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Nemesis (Harry Hole #4)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  17,893 ratings  ·  1,378 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 kro...more
ebook, 512 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2002)
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Sometimes I feel as though I’m genetically hardwired to be a contrarian. Not because I actually like being different than everyone else or going against popular opinion, nor do I actually want to stand on the mountaintop and scream “All you fuckers are wrong.” Because let’s face it, it’s easy to follow everyone else, to march in line and in step, even if it sometimes means you’re headed for a cliff or the occasional mountain lion. Nor do I get some sort of sick, demented pleasure from bashing ot...more
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Paul Curd
There really should be a health warning or spoiler alert printed on the cover of this book. It is the third of Jo Nesbø's Harry Hole series of detective novels to be translated into English. The first was The Devil's Star, but actually The Devil's Star turns out to be the third in the series and very much the sequel to Nemesis. For some reason, the novels have been translated and published in the UK out of sequence (I guess the reason is they published the best one first to test the water . . .)...more
One of The Sites Harry Is Sure To Visit At Least Once Per Novel:
  Vigeland Park Oslo, Norway

This is actually the second in the series and I have to say I found it better overall than a couple of his later ones. It is interesting going backwards and read of the events alluded to in Harry's future. Witnessing the beginning of his relationship with Rakel, probing the roots of the animosity between him and certain co-workers, indeed, the department in general. Yes, Harry gets his man. But at what co...more
Harry Hole returns in the fourth book in the series by Jo Nesbø (although only the second, translated ably, by Don Bartlett) and follows on from Redbreast . Some time has passed between the two novels, although it's not entirely clear how much - not enough to change the other people around him too much or for him to have ruined his relationship with Rakel (surely only a matter of time) or to have forgotten the murder of his partner, Ellen, but enough for there to be a new girl on the force - Bea...more
Nesbo, Jo. NEMESIS. (2002; U.S. 2008). ****. Nesbo is an international best-selling author from Norway. His earlier book, “The Redbreast,” was his initial claim to fame. Although not well-known to American readers, he has picked up a solid cadre of fans who will swell his audience through word of mouth. This novel takes his detective hero, Hole, of the murder squad, into the world of the gypsies. It all starts out with a bank robbery, where the robber, later termed the Expediter, holds a gun to...more
Slávek Rydval
Světový zájem o severskou kriminálku zřejmě rozpoutal Stieg Larsson svým Miléniem. Bohužel to má i ten důsledek, že se k nám ze Skandinávie tahají romány, které lze bez okolků označit za silně podprůměrné čtivo pro masy (a tedy intelektuálně člověka sotva obohacující). Jedním takovým zastupitelem, který je (naprosto špatně) kriminálním románem označován, je Nemesis od Joa Nesboa.

Povězme si, co vlastně nutí vydavatele knihu zařadit do kategorie kriminální žánr:
1) Je z prostředí (kmininální) polic...more
Pár poznámek k Nesbømu (jednou se třeba naučím i ty recenze)

Když jsem četla svou první nesbøovku (Nemesis), nemohla jsem se zbavit pocitu, že i když mě kniha baví, k dokonalosti jí cosi chybí nebo možná spíš přebývá. Při četbě Pentagramu jsem pak dospěla k závěru, že se nejspíš jedná o promyšlený autorský záměr: psát knihy dost dobré na to, aby je lidé četli, ale zároveň všelijak nedokonalé a tedy i vzbuzující naději, že v příští knize se zadaří lépe.

Sama jsem právě takhle uvažovala, když jsem s...more
Mal Warwick
Gypsies, bank robbers, and the Norwegian police: a gloriously suspenseful mashup

If you saw Harry Hole walking up to you on the sidewalk, you’d probably cross to the other side of the street. He’s close to six-and-a-half feet tall, looks tough (and is), and rarely smiles. This much-conflicted detective on the Oslo police force isn’t the kind of guy who makes friends easily or has a lot of fans either on or off the force. He’s an alcoholic who spends more time off the wagon than on, and he seems t...more
Here is another mystery by a Scandinavian Author. Wow. It doesn't have the color of the "Girl with the Dragon Tatoo" because the main character isn't as memorable as the woman in that book. But the story and mystery in this book is far better written, in my humble opinion. The main character, inspector Hole, will become another famous detective. He has issues, but then everything around him becomes part of the story. Not only do we have the mystery, but we have the murder of his partner, Ellen,...more
Jo Nesbo keeps getting better and better!

This book is the fourth in the Harry Hole series and the second in what is called The Oslo Trilogy. The story is complex and multi-layered. It's almost breathtaking when all the pieces fall into place at the end.

