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    Striking Inside Angola With 32 Battalion
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    Descirption: Join 'The Terrible Ones' on clandestine operations and in conventional warfare during the harsh bush war that raged through southern Angola in the 1980s. The conflict ended with the last major battle of the Cold War, one of the largest land battles of the latter part of the 20th century. This book presents an eyewitness account by a South African Defense Force (SADF) Signals Officer, Marius Scheepers, who served in arguably the most formidable battle unit that ever existed in the history of the South African Defense Force: 32 Battalion. It describes how members lived and fought in the bush during 1983 under the most difficult conditions.
    Being the Signals Officer of 32 Battalion, Scheepers was privy to all major command decisions of the time. Although he focuses primarily on operations during the year 1983, including Operations Snoek and Dolfyn, he includes concise descriptions of all other major operations that took place inside Angola between 1966 and 1988, including Operation Askari (1983/84) and the decisive battle at Cuito Cuanavale in 1987/88. Extensive appendices include 32 Battalion sitreps, radio-code cards, SADF radio equipment used by 32 Battalion and details on SADF, SAAF and SWAPO.
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    "A ... rich account of time spent with the famous 32 Battalion. Marius Scheepers was a national service signals officer (9C) with the unit from late 1982 to late 1983. This placed the young officer in a unique position, alongside the commander, to know what was going on and where. As 9C he was also required to keep records and report. Here he puts this knowledge to good use. Scheepers also had the SANDF documentation centre declassify many relevant documents, adding detail so often missing from other accounts, especially regarding operations Snoek and Dolfyn, anti-People's Liberation Army of Namibia area-operations in south Angola."
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    Ten Cities That Made an Empire
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    Descirption: From Tristram Hunt, award-winning author of The Frock-Coated Communist and leading UK politician, Ten Cities that Made an Empire presents a new approach to Britain's imperial past through the cities that epitomised it

    The final embers of the British Empire are dying, but its legacy remains in the lives and structures of the cities which it shaped. Here Tristram Hunt examines the stories and defining ideas of ten of the most important: Boston, Bridgetown, Dublin, Cape Town, Calcutta, Hong Kong, Bombay, Melbourne, New Delhi, and twentieth-century Liverpool.

    Rejecting binary vie of the British Empire as 'very good' or 'very bad', Hunt uses an exceptional array of primary accounts and personal reflection to chart the processes of exchange and adaptation that collectively shaped the colonial experience - and, in turn, transformed the culture, economy and identity of the British Isles.

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    The Best Land Under Heaven The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny
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    Descirption: Cutting through 160 years of mythmaking, best-selling historian Michael Wallis presents the ultimate cautionary tale of America's westward expansion.
    "WESTWARD HO! FOR OREGON AND CALIFORNIA!"
    In the eerily warm spring of 1846, George Donner placed this advertisement in a local nepaper as he and a restless caravan prepared for what they hoped would be the most rewarding journey of a lifetime. But in eagerly pursuing what would a century later become known as the "American dream," this optimistic-yet-motley crew of emigrants was met with a chilling nightmare; in the following months, their jingoistic excitement would be replaced by desperate cries for help that would fall silent in the deadly snow-covered mountains of the Sierra Nevada.
    We know these early pioneers as the Donner Party, a name that has elicited horror since the late 1840s. Now, celebrated historian Michael Wallis-beloved for his myth-busting portraits of legendary American...


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    The Building of Manhattan
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    Descirption: Meticulously accurate line drawings and fascinating text trace Manhattan's growth from a tiny Dutch outpost to the commercial, financial, and cultural heart of the world. This book explains construction above and below ground, including excavating subway lines and building bridges and skyscrapers. Hundreds of illustrations reveal intricate details of construction techniques.


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    The Natural Building Companion A Comprehensive Guide to Integrative Design and Construction
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    Descirption: Natural buildings not only bring satisfaction to their makers and joy to their occupants, they also leave the gentlest footprint on the environment. In this complete reference to natural building philosophy, design, and technique, Jacob Deva Racusin and Ace McArleton walk builders through planning and construction, offering step-by-step instructions on:siting and site analysischoosing materialsintegrating basic structural considerations into a designstrategies for heating/cooling efficiency and moisture managementplanning for acousticsdeveloping an integrative designnavigating budgeting, code compliance, and project managementcreating the foundation, wall system, roof, and floorsselecting and making plasters and paintsevaluating options for mechanical and utility systemsprotecting against fire and insectsintegrating structures within landscape, climate, and human communities...and moreApplicable to building in...


