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OVER 9 MILLION BOOKS SOLD WORLDWIDE How do you catch a killer when you're the number one suspect? A man is caught on CCTV, shooting dead a cashier at a bank. Detective Harry Hole begins his investigation, but after dinner with an old flame wakes up with no memory of the past 12 hours. Then the girl is found dead in mysterious circumstances and he begins to receive threaten OVER 9 MILLION BOOKS SOLD WORLDWIDE How do you catch a killer when you're the number one suspect? A man is caught on CCTV, shooting dead a cashier at a bank. Detective Harry Hole begins his investigation, but after dinner with an old flame wakes up with no memory of the past 12 hours. Then the girl is found dead in mysterious circumstances and he begins to receive threatening emails: is someone trying to frame him for her death? As Harry fights to clear his name, the bank robberies continue with unparalleled savagery...


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OVER 9 MILLION BOOKS SOLD WORLDWIDE How do you catch a killer when you're the number one suspect? A man is caught on CCTV, shooting dead a cashier at a bank. Detective Harry Hole begins his investigation, but after dinner with an old flame wakes up with no memory of the past 12 hours. Then the girl is found dead in mysterious circumstances and he begins to receive threaten OVER 9 MILLION BOOKS SOLD WORLDWIDE How do you catch a killer when you're the number one suspect? A man is caught on CCTV, shooting dead a cashier at a bank. Detective Harry Hole begins his investigation, but after dinner with an old flame wakes up with no memory of the past 12 hours. Then the girl is found dead in mysterious circumstances and he begins to receive threatening emails: is someone trying to frame him for her death? As Harry fights to clear his name, the bank robberies continue with unparalleled savagery...

30 review for Nemesis

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lyn

    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. The Good. Jo Nesbo’s surly and reclusive Norwegian detective Harry Hole (pronounced Hooleh) is back in 2002’s Nemesis. Nesbo established Hole in The Bat and Cockroaches and then produced a phenomenal novel with his 2000 novel The Redbreast – one the genre’s best, akin to Stieg Larsson in narrative quality. Hole is engaged to investigate a bank robbery that went wrong, resulting in the death of a bank teller. A wider network of evil is uncovered and Hole is heavily tasked when he is implicated in one of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. The Good. Jo Nesbo’s surly and reclusive Norwegian detective Harry Hole (pronounced Hooleh) is back in 2002’s Nemesis. Nesbo established Hole in The Bat and Cockroaches and then produced a phenomenal novel with his 2000 novel The Redbreast – one the genre’s best, akin to Stieg Larsson in narrative quality. Hole is engaged to investigate a bank robbery that went wrong, resulting in the death of a bank teller. A wider network of evil is uncovered and Hole is heavily tasked when he is implicated in one of the murders that follows. Nesbo’s writing is the Good in this series. Like noir writers of the past, Nesbo can blend crime elements with a dark, somber setting and hold it all together with introspective and observant contemplations on a variety of subjects. Hole, through Nesbo, is an astute observer of human nature, society and the meaning of life. In Hole, Nesbo has created one of Nordic Noir’s most endearing and charismatic players. Nemesis is about Blood Revenge and Vendetta and this theme is especially successful in the Nordic Noir setting. Nesbo introduces some very interesting Gypsy characters that add further depth and intrigue to this leitmotif. Add in recurring neo-fascist antagonist Tom Waaler to the mix and this is a delicious concoction. The Bad. I have a theory about some American Football coaches who are given the ominous label of “genius”. In a game situation if a certain play is expected or obvious, they will choose a different set. So if the offensive line and the running back have been chewing up yards all game, and they need 2 yards for a first down – he calls a weird pass play and fails. Why did you not go with the certain play??? Dance with the girl you brought to the party! So, after the very, very good The Redbreast Nesbo follows up with the ambitious but narratively overcomplicated Nemesis. There is A LOT going on in this book, a murder investigation, Hole’s alcoholism, Hole’s possibility as a suspect, sub-plots, internal police intrigue, etc etc. The focused, relentless action in Redbreast was lacking, this was all over the place. Nesbo, no doubt trying to recreate his great success with Redbreast, outsmarted himself, jumped the shark and got too fancy. The Ugly. Darkly charismatic, wounded protagonist - ruthless and corrupt recurring antagonist - some sub-plots to come back to and have fun with – Nesbo could be sliding into a soap opera series. This would not be the worst thing in the world, I’ll still read it and clearly millions of fans world wide will as well, but Nesbo is too talented to settle for just a series. Also, this is beginning to remind me of the 70s TV show Mannix, where it becomes commonplace for the hero to get the snot beat out of him in every episode. No doubt Hole is a tough customer, but he may also be the subject of a sadistic formula. Overall. Nemesis is another demonstration of Nesbo’s remarkable talent, and Hole is a crime fiction hero fans can enjoy revisiting again and again.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Sometimes I feel as though I’m genetically hardwired to be a contrarian. Not because I actually like being different than everyone else or going against popular opinion, nor do I actually want to stand on the mountaintop and scream “All you fuckers are wrong.” Because let’s face it, it’s easy to follow everyone else, to march in line and in step, even if it sometimes means you’re headed for a cliff or the occasional mountain lion. Nor do I get some sort of sick, demented pleasure from bashing ot Sometimes I feel as though I’m genetically hardwired to be a contrarian. Not because I actually like being different than everyone else or going against popular opinion, nor do I actually want to stand on the mountaintop and scream “All you fuckers are wrong.” Because let’s face it, it’s easy to follow everyone else, to march in line and in step, even if it sometimes means you’re headed for a cliff or the occasional mountain lion. Nor do I get some sort of sick, demented pleasure from bashing other authors and other people’s books, because I’m right there in the trenches with you, buddy. Not necessarily holding your hand, but we’re in the same foxhole, staring out at the same battlefield, and trying to make heads or tails of the opposition. Not that writing is a war, but it sometimes feels that way, to get those pesky words down on paper, and then actually have others get behind the words that you have written, until they make them their own. So what does all of this mean for NEMESIS? Well, if you’re looking at the date I started this novel (by the way, that is not a misprint), and the day I finished it (that’s not a misprint either), there’s a massive gap between the two. Where I know I had plenty of fun, and most of this fun was had while not reading said novel. Does that mean it’s badly written? No, absolutely not. But it felt repetitive and redundant, and I was never fully engaged in the story. To be honest, it wasn’t even really all that close of a call. But I wanted to be engaged, I wanted to be fully invested, and I wanted to like this story, because so many others have called it a great and wondrous read with high ratings and glowing reviews. But I just can’t consider myself one of them. Maybe I was built with a different set of Legos. You see, the characters resembled emotionless pits; the dialogue felt trite and pedestrian; the plot plunked along like a Corvette ambling down the train tracks on a Sunday afternoon, to the point that I had to reread the back cover copy to figure out what it was I had just finished; and I ended up so lost within the twists and turns of the story that I forgot where the heck I even was. If I were to sum up this novel, I’d say it made me want to kick Justin Bieber. Which isn’t that much different from how I normally feel. What I really want to find is the novel that makes me want to hug the Biebs. I’m thinking it’s not possible, but I’m going to continue to hold out hope that it’s out there somewhere, and I will continue to expend energy looking for it. Cross-posted at Robert's Reads

