Of the 10-piece Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo, the first title to read is "The Bat," after which the plots proceed in order of publication. However, reader reviews and recommendations place "The Redbreast" as the most influential of the series.
While both publication date and plot sequencing correlate, allowing readers to easily follow Jo Nesbo's series in order, readers often recommend "The Redbreast" as adding particular depth. This title was also the first of this series translated to English, which left most American readers initially unable to approach the series chronologically. Set in WWII, with remarkable plot and language, the lasting popularity of "The Redbreast" underscores its broad appeal.