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ISBN13: 9780061655517
ISBN10: 0061655511
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Awards

2010 Edgar Award Nominee for Best Novel

Synopses & Reviews

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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 twenty-five. 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 twelve 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.

Review:

"Nesbo's storytelling abilities are incomparable. Nemesis is crime novel as art form and great entertainment." USA Today

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)

Review:

"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 (Starred Review)

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"[This] high-intensity action is threaded through a series of Chinese boxes revealing one false solution after another before the brilliantly inventive final twist." Kirkus (Starred Review)

Review:

"The dense plot is supremely detailed....A crisp, clean translation....Satisfying." New York Times Book Review

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"High tension, lightning pace, a flawed but ultimately sympathetic protagonist: Nemesis has it all." Bookpage

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"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

Review:

"Assured, complex, and evocative." Seattle Times

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"No matter what language you read, get on the Jo Nesbo crime patrol and see why the world loves Harry Hole." Madison County Herald

Review:

"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)

Review:

"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

Synopsis:

From one of the most celebrated crime writers in Europe and the award-winning author of The Redbreast comes this work that features the maverick methods of detective Harry Hole as he investigates a series of brutal bank robberies.

Description:

The #1 international bestseller from one of the most celebrated crime writers in Europe, Jo Nesbo's extraordinary thriller Nemesis features Norwegian homicide detective Harry Hole, "the next in the long line of great noir crime detectives," (San Diego Union-Tribune) in a case as dark and chilling as an Oslo winter's night.

The second Harry Hole novel to be released in America — following the critically acclaimed publication of The RedbirdNemesis is a superb and surprising nail-biter that places Jo Nesbo in the company of Lawrence Block, Ian Rankin, Michael Connelly, and other top masters of crime fiction. Nesbo has already received the Glass Key Award and the Booksellers' Prize, Norway's most prestigious literary awards. Nemesis is proof that there are certainly more honors in this extraordinary writer's future.

About the Author

A musician, songwriter, and economist, Jo Nesbo is also one of Europe's most acclaimed crime writers. Nesbo is the winner of the Glass Key Award, northern Europe's most prestigious crime-fiction prize, for his first novel featuring Police Detective Harry Hole. The author of The Redbreast and Nemesis, he lives in Oslo.

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Edward Hahn, December 15, 2011 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
This is my first Jo Nesbo/Harry Hole book. It won't be my last. I am a big fan of Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander series and this comes pretty close in quality. Both are written by Scandinavian authors, Mankell from Sweden and Nesbo from Norway. They approach things differently though each knows how to ratchet up the suspense.

Harry Hole is a bit of a rebel and is constantly in trouble with his superiors and peers, even though his direct boss likes him a lot. In this story, a bank robber unexpectedly kills a teller while Harry is watching. A task force is formed because it appears to be one of a series of similar robberies - very professional. Simultaneously a death made to look like a suicide involves Harry, as the dead woman is an old flame. The situation is complicated because Harry had dinner with her on the night she died but cannot remember a thing about the evening except that he most likely was very drunk and was just able to make his way home.

At this point the plot proceeds in multiple directions involving Gypsies, liars, drug dealers, crooked police, cheating husbands, a new partner with a particularly rare talent, contract killers, and other equally interesting characters. How Nesbo keeps everything on track is a literary wonder. In addition, his current lover is fighting a custody battle in Russia and comes under threat because of Harry's actions. This is all piled on top of Harry's conviction that the wrong man was blamed for the killing of his previous partner.

The beauty of Nesbo's story is that just when Harry and the reader think they have things figured out something happens to throw everything up in the air, again.

All of this is populated by a memorable cast of characters who do not always act in predictable ways. I was particularly fascinated with his description of the pan-European Gypsy criminal community and how they operate.

The book ends somewhat prematurely as all the villains are not brought to justice. This, of course, provides an excellent motivation to read the next book in the series.
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ocalasimm, September 29, 2011 (view all comments by ocalasimm)
This is a big book of over 500 pages and each page is packed with intense, multi layered plots. The author, Jo Nesbo, never lets up his grip on the reader
and the story continues on like a bad never-ending nightmare. This is not a
book for the timid reader looking for a quick, easy read. Excellent writing.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061655517
Author:
Nesbo, Jo
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
Jo Nesbo
Author:
Jo Nesbo
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Traditional British
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8.02x5.24x.84 in. .91 lbs.

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Product details 512 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780061655517 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Nesbo's storytelling abilities are incomparable. Nemesis is crime novel as art form and great entertainment."
"Review" by , "[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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "[This] high-intensity action is threaded through a series of Chinese boxes revealing one false solution after another before the brilliantly inventive final twist."
"Review" by , "The dense plot is supremely detailed....A crisp, clean translation....Satisfying."
"Review" by , "High tension, lightning pace, a flawed but ultimately sympathetic protagonist: Nemesis has it all."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Assured, complex, and evocative."
"Review" by , "No matter what language you read, get on the Jo Nesbo crime patrol and see why the world loves Harry Hole."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , From one of the most celebrated crime writers in Europe and the award-winning author of The Redbreast comes this work that features the maverick methods of detective Harry Hole as he investigates a series of brutal bank robberies.
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