Grainy CCTV footage shows a man walking into a bank and putting a gun to a cashier's head. He tells her to count to twenty-five. When he doesn’t get his money in time, she is executed. Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case. While Harry’s girlfriend is away in Russia, an old flame gets in touch. He goes to dinner at her house and wakes up at home with no memory of the past twelve hours. The same morning the girl is found shot dead in her bed. Then Harry begins to receive threatening e-mails. Is someone trying to frame him for this unexplained death?
Meanwhile the bank robberies continue with unparalleled savagery. Gripping and surprising, Nemesis is a thriller by one of the biggest stars of Scandinavian crime fiction.
©2011 Jo Nesbo (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
Book 4 is the best Harry Hole story to date. Again I have had to deliberately restrain myself from reading Book 5 at once. That has to be a good sign. The plot is a continuation of Book 3 (The Redbreast), but not just an episode from a TV drama that begins, "Last time on ...". The new story is a complex one. The plot is carefully crafted. Harry, apparently happy, just can't resist an old flame and from there the set up begins.
The clues are all there. I'd think I'd figured it out, then, blam, suspect dead. I'd think I'd figured it out, then dismiss it and think again. Somewhere along this process, I did figure it out, but I wasn't sure until Harry revealed the truth.
Harry is the harbinger of the truth. He's as unlikely a harbinger as any, but this far into our relationship, he's now a comfortable part of the big picture. A new character is introduced, too; another unfortunate woman in Harry's seedy life. Tom Voller (aka David Hasselhoff) returns, as do Mueller and the rest of the team. There is new and old.
Sean Barrett continues his portrayal of Harry. He is growing on me. By Book 5 I expect him to be a 3.5 and by Book 6, a 4. There are no complaints.
One warning, these books are addictive!
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
In the tradition of the great European crime novels like "The Laughing Policeman", "Smilla's Sense of Snow" and Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther series, Nesbo continues with his Harry Hole novels in this terrific new entry.
Hole, struggling with his alcoholism as well as his new love relationship and the death of his partner, finds himself caught up in trying to solve a murderous bank robbery while trying to convince his superiors that his partner's death is - contrary to their belief - still unsolved and that he should be allowed to pursue an investigation into it.
This is a compelling entry in the series, with rich characterizations and impeccable plotting.
Complex, engaging, enjoyable
Headhunters because its a complex story that brings the reader along slowly and confidently
"Your worst 'best friend'."
You absolutely know that Harry will come through for you but along the way he will take you on a roller coaster ride of mistakes, bad judgement, wrong turns and the odd bender. This all makes for a riveting read and you find yourself doing the literary equivalent of shouting at the television! Harry......what are you doing? Harry Hole is one of the most interesting characters I have met (read). In real life you would wonder how he gets by and yet Jo Nesbo writes in such a way that he is so 'real' you think perhaps you are missing something and that maybe this is the way to be. As a hero he has many faults but you cannot help but admire the inner voice that somehow keeps him on the straight and narrow. The story is deftly paced, building twists and turns into the plot with effortless ease. I find myself waiting for the next story and dare I say it the inevitable screenplay. Now there's a question - who would you want to play Harry?
This is the third book of the Harry Hole series I've read in as many weeks, and I enjoyed it just as much as the others. This is a little more conventional than The Redbreast but still a cracking psychological thriller that weaves together the strands of two different investigations that prove to be related. Jo Nesbø has a real talent for complex plots that keep you guessing all the way, only to be surprised you didn't join the dots earlier when the reveal happens. Looking forward to the conclusion of the Oslo Trilogy and fifth in the Harry series now - The Devil's Star.
"Thrilled by Nemesis"
Great book, very well written and very well narrated. Interesting, unpredictable and as usual an excellent Jo Nesbo book.
Jo Nesbo my favourite writer,
i read many in his series on policeman Hary Holey in OSLO.
i really enjoy the audio books at 10pm when in bed
the plots story excellent
i am already up to book 7 .. . i buy 2 a month.. so i need be making new plans soon
i highly recommend the book. the writer nesbo is top dog 4 me
such a good book, but the reader gets the accents mixed up, the indian in the book sounds like some drunk from yorkshire, but the actual book is awesome
"So far but no further"
Having heard good things of Jo Nesbo I thought I would give this a try. Initially tickled with the idea that the name of his detective Harry Hole translates as Harry Hill I rapidly got annoyed with the tale. I finally gave up about 2 hours from the end as the whole thing (no pun intended) had become just too preposterous, each situation becoming more and more far-fetched. Being brought up and loving the "golden age" authors like Margery Allingham, Agatha Christie, John Dickson Carr, Michael Gilbert and so on maybe I'm not the audience Nesbo was seeking.
"Not one of his best"
I found this book really confusing. I did have a problem partly with the names of the characters, they were quite similar and it was difficult to differentiate between characters and even between male and female. I spent a lot of time rewinding as I couldn't fathom who was in the frame.
Another thing that made this confusing for me, was the vast amount of spin-off back stories that seemed to confuse rather than elucidate.
I have enjoyed Jo Nesbo's writing in the past, but didn't feel that this was his best
"Really starting to motor now!"
Compelling, addictive, unputdownable
Can't say without spoilers but let's just say there are bad guys everywhere
Time doesn't always heal
"an intricate thriller"
this was a well written and intricate thriller which held you from start to finish. Many twists and turns and a totally unexpected denouement.
Harry Hole - a flawed human being, a fabulous detective
Yes. He brings the books so much to life that you feel you are part of the story
NEMESIS - vengeance is yours!
Love Jo Nesbo - Harry Hole is a truly modern detecive
"Harry Hole is a favourite"
I have listened to several Harry Hole books, and enjoyed them all. Nemesis join the company of the others with a good description of characters, a reasonable speed through the actions and a fair amount of surprises.
Being a Scandinavian speaker I sometimes wonder what the name should really be, but Sean Barrett is a good reader
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