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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books; Unabridged edition (July 1 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1445009579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445009575
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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"This tale of revenge has twists galore, and enough humanity in it to keep it grounded... A master at work" Time Out "A superb novel. Intricate, truly gripping plot...elegant simplicity. Bravo! - as they say in Norway" Evening Standard "Nesbo's storytelling abilities are incomparable" USA Today "Many authors know how to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Jo Nesbo's one of the few who keeps them there" Linwood Barclay "Nesbo sets a cracking pace... A series of spectacular plot twists leads to a thrilling finale. Highly recommended" Guardian --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Gripping and surprising, Nemesis is a nail-biting thriller from one of the biggest stars in crime fiction.

Grainy closed-circuit television footage shows a man walking into an Oslo bank and putting a gun to a cashier's head. He tells the young woman to count to twenty-five. When the robber doesn't get his money in time, the cashier is executed, and two million Norwegian kroner disappear without a trace. Police Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case.

While Hole's girlfriend is away in Russia, an old flame decides to get in touch. Former girlfriend and struggling artist Anna Bethsen invites Hole to dinner, and he can't resist a visit. But the evening ends in an all too familiar way as Hole awakens with a thundering headache, a missing cell phone, and no memory of the past twelve hours. That same morning, Anna is found shot dead in her bed. Hole begins to receive threatening e-mails. Is someone trying to frame him for this unexplained death? Meanwhile, the bank robberies continue with unparalleled savagery.

As the death toll continues to mount, Hole becomes a prime suspect in a criminal investigation led by his longtime adversary Tom Waaler and Waaler's vigilante police force. Racing from the cool, autumnal streets of Oslo to the steaming villages of Brazil, Hole is determined to absolve himself of suspicion by uncovering all the information needed to crack both cases. But the ever-threatening Waaler is not finished with his old archenemy quite yet.

*Edgar Nominee for Best Novel of the Year

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 31 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is impossible to summarize. The story is incredibly intricate and several cases intertwine with each other. The back of my paperback copy gives a plot outline which really only deals with the second half of the book. Harry Hole is a Norwegian detective and he is called onto a case involving a bank robbery where a hostage is killed in cold blood. Later on he receives a call for a date from an old flame and wakes up the next morning remembering nothing only to find out she was murdered sometime that evening. These two cases take the forefront and many, many things twist and turn before the final outcome. I love a mystery that I cannot guess whodunit before the reveal. I had my guesses but they were wrong.

While the plot and the story is intense the characterization is wonderful. Harry is a flawed man, a recovering alcoholic with a great relationship in progress. He is not exactly everybody's favourite at the station as he has his own way of doing things and often disregards procedure.

Jo Nesbo has, I think, finally crossed the line between mystery and literature. While a great crime novel it is also a beautifully written and deeply profound story of characters. I really enjoyed this book and will be reading more from Nesbo. I just wish they would publish the series in the order it was written. So far they have published the English translations in this order #5, #3, #4 and #6 will published in English later this year. Recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 27 2010
Format: Paperback
"Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness." -- Matthew 23:28

If you haven't read The Redbreast, I strongly urge you to do so before reading Nemesis. Be sure to read The Devil's Star after Nemesis. The three books make up a trilogy that provide delight that is not to be missed.

Nemesis is the story of two murder investigations: One into a serial bank robber who killed during the first holdup and the other the death of a former lover of Harry Hole, our alcoholic investigator. While ostensibly a police procedural, the book is more of a psychological and moral portrayal of seeking and gaining redemption.

Although I am very pleased by the trilogy, I thought that Nemesis was by far the weakest book in the series. The investigation lags and meanders around in quite ridiculous ways. You also don't have to be an especially close reader to pick up on the clues as to what was going on. In one of the cases, the fact situation is also more than a little on the far-fetched side. Mr. Nesbo is a great developer of the character of Harry Hole, and that provides a lot of entertainment to ensure that this book is above average in every way.

"Arrest the usual suspects."
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Excellent, complex , always engaging and Nesb's very flawed hero Harry Hole continues to battle demons both internal and external.
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By Lynne Frappier TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 20 2014
Format: Paperback
This book follows Harry Hole after the book "The Redbreast" - so I do recommend that you read that one first - since it sets this book up with a subplot and the characters.

If you're into Scandanavian thrillers - this one is a good one. I found that The Redbreast and the The Devil's Star (the third book in this series) were the stronger stories - although this book helped us get Harry where he needed to be.

Lots of twists and turns, who done it, and why - recommended as part of the series, not on its own.
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By Amaz on March 13 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am so impressed with his descriptive writing and it is like watching a suspenseful movie. I have enjoyed all of his books that I downloaded from Amazon. Would recommend to readers read the trilogy in order as well as his others.
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I simply adore Jo Nesbo's writing! His twists and turns in his plots are brilliant. His characters are so real. Harry Hole is an unlikely hero who continues to inspire admiration. His books can be read on their own but I much prefer to read them in order. It took a little time to figure out which order they were in and I've read a few twice to refresh my memory of his exploits. The research that has gone in to this book is quite extensive. I learned a great deal from this book.
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