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    The Prisoner in His Palace
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    Descirption: In the haunting tradition of In Cold Blood and The Executioner's Song, this is the bizarre tale of twelve young soldiers deployed to Iraq expecting to face the enemy in combat, but find themselves protecting the enemy's most infamous and fearsome leader-Saddam Hussein-in the months before his death.
    What the self-dubbed "Super Twelve" experience in the Fall of 2006 is cognitive dissonance at its most extreme. Expecting to engage with the enemy "outside the wire," they're suddenly tasked with guarding a notorious dictator until he can be hanged. Watching over the Coalition Forces' most "high value detainee" in a former palace and regularly transporting their prisoner to his raucous trial, the men gradually begin to question some of their most basic assumptions. Saddam proves complex-voluble, charming, and given to displays of affection. Perhaps most shockingly, in his Spartan stoicism and the courage he sho facing death, he eventually coaxes...


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    Descirption: The royal tombs of ancient Egypt include some of the most stupendous monuments of all time, c


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    The Ultimate Guide to Crystals & Stones A Practical Path to Personal Power, Self Development, and Healing
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    Descirption: For centuries, ancient cultures referred to crystals as the veins of the earth, frozen liquid, and frozen light. Uma Silbey unlocks the secrets of these remarkable storehouses for earth's energy to reveal their remarkable effects on personal power, self-enhancement, and healing. In this ultimate guide, she describes how you can channel the subtle forces within a crystal to empower your meditations, direct your thoughts, energize your body, and unleash a lifelong flow of creative and physical energy. From selecting the right crystal and “programming" it for your personal use to special techniques and exercises to heighten your abilities, Silbey guides you on the path to self-mastery.
    In The Ultimate Guide to Crystals and Stones, Silbey provides information on:
    Different colors, shapes, and properties of quartz crystals and stones
    How to wear crystals and stones to take advantage of their protective powers
    How to heighten your crystal experience through...


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    The Who, the What, and the When 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History
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    Descirption: In the bestselling tradition of The Where, the Why, and the How, this offbeat illustrated history reveals 65 people you've probably never heard of, but who helped shape the word as we know it. Muses and neighbors, friends and relatives, accomplices and benefactors-such as Michael and Joy Brown, who gifted Harper Lee a year's worth of wages to help her write To Kill a Mockingbird. Or John Ordway, the colleague who walked with Lewis and Clark every step of the way. Each eye-opening story of these unsung heroes is written by a notable historian and illustrated by a top indie artist, making The Who, the What, and the When a treasure trove of word and image for history buffs, art lovers, and anyone who rejoices in unexpected discovery.


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    Descirption: Spice up your life! - Take a trip around the world with delicious, mouth-watering, meatless, dairy-free, and egg-free recipes ranging from mildly spiced to nearly incendiary. Explore the spicy vegan cuisines of the U.S., South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India, and Asia with:<LI>Red-Hot White Bean Chili<LI>Vindaloo Vegetables<LI>Moroccan Tagine<LI>Spicy Szechuan Noodles<LI>Jambalaya<LI>Thai Coconut Soup<LI>Penne Arrabbiata<LI>Satays with Ginger Peanut SauceOrganized by global region, this book offers inventive and delicious spicy vegan recipes of traditional dishes using readily available ingredients. Best of all, the recipes are designed so you can adjust your own heat tolerance allowing you to enjoy it hot - or not. With the bold and scintillating recipes of Vegan Fire & Spice, you can travel the globe without ever leaving home - while still enjoying meals that are healthy and 100% vegan.