  3. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    Yet another series I keep pushing through, hoping it will get better because I have heard so many good things. This one fell completely flat. The story was disjointed. I didn't understand the relationships between the characters. Most of the time I had no idea what was going on or why. I understood the resolution, but I don't think I cared anymore. I spent the last 200 pages or so on autopilot feeling like it ended about 20 times but at the same time feeling like it was never going to end. I wil Yet another series I keep pushing through, hoping it will get better because I have heard so many good things. This one fell completely flat. The story was disjointed. I didn't understand the relationships between the characters. Most of the time I had no idea what was going on or why. I understood the resolution, but I don't think I cared anymore. I spent the last 200 pages or so on autopilot feeling like it ended about 20 times but at the same time feeling like it was never going to end. I will probably keep giving this series a shot because I still hope for a positive shift, but I am quickly losing hope!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Edward Lorn

    Upon completing this book, I rated it three stars. After a month's time and much thought, I cannot say that I really liked it all that much. I've decided to drop my rating to two stars, and here's why: I was nowhere near as impressed with Nemesis as I was Harry Hole's previous outing, The Redbreast. This one was nothing more than your average detective/bank heist story. The emotional impact of the tale did not match the previous installment either. But I think I mostly didn't care for this story becau Upon completing this book, I rated it three stars. After a month's time and much thought, I cannot say that I really liked it all that much. I've decided to drop my rating to two stars, and here's why: I was nowhere near as impressed with Nemesis as I was Harry Hole's previous outing, The Redbreast. This one was nothing more than your average detective/bank heist story. The emotional impact of the tale did not match the previous installment either. But I think I mostly didn't care for this story because I called all the twists toward the beginning of the book: both the true bank robber's identity and motives, and what really happened to Harry's love interest. The way the story was handled and the order of character introductions spoiled the read for me because everything seemed so goddamn obvious. The chassis this book is built on is cookie-cutter at best. Still, the book was well-translated, and the prose flowed like Fro-Yo. Nesbø stays true to the character of Harry, and the leaps of logic in getting to the true criminals were not so bad that my suspension of belief suffered a collapse. I am looking forward to the conclusion of this loose trilogy involving Harry and Waaler, and hoping a certain someone gets what's coming to him. Because, if I'm honest, it's the only reason I'm going to read the next book. In summation: If you do not mind the cookie-cutter plot and the poorly executed character intros, you should enjoy yourself. You'll likely not remember this book in a month's time, but it will be fun while it lasts. Final Judgment: I have all the disappointment.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    This is a big, thick chunky book but I raced through it. On the cover Jo Nesbø is likened to Stieg Larsson but he is nothing like. Nesbø wastes not a single word in description or lengthy explanation. He just tells a great story with plenty of action and lots of great police work. I really enjoy Harry Hole as a character. He may be flawed but he must be nice because all the best people like him and the bad ones do not. And although he makes plenty of mistakes - he has to otherwise there would not be a story This is a big, thick chunky book but I raced through it. On the cover Jo Nesbø is likened to Stieg Larsson but he is nothing like. Nesbø wastes not a single word in description or lengthy explanation. He just tells a great story with plenty of action and lots of great police work. I really enjoy Harry Hole as a character. He may be flawed but he must be nice because all the best people like him and the bad ones do not. And although he makes plenty of mistakes - he has to otherwise there would not be a story - he is always ultimately the smart one who solves the trickiest case. Other reviewers tell me this is not his best book so I am REALLY looking forward to the rest:)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    In this 4th book in the 'Harry Hole' series, the detective gets involved in dual investigations. The book can be read as a standalone. ***** Inspector Harry Hole of the Oslo police is an alcoholic who's trying to stay on the wagon. That's hard for the detective, who tends to follow his own rules and infuriates his bosses. In this book Harry gets involved with two investigations: a bank heist that left a female employee dead; and the alleged suicide of a young woman. To inve In this 4th book in the 'Harry Hole' series, the detective gets involved in dual investigations. The book can be read as a standalone. ***** Inspector Harry Hole of the Oslo police is an alcoholic who's trying to stay on the wagon. That's hard for the detective, who tends to follow his own rules and infuriates his bosses. In this book Harry gets involved with two investigations: a bank heist that left a female employee dead; and the alleged suicide of a young woman. To investigate the bank robbery Harry and his partner Beate Lønn - who can remember every face she's ever seen - study CCTV tapes of the holdup. These provide clues that lead to a convoluted probe of various suspects. Things become even more confused when the bank robberies continue after the ring leader is identified. Are copy cats at work? Meanwhile, Harry's girlfriend, Rakel, is in Russia for a custody battle.....so the detective accepts a dinner invitation from an old flame named Anna. Against his better judgement Harry succumbs to various kinds of temptation - and wakes up in his bed the next day with no memory of the night before. Worse yet, Anna is found dead in her apartment. Harry is assigned to Anna's case and - though it's being called a suicide - the detective is sure she was murdered. Harry's in a tricky position though: he has to investigate the killing without admitting he knew Anna....or he risks becoming a suspect himself. Things get even harder when Harry starts to get threatening emails from the real killer. The book has a complex plot involving foreign travel, bank robbers, gypsies, unfaithful spouses, drug addicts, prison inmates, a rich executive, corrupt cops, and more. The underlying theme of the book is nemesis - getting revenge for perceived wrongs. And some of the characters have long discussions about the military strategies of Sun Tsu, author of the 'The Art of War.' There's a bit too much of this for my taste, and the story slows down in places. By the time I finished the book my head was spinning with the twists and turns. Good story, recommended to mystery readers - especially fans of Scandinavian suspense novels. FYI: I listened to the audio version of this book, narrated by Norwegian Thor Knai. To me it sounds like the author's name is pronounced 'Joe Nesba' and the main character's moniker is 'Harry Hula.' You can follow my reviews at http://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot.com/

