions Harry s mind just continues to refine what he knows, sets aside what is confusing, until finally the facts become incontestable.And the new partner assigned to Harry learns very quickly to just let him work and not to try to keep up with the jumps in logic Sometimes, Harry leaps Grand Canyons Who wants to flail and fall through the long darkness to only find Harry s painful grin waiting for you at the bottom so he can elucidate for you who and why Drive him where he wants driven Do what he asks and enjoy the front row view of not only the reveal of the killer, but also of the mastermind behind it all Oh, and Tom Waaler, from The Devil s Star, the series entry before this one, is a phantom continuing to lurk on the edges of every Harry inspired success Some things are just never put to bed As always Jo Nesbo delivers an exciting thriller that scratches that Nordic Noir itch I get at least once a month Next for me is Snowman to be properly prepared to watch Michael Fassbender metamorphose into Harry Hole in the movie release on October 20th, 2017 If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews, visithttp www.jeffreykeeten.comI also have a Facebook blogger page at 3.5 starsI know what to expect from Nesb , but I keep going back for hoping it gets at least slightly better At times, I thought the book was great At other times I could not wait for it to end That is how every Nesb book I read so far is, and I wish it wasn t At the beginning of the book, he starts off with a scene I understand and then follows it up by jumping around to a bunch of seemingly unrelated scenes Now, you might say, but, Matthew, that is what a mystery is and the fun is in the journey bringing them together I agree wholeheartedly However, Nesb is really good at muddying the waters to the point of distraction before things become clear Just when I think I am getting what s happening, a scene starts and I am all like, who is this, where are we, and how does this relate at all I am hoping some of you out there understand what I am saying about good confusion vs bad confusion.I will say that one of the best parts of this book was the ending So, it is worth all of the confusion to get there.Side note I got a chance to read this whole book in under 24 hours on a business road trip for work As a road trip book, I give it 6 out of 10 stars because a road book should keep me engaged and awake The confusing jumping around was causing me to lose interest and I kept checking how much time was left. . In the sixth novel from the Harry Hole series, Nesb adds a slight religious flavour to the story, with strong symbolism throughout When Robert Karlsen, a member of the Salvation Army, is gunned down during a public concert, the identity of the shooter remains a mystery, baffling the authorities Harry Hole leads the investigation, though there is little on which to act, except a description that includes a red neckerchief Unbeknownst to them, a Croatian soldier cum hitman, Stankic, was been paid for the shooting, but soon realises that he struck the wrong Karlsen Rather than leaving town, Stankic doubles back and tries to kill Jon Karlsen to set things right It is at this point that Hole begins to learn a little and almost captures the elusive Stankic Heading to Croatia to tie up some loose ends in the form of clues, Hole realises that Stankic is being handled by his mother Hole makes a promise to ensure the authorities do not kill her son if Hole is told who ordered the hit All is revealed to Hole, as well as a substantial motive Returning to Norway, Hole must track down not only the killer but those who have been committing other heinous crimes within the Salvation Army and bring it all to an end before there are casualties However, Hole suffers a devastating event of his own, which focusses his attention to solve the case and get justice for all In a way that only Hole can do, all cases converge and lead to a suspense filled finale where there will be blood, but whose Nesb fascinates his readers yet again with this explosive tale.The Hole series finds new and impressive ways to get better with each story I find myself enthralled the I read and cannot rest when Hole is on the prowl Told from a complex and darker perspective than North American thrillers, Nesb thickens this book with significant character development as he has in all the other novels and inserts powerful story arcs that punish the reader for skimming or skipping books in the series Nothing is refreshing than seeing an author use all their skills to weave a book of much worth together as the breadcrumbs lead to an ultimate crime that only the master storyteller could construct Jo Nesb knows how to tell a story and does so with such ease Kudos Mr Nesb for another gem Your ideas are ceaseless, which makes me want to keep reading.Like hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at |Free Pdf ☪ Frelseren ☩ The Redeemer Is The Fourth In The Harry Hole Series To Be Translated Into EnglishA Mixture Of Religion, Urban Misery, Modern European History And Grisly Horror Story, The Redeemer Takes The Crime Writing Of Jo Nesb To Yet Another Level, Establishing Him Firmly As One Of The International Top Names In Crime Fiction Through Snow Swept, Christmas Illuminated Oslo Town, Inspector Harry Hole Chases A Faceless Contract Killer From The Former Yugoslavia Among The Homeless Junkies, Perverts And Salvationists, Eagerly Waiting For A New Saviour To Deliver Them From Misery Whether He Brings New Life Or Immediate DeathA 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 L Nn, 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 Jo Nesbo anticipates and writes an early, Harry Hole version of his brilliant 2014 novel The Son.First published in Norwegian in 2005 as Frelseren, and then translated to English in 2007, The Redeemer blends elements of fundamentalist Christianity with street violence, drug culture and sex crimes.The Salvation Army is structured as a war agent against sin and so this view from the front lines makes sense to some degree, but the discontinuity between the two extremes was at times unsettling In the capable hands of a talented writer like Nesbo, though, the dichotomy is explored and mined for all its worth, and we see roles reversed and twists and turns revealed in an exciting and fast moving thriller.Hole and his dysfunctional Oslo detectives are on the trail of an execution in broad daylight of a Salvation Army soldier when the trail gets deep into international crime and hidden secrets Nesbo s dynamic portrayal of the Oslo crime squad continues to entertain.For Hole fans and for Nordic noir aficionados. In this 6th book in the Harry Hole series, the detective is on the trail of a wily hitman The book can be read as a standalone As the story opens, it s 1991 and the 14 year old daughter of a high official in the Norwegian Salvation Army is raped by someone she knows This apparently goes unreported as there seem to be no consequences During that same year during the break up of Yugoslavia a Croatian youth is dubbed Little Redeemer for his brave deeds against Serbian militias Fast forward a dozen years and the Little Redeemer now a hitman for hire goes to Norway and kills Robert Karlsen, a respected young member of the Norwegian Salvation Army The hitman soon discovers he mistakenly assassinated the wrong guy He then goes after Robert s brother Jon Karlsen, the true target Enter Inspector Harry Hole and his team of detectives, whose job it is to capture the murderer and prevent further deaths A great deal of the book involves the hitman chasing Jon Karlsen and Hole s team chasing the killer Much happens along the way the killer demonstrates clever skills in escaping the cops and hiding out Hole travels to Croatia a police officer is stabbed a woman is murdered in a horrifying way another girl is raped, and much.Of course there are plenty of side issues Robert Karlsen has a reputation for liking young girls and seems to have gotten friendly with a 15 year old Croatian refugee Jon Karlsen has a girlfriend but is also involved with a married woman whose husband wants to purchase Salvation Army properties Hole develops a relationship with the pretty Salvation Army worker, Martine, who was raped at the beginning of the book And there are lots interesting characters who interact in a variety of ways.Jo Nesbo loves to include lots of misdirection and unexpected twists in his books, and he outdoes himself here The book is chock full of surprises This is a complex, engaging story A good mystery thriller.You can follow my reviews at , Jo Nesbo,.