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    Victoria's Daughters
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    Descirption: The story of five women who shared one of the most extraordinary and privileged sisterhoods of all time.
    Vicky, Alice, Helena, and Beatrice were historically unique sisters, born to a sovereign who ruled over a quarter of the earth's people and who gave her name to an era: Queen Victoria. Two of these princesses would themselves produce children of immense consequence. All five would curiously come to share many of the social restrictions and familial machinations borne by nineteenth-century women of less-exulted class.
    Victoria and Albert's precocious firstborn child, Vicky, wed a Prussian prince in a political match her high-minded father hoped would bring about a more liberal Anglo-German order. That vision met with disaster when Vicky's son Wilhelm-- to be known as Kaiser Wilhelm-- turned against both England and his mother, keeping her out of the public eye for the rest of her life. Gentle, quiet Alice had a happier marriage, one that produced Alexandra, later to become Tsarina of Russia, and yet another Victoria, whose union with a Battenberg prince was to found the present Mountbatten clan. However, she suffered from melancholia and died at age thirty-five of what appears to have been a deliberate, grief-fueled exposure to the diphtheria germs that had carried away her youngest daughter. Middle child Helena struggled against obesity and drug addition but was to have lasting effect as Albert's literary executor. By contrast, her glittering and at times scandalous sister Louise, the most beautiful of the five siblings, escaped the claustrophobic stodginess of the European royal courts by marrying a handsome Scottish commoner, who became governor general of Canada, and eventually settled into artistic salon life as a respected sculptor. And as the baby of the royal brood of nine, rebelling only briefly to forge a short-lived marriage, Beatrice lived under the thumb of her mother as a kind of personal secretary until the queen's death.
    Principally researched at the houses and palaces of its five subjects in London, Scotland, Berlin, Darmstadt, and Ottawa-- and entertainingly written by an experienced biographer whose last book concerned Victoria's final days-- Victoria's Daughters closely examines a generation of royal women who were dominated by their mother, married off as much for political advantage as for love, and finally passed over entirely with the accession of their n0 brother Bertie to the throne. Packard provides valuable insights into their complex, oft-tragic lives as daughters of their time.
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    Incisive character studies of Queen Victoria's five daughters provide the framework for a lively survey of 19th-century European history. With three brothers securing the English throne, the princesses' royal duty was to further Britain's interests through marriage. Vivacious, intelligent Vicky (1840-1901), the spoiled eldest, had a happy union with Hohenzollern prince Frederick William, though her liberal vie were unpopular in Prussia and vehemently resisted by her son Willy, who eventually became the emperor of Germany. Sensitive, altruistic Alice (1843-78); dutiful, dull Lenchen (1846-1923); and shy baby sister Beatrice (1857-1944) all married minor German royalty--though Beatrice, intended to be her domineering mother's spinster companion, didn't marry until she was 28 and continued to live in England at Victoria's beck and call. Centuries-old custom dictated that princesses must not wed subjects, but artistic, rebellious Louise (1848-1939) married a Scottish nobleman anyway and managed to lead a slightly less restricted life than her sisters, particularly as a strong supporter of charitable organizations for women. Jerrold Packard, a veteran historian-biographer with six previous books to his credit, spins an enjoyably old-fashioned narrative emphasizing personal relationships among Europe's royalty and their impact on political developments. --Wendy Smith

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    Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had nine children?five of them daughters?and 40 grandchildren. In this engaging group biography, Packard (Farewell in Splendor) writes about scores of lives and several generations of this fecund couple's progeny?which is why the book is best devoured in small bites and why the comprehensive list of "Principal Characters" is indispensable. As a family, the V&As make for a story as dramatic as any fictional saga, but Packard also sho real sympathy and affection for these royal individuals, including the vastly complicated Queen Victoria herself. Packard combed the daily correspondence the sovereign required of her eldest daughter, Vicky, as well as letters, journals, memoirs and biographies of the other principals involved. In addition, his loving (or disparaging) descriptions of the five daughters' residences in London, Argyll, Berlin, Darmstadt and Ottowa reflect his eager research. History was no mere backdrop to these lives: Vicky's eldest child, Willy, grew up to become Kaiser Wilhelm II, to her great despair, and Alice's daughter Alexandra married Tsar Nicholas II. Packard's narrative is accessible, unpretentious and solidly written (except for one particularly bad pun on a widow's peak). He manages to treat historical events succinctly while emphasizing the princesses' individual lives and family relationships, their talents in music and art, their patronage of schools and hospitals and their pioneering advocacy of women's education and employment.
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    Descirption: A Gathering of Ravens was called "satisfying...complex...and a pleasure to read" (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Now, Scott Oden continues the saga of Grimnir in this new epic fantasy novel.

