I would have given this book a 5 star review. But there were two flaws: One of the main detectives acted out of character and led herself to a tragic death and, well, I correctly guessed the conclusion well ahead of the end, so the ending was a little boring for me. Nonetheless, [b:The Redbreast|465226|The Redbreast (Harry Hole, #3)|Jo Nesbø|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1320540474s/465226.jpg|1487876] was a brilliant book.
It's a wonderful coincidence that I came upon the redbreast after reading [b:Shibumi|1059|Shibumi|Trevanian|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348781238s/1059.jpg|1326919], another book about WWII. Both books criticize the unfair attitude toward the Axis powers. Everybody should condemn human stupidities like racism and war, but we shouldn't forget that most norms are relative and every action and decision should be considered in it's own context.
[a:Jo Nesbø|904719|Jo Nesbø|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1313316680p2/904719.jpg] did a great job in portraying a Norwegian veteran who had fought alongside Germans in WWII. We see how he is different from some modern Neo-Nazies. On seeing the difference between Fascism and Nationalism, I could really sympathize with the veteran. And this quality in the antagonist is one of the main strengths of [b:The Redbreast|465226|The Redbreast (Harry Hole, #3)|Jo Nesbø|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1320540474s/465226.jpg|1487876].