  7. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Nesbø continues to dazzle with his wonderful Harry Hole series, in this fourth novel. When a single individual enters a bank and takes the female teller hostage, demands are made to empty an ATM full of money. Using the hostage to disguise their voice, the robber offer an ultimatum that cannot be completed in the specified time, and the teller is killed. With the Robbery Division unable to make any progress on the case, it is sent to Harry Hole and video evidence expert, Beate Lønn as a murder i Nesbø continues to dazzle with his wonderful Harry Hole series, in this fourth novel. When a single individual enters a bank and takes the female teller hostage, demands are made to empty an ATM full of money. Using the hostage to disguise their voice, the robber offer an ultimatum that cannot be completed in the specified time, and the teller is killed. With the Robbery Division unable to make any progress on the case, it is sent to Harry Hole and video evidence expert, Beate Lønn as a murder investigation. With Hole's girlfriend, Rakel, in Russia fighting for custody of her son, Harry agrees to have dinner with a former lover, Anna, who reappears out of the blue and wants a platonic chat. Waking up at home the next morning with all the signs of a massive hangover, Hole is shocked to learn that Anna apparently committed suicide the night before. However, some of the evidence points at a potential murder, covering up to confuse everyone. Keeping this under wraps, Harry engages in an off-the-books investigation and reaches out to a member of Anna's family, who is in prison for previous bank robberies, promising to solve her murder if insight on the bank robberies can be provided. As Lønn discovers the intimate closeness of the robber and teller through analysis of the video surveillance, she surmises that they must have known one another. When further heists are completed and no teller is harmed, Hole and Lønn agree that this first robbery held a special component; the teller. After heading around the world to follow a lead in South America, Hole and Lønn appear to close the case when they find a confession in a suicide note from the teller's brother-in-law. Returning to Norway, Hole is contacted through anonymous email servers by someone calling themselves S2MN. All traces point back to Hole, who cannot remember what happened with Anna, though he is fairly certain that he is innocent. However, fellow police officer Tom Waaler trips on some evidence that could implicate Hole and a warrant is issued for our protagonist's arrest. Hole dodges his colleagues to clear his name and trips on a key piece of evidence staring him in the face. All the while, someone by the name of the Prince has Hole in his crosshairs, killing those who might be able to uncover the truth behind Hole's former partner's murder. Nesbø offers the reader a wonderful omniscient view into this and all other storylines in this jam-packed novel with a final chapter that may bring Hole and the Prince into a massive stand-off. A sensation second book of an imbedded trilogy within the larger Harry Hole series. There is no question that Nesbø is a sensational writer. That his books can be so addictive in a language other than the original adds to their greatness. The Harry Hole character is highly complex on many levels, from his alcoholism through to his past lovers and struggles with work. Nesbø offers ongoing insights into the dark world of Hole's life and his attention to detail to solve the most complicated of cases. Building on this and other periphery characters within Hole's sphere, Nesbø offers detailed character development that will only draw the reader closer to the protagonist. The reader finds themselves fully involved in the plot and the multiple storylines on offer. The reader must pay close attention in order to sift through the busy narrative and Hole's varied activities. I find myself wanting to reach for the next novel to discover how the Prince storyline ends, or if it will continue for the rest of the series. Kudos Mr. Nesbø for another wonderful novel. You are a master, no matter what language in which you are read. Like/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Nemesis is the fourth instalment of Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole detective series and I must say this series keeps getting better. In Nemesis, Harry is working to clear his name when one of his previous girlfriends is found dead, while also working in a parallel storyline on a series of bank robberies/murders. I do find that I have to keep my wits about me while reading Nesbo's books, often needing to thumb back a few chapters to reread bits and pieces that may have seemed insignificant at the time. It Nemesis is the fourth instalment of Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole detective series and I must say this series keeps getting better. In Nemesis, Harry is working to clear his name when one of his previous girlfriends is found dead, while also working in a parallel storyline on a series of bank robberies/murders. I do find that I have to keep my wits about me while reading Nesbo's books, often needing to thumb back a few chapters to reread bits and pieces that may have seemed insignificant at the time. It's a bit like being a detective while reading - taking note of seemingly trivial details and filing them away as relevant points of interest. For me, Harry is a loveable rogue of a cop - full of integrity even though some of his methods are not by the book. I'm liking the Tom Waaler thing which has been woven through the last book Redbreast, this one and is clearly going to be a theme in the next book. If you ask me, Tom is the Nemesis - perhaps this is another play on words that I need to file away in my mind when i start reading Nesbo's next story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Paul Curd