    In A Gathering of Ravens, he fought for vengeance. Now, Grimnir is back to fight for his survival.
    It is the year of Our Lord 1218 and in the land of the Raven-Geats, the Old Ways reach deep. And while the Geats pay a tax to the King in the name of the White Christ, their hearts and souls belong to the gods of Įsgaršr. But no man can serve two masters.
    Pledging to burn this Norse heresy from the land, famed crusader Konrįšr the White leads a host against the Raven-Geats, using torch and sword to bring forth the light of the new religion. But the land of the Raven-Geats has an ancient protector: Grimnir, the last in a long line of monsters left to plague Mišgaršr. And he will stand between the Raven-Geats and their...


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    Descirption: Some fruits are at their best when eaten fresh, while others reveal their truest and most delicious flavor when cooked. Understanding how to enjoy fruit at its peak of flavor-whether it's lightly sautéed, poached, baked, braised, or roasted-is the key, and this cookbook for home cooks sho you how.
    Simple Fruit inspires home cooks to explore and enhance the flavors of fruit throughout the year. Each recipe applies a cooking technique that wakes the senses with the distinct flavor characteristics of a fruit. Simple Fruit is a fresh way to approach fruit.

    The 50 recipes in this book are organized seasonally and by type of fruit, with a focus on bringing out the best flavor in fruit. Whether it's Vanilla-Roasted Rhubarb, Strawberry Pavlova, Cherry Hand Pies, or Grilled Apricots with Brown Butter and Maple-Tamari Glaze, Simple Fruit encourages and inspires readers to explore the unique flavors of cooked fruits, and gives them...


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    01 The Bat The First Inspector Harry Hole Jo Nesbo
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    Descirption: The electrifying first appearance of Jo Nesbų's detective, Harry Hole.

    Inspector Harry Hole of the Oslo Crime Squad is dispatched to Sydney to observe a murder case. Harry is free to offer assistance, but he has firm instructions to stay out of trouble. The victim is a twenty-three year old Norwegian woman who is a minor celebrity back home. Never one to sit on the sidelines, Harry befriends one of the lead detectives, and one of the witnesses, as he is drawn deeper into the case. Together, they discover that this is only the latest in a string of unsolved murders, and the pattern points toward a psychopath working his way across the country. As they circle closer and closer to the killer, Harry begins to fear that no one is safe, least of all those investigating the case.

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    "This is an absolute must for devotees of the riveting train wreck that is Harry Hole. . . . While the chronological confusion is disconcerting, it adds a layer of dramatic irony to the tale and enhances its tension and power."
    -Booklist (starred review)

    "Harry is already every bit as volcanic as in his later cases. The big difference is Australia, which Nesbų, seeing it through the eyes of both a tourist and a cultural pathologist, makes you wonder how much different it is from Norway after all."
    -Kirkus Revie

    "This debut effort sho Nesbų as an already confident genre craftsman, striking sparks from the familiar genre material of Harry's fish-out-of-water experience in a foreign land and odd-couple pairing with a mismatched partner."
    --Publishers Weekly

    Advance praise from the U.K.

    "Even with this first book Nesbų's command of the idiom is completely in place-there is absolutely no sense that the writer was finding his feet and aficionados will be very pleased to slide this on to their bookshelves alongside the other Harry Hole novels."
    --The Daily Express

    "It is fantastic to see a younger Harry, a more loquacious Harry. . . . [Nesbų is] a terrific writer who kno how to build a story, taking you slowly to the top of a rollercoaster before sending you hurtling towards a solution that you never see coming."
    --Scottish Express

    "Nesbų is already taking on the clichés, ruthlessly tearing them apart and coming up with new riffs. . . . Most satisfyingly, we can now see the organic shape that Nesbų always intended his work to take."
    --The Independent (London)

    About the Author
    Jo Nesbų's books have sold more than eighteen million copies worldwide, and have been translated into forty-seven languages. His Harry Hole novels include The Redbreast, Nemesis, The Devil's Star, The Snowman, The Leopard, Phantom and The Redeemer, and he is the author of Headhunters and several children's books. He has received the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel. He is also a musician, songwriter, and economist and lives in Oslo.


