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Nemesis, by Jo Nesbø, is the fourth book in the Harry Hole series, but the second book in an internal three party trilogy in the complete Harry Hole Series. This internal Trilogy started with The Redbreast, and “might” end with The Devil’s Star. The “trilogy” includes, in addition to each individual novel’s various plots, a competition between Harry Hole and his arch enemy another Investigator Detective on the Oslo/Norwegian police force. One could say, Harry Hole’s Dr. Moriarty. The competition between these characters alone make the books enjoyable. Yet, you get each story’s own more complete murder mystery and the competition between the two cops as a sort of extra story. It is not a simple competition; it a tale of good cop practices versus evil cop’s methods. Predominantly evil prevails but . . .
I am not a reader of the first two novels in the Harry Hole series because those books had a poor rating and others explained they were unimportant in getting to know Harry and the series. Yet, the trilogy refers often to what had occurred in the two earliest books, but personally, I have not felt I missed out on any understanding of the series. . . . and who wants to listen to dull content.
Like all Nesbø mystery novels, and as indicated above, there is more than one story playing out in each novel. As one plot progresses detritus from other stories trickles into the narrative and when one mystery is resolved, the next plot takes center stage. It keeps the reader on his/her toes contemplating what data is important, for which plot, and how will it play out in the balance of the story. If you want to keep thinking of what is evil, Nesbø and his characters provide you with good reading (listening) entertainment.
Here we have bank robberies, weapons smuggling, blood feuds, gypsy crime organizations with the ability to reach within Norwegian society and the Russian system, and more. You will find clues that lead you (and the characters) to a conclusions that you are unlikely to contemplate. As the plot(s) continue the clues and their true meaning change. A typical Nesbø twist. All in all a good read or listen.
Almost universally everyone condemns, Thor Knai, as a terrible reader. Robin Sachs read the balance of the series. Sachs is excellent. Knai, not so good but certainly not as bad as pronounced by others. Read the Tribology, and Knai’s failings will not destroy your reading enjoyment, but just won’t reach the same height as Sach’s interpretation.
I have listened to all the other Harry Hole novels and almost didn't get this one due to the reviews about the narrator. And it's true that he isn't anywhere close to being as good as the other two. But the story is quite good, and if you are already familiar with the characters, as I was when I listened, you can transcend the bland narration. It certainly makes a strong case for getting the right Narrator for audio books.
Unfortunately, the narrator doesn't live up to Robin Sachs and certainly not to John Lee who in my opinion is BY FAR the best reader to listen to in this series. It would have been great to just have John Lee all the Harry Hole books!
I almost didn't buy this one due to the consistent bad reviews (really bad) of the narrator. I'm so glad I did, though! The narrator is certainly no Robin Sachs, but then again, Robin passed away, and he was a one of a kind. If you listen to the sample and don't find him irritating, I think you will enjoy the experience.
Story was OK though a few too many bits and pieces so didn't fit together as well as Redbreast. narrator was hard to listen too, especially his accents.
The most frustrating in the series thus far 1. I disliked the narrator 2. the mystery of Ellen's death barely progressed 3. too many twists in who actually was responsible for the murders of the primary story.
I thought he had less range in his voice than previous narrators.
I will know if it was worth the time when I get on to the next book and see what seeds may have been planted that I may have missed in book 4.
Great Harry Hole adventure. I had a bit of a hard time keeping track of all the characters but enjoyed listening to the quiet parts as well as the parts that put you on edge, fearing what will happen next. Definitely will be working my way through the rest of the series.
A great mystery with many plot shifts and a surprise ending to the case. The narrator starts boring but gets better about halfway through. He is not as good as the previous narrator who did the first books.