    There really should be a health warning or spoiler alert printed on the cover of this book. It is the third of Jo Nesbø's Harry Hole series of detective novels to be translated into English. The first was The Devil's Star, but actually The Devil's Star turns out to be the third in the series and very much the sequel to Nemesis. For some reason, the novels have been translated and published in the UK out of sequence (I guess the reason is they published the best one first to test the water . . .) There really should be a health warning or spoiler alert printed on the cover of this book. It is the third of Jo Nesbø's Harry Hole series of detective novels to be translated into English. The first was The Devil's Star, but actually The Devil's Star turns out to be the third in the series and very much the sequel to Nemesis. For some reason, the novels have been translated and published in the UK out of sequence (I guess the reason is they published the best one first to test the water . . .). Unlike most detective series novels, you really do need to read Nesbø's Harry Hole books in the correct order to get the most from them. While each novel stands alone to a certain extent, there is a thread running through them that is best followed chronologically. So if you haven't read the first in the series, The Redbreast, maybe you should do so before you read this book! Nemesis begins with grainy CCTV footage showing a masked man walking into a bank and putting a gun to a cashier's head. He tells her to count to twenty-five. When he doesn't get his money in time, she is executed. No forensic evidence is recovered, but the Oslo police treat the incident simply as a bank robbery gone wrong and the investigation is assigned to Rune Ivarsson, the arrogant Head of the Robbery Unit. Maverick detective Harry Hole, however, has spent the whole weekend studying the CCTV videotape and believes the case should be treated as a murder, which means it should be investigated by the Crime Squad (of which he is a member). As a result, Harry is temporarily attached to the Robbery Unit in a semi-detached role with a brief to pursue the case in parallel to the main investigation. Lurking somewhere at the back of all this is an event that took place in Nesbø's earlier novel, The Redbreast. In The Redbreast, Harry's partner and close friend, Ellen Gjelten, is beaten to death with a baseball bat. As a result, Harry had an alcoholic relapse, something he is still recovering from at the start of Nemesis. In Harry's opinion, the case of Ellen's murder had never been cleared up satisfactorily. Harry had found incriminating evidence against a suspect, but before justice could take its course Inspector Tom Waaler had shot the suspect dead in an alleged fire fight. Harry doubted Waaler's story, and felt the dead suspect's motive for killing Ellen was never satisfactorily explained. But Ellen is dead, and Harry needs a new partner. He is assigned another female detective Beate Lønn, whose father had been an Oslo cop shot on duty during a bank raid a few years earlier. When Harry first meets Beate she reminds him of a corpse Ellen and he had once fished out of Bunnefjord. Is this a foreshadowing of events to come? Will history repeat itself? Meanwhile, Harry's girlfriend is away in Russia, sorting out a messy divorce. While she is away, and the investigation into the bank robbery/murder is just beginning, Anna an old flame gets in touch with Harry. He meets her for a drink and goes for a coffee back to her house, where he admires a series of paintings Anna is working on. She has called the paintings Nemesis, after the goddess. A few days later, Harry goes back to Anna's for dinner, but the next morning he wakes up at home with a terrible hangover and no memory of the past twelve hours. The same morning Anna is found shot dead in her bed. Harry investigates the case without revealing his association with the dead girl, but then he begins to receive threatening e-mails by someone who seems to know there is more to Anna's death than the police suspect. Is someone trying to frame him for Anna's murder? This is a very complex (or maybe that should be complicated) novel. There are several plots and sub-plots, clues and red herrings, and many a twist and turn. It is very well written (and the translator should get an honourable mention here) and on the whole an enjoyable read. But it is a very long book at nearly 500 pages. Around about page 300 I was beginning to wilt under the complexity of it all. But just as I was starting to run out of stamina, Nesbø introduced a shocking new element relating to Ellen Gjelten's murder and reinvigorated the story. The ending is a puzzle, and I scratched my head over it for a while before discovering that all is revealed in the third book in the series, The Devil's Star.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    This is indeed one of the more complex books Jo Nesbo has written about his anti-hero Harry Hole. But it is still a great read and for people that do like serious and original police-novels or thrillers this a must-read book. Harry Hole is revisited by an old girlfriend from his more addictive years and somehow she ends up dead and Harry is the most obvious perpetrator. A bank gets robbed and a women working in the bank gets killed in cold blood for no obvious reason but th This is indeed one of the more complex books Jo Nesbo has written about his anti-hero Harry Hole. But it is still a great read and for people that do like serious and original police-novels or thrillers this a must-read book. Harry Hole is revisited by an old girlfriend from his more addictive years and somehow she ends up dead and Harry is the most obvious perpetrator. A bank gets robbed and a women working in the bank gets killed in cold blood for no obvious reason but the manager was too slow in handing over the cash. Hole gets added to the team that handles robberies and he wants to investigate it as a murder. He does get face to face with the most ingenious bank robber who gave himself up years ago and seems to be doing som form of penance and by chance the ex-girlfriend who did die turns out to be his family. These are the least complex story-lines that run in the book and Hole's aversion toward normal police procedures des bring him into straight confrontation with his colleagues who walk on the less good side of the law and those whom get upset by this abnormal operating policeman that seems to get success were none was expected. Another dark passage through the world of Harry Hole and one you should not pass up for any reason whatsoever. Only four stars because some of the story-lines are from other books and can befuddle the average reader. But what a great read, and only to be really honest to first time Nesbo readers, start at the beginning and unlike me skip through the books like a bloody Skippy ball. And it is not an easy book to follow so do not like me take the book to work to rad in the breaks that is really tough for this book. They your time to sit down and absorb the reading offered by Nesbo.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a pretty good read, but messy. Too much going on. I am currently on the lookout for a mystery that doesn't "end" three times before it actually ends. Allow me to give away the entire book - It was that guy who killed the apparent suicide victim! No, it was that guy! No, actually she killed herself after all. What about the bank robber? That guy! No, that guy's brother! No, it's a copycat & the first bank robbery was actually a murder! Are we done yet? Let's let the bad guy threaten t This is a pretty good read, but messy. Too much going on. I am currently on the lookout for a mystery that doesn't "end" three times before it actually ends. Allow me to give away the entire book - It was that guy who killed the apparent suicide victim! No, it was that guy! No, actually she killed herself after all. What about the bank robber? That guy! No, that guy's brother! No, it's a copycat & the first bank robbery was actually a murder! Are we done yet? Let's let the bad guy threaten the nice lady detective aaaannnddd, we're through! I am a tremendous fan of Beate Lonn, as I imagine her as Amy Ryan from the second season of the wire. Oh, sweet Beatrice Russell. I like Harry Hole, too, so as I wait for The Snowman (which I'll definitely read because I have to make sure that Waaler gets his comeuppance) to move up in my hold queue, I'll check out other books in the series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Dickison