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    04 Nemesis A Harry Hole Novel Jo Nesbo
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    Descirption: A man walks into an Oslo bank, puts a gun to a cashier's head, and tells her to count to twenty-five. When he doesn't get his money fast enough, he pulls the trigger. The young woman dies-and two million Norwegian kroner disappear without a trace.
    After a drunken evening with former girlfriend Anna Bethsen, Police Detective Harry Hole wakes up at home with a headache, no cell phone, and no memory of the past twelve hours. The same day, Anna is found shot dead in her bedroom, making Hole a prime suspect in the investigation led by his hated adversary, Tom Waaler. Meanwhile, the bank robberies continue with unparalleled savagery, sending rogue detective Hole from the streets of Oslo to steaming Brazil in a race to close two cases and clear his name. But Waaler isn't finished with his longtime nemesis quite yet.

    From Publishers Weekly
    Starred Review. When a bank teller is shot during a holdup at the start of Norwegian bestseller Nesbų's beautifully executed heist drama, Oslo Insp. Harry Hole investigates, along with Beate Lųnn, a young detective with the ability to remember every face she's ever seen. Meanwhile, Harry receives a call from Anna Bethsen, a woman he hasn't seen in years. After he meets Anna, recovering alcoholic Harry awakens the next morning with a hangover and the ne that Anna is dead, apparently by her own hand. While Harry quietly looks into Anna's death, he and Beate uncover ties in their bank robbery case to one of Norway's most notorious bank robbers, who's currently in prison. The deeper Harry digs, the clearer it becomes that Anna's death is linked to the robbery. Expertly weaving plot lines from Hole's last outing to feature the inspector, The Redbreast (2007), Nesbų delivers a lush crime saga that will leave U.S. readers clamoring for the next installment. (Jan.)
    Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

    From Booklist
    Starred Review When Norwegian Jo Nesbo's Redbreast landed on these shores in 2007, the acclaim was universal. Now Nesbo returns with another novel that is every bit the multitextured, complexly plotted, psychologically rich thriller that made Redbreast such an unqualified success. We pick up the life of Oslo detective Harry Hole, a recovering alcoholic whose closet is stuffed with unresolved issues concerning his obsession with his job and his inability to commit to a personal life, as he awaits the return of his new lover, Rakel, from Russia, where she hopes to be awarded permanent custody of her young son. But then he accepts an invitation to meet an old girlfriend, and suddenly he is sucked into the abyss all over again. Waking the next day at home with what appears to be a world-class hangover, he bemoans having fallen off the wagon, only to realize that's merely the tip of the iceberg: the girlfriend has been found murdered, and his rival in the Oslo police department may be behind an attempt to frame him. Does the girlfriend's death somehow tie in with the bank robbery and murder that he and his new partner are investigating? As Hole attempts to connect the sea of dots strewn in his path, he must battle not only his adversaries but his own demons, suddenly given new life. Nesbo manages the unlikely feat of exploring the inner life of his lead character in the thorough and compelling manner one associates with, say, Ruth Rendell, while at the same time juggling multiple, interlocking plot strands as dexterously as David Heon. No doubt about it: Nesbo belongs on every crime-fiction fan's A-list. --Bill Ott


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    Descirption: Harry is on a special mission
    Detective Harry Hole arrives in a steaming hot Bangkok. The Norwegian ambassador has been found dead in a seedy motel room, and Harry has been sent to investigate. It's clear that the Ambassador's family are hiding some secrets of their own, but few people are willing to talk.
    He needs to solve a crime and avoid a scandal
    When Harry lays hands on some incriminating CCTV footage, things only get more complicated. The man who gave him the tape goes missing, and Harry realises that failing to solve a murder case is by no means the only danger that faces the unwary.
    But in an unfamiliar city, who can you trust?

    Review
    Praise for Jo Nesbų
    "Nesbų writes like an angel. As in Lucifer." -The Philadelphia Inquirer

    "Harry Hole is fast becoming cone of the planet's favorite detectives. And his demons are almost as legendary as his observational and analytical skills." -The Mirror (UK)

    "Nesbų explores the darkest criminal minds with grim delight and puts his killer where you least expect to find them. . . . His novels are maddeningly addictive." -Vanity Fair

    About the Author
    Jo Nesbų's books have been translated into forty-seven languages. He is the author of the Harry Hole series, the latest of which is Police, as well as Headhunters and several children's books. He has received the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel. He is also a musician, songwriter, and economist and lives in Oslo.


