2010 Edgar Award Nominee for Best Novel
Synopses & Reviews
"An intimate study of broken lives that showcases Fossums poet past." —Bloomberg
In this chilling addition to the internationally best-selling Inspector Konrad Sejer series, the detective must face down his memories and fears as he investigates the deaths of two troubled young men. The first victim, Jon Moreno, was getting better after a mysterious guilt had driven him to a nervous breakdown one year earlier. His psychiatrist said so, as did his new friend at the hospital, Molly Gram, with her little-girl-lost looks. So when he drowns in Dead Water Lake, Sejer hesitates to call it a suicide.
Then the corpse of another young man is found, a Vietnamese immigrant. And Sejer begins to feel his age weigh on him. Does he still have the strength to pursue the elusive explanations for human evil? A harrowing, masterfully wrought mystery from the celebrated Karin Fossum.
“Fascinatingly readable and very cleverly done.” —Colin Dexter, author of the Inspector Morse series
"Nesbo's storytelling abilities are incomparable. Nemesis is crime novel as art form and great entertainment." USA Today
"[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)
"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)
"[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)
"The dense plot is supremely detailed....A crisp, clean translation....Satisfying." New York Times Book 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
"Assured, complex, and evocative." Seattle Times
"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 fan's A-list." Booklist (starred 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
“Nesbø has a knack for Euro noir.” Entertainment Weekly
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.
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.
Inspector Sejer returns in this expertly crafted mystery about troubled teenagers—and two tragic deaths.
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.
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.