    I just couldn't get into this one. I don't think blackout alcoholics could be very good detectives. They couldn't catch a cold, let alone a master criminal. The plot line in this story gets so complicated as to become downright silly. I think I'll lay off Nesbo for a while.

  13. 5 out of 5

    James Thane

    Nemesis is a complex psychological thriller that weaves together the strands of two different investigations that prove to be interrelated. When a teller is shot and killed in a dramatic bank robbery, Oslo homicide detective Harry Hole is assigned to the team investigating the crime. But Harry, a recovering alcoholic with a ton of other issues, does not work well with others and soon finds himself investigating apart from the larger team, assisted only by a young detective and video analyst, Beate Lonn Nemesis is a complex psychological thriller that weaves together the strands of two different investigations that prove to be interrelated. When a teller is shot and killed in a dramatic bank robbery, Oslo homicide detective Harry Hole is assigned to the team investigating the crime. But Harry, a recovering alcoholic with a ton of other issues, does not work well with others and soon finds himself investigating apart from the larger team, assisted only by a young detective and video analyst, Beate Lonn. As the bank robber strikes again and again, the pressure builds on the police to resolve the crimes and capture the mastermind behind them. In an apparently unrelated development, Harry agrees to have dinner with an old girlfriend while his current love is out of town. He wakes up the next morning with a world-class hangover, apparently having fallen off the wagon and with no memory of the last twelve hours. Unhappily, the former girlfriend turns up dead, apparently having died during Harry's blackout. As Harry digs into the series of bank robberies and the death of Anna, his former lover, it becomes apparent that the two cases may be related, and Harry soon finds himself with major problems. This is a densly-plotted, well-written book that will appeal to lots of readers, particularly those who have completed the Steig Larsson trilogy and who might be looking for a new Scandinavian protagonist.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ivi

    loved it :)))

  15. 5 out of 5

    Steven Godin

    My first foray into Scandinavia crime noir, which seems in the last 10 years to have come out of nowhere to take the world by storm, TV as well. Nemesis is a decent read, not as dark as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but not as good either. In Harry Hole there is a detective you believe in, he has flaws like everybody else, there are moments of tension, and a good developing plot/story, where footage of a bank robbery has been looked at hundreds of times and the police searched for finger prin My first foray into Scandinavia crime noir, which seems in the last 10 years to have come out of nowhere to take the world by storm, TV as well. Nemesis is a decent read, not as dark as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but not as good either. In Harry Hole there is a detective you believe in, he has flaws like everybody else, there are moments of tension, and a good developing plot/story, where footage of a bank robbery has been looked at hundreds of times and the police searched for finger prints twice as long as normal but nothing. Not a hint or a clue, not even a trace of evidence. The bank was robbed with not a single lead to go by. This thief was a pro, and appears to have struck elsewhere. Then there is the suspicious suicide of Hole's old flame, landing him in the firing line, so how will Harry solve the case if the whole town suspects him? There is so much here in common with American crime fiction, in terms of plot, but the difference lies all in Scandinavia itself, creating a snowy, dark atmospheric landscape that seeps into your bones, although it never really feels that chilling in tone, mostly following the deep police investigation and studying Harry Hole, not just as a detective, but as a human being as well.

  16. 5 out of 5

    James

    Harry Hole returns in the fourth book in the series by Jo Nesbø (although only the second, translated ably, by Don Bartlett) and follows on from Redbreast . Some time has passed between the two novels, although it's not entirely clear how much - not enough to change the other people around him too much or for him to have ruined his relationship with Rakel (surely only a matter of time) or to have forgotten the murder of his partner, Ellen, but enough for there to be a new girl on the force - Beate Lønn Harry Hole returns in the fourth book in the series by Jo Nesbø (although only the second, translated ably, by Don Bartlett) and follows on from Redbreast . Some time has passed between the two novels, although it's not entirely clear how much - not enough to change the other people around him too much or for him to have ruined his relationship with Rakel (surely only a matter of time) or to have forgotten the murder of his partner, Ellen, but enough for there to be a new girl on the force - Beate Lønn - an expert in video analysis. Nemesis is two crimes in one; a bank robbery, where the robber executes one of the bank staff when his request to get the money within a certain amount of time isn't met. The other, an ex-girlfriend of Hole's, Anna, who he meets up with for drinks is found dead in her apartment - apparently suicide - however Hole's memory of the evening is a total blank. So while investigating the bank robbery with Lønn, he's also trying to continue the investigation into the death of Anna without implicating himself to his colleagues, and not forgetting the ongoing investigation into the death of Ellen that he's struggling to keep alive. So far, so confusing. One cop, three cases, but, Nesbø didn't think that was confusing enough. The three cases are intertwined, common threads and characters appear and disappear from one case to another and so on. Hole's own blackouts further confuse the second case, and finally, every time Hole decides he's solved a case, you soon realise he hasn't. The two main cases both have twists, even their twists have further twists. Until you're thoroughly confused. The robbery is solved half-way through the book. I assumed this was to free up the rest of the book to concentrate on the Anna and Ellen cases, but nope, Hole's got the wrong man (and not for the last time). If you can keep up, both the main cases have very clever resolutions, although the Ellen case really never gets much further than in Redbreast - there are hints and clues provided to us the reader, but Harry never really gets anywhere. Fingers crossed that Waaler, the Prince, gets his comeuppance in the next book. Gripping and well paced, even as confusing as it was. You're never quite sure how closely the cases are connected, or who is guilty, is getting framed, or is just lying to us, right until the end. (view spoiler)[Even then, while I thought that the Anna case was tied up satisfactorily, I struggled with one facet of the resolution of the robberies. We find out who committed the first robbery/execution, but the remaining robberies were presumably copycats - who committed those? How did that person get the necessary inside information? Can we assume it was Gunnerud and Waaler (something else for him to get his comeuppance for)? (hide spoiler)]