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    03 The Redbreast Jo Nesbo
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    Descirption: "An elegant and complex thriller..Harrowingly beautiful."
    -New York Times Book Review
    "A hugely impressive achievement-ambitious in scope, and skilled in execution."
    -Los Angeles Times
    "The Redbreast certainly ranks with the best of current American crime fiction."
    -Washington Post
    No disrespect meant to Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson, but Jo Nesbų, the New York Times bestselling author of The Snowman, is the most exciting Scandinavian thriller writer in the crime fiction business. The Redbreast is a fabulous introduction to Nesbų's tough-as-nails series protagonist, Oslo police detective Harry Hole. A brilliant and epic novel, breathtaking in its scope and design-winner of The Glass Key for best Nordic crime novel and selected as the best Norwegian crime novel ever written by members of Norway's book clubs-The Redbreast is a chilling tale of murder and betrayal that ranges from the battlefields of World War Two to the streets of modern-day Oslo. Follow Hole as he races to stop a killer and disarm a ticking time-bomb from his nation's shadowy past. Vogue magazine says that "nobody can delve into the dark, twisted mind of a murderer better than a Scandinavian thriller writer".and nobody does it better than Jo Nesbų! James Patterson fans should also take note.

    From Publishers Weekly
    Starred Review. Shifting effortlessly between the last days of WWII on the Eastern front and modern day Oslo, Norwegian Nesbų (The Devil's Star) spins a complex tale of murder, revenge and betrayal. A recovering alcoholic recently reassigned to the Norwegian Security Service, Insp. Harry Hole begins tracking Sverre Olsen, a vicious neo-Nazi who escaped prosecution on a technicality. But what starts as a quest to put Olsen behind bars soon explodes into a race to prevent an assassination. As Hole struggles to stay one step ahead of Olsen and his gang of skinheads, Nesbų takes the reader back to WWII, as Norwegians fighting for Hitler wage a losing battle on the Eastern front. When the two story lines finally collide, it's up to Hole to stop a man hell-bent on carrying out the deadly plan he hatched half a century ago in the trenches. Perfectly paced and painfully suspenseful, this crime novel illuminates not only Norway's alleged Nazi ties but also its present skinhead subculture. Readers will delight in Hole, a laconic hero as doggedly stubborn as Connelly's Harry Bosch, and yet with a prickly appeal all his own. (Dec.)
    Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

    Review
    "Shifting effortlessly between the last days of WWII on the Eastern front and modern day Oslo, Norwegian Nesb? spins a complex tale of murder, revenge and betrayal. . . . Perfectly paced and painfully suspenseful."


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    06 The Redeemer Jo Nesbo
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    Descirption: A fantastically gripping thriller from the best-selling author of The Snowman.

    Christmas shoppers stop to hear a Salvation Army concert on a crowded Oslo street. A gunshot cuts through the music and the bitter cold: one of the singers falls dead, shot in the head at point-blank range. Harry Hole-the Oslo Police Department's best investigator and worst civil servant-has little to work with: no suspect, no weapon, and no motive. But Harry's troubles will multiply. As the search closes in, the killer becomes increasingly desperate, and Harry's chase takes him to the most forbidden corners of the former Yugoslavia.

    Yet it's when he returns to Oslo that he encounters true darkness: among the homeless junkies and Salvationists, eagerly awaiting a savior to deliver them from misery-whether he brings new life or immediate death.

    With its shrewdly vertiginous narrative, acid-etched characters, and white-hot pace, The Redeemer is resounding proof of Jo Nesbų's standing as one of the best crime writers of our time.
    From the Hardcover edition.

    Review
    "The Redeemer* rocks! Jo Nesbų 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."
    - Michael Connelly

    "The Redeemer
    is Nesbų'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 war hero with a truly fatal gay charm - who has the advantage of 'hyperelasticity,' a face so mobile no one can remember it. Nesbų'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*

    "Hole in one. . . . Jo Nesbų has done it again. This autumn's Harry Hole crime novel is conceived on a large scale and masterfully carried out. . . . One of Norwegian literature's most outstanding storytellers just happens to be named Jo Nesbų."
    - Verdens Gang (Norway)

    "Right on the mark. . . .Jo Nesbų dra his bow, takes aim and hits a bull's eye. He has the language, he has the suspense - and he has Harry Hole. . . . 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 Nesbų, it's high time you were."
    - Bergensavisen (Norway)

    "A tour de force. Nesbų has a plot here that is so tightly constructed and compelling that it's impossible to put the book down. This is a serial-killer story, and one with a punch."
    - Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail

