The Redbreast is a thriller set in Scandinavia where Harry Hole is an ordinary man with very strong investigative instincts. Never considered one of the elite because of his personality, he is nonetheless a worthy detective. In Redbreast he discovers that someone purchased a very expensive weapon in his tiny town. This intriguing purchase seems to be of interest to no one but him. While his superiors focus and try to force Harry to focus on other issues, he cannot get past the fact that this weapon is somewhere nearby and about to be used.
“I think I know why you’re here. You’re wondering if one of the soldiers from Sennheim was capable of executing such a killing.’ ‘Right. Was there anyone?’ ‘Yes, there was.’ Fauke grasped his mug with both hands and his eyes wandered into the distance. ‘The one you didn’t find. Gudbrand Johansen. I told you we called him the redbreast, didn’t I?”
While I enjoyed the characters in this novel and the storyline itself, I found myself struggling with the names and keeping track of these characters. It took a lot away for me.