  17. 4 out of 5

    LenaRibka

    I don’t know how how to describe what I feel at the end of the book! I know exactly what I felt at the beginning of Nemesis (and through three quarters of the plot): I thought, it was one of the best mystery books I ever read. And then...the final spurt towards the finishing line...and...my initial sensations about my reading orgasm went rapidly downwards. And, believe or not, I finished it, if not confused, but more conflicted than I'd like to. The Booclass="gr-hostedUserImg">The I don’t know how how to describe what I feel at the end of the book! I know exactly what I felt at the beginning of Nemesis (and through three quarters of the plot): I thought, it was one of the best mystery books I ever read. And then...the final spurt towards the finishing line...and...my initial sensations about my reading orgasm went rapidly downwards. And, believe or not, I finished it, if not confused, but more conflicted than I'd like to. The Book#4 in the series is VERY VERY complex. Many many things happen here. It has both, advantages and disadvantages. The goody: it won’t leave you time to catch a breath, the plot pacing is EXTREMELY fast. Less good: the plot is very scattered and demands a lot of brain work (don't even try to read it at work, between the meetings, very challenging). As a reader, you need to digest A LOT of information, while the focus of the story keeps on changing CONSTANTLY. And toward the end the author intensifies this effect, starting LITERALLY to jump from one scene to another. Strangely enough, but I found it actually pretty refreshing and thrilling, while reading the first 80%, and then, instead of being complex and multilayered the story-line turned into over-complicated and incomprehensible. My biggest irritation is the resolving of two running cases. Not the fact that they were resolved, and for sure not the fact that it was Harry who did the whole job (bless him!), but the way the perpetrators scheduled their plans (REALLY?!), and a very weird extravagant WAY to fulfill their plans. Very confusing, utterly improbable and very soap-opera-like.(view spoiler)[Self-staging suicide was my biggest problem. I don't buy it. No way. (hide spoiler)] The final thoughts: Jo Nesbo is a very talented author, and he is getting better and better with every installment. It is just so...I have very high exceptions for his works, maybe I became a bit more critical and a bit less reasonable and a bit more bitchy and a bit less logical, but it was 10 stars for me for the first half of the book, and not more than 3 towards the end. I can't wait to read the next sequel though. Does it explain my critical mood?! ***And of course I want to read it only with my girls! BR with Sofia and Alona

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sofia

    Watching David Suchet's Hercule Poirot tv series is like comfort food for me. I've watched the lot of them repeatedly (my family would say ad nauseum). Poirot follows his tried and tested method in most of the series/books, he searches, he finds, he ponders and keeps his card close to his chest. In the meantime I enjoy myself feeling part of the story as I follow him from here to there and discover this and that. I get most of the thrill during this part of the story, not the part where he gathe Watching David Suchet's Hercule Poirot tv series is like comfort food for me. I've watched the lot of them repeatedly (my family would say ad nauseum). Poirot follows his tried and tested method in most of the series/books, he searches, he finds, he ponders and keeps his card close to his chest. In the meantime I enjoy myself feeling part of the story as I follow him from here to there and discover this and that. I get most of the thrill during this part of the story, not the part where he gathers everyone together and goes through and debunks most of the theories until we are left with the reveal coming totally from left field leaving me rather confused and wondering what just happened. Ok if I think about it, the story does makes sense as he says it does but I am still feeling like I'm hopping on one foot trying to find sure ground. Christie intends for this I think, she leads round and round and we enjoy the ride but at the end we do not know what exactly hit us. Why am I harping on about Christie and Poirot when I have just read a Nesbo though? Well it is because the whole progression of the story and how it ends is pure Poirot, what I just described above. Either Nesbo was saluting the Dame or he wanted to try his hand at what she did or it is just an association I place on the whole thing seeing I like both Christie and Nesbo. Another Bravo for Nesbo and girls I do want to read more, yes please. Read with my Harry Gang - Lena and Alona

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amanda NEVER MANDY

    Harry makes a new friend and gets one step closer to solving the crime that matters most to him. I really enjoyed the mystery on this one, how it split off into multiple different little mysteries and then how they all came back together in the end. I was actually quite clueless until the very last moment regarding the whodunit portion of the story. I thought I had it all sorted out but was pleasantly surprised when I realized I was wrong. *GASP* Yes, I totally did just admit to being wrong about somethi Harry makes a new friend and gets one step closer to solving the crime that matters most to him. I really enjoyed the mystery on this one, how it split off into multiple different little mysteries and then how they all came back together in the end. I was actually quite clueless until the very last moment regarding the whodunit portion of the story. I thought I had it all sorted out but was pleasantly surprised when I realized I was wrong. *GASP* Yes, I totally did just admit to being wrong about something AND that I was okay with it. A new character was introduced in this book who has quite an interesting back story. She also has a quirk about her that intrigues me and I can’t wait to see what else she is going to bring to the series….that is if they keep her around. Any member of the Harry Hole fan club knows that character permanence is not something a reader should expect with these books. I do keep waiting for the bottom to fall out on the series and for things to get repetitive and boring. It’s not that I want this, but that past experience has taught me that the trajectory usually goes down on the rating scale. Plots get predictable, characters become exaggerated and my tolerance for the “on the previous episode” rehashed bullshit becomes null. So here’s to Harry Hole continuing to prove my Negative Nancy ass wrong.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katerina