    "Nesbų 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 favourite copper from those parts. . . . Terrific shocks, tension and atmosphere."
    - The Times

    Review
    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 Interesting and exciting...Hole and his author provide unusually good reading Literary Review Jo Nesbo is no ordinary writer Sunday Telegraph publication of a new Nesbo is a cause for celebration...deserves to be considered as one of the very best crime novels of the year .bookgeeks.co.uk Even when you're positive that the mystery is entirely done and dusted, it invariably turns out that the pragmatic Detective Harry Hole has managed to stay three steps ahead and there's more to uncover. Time Out The world is finally catching on to the dark delights of Scandinavian crime fiction, and Norwegian Jo Nesbo is up there at the head of the pack. This is chilling, spectacular stuff, and anyone looking for serious, and seriously compelling crime writing need look no further Nesbo's fourth novel [and it] proves to be as brilliant as his other three...grimly realistic...an engrossing mystery The Scotsman


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    08 The Leopard An Inspector Harry Hole Nov Jo Nesbo
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    Descirption: "With Henning Mankell having written his last Wallander novel and Stieg Larsson no longer with us, I have had to make the decision on whom to confer the title of best current Nordic writer of crime fiction . . . Jo Nesbų wins." -Marcel Berlins, The Times (U.K.)

    Two young women are found murdered in Oslo, both drowned in their own blood. Media coverage quickly reaches fever pitch: Could this be the work of a serial killer?

    The crime scenes offer no coherent clues, the police investigation is stalled, and the one man who might be able to help doesn't want to be found. Traumatized by his last case, Inspector Harry Hole has lost himself in the squalor of Hong Kong's opium dens. Yet when he is compelled, at last, to return to Norway-his father is dying-Harry's buried instincts begin to take over. After a female MP is discovered brutally murdered, nothing can keep him from the investigation.

    There is little to go on: a piece of rope, a scrap of wool, a bit of gravel, an unexpected connection between the victims. And Harry will soon come to understand that he is dealing with a psychopath for whom "insanity is a vital retreat," someone who will put him to the test-in both his professional and personal lives-as never before.

    Ruthlessly intelligent and suspenseful, The Leopard is Jo Nesbų's most electrifying novel yet-absolutely gripping from first to last.

    Amazon.com Review
    Amazon Best Books of the Month, December 2011: At the end of his previous thriller, The Snowman, Jo Nesbo's Inspector Harry Hole was a ravaged mess. At the start of The Leopard, we find Hole hiding away from the world, smoking opium in the squalor of Hong Kong's back alleys. A pretty young police officer drags him reluctantly back to Norway to pursue another serial killer, this one more twisted and vicious than the Snowman. Despite some far-fetched scenes, Hole is a damaged, soulful, and believable character. And Nesbo is proving to be a major talent, an eloquent writer who,, with the end of Steig Larsson's trilogy and the retirement of Henning Mankell's brooding detective Kurt Wallander, seems poised to become heir to the title "King of the Nordic thriller." --Neal Thompson

    Review
    A Booklist Best Crime Novel of 2012

    "Maddeningly addictive." --Vanity Fair

    "Meaty, gripping, full of tantalizing twists." -Associated Press

    "A true page-turner, and a worthy sequel to The Snowman." -Newark Star-Ledger

    "The Leopard rewards you with a finale as unexpected and thought-provoking as any in recent mystery-fiction memory." -San Francisco Chronicle

    "A cracking good thriller. . . . Immerse yourself and enjoy the ride." -The Guardian (London)

    "The action in The Leopard sweeps from a volcano in Africa to the remotest snow-covered mountains of Norway, but many of the novel's best parts involve Harry's silent struggles. . . . There's always a twist, always a surprise, always a variation on a theme." -The Dallas Morning Ne

    "Nesbų also deepens the central mystery at the heart of Harry's pursuits: which is not so much the truth about himself, but rather, whether he can learn to live with that truth. He is a giant of the Scandinavian mystery." -The Boston Globe

    "Outstanding. . . . Nesbų moves the action easily from Hong Kong to Norway, with side trips to the Democratic Republic of Congo, without ever losing the plot's sense of urgency."
    -Publishers Weekly (starred)

    "This one stands up to the ante one more time. . . . Crime fiction's most tortured and compelling hero. Alas, no armor exists strong enough to keep Harry from his demons, or the rest of us from Harry." -Booklist (starred)

