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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Jo Nesbo is a musician, songwriter, economist and author. His first crime novel featuring Harry Hole was published in Norway in 1997 and was an instant hit, winning the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel (an accolade shared with Peter Hoeg, Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson). Phantom is the seventh of Nesbo's Harry Hole novels to be translated into English. Check out www.jonesbo.co.uk. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.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.
Most recent customer reviews
In typical Nesbo fashion there are many hints and foreshadowing along the way - but you need to remember the details later that leads you to the end and pulls things together.Published 1 month ago
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 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good book, a little dry, but any Nesbo fan will certainly like it.Published 20 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 on July 15 2014 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 on March 13 2014 by Amaz
I simply adore Jo Nesbo's writing! His twists and turns in his plots are brilliant. His characters are so real. Read morePublished on June 5 2013 by Vicki Swim
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.