It's hard to write too much without giving away spoilers. Let me just say that I think all hell is going to break loose in the next book in the series.
James Thane
Nemesis is a complex psychological thriller that weaves together the strands of two different investigations that prove to be interrelated.

When a teller is shot and killed in a dramatic bank robbery, Oslo homicide detective Harry Hole is assigned to the team investigating the crime. But Harry, a recovering alcoholic with a ton of other issues, does not work well with others and soon finds himself investigating apart from the larger team, assisted only by a young detective and video analyst, Bea...more
Nemesis is the second of Nesbo's novels translated to English, but the third of the Harry Hole series. While this installation is not as strong as the first book, Redbreast, I definitely will be reading more of this series.

Two crimes are juxtaposed in this plot, a bank robbery/murder and an apparent murder of passion. The motivation for the second is quite foggy, and becomes even foggier once the perpetrator's identity is discovered, after many red herrings are contrived along the way whose only...more
Michal Cemper
Pokud existuje Norsko opravdu takové, jaké ho líčí a popisuje Nesbø, vím, kde chci strávit zbytek života. Toť jen na začátek nahlédnutí pod pokličku knihy.

Když Kniha ZLIN vydala Nemesis, první detektivku od Jo Nesbøa na našem trhu, nikdo nemohl očekávat vlnu, která se mezi čtenáři strhne. Již utichající kult vzniklý kolem Larssonova Milénia pomalu utichal, nicméně nová voda, jež Nesbø vlil do našich luhů a hájů nechala povstat kult z popela. Češi mají detektivky rádi, o tom žádná. Každý správný...more
entertaining, well written, well paced psychological thriller. what i like most about this series, beside harry hole (pr. hoo-lah), is that there are no guns. with few exceptions the cops carry no guns, and when they do they don't use them. they seem to prefer talking their criminals down and tricking them in other ways. i just read in the news that american cops are trained to go for the head or the torso. like, you know, if you are mouthing off, or videotaping them, or twitching a little. thes...more
A crime novel which keeps you guessing, Harry manages to get himself into hot water at the start of this instalment of the series.
Added to that he's also investigating a series of robberies, this means working with people he doesn't get on with. Harry doesn't play well with others at the best of times.
New characters to get to know, hopefully they'll appear in subsequent books.
Complex and very involved thriller, with lots of very unexpected twists and turns. I had more than one 'No way!' moment. Harry feels like a very real, likeable and sympathetic character, and I look forward to reading more of this series. Especially as I now have to see if one particular crooked cop gets his comeuppance ...
Sarah ( Paris )
أحداث هذه الرواية فوضوية ، غريبة وربمَا غير معقولة ..
تبدأ عادية ومملة بعضَ الشيء ، تتصاعد الأحداث بشكل فوضوي وتكثر الصدف بطريقة غريبة حتى نصل إلى حد غير المعقول ..

جو نيسبو للمرة الثانية 3/5 ...
Andrea Bowhill
Review - Nemesis (Harry Hole, Fourth Book)

Nemesis is a suspenseful, tightly complex twisted plot, full of illusion, nothing is as it seems. Jo Nesbø once again captivates us from the opening chapter with crystal clear visuals, letting our imagination take pictures of everything happening second by second. Were all standing in a bank queue; a robber walks in and quickly controls the area. He directly stands before a female bank cashier she's given twenty five seconds for him to receive his money...more
Linda  Branham Greenwell
I've been reading this series in the wrong order... but I still like them :)
In this story, Harry Hole, the detective in the series has many crimes occurring at one time - including one involving himself.
Harry is kind of the misfit in the police departments and does things by his own rules, which infuriates some of the other detectives. Harry is alcoholic - currently in recovery - but wakes up one morning feeling as if he has been drinking and doesn't remember what happened - and then finds that...more
Als bei einem Bankraub eine Mitarbeiterin kaltblütig ermordet wird, ermittelt Hole gemeinsam mit einer neuen Kollegin. Doch damit nicht genug: Eine frühere Freundin von Harry wird erschossen aufgefunden - und er war an ihrem Todesabend bei ihr, kann sich jedoch an nichts erinnern. Schnell wird der Fall als Selbstmord zur Seite gelegt, doch Harry zweifelt an dieser Version - und ist bald der Hauptverdächtige. Dazu noch weitere Banküberfälle, wenn auch ohne Tote - Harry Holes Leben gerät langsam w...more
The complexity of this Norwegian crime fiction is a work of art and certain to keep you at the edge of your seat.

