Captured on closed-circuit television: A man walks into an Oslo bank, puts a gun to a cashier’s head, and tells her to count to 25. When he doesn’t get his money fast enough, he pulls the trigger. The young woman dies—and two million Norwegian kroner disappear without a trace.
After a drunken evening with his former girlfriend, Anna Bethsen, Police Detective Harry Hole wakes up at home with a headache, no cell phone, and no memory of the past 12 hours. That same day, Anna is found shot dead in her bedroom, making Hole a prime suspect in an investigation led by his hated adversary, Tom Waaler.
Meanwhile, the bank robberies continue with unparalleled savagery, sending rogue detective Hole from the streets of Oslo to steaming Brazil in a race to close two cases and clear his name. But Waaler isn’t finished with his longtime nemesis quite yet.
©2002 Jo Nesbø (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
"Nesbo manages the unlikely feat of exploring the inner life of his lead character in the thorough and compelling manner one associates with, say, Ruth Rendell, while at the same time juggling multiple, interlocking plot strands as dexterously as David Hewson. No doubt about it: Nesbo belongs on every crime-fiction fan’s A-list." (Booklist)
I read The Snowman (audio-fantastic narrator!!) and The Redbreast (on paper) and loved them both. Nesbo's plots are sophisticated, imaginative, well-developed, and suspenseful. Harry Hole is a well-developed character you like in spite of (or because of?) his flaws. I couldn't wait to start Nemesis, but the narration is horrific. I'm about halfway through, but may just buy the book and read it. Thor Knai is all over his map with his accents --all of them inconsistent and bad! Since when does Harry Hole's boss Bjarne Moller talk like a Texan? And why does his voice keep cracking? So, all this to say that Nemesis is probably as wonderful as the other books, but with this narrator you'll never know.
Please do not listen to the negative narrator reviews or you'll be missing a great book. I agree the narration by Thor Knai is poor but after about an hour you get used to him. In fact I found a couple of his accents pretty hilarious. At one time he comes out with an attempt at a Norweign accent that sounds like the Kentucky hills. The book is a great listen however and Jo Nesbo is at his best. The plot is typical Nesbo with twists and turns that keep you guessing until the very end.
If you've listened to any newer Nesbo books, do NOT go back and listen to this one. The storyline was pure and perfect Nesbo but the narrator was so bad, I could never tell who was talking to whom. This is a definte book to read, unless it is re-recorded with the current narrator of Nesbo's books. BUY the book, it is a great story although I deeply regret spending the money to listen to it.
I'm a Nesbo fan. Have been from the first. I also think Robin Sachs is a great narrator. I am often guided by my fellow listener's reviews, and therefore didn't download Nemesis after reading...."tragic" "worst narrator in all of audible" and a number of equally heated condemnations of Thor Knai"s efforts for many months.
But now, having listened to it, I wonder if these reviews were written by Mr. Sach's kids? Whatever happened to "I prefer Mr. Sach's narration, but Mr. Knai is good also"? I suspect that Knai may have pronounced the unfamiliar words more accurately. But I could deal with that.
I loved the book. The story rules, as always, Mr. Nesbo. You are inventive, suprising and a heck of a lot of fun to listen to.
This is not a police procedural. It a model for the nuanced plot, refined with subtle observation and an exceptionally flawed protagonist. Harry Hole is evocative of Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther, Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander, Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch (in the early books). Mysteries are more than satisfactorily solved; and the solutions then unravel. Clues are many faceted and never clear cut.
There is only one problem for audible members. If you listen to Nemesis, you will become hooked. Audible, however, has only one book in the series. The unsolved mystery is: why one Nesbo novel when the one is a masterpiece?
As a Harry Hole fan I have listened to this series sequentially from Book 5 to Book 9. I delayed on this book because a lot of reviewers were complaining about the narrator. Thor Knai does have a hilarious accent for one of Harry's bosses and he does not sound like he is from Jo's country, but for me that did not detract from the story. Ultimately this narrator still hits his marks with the characters professionally handling the tension, emotion and pacing. I took a chance on another book where everyone was complaining about the narrator and like a few reviewers I gave up midway through the book.
It helps when you can read from a superb manuscript and Jo Nesbo delivers a great story. It didn't bother me to know the future of his relationship to Rachel and Oleg and fellow detectives. There were a lot of mysteries to solve and people to figure out. As usual Mr. Nesbo throws out a few delicious crumbs and at one time or other I suspect almost everyone of everything.
But it all makes sense in the end and I am emotionally drained with a poignant story and some great detective work.
You can't go wrong with a Harry Hole book... even if you read them out of order.
This story is really good but the reader is not. I would probably not even listen to another story read by this reader ever again! I would be disappointed if I found him as a reader of the most basic children's book as I feel that would be an injustice to that piece of literature!!!
His character voices seem inconsistent applied to various characters.
Is the name pronounced Hole, Holey, and Hula? 3rd book, 3rd different pronunciation.
This may not be Great Literature. And I do love Great Literature. But it is great fun. Nesbo has been added to my Scandinavian thriller list!
Yep another good one from Jo Nesbo. A chilly read full of twists and turns....lots of despicable characters. More self destruction by our lovable idiot Harry Hole... but his mind is so clever ..its the most appealing thing about him.
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