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(Harry Hole #4)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  52,405 ratings  ·  2,466 reviews

“Nesbø’s storytelling abilities are incomparable. Nemesis is crime novel as art form and great entertainment.”
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The #1 international bestseller from one of the most celebrated crime writers in Europe--the New York Times bestselling author of The Snowman--Jo Nesbø’s extraordinary thriller Nemesis features Norwegian homicide detective Harry Hole, “the next in the lon

Kindle Edition, 482 pages
Published January 9th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2002)
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Benjamin Unless you are a completest, honestly, you can get away with skipping #1 (The Bat) and you probably should skip #2 (Cockroaches). If you get into the…moreUnless you are a completest, honestly, you can get away with skipping #1 (The Bat) and you probably should skip #2 (Cockroaches). If you get into the rest of the series, you will probably go back at some point, but The Redbreast is probably the best place to start in terms of quality of writing and importance to the remaining canon. (less)
Izabela You have to read only the "redbreast" as it is the first of three books clipping the story about Ellen Gjelten. The "redbreast" is not easy in the…moreYou have to read only the "redbreast" as it is the first of three books clipping the story about Ellen Gjelten. The "redbreast" is not easy in the beginning, but worth your patience.(less)

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Jun 10, 2016 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
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Edward Lorn
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Yet another series I keep pushing through, hoping it will get better because I have heard so many good things. This one fell completely flat. The story was disjointed. I didn't understand the relationships between the characters. Most of the time I had no idea what was going on or why. I understood the resolution, but I don't think I cared anymore. I spent the last 200 pages or so on autopilot feeling like it ended about 20 times but at the same time feeling like it was never going to end.

I wil
Jul 14, 2015 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

Inspector Harry Hole of the Oslo police is an alcoholic who's trying to stay on the wagon. That's hard for the detective, who tends to follow his own rules and infuriate his bosses. In this book Harry gets involved with two investigations: a bank heist that left a woman employee dead; and the alleged suicide of a young woman.

To investigate the bank robbery Harry and his partner Beate Lønn - who can remember every face she's ever seen - study CCTV tapes of the holdup. These provide clues that le
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ο Χάρι Χόλε βρίσκεται μπλεγμένος από εκεί που δεν θα το περίμενε ποτέ, όταν μια πρώην (αλλά πολύ παλιά πρώην) αγαπημένη του βρίσκεται νεκρή και αυτός είναι ανάμεσα στους βασικούς υπόπτους, καθώς ήταν μαζί της το βράδυ πριν πεθάνει. Ο ίδιος, τύφλα στο ποτό που δεν θυμάται πότε ήπιε, δεν θυμάται επίσης τίποτα από όσα έγιναν εκείνο το βράδυ. Προσπαθώντας, λοιπόν, να ξεδιαλύνει το θολό μυστήριο γύρω από τις δικές του κινήσεις και τις συνθήκες θανάτου της νεαρής κοπέλας, εισάγεται στην κουλτούρα των ...more
Dec 16, 2014 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
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is indeed one of the more complex books Jo Nesbo has written about his anti-hero Harry Hole. But it is still a great read and for people that do like serious and original police-novels or thrillers this a must-read book.

Harry Hole is revisited by an old girlfriend from his more addictive years and somehow she ends up dead and Harry is the most obvious perpetrator.

A bank gets robbed and a women working in the bank gets killed in cold blood for no obvious reason but the manager was too slow i
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Διαβάστηκε μέσα σε 24 ώρες, αν αυτό σας λέει κάτι.
Pageturner αστυνομικό με τα όλα του. Γραφή που ρέει, πολύ δουλεμένη πλοκή και με έναν ρυθμό που σε κρατάει από το γιακά όσο σου πετάει μικρές πληροφορίες και ανατροπές και χαρακτήρες που, χωρίς να ξεχωρίζουν, σου μένουν και διακρίνονται ο ένας από τον άλλον. Μην περιμένετε γραφή που θα σας εκτοξεύσει (αν και το βιβλίο είναι μετάφραση από την αγγλική μετάφραση, δε θα μου έκανε εντύπωση αν ο Nesbo είναι κανένας βιτρουόζος της πένας και όλη του η ομ
Jul 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yikes
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Metodi Markov
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crimy, scandinavian
Нивото отново рязко се вдигна и започвам да разбирам, защо толкова хора харесват поредицата за Хари Хуле.

Заплетена история за любов, отхвърляне и отмъщение. Сюжетна линия и за циганите в скандинавските общества - не разбрах само, как Ана е наследила огромна къща в Осло от баба си (световно известна оперна певица), след като родителите и са били цигани-номади.

Беше ми интересно да прочета и за банковите обири и за това как полицията се бори с тях.

Над 500 страници е и не бе скучна дори за момент.