A bank robbery turns to murder and a joint police team is formed to help identify the masked murderer. Studying the surveillance video, the team are baffled and worried as a series of bank robberies with similar MOs take place across Oslo, but without anyone getting killed. As if trying to identify and find the perpetrator of this crime wasn't enough, another death takes place, unrel...more
after the page-turning pleasures of the redbreast, this follow-up was a slight disappointment. not a major disappointment - there are still plenty of twists and innovative complications. but the novel never feels quite as expansive as the redbreast, and it's paced less gracefully.

two books into the series, i'm beginning to think nesbo is better with villains than heroes. i felt like this book had too much harry in it. and the things that define harry (his alcoholism, his disdain for ceremony, hi...more
Barbara Tiede
I'm just mad about Harry, so even though this isn't one of my favourite Nesbos, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It apparently follows on from Redbreast. Some time has passed---not enough for Harry to have forgotten the murder of his partner, Ellen, but enough for there to be a new girl on the force, Beate Lønn, an expert in video analysis with an inherent talent: she never forgets a face. Harry is still in a relationship with Rakel.
Nemesis is two crimes in one; a bank robbery, where the robber executes...more
Gerald Sinstadt
I have survived discovering that I am "obviously not the brightest bulb", and I shall probably recover from awarding five stars to a book summed up in one word - "Incompetence" (see other reviews elsewhere). I was comforted, however, to read only today in an intelligent newspaper a claim by Jo Nesbo's publishers that one of his books sells every twenty-three seconds. Can't all be stupid, can we?

I greatly enjoyed making the acquaintance of Harry Hole in Redbreast; meeting him again in Nemesis beg...more
Nemesis is the fourth novel by Jo Nesbø to feature Inspector Harry Hole, alcoholic loner and excellent detective. (It's only the second to be translated into English, however, so we still must await the translations of what I understand are novels called "The Batman" and "Cockroaches"!)

In Nemesis, Harry meets up with an old flame and wakes up with a giant gap in his memory and a dead former girlfriend. Add to that a particularly violent bank robbery, an Albanian Gypsy convict with a liking for...more
As usual, I've read this series out of order as I managed to find the books in this series so it's interesting to notice how the character of Harry Hole has evolved. Harry is less of a ballbuster compared to the newer books, also he tends to get more emotional. But even here he's getting soused on a fairly regular basis.
Not as much mystique or tension as in the books I've read before, but what put this in the 4 star league is the subplots and the fact that when you think the case is all wrapped...more
Das vierte Buch in der Harry Hole Reihe und ich muss sagen es hat mich wieder sehr begeistert. Vielleicht nicht so gut wie Rotkehlchen, aber sehr nah dran. Es hat mir besonders gut gefallen, dass Geschehnisse auf dem vorangegangenen Band aufgegriffen und weitergesponnen worden sind. Die Geschichte an sich war sehr komplex konstruiert und anfangs nur schwer zu durchschauen. Ich musse mehrmals inne halten und mir das Gelesene intensiv durch den Kopf gehen lassen! Das Ende, welches sich meiner Ansi...more
Nancy Brisson
This Harry Hole mystery, Nemesis by Jo Nesbø is the fourth book in this series. It is a complex story with a number of elements which could be related or not, and this is left purposely vague. Harry is still anxious to investigate the death of his partner Ellen Gjelten, who understood Harry so well and who he occasionally took advice from – rare for Harry. In Book 3 it looked like she was killed by Sverre Olsen while investigating a gun connected to an active gunrunner in the Oslo area, but Sver...more
Steven Belanger
Yet another great Nordic Noir. Nesbo is right up there with Mankell and (in the first two books of the series, anyway) Steig Larsson. Mankell is a bit more abruptly gritty (still can't forget he had his main character make a brief mention of soiling himself) and Larsson was a bit more character-driven, but all three are giants in the genre, and deserve to be.

In this one, Hole is face-to-face with yet another ex-girlfriend (he's got lots of those, as he's a work-obsessed alcoholic), who apparentl...more
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spoiler question: how did Harry's partner kill Stines husband with her sedestal twitch? 1 34 Dec 06, 2013 01:56PM  
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Jo Nesbø is a bestselling Norwegian author and musician. He was born in Oslo and grew up in Molde. Nesbø graduated from the Norwegian School of Economics with a degree in economics. Nesbø is primarily famous for his crime novels about Detective Harry Hole, but he is also the main vocals and songwriter for the Norwegian rock band Di Derre. In 2007 Nesbø also released his first children's book, Dokt...more
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