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“Nesbo returns with another novel that is every bit the multitextured, complexly plotted, psychologically rich thriller that made Redbreast such an unqualified success. . . . No doubt about it: Nesbo belongs on every crime-fiction fan’s A-list.” (Booklist (starred review))
“Assured, complex, and evocative.” (Seattle Times)
“The high-intensity action is threaded through a series of Chinese boxes revealing one false solution after another before the brilliantly inventive final twist.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“[A] beautifully executed heist drama. . . . Expertly weaving plot lines from Hole’s last outing to feature the inspector, The Redbreast (2007), Nesbo delivers a lush crime saga that will leave U.S. readers clamoring for the next installment.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“The dense plot is supremely detailed. . . . A crisp, clean translation. . . . Satisfying.” (New York Times Book Review)
“Nesbø has a knack for Euro noir.” (Entertainment Weekly)
“Nesbo offers up another top-notch mystery thriller, thickly layered, perfectly plotted, and briskly paced to keep readers hooked. With ties to events in The Redbreast, this is an excellent sequel. . . . Recommended for all fiction collections and essential for Scandinavian crime lovers.” (Library Journal)
“High tension, lightning pace, a flawed but ultimately sympathetic protagonist: NEMESIS has it all.” (BookPage)
“It’s a good bet that if this is the first Harry Hole novel you read, you’ll never miss another. . . . It’s complex but so well written. . . . If you’re a fan of crime fiction, Harry Hole’s your man.” (Arizona Republic)
“No matter what language you read, get on the Jo Nesbo crime patrol and see why the world loves Harry Hole.” (Madison County Herald) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From the Back Cover
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. See all Product Description
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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!
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."
This is the second book in the Oslo trilogy although one wonders if it is the 3rd or 4th book written in the series, actually it all depends where you source your information. The order in which you read them is somewhat irrelevant, they have not been translated in the same order they were originally written. 'Nemesis' is a thrilling, gripping and brilliant thriller, a bit lengthy but well worth the time.
The main plot is fortified with a multitude of sub-plots creating plenty of mystery and intrigue, this one opens with a bank robbery creating instant tension. Cloaked in a balaclava, the armed suspect grabs a teller and demands the bank manager open the safe within 25 seconds or else'.. All hell breaks loose and in all the confusion the suspect escapes from under the nose of the police, leaving them red faced and empty handed.
Investigator Harry Hole of Crime Squad is known for his drinking problem and his knack of rubbing his superiors the wrong way, however it is decided he work the case in collaboration with Robberies Unit. Harry's strong character takes him on a tangent that leaves the other department out in left field. Harry convinces his boss to give him more rope, so he and his partner Beate Lonn, a promising young video analyst, can work their own theory. Beate discovers discrepancies in CCTV footage, this leads to clues that up until now had been overlooked, and this eventually proves to be the game changer.
This clever book has so much going on it would take a book in itself to summarise. There are many twists and turns, dozens of red herrings and a pile of dead bodies.Read more ›
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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Jo Nesbo specializes in suspense and twist and turns of plot. Harry Hole is complex and tormented Norwegian cop. Nemesis has more twists and turns than you can imagine. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good book, a little dry, but any Nesbo fan will certainly like it.Published 15 months ago by AaronL
Excellent, complex , always engaging and Nesb's very flawed hero Harry Hole continues to battle demons both internal and external.Published 19 months ago by Dr. George P. Barber
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. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amaz
Nemesis by Jo Nesbo
I love this Series of books. The characters are likable and I am taken over by the action which is often unexpected. I ended up wanting more.