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Detective Harry Hole must use his maverick methods once again as he investigates a slew of brutal bank robberies and the suspicious suicide of a female artist in this clever and harrowing installment in the Harry Hole series from the author of The Snowman.

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

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 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. The same day, Anna is found shot dead in her bedroom, making Hole a prime suspect in the 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.

Publisher: [Toronto] : Random House Canada, 2008
ISBN: 9780061655517
Branch Call Number: Suspense F Nes
Additional Contributors: Bartlett, Don


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May 30, 2019

4 stars. The fourth book in Nesbo's Harry Hole series of thrillers was a long, but good read. Harry is called in on a murder at a bank. A robber kills a woman while robbing the ATM and Harry is assigned to the case, along with Beata Lonn. Beata has the rare ability to remember faces and her skills are needed to help Harry solve the crime and others that crop up along the way. The road to a solution is twisted and there are many possible suspects. Harry is involved with one of the people involved in the story, an ex-girlfriend who comes back into his life hoping for a reunion. Harry receives threatening emails and wonders if he was involved in crimes while in a blackout. I thought this was a well thought out and interesting read. I enjoyed it.

Dec 31, 2018

Too complicated and confusing for me, made worse by my difficulty in tracking the many Norwegian names. I'm in trouble when I cannot differentiate between male and female characters. Plus, my stepfather drank a lot so Hole's drinking turned me off.

May 10, 2017

This is book 4 in the Harry Hole Series.

Book introduces the character, Beate Lønn.

Oct 30, 2015

In this book there is too much going on! In my opinion, unnecessary complication of the plot with introducing many new characters, whose roll is really insignificant, and also so many unnecessary twists. But in general - interesting, Page turner, especially in the first half of narrative.

Mar 02, 2013

This story is too detailed and very convoluted. It is supposedly about revenge but this concept is used only as a plot device with no insight into the idea of revenge itself.

Jul 13, 2012

Very entertaining cop mystery. Felt fairly typical for the genre, but it definitely kept me reading and I'd like to read the next one.

Jan 10, 2012

This book #4 in the Detective Harry Hole series set in Oslo but it is important to read The Redbreast (#3 in the series) BEFORE you read this one because of logical linkages among the books; this one’s a wonderfully-interwoven story involving a couple of murder investigations; only small problem is that things in the final 30 pages seemed to me to get a bit muddled but maybe it was clearly written and I just did not understand or was tired but couldn’t stop reading.

Nov 25, 2011

A great read. Not as strong as The Snowman, but a building point that leads up to the growth this writer went through.


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