Jeff Dickison
I just couldn't get into this one. I don't think blackout alcoholics could be very good detectives. They couldn't catch a cold, let alone a master criminal. The plot line in this story gets so complicated as to become downright silly. I think I'll lay off Nesbo for a while.
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
Jul 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prve dve trecine knjige su bile prilicno dobre, misteriozni pljackas banaka i u isto vreme ubica, Harijevu staru ljubav Anu pronalaze mrtvu u zaključanom stanu... sve je zvucalo vrlo zanimljivo i vuklo te napred.
A zatim, u poslednjoj trecini je Nesbø jednostavno poludeo (opet) ali s obzirom da ovog puta imamo dve paralelne price u realnom vremenu, isto tako imamo i krajnje zakukuljeno, zamumuljeno finale.

Nesbø se toliko (previse) trudi da napravi sto vise obrta da to na kraju ispadne real mess.
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es la cuarta entrega, nada desdeñable, de Harry Hole. Nesbo no suele defraudar, y tiene una fama muy merecida en el panorama literario de los “nordic noir”. La trama es interesante, aunque algo compleja. Muy bien escrita, pero cuya resolución, al menos en mi opinión, no termina de estar al nivel del conjunto. Veo demasiadas casualidades en la misma, lo que le resta credibilidad. Además, enlaza con la novela anterior y con la posterior, de forma que el lector que no siga las novelas en orden cron ...more
Paolo del ventoso Est
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giallo
Chi bazzica da un po' di tempo i social trae da essi gli spunti di lettura, relegando altre forme di ispirazione a retaggi del passato. Ad esempio, c'era una volta il libraio di fiducia che ti consigliava; ecco, il narcisismo social ha messo all'angolo questa categoria forse un po' novecentesca. Ma il bello della vita è proprio questo, che certe cose ritornano quando meno te l'aspetti: sono dunque fiero di dire che questo libro mi è stato consigliato dal mio "libraio di fiducia", ebbene sì, un t ...more
James Thane
Jul 07, 2010 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
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Watching David Suchet's Hercule Poirot tv series is like comfort food for me. I've watched the lot of them repeatedly (my family would say ad nauseum). Poirot follows his tried and tested method in most of the series/books, he searches, he finds, he ponders and keeps his card close to his chest. In the meantime I enjoy myself feeling part of the story as I follow him from here to there and discover this and that. I get most of the thrill during this part of the story, not the part where he gathe ...more
Kyriakos S Kyriakou
Νομίζω ότι με αυτό το βιβλίο με κέρδισε ως φανατικό αναγνώστη του ο Νέσμπο! Από την μέση και μετά οι ανατροπές διακατέχουν η μια την άλλη! Πάντως προτείνω όσοι θα ξεκινήσετε από το μηδέν να διαβάζεται τον επιθεωρητή Χάρι Χόλε ακολουθήστε την σειρά που έχουν γραφτεί, και θα καταλάβετε το γιατί! Για να μάθετε την σειρά επισκεφτείτε το http:\\
I don’t know how how to describe what I feel at the end of the book!

I know exactly what I felt at the beginning of Nemesis (and through three quarters of the plot):

I thought, it was one of the best mystery books I ever read.

And then...the final spurt towards the finishing initial sensations about my reading orgasm went rapidly downwards. And, believe or not, I finished it, if not confused, but more conflicted than I'd like to.

The Book#4 in the series is VERY VERY complex. Many
Feb 09, 2009 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
Συνεχίζεται ανοδικά η πορεία του συγγραφέα με κάθε βιβλίο του να είναι καλύτερο από τα προηγούμενα.
Ο ήρωας του είναι απόλυτα ανθρώπινος, με τα δικά του βάσανα και προβλήματα που τον κάνουν απολύτως συμπαθή.

Σε αυτήν την περιπέτεια, ο Χάρι Χόλε έχει βυθιστεί στην κατάθλιψη, απαρηγόρητος για το θάνατο της συνεργάτιδας του και κάνει ακόμα μια συνειδητή προσπάθεια να απέχει από το αλκοόλ. Συγκατοικεί στο γραφείο του με τον Χάλβορσεν, για τον οποίο αποτελεί ένα είδος μέντορα, έχοντας το ρίξει στους πο
Harry makes a new friend and gets one step closer to solving the crime that matters most to him.

I really enjoyed the mystery on this one, how it split off into multiple different little mysteries and then how they all came back together in the end. I was actually quite clueless until the very last moment regarding the whodunit portion of the story. I thought I had it all sorted out but was pleasantly surprised when I realized I was wrong. *GASP* Yes, I totally did just admit to being wrong abo
Steven Godin
My first foray into Scandinavia crime noir, which seems in the last 10 years to have come out of nowhere to take the world by storm, TV as well. Nemesis is a decent read, not as dark as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but not as good either. In Harry Hole there is a detective you believe in, he has flaws like everybody else, there are moments of tension, and a good developing plot/story, where footage of a bank robbery has been looked at hundreds of times and the police searched for finger prin ...more
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not so bad after all :)))
Jan 21, 2012 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
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.
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
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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Who committed the other robberies then? 13 205 Jul 21, 2016 07:36AM  
What gun did Alf Gunnerud have? 1 14 Aug 27, 2015 07:13AM  
Elmer and Vigdis *spoiler alert* 1 32 Sep 18, 2014 05:15PM  
spoiler question: how did Harry's partner kill Stines husband with her sedestal twitch? 1 67 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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