Synopses & Reviews
Gripping and surprising, Nemesis is a nail-biting thriller from one of the biggest stars in crime fiction.
Grainy closed-circuit television footage shows a man walking into an Oslo bank and putting a gun to a cashier's head. He tells the young woman to count to twenty-five. When the robber doesn't get his money in time, the cashier is executed, and two million Norwegian kroner disappear without a trace. Police Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case.
While Hole's girlfriend is away in Russia, an old flame decides to get in touch. Former girlfriend and struggling artist Anna Bethsen invites Hole to dinner, and he can't resist a visit. But the evening ends in an all too familiar way as Hole awakens with a thundering headache, a missing cell phone, and no memory of the past twelve hours. That same morning, Anna is found shot dead in her bed. Hole begins to receive threatening e-mails. Is someone trying to frame him for this unexplained death? Meanwhile, the bank robberies continue with unparalleled savagery.
As the death toll continues to mount, Hole becomes a prime suspect in a criminal investigation led by his longtime adversary Tom Waaler and Waaler's vid ever known. But he made another discovery that he chose to reveal to no one—to keep from human hands a power that dwarfed the atomic bomb.
When twelve-year-old Daphne Marrity takes a videotape labeled Pee-wee's Big Adventurefrom her recently deceased grandmother's house, neither she nor her college-professor father, Frank, realize what they now have in their possession. In an instant they are thrust into the center of a world-altering conspiracy, drawing the dangerous attentions of both the Israeli Secret Service and an ancient European cabal of occultists. Now father and daughter have three days to learn the rules of a terrifying magical chess game in order to escape a fate more profound than death—because the Marritys hold the key to the ultimate destruction of not only what's to come . . . but what already has been.
"When a bank teller is shot during a holdup at the start of Norwegian bestseller Nesb's beautifully executed heist drama, Oslo Insp. Harry Hole investigates, along with Beate Lnn, a young detective with the ability to remember every face she's ever seen. Meanwhile, Harry receives a call from Anna Bethsen, a woman he hasn't seen in years. After he meets Anna, recovering alcoholic Harry awakens the next morning with a hangover and the news that Anna is dead, apparently by her own hand. While Harry quietly looks into Anna's death, he and Beate uncover ties in their bank robbery case to one of Norway's most notorious bank robbers, who's currently in prison. The deeper Harry digs, the clearer it becomes that Anna's death is linked to the robbery. Expertly weaving plot lines from Hole's last outing to feature the inspector, The Redbreast (2007), Nesb delivers a lush crime saga that will leave U.S. readers clamoring for the next installment." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
“The high-intensity action is threaded through a series of Chinese boxes revealing one false solution after another before the brilliantly inventive final twist.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“High tension, lightning pace, a flawed but ultimately sympathetic protagonist: NEMESIS has it all.” BookPage
“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
“No matter what language you read, get on the Jo Nesbo crime patrol and see why the world loves Harry Hole.” Madison County Herald
“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 fans A-list.” Booklist (starred review)
“Its a good bet that if this is the first Harry Hole novel you read, youll never miss another. . . . Its complex but so well written. . . . If youre a fan of crime fiction, Harry Holes your man.” Arizona Republic
“Nesbø has a knack for Euro noir.” Entertainment Weekly
“Assured, complex, and evocative.” Seattle Times
“[A] beautifully executed heist drama. . . . Expertly weaving plot lines from Holes 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)
“The dense plot is supremely detailed. . . . A crisp, clean translation. . . . Satisfying.” New York Times Book Review
-Nesbo's storytelling abilities are incomparable. Nemesis
is crime novel as art form and great entertainment.-
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 Redbird--Nemesis 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.
“Nesbøs storytelling abilities are incomparable. Nemesis is crime novel as art form and great entertainment.”
The #1 international bestseller from one of the most celebrated crime writers in Europe, Jo Nesbøs 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 winters night. The second Harry Hole novel to be released in America—following the critically acclaimed publication of The Redbird—Nemesis is a superb and surprising nail-biter that places Jo Nesbø in the company of Lawrence Block, Ian Rankin, Michael Connelly, and other top masters of crime fiction. Nesbø has already received the Glass Key Award and the Booksellers Prize, Norways most prestigious literary awards. Nemesis is proof that there are certainly more honors in this extraordinary writer's future.
About the Author
Jo Nesbo is a musician, songwriter, economist, and one of Europes most critically acclaimed and successful crime writers today. His first novel featuring Police Detective Harry Hole was an instant hit in Norway, winning the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novelthe most prestigious crime-writing award in Northern Europe. Norwegian readers voted his novel The Redbreast the best Norwegian crime novel of all time. NesbØ lives in Oslo.