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Nemesis (Harry Hole #4)

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Oslo Police Detective Harry Hole is assigned to investigate a series of bank robberies of unparalleled savagery while at the same time absolving himself of the murder of his former girlfriend in a criminal investigation led by his longtime adversary Tom Waaler and Waaler's vigilante police force.
Mass Market Paperback, 501 pages
Published March 2012 by Harper (first published 2002)
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Robert
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
Phrynne
Jul 15, 2015 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a big, thick chunky book but I raced through it. On the cover Jo Nesbø is likened to Stieg Larsson but he is nothing like. Nesbø wastes not a single word in description or lengthy explanation. He just tells a great story with plenty of action and lots of great police work. I really enjoy Harry Hole as a character. He may be flawed but he must be nice because all the best people like him and the bad ones do not. And although he makes plenty of mistakes - he has to otherwise there would no ...more
Lyn
Jun 12, 2016 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

The Good.

Jo Nesbo’s surly and reclusive Norwegian detective Harry Hole (pronounced Hooleh) is back in 2002’s Nemesis. Nesbo established Hole in The Bat and Cockroaches and then produced a phenomenal novel with his 2000 novel The Redbreast – one the genre’s best, akin to Stieg Larsson in narrative quality. Hole is engaged to investigate a bank robbery that went wrong, resulting in the death of a bank teller. A wider network of evil is uncovered and Hole is heavily
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Edward Lorn
Upon completing this book, I rated it three stars. After a month's time and much thought, I cannot say that I really liked it all that much. I've decided to drop my rating to two stars, and here's why:

I was nowhere near as impressed with Nemesis as I was Harry Hole's previous outing, The Redbreast. This one was nothing more than your average detective/bank heist story. The emotional impact of the tale did not match the previous installment either. But I think I mostly didn't care for this story
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Melissa
Oct 12, 2011 Melissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yikes
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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
James
Aug 18, 2012 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 - Be ...more
Cathy DuPont
Dec 13, 2014 Cathy DuPont rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cathy by: Harry Roolart
I'm dedicating the reading of this book to my friend Harry Roolart

Harry, when he was a bit more active, pestered me until I read the first couple of books in the HH series. After that I was hooked by Harry Hole.

He is in my top three characters who I really love and enjoy reading. (This is a character from authors who are still alive and writing i.e. Michael Connelley.)

So thanks, Harry!

And remember that Harry is my "go to" person for all things Scandinavian. He can tell you how to pronounce Hole
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Tony
Feb 09, 2009 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Wordsmith
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
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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
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James Thane
Jul 07, 2010 James Thane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Janice
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.
Radka
Oct 22, 2012 Radka rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mal Warwick
Jul 04, 2013 Mal Warwick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Keith
Aug 18, 2012 Keith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Genchev
Jul 09, 2015 Genchev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Имам си афинитет към Норвегия, не само защото доста от любимите ми групи са от там.
Ако Норвегия обаче наистина е такава, каквато я описва Несбьо, искам да поживея в тази страна.
Днес довърших "Немезида" и съм очарован, въпреки болезнената ми претенциозност към този жанр.Доколкото разбрах
книгата е под номер три от поредицата за Хари Хуле но спокойно се чете като самостоятелна.
Направи ми впечатление неговия стил на писане - интересна композиция и смесване на отделни действия.
В хронологичното повес
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Marko
Jun 18, 2016 Marko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5*
Mary
Many mystery series become stale after just a few books. The authors tend to re-use story lines and not allow the characters any real growth. So far, Jo Nesbo has avoided that with the Harry Hole series.

In Nemesis, Harry is assigned to investigate a bank robbery gone wrong. At the same time, a former lover is in town and he is drawn into a twisted scenario that places him as the prime suspect in a murder.

For me, the gold standard crime writer today is Tana French. Right or wrong, I compare all
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Caroline
Apr 04, 2011 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lori
Apr 15, 2012 Lori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fic
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
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Chrissa Vasileiou
Oct 25, 2015 Chrissa Vasileiou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavian
Το μόνο σίγουρο είναι πως δεν μπορείς να διαβάσεις βιβλίο του Nesbo αφηρημένη,απλά για να περάσει η ώρα..Αν δεν προσέχεις την πλοκή,το 'χασες..Ο βασιλιάς της σκανδιναβικής λογοτεχνίας κεντάει κυριολεκτικά σ' αυτό το βιβλίο,δημιουργώντας ολοκληρωμένους χαρακτήρες,που μπλέκονται σε μια σφιχτή πλοκή η οποία δε σε αφήνει να το αφήσεις από τα χέρια σου,πριν φτάσεις στην τελευταία σελίδα..Τίποτα δεν είναι όπως φαίνεται κι εκεί που νομίζεις πως έχει δοθεί η λύση,γίνεται η ανατροπή κι όλα αλλάζουν!Κι εσ ...more
Greg Z
Jun 21, 2016 Greg Z rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
On page 456 (of 474), Nesbo writes:
'Eh.' said Moller. 'Repeat that one more time, Harry. Slowly.'
Harry took a deep breath.
'Oh, never mind,' Moller said. 'I've got a headache.'
I have three big problems with this novel at this point:
1) Nesbo, why not allow Harry to explain? You only have 18 pages left!
2) Nesbo, you could have removed a plot or two and still had a 400+ page crime novel, are you being paid by the word?
3) I'm with Moller, I've got a headache also! Come on Nesbo, this last chapter
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Deanne
Jan 08, 2014 Deanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crimethriller
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.
Celeste Corrêa
"Não tenho palavras; a minha voz está na minha espada." – Macbeth de Shakespeare

Foi o meu primeiro contacto com este escritor. Infelizmente comecei com este “Vingança a Sangue Frio”, o quarto livro sobre a personagem do inspector Harry Hole. Deveria ter iniciado com o terceiro “ O Pássaro de Peito Vermelho”, uma vez que , ao que parece , os dois primeiros não estão publicados em Portugal.

Em poucas palavras tudo começa com um assalto a um banco: um homem entra numa agência bancária cheia de pesso
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Matt
Dec 25, 2015 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nesbø continues to dazzle with his wonderful Harry Hole series, in this fourth novel. When a single individual enters a bank and takes the female teller hostage, demands are made to empty an ATM full of money. Using the hostage to disguise their voice, the robber offer an ultimatum that cannot be completed in the specified time, and the teller is killed. With the Robbery Division unable to make any progress on the case, it is sent to Harry Hole and video evidence expert, Beate Lønn as a murder i ...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
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Michal Cemper
Mar 25, 2012 Michal Cemper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Fatima
Oct 21, 2015 Fatima rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Tras leer “ Redbreast o Petirrojo” no pude dejar para más adelante otra novela de Jo Nesbo y su detective Harry Hole. Al igual que el anterior, me engancho desde la primera página “Nemesis” cuenta con dosis elevadas de intriga y numerosas incógnitas por resolver, que te atrapa gracias a su ritmo narrativo. La clave de la historia no solo reside en sus historias, sino también en un elenco de personajes donde Harry es el epicentro, pero cuyos secundarios acompañan de manera magistral al atormentad ...more
anionce
Mar 26, 2016 anionce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-noir
Este me ha vuelto a gustar mucho. Némesis nos habla de la muerte de una conocida de Hole y un atracador en serie que parece invencible. Dos tramas que se unen, dos casos super interesantes y una buena resolución.

Harry me sigue gustando a ratos. Beate ya me ha conquistado... y promete para el próximo libro.

Como curiosidad, me ha encantado el "doble sentido" del inicio.
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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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  • Frelseren (Harry Hole, #6)
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