    "Comparisons with Stieg Larsson have been made, but Nesbų's plots move quickly, carry more punch, and really do keep you guessing to the final page." -Daily Mirror

    "The Leopard's unflagging narrative tension, breathtaking surprises and many confrontations with half-suspected treachery . . . are superb." -The Independent


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    Descirption: Following from Jo Nesbų's electrifying international best-sellers The Snowman and The Leopard, now comes Phantom, which plunges the brilliant, deeply troubled, now former police officer Harry Hole into a full-tilt investigation on which his own tenuous future will come to depend.
    When Harry left Oslo again for Hong Kong-fleeing the traumas of life as a cop-he thought he was there for good. But then the unthinkable happened. The son of the woman he loved, lost, and still loves is arrested for murder: Oleg, the boy Harry helped raise but couldn't help deserting when he fled. Harry has come back to prove that Oleg is not a killer. Barred from rejoining the police force, he sets out on a solitary, increasingly dangerous investigation that takes him deep into the world of the most virulent drug to ever hit the streets of Oslo (and the careers of some of the city's highest officials), and into the maze of his own past, where he will find the wrenching truth that finally matters to Oleg, and to himself.
    BONUS: This ebook edition includes an excerpt from Jo Nesbų's Police.

    Amazon.com Review

    Amazon Exclusive: An Essay by Jo Nesbų on Harry Hole
    It is not easy to summarize the protagonist of the series in a few words, but here are some features of Harry's personality that are important to me when I write about him: he's the type of guy who is driven by his good side as well as his darker side. At times he believes in his role as law enforcer, at other times he doesn't. And occasionally he is so gripped by his emotions that they overwhelm his basic belief in the principles of a state governed by law. He hunts down criminals with such an intense hatred and finds revenge so hard to resist that at times he could be mistaken for the antagonists he is fighting. But at the same time he can feel empathy for, perhaps even a kinship with, the lawbreaker. Harry Hole is a hero with pronounced weaknesses. All interesting heroes have an Achilles heel, and in Harry's case, it is alcohol.
    Harry feels something akin to what the serial killer feels, the same tension and excitement, when he approaches a victim and the same anti-climax after the killer is caught. It is Harry's ambition to understand both love and evil. He is a passionate guy in all ways. And he is the type of man who has difficulties controlling his impulses. The fact that he cannot set limits permeates his drinking habits and his attitude to his job. He takes on cases and is swallowed up by them. It is the same with his relationships with women. I could have chosen to make Harry and Rakel live happily ever after and have children, but then we have a completely different person. I like the fact that he is in transit in his own life, as far as his emotions and his job are concerned. I'm often asked how much Harry and I have in common. I won't answer that in detail, but when you make a person a hero, as a writer you are bound to have at least a basic set of values, a goal, a need or a longing that you can relate to.

    From Booklist
    Starred Review In the Booklist review of Nesbų's The Leopard (2011), we called Oslo police detective Harry Hole "a good man undone by a bad world and a too-sensitive soul." How right we were-except, perhaps, that we neglected to say that his undoing also has a lot to do with his inability (and unwillingness) to escape his past. This time Harry, no longer a cop, returns to Oslo from his new home in Hong Kong, once again summoned by trouble in the family. In The Leopard, it was his father; now it's Oleg, the son of Rakel, the love of Harry's life. Ironically, Rakel left Harry to protect her son from the horrors of Harry's world, and now those same horrors have found the boy, even in Harry's absence. First it was drugs, in the form of violin, a new wonder drug that protects the user from a deadly ovedose but is far more addictive than heroin; now Oleg is in jail, accused of killing a fellow addict. The evidence looks rock solid, but Rakel kno that if anyone can prove her boy is not a killer, it's Harry. Nesbų begins with this emotionally gripping family drama but surrounds it with an elaborate, beautifully constructed plot involving the new drug and the ruthless man who rules its distribution. The subplots, plot twists (especially the last one), and the fully fleshed supporting characters-many of whom could drive their own novels-are all testament to Nesbų's remarkable talent, but finally, it all comes back to Harry and the pain he endures in trying to carve out a separate peace from a world and a past that won't let him go. Superb on every level. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: All those Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson fans have jumped on the Nesbo bandwagon. A far-reaching publicity campaign and a 150,000 first printing will make sure they stay there. --Bill Ott


 

 

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