    Harry under suspicion. The best so far. This series is exciting, varied, one visits with Harry exotic places, travels to the past, experiences his successes and failures. That makes him human, real and very interesting. I know now that Harry and I are making big friends. A delightful change in my reading habits. Harry under suspicion. The best so far. This series is exciting, varied, one visits with Harry exotic places, travels to the past, experiences his successes and failures. That makes him human, real and very interesting. I know now that Harry and I are making big friends. A delightful change in my reading habits. And even if the Snowman got no good movie reviews, I have to watch this soon.......

  21. 5 out of 5

    Wordsmith

    One of The Sites Harry Is Sure To Visit At Least Once Per Novel: Vigeland Park Oslo, Norway This is actually the second in the series and I have to say I found it better overall than a couple of his later ones. It is interesting going backwards and read of the events alluded to in Harry's future. Witnessing the beginning of his relationship with Rakel, probing the roots of the animosity between him and certain co-workers, indeed, the department in general. Yes, Harry gets his man. But at what cost? PricesNovel: One of The Sites Harry Is Sure To Visit At Least Once Per Novel: Vigeland Park Oslo, Norway This is actually the second in the series and I have to say I found it better overall than a couple of his later ones. It is interesting going backwards and read of the events alluded to in Harry's future. Witnessing the beginning of his relationship with Rakel, probing the roots of the animosity between him and certain co-workers, indeed, the department in general. Yes, Harry gets his man. But at what cost? Prices can be so high and let's not forget about inflation. A decent series, actually better than most. Another Oslo Site I Feel I've Come To Know Very Well: Frogner Park Oslo, Norway Harry does get around.... Oslo, In The Evening:

  22. 4 out of 5

    Janice

    Jo Nesbo keeps getting better and better! This book is the fourth in the Harry Hole series and the second in what is called The Oslo Trilogy. The story is complex and multi-layered. It's almost breathtaking when all the pieces fall into place at the end. It's hard to write too much without giving away spoilers. Let me just say that I think all hell is going to break loose in the next book in the series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cathy DuPont

    I'm dedicating the reading of this book to my friend Harry Roolart Harry, when he was a bit more active, pestered me until I read the first couple of books in the HH series. After that I was hooked by Harry Hole. He is in my top three characters who I really love and enjoy reading. (This is a character from authors who are still alive and writing i.e. Michael Connelley.) So thanks, Harry! And remember that Harry is my "go to" person for all things Scandinavian. He can tell I'm dedicating the reading of this book to my friend Harry Roolart Harry, when he was a bit more active, pestered me until I read the first couple of books in the HH series. After that I was hooked by Harry Hole. He is in my top three characters who I really love and enjoy reading. (This is a character from authors who are still alive and writing i.e. Michael Connelley.) So thanks, Harry! And remember that Harry is my "go to" person for all things Scandinavian. He can tell you how to pronounce Hole and tell you why there is a sword through the 'o's and little dots above the 'a's. I've always been curious. :D +++++++++++++++++++ This was the very best Harry Hole yet, in my opinion. But read then in order, keeping in mind that the first in the series is good but they grow and expand as the series flows and get better. Nesbo, what a writer and storyteller. What a talent. This series is right there with Dave Robicheaux, Harry Bosch, and OMG, Travis McGee? Might have to ponder including McGee in that group. But Harry, well, Harry's a trip.

  24. 4 out of 5

    ατζινάβωτο φέγι.

    Damnitt Jo, every fucking time

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Only Wants to Read

    Oh, Harry Hole... how I love thee. I have missed you! We have so much to catch up. I loved the book. The story was great, therefore its shiny stars. Why not five? Hmmk, lemme tell you...the audiobook narrator was absolutely HORRIBLE. Monotone, flat, painful. I almost did not listen to the story because of him. Is this Nesbo's fault? Hmm...maybe. I don't know if authors have a saying on who reads their books or if they listen to them prior to the release. If it was not Nesbo I would have quit and DNF. Fire this gu Oh, Harry Hole... how I love thee. I have missed you! We have so much to catch up. I loved the book. The story was great, therefore its shiny stars. Why not five? Hmmk, lemme tell you...the audiobook narrator was absolutely HORRIBLE. Monotone, flat, painful. I almost did not listen to the story because of him. Is this Nesbo's fault? Hmm...maybe. I don't know if authors have a saying on who reads their books or if they listen to them prior to the release. If it was not Nesbo I would have quit and DNF. Fire this guy! Give him another job where he doesn't have to torture people with his BORING voice. I am biased toward this series. Nothing objective can come out of my mouth. I'm a fan. This review is just meant to express my torturous experience with the audiobook.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Girish

