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Jo Nesbo , Sean Barrett
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July 1 2011
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 beings 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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"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

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly Intricate Crime Novel Jan. 31 2009
By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, complex July 15 2014
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars it's more about the subplot March 20 2014
By Lynne Frappier TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Jo Nesbo March 13 2014
By Amaz
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Nemesis: A Harry Hole Novel June 5 2013
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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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