FICTION

The Redeemer

Knopf. May 2013. 320p. tr. from Norwegian by Don Bartlett. ISBN 9780307595850. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780307596734. F
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Do not expect this book to continue the story line from Nesbø's 2012 best seller, The Phantom (ninth in the Harry Hole series.) Fans will have to wait longer to discover the fate of Harry after his shocking encounter with a murder suspect. Instead, this story, published three years and as many books earlier (2009) involves the murder of a young Salvation Army employee shot at point-blank range during a Christmas season street performance. Bad weather grounds the gunman in Oslo and gives him time to realize, after reading news reports, that he has killed the wrong man. Excellent plotting, lots of twists, deception, and a comprehensible villain contribute to the rapid pacing as the iconic Nordic detective and his colleagues race to find and stop the assassin before he kills again. This could almost be considered a police procedural except that Hole rarely follows procedure even when commanded to do so by his new supervisor.
VERDICT Recommended for the many fans of Nesbø as well as for readers who appreciate maverick, intuitive detectives who fight the system almost as often as they fight crime.

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