    There are mysteries, there are thrillers and then there is the best of both worlds called Jo Nesbo books. I am officially a fan after Nemesis! Harry Hole is part of a joint investigation with Robbery department of a bank robbery gone wrong. When the escalations in robberies happen with more daring savagery, Hole starts a parallel investigation with Boete (wonderkid) and an extremely well connected gypsy ex-robber doing time playing mind games. That is just the beginning. He gets a cal There are mysteries, there are thrillers and then there is the best of both worlds called Jo Nesbo books. I am officially a fan after Nemesis! Harry Hole is part of a joint investigation with Robbery department of a bank robbery gone wrong. When the escalations in robberies happen with more daring savagery, Hole starts a parallel investigation with Boete (wonderkid) and an extremely well connected gypsy ex-robber doing time playing mind games. That is just the beginning. He gets a call from a ex-girlfriend and after a date about which he couldn't remember a thing, he discovers her body, which the police close an open and shut suicide. Only Harry starts investigating the murder and finds a lot of missing pieces and emails that taunt him surface. The cat and mouse race, though far fetched, gives you an incredible ride with multiple twists, turns and a psychological exploration into revenge. The mystery is quite brilliant (though I guessed right, and then was made to doubt myself) but the thrill is sufficient to sneak read the book. Picking up the rest of the series this year.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    A masked man recently entered an Oslo bank to rob them. Things quickly turned deadly, as a cashier was shot dead after being instructed to count down from twenty-five. Less than thirty seconds to empty an ATM. Less than thirty seconds to live. Harry Hole is assigned to find this masked murderer, but just as he starts to find his groove on the case, he learns he may a suspect in another murder. An ex-girlfriend and local artist, Anna, invited Harry over to reconnect. The next day Harry A masked man recently entered an Oslo bank to rob them. Things quickly turned deadly, as a cashier was shot dead after being instructed to count down from twenty-five. Less than thirty seconds to empty an ATM. Less than thirty seconds to live. Harry Hole is assigned to find this masked murderer, but just as he starts to find his groove on the case, he learns he may a suspect in another murder. An ex-girlfriend and local artist, Anna, invited Harry over to reconnect. The next day Harry wakes up unable to remember anything that happened. He is soon called to the scene of her suicide, which looks all too close to murder. Harry must work in parallel to prove his innocence and find two killers. Will the clock run out on Harry? NEMESIS picks up shortly after the events of THE REDBREAST. We find a Harry Hole who is in mourning for his murdered former partner. He is trying to build a life that borders on normal with his girlfriend, Rakel and her son, Oleg. Fighting away the temptations of alcohol is not easy for Harry, but he appears to be on the upswing. That is until an ex-girlfriend, Anna, reaches out to him and wants to reconnect. When she dies Harry’s world is thrown into shambles yet again. Nesbo expertly weaves Harry’s personal life, the case involving Anna, and the string of bank robberies together into an exhilarating novel! I loved each of these individual storylines and the ways in which they connected through Harry. If I was forced to pick a favorite, I think I would go with the case involving Anna. There are so many interesting characters that come out of Harry investigating her life and the results were perfectly delightful. Harry never fails to surprise me with his investigating methods and they certainly were not lacking with this case! I loved the addition of some new faces to the Oslo police force and hope that they will continue to be present in the following installments of this series. Whenever Nesbo adds someone new, I never feel that they are just there to serve a minute supporting role because he works so hard to bring them to life. Characters have backstories that are interesting and sometime related to the case at hand. The ability to connect with these secondary characters brings a new level of interest to my reading and by connecting with more than the main character, I feel that I become more invested in continuing my series read. I’m looking forward to picking up book 5 of this series soon and seeing what crazy case Harry Hole finds himself in next!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    Oh, Harry Hole! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways... You are the most Anti-Hero I've read, but I would totally date you!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    The layers of these mysteries! I can hardly keep up! But I'm so freaking upset about The Prince, and I desperately need him to be brought to justice!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mal Warwick

    Gypsies, bank robbers, and the Norwegian police: a gloriously suspenseful mashup If you saw Harry Hole walking up to you on the sidewalk, you’d probably cross to the other side of the street. He’s close to six-and-a-half feet tall, looks tough (and is), and rarely smiles. This much-conflicted detective on the Oslo police force isn’t the kind of guy who makes friends easily or has a lot of fans either on or off the force. He’s an alcoholic who spends more time off the wagon than on, an Gypsies, bank robbers, and the Norwegian police: a gloriously suspenseful mashup If you saw Harry Hole walking up to you on the sidewalk, you’d probably cross to the other side of the street. He’s close to six-and-a-half feet tall, looks tough (and is), and rarely smiles. This much-conflicted detective on the Oslo police force isn’t the kind of guy who makes friends easily or has a lot of fans either on or off the force. He’s an alcoholic who spends more time off the wagon than on, and he seems to devote more effort to pursuing his own investigations than those he’s assigned. However, Harry Hole is a brilliant detective who deploys both intuition and deductive reasoning to solve some of Norway’s most devilishly complex crimes. In Nemesis, the fourth novel in Jo Nesbo’s celebrated Harry Hole series, a murder committed in the course of a bank robbery engages more and more of the Oslo police as other, similar robberies take place and city officials demand results. Eventually, Harry is assigned to the robbery detail that’s run by one of several of his arch-enemies. Trouble ensues (of course!) when Harry insists on viewing the initial robbery — the focus of the investigation — not as a bank job but as a homicide. Meanwhile, one of the several girlfriends in Harry’s past turns up dead, not incidentally the same evening Harry has dinner with her in her apartment. To make matters worse, Harry can’t remember a thing about the evening. Now, he’s not only at loggerheads with his superior in the robbery detail but a potential suspect in a murder case as well. (Naturally, Harry refrains from telling anyone about his presence at the murder scene.) As the story unfolds, Harry becomes enmeshed in a series of seemingly unlikely and disconnected subcultures, from the Romany (gypsy) diaspora to the world of bank robbers to the ways of the corporate elite. Nesbo’s research is extensive, and the details that emerge naturally in the telling of the tale are fascinating. It’s hard to imagine that more than a handful of crime writers anywhere in the world could spin out this tale, seamlessly interweave several complex subplots, populate them all with thoroughly believable characters, and build suspense to a shattering conclusion with the skill that Jo Nesbo brings to his craft. At his best, as he was in The Leopard, Jo Nesbo is the equal of any mystery writer alive today. Even when his work falls a little short of perfection, the result is still outstanding. Both The Redbreast and Nemesis fall into that category. I can’t wait to read the other seven Harry Hole novels I haven’t yet opened.

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