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Nemesis

(Harry Hole #4)

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How do you catch a killer when you're the number one suspect?

A man is caught on CCTV, shooting dead a cashier at a bank. Detective Harry Hole begins his investigation, but after dinner with an old flame wakes up with no memory of the past 12 hours. Then the girl is found dead in mysterious circumstances and he begins to receive threatening emails: is someone trying to fram
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Paperback, 1st US, 480 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Harper (first published 2002)
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Ben Skeen 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)
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Ankit Agrawal As Harry Hole is in hiding and the only person he is in contact with is Beate Lonn. So Tom Waaler uses this opportunity to say negative things about H…moreAs Harry Hole is in hiding and the only person he is in contact with is Beate Lonn. So Tom Waaler uses this opportunity to say negative things about Harry, how he is friends with the person (Raskol) who killed Beate's father and how by supporting Harry is Beate supporting his father's killer. So she should reveal Harry's location. But Beate has none of it and says "Even if I knew where Harry was you would be the last person I would tell it."

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Lyn
Jun 10, 2016 rated it liked it
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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Matthew
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
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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
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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Phrynne
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Barbara
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it


In this 4th book in the 'Harry Hole' series, the detective gets involved in dual investigations. The book can be read as a standalone.

*****



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 infuriates his bosses. In this book Harry gets involved with two investigations: a bank heist that left a female employee dead; and the alleged suicide of a young woman.

To investigate the bank robbery
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Ken
Jul 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm four books into Nesbø's popular Harry Hole series and even though I've liked all of them so far, they haven't quite wowed me as much as I'd hoped.

One thing that I really do like about this series is Hole himself, the flawed protagonist with his demons with alcohol is very much the focus of these stories.
The fact that he wakes up with no recollection from the previous evening's dinner with an old flame instantly makes his colleges think his been drinking again.
When her body is found in myster
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Matt
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Toria
Jan 25, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I abandoned the series last year after reading the first two books and just recently picked the series up again. Don't know if I just happen to be in the right mood but I'm really enjoying the series so far. In a way Harry Hole reminds me on a million other male detectives and mc's in crime novels but his character is starting to grow on me quite a bit. Want to know what going to happen with him next. Pretty sure I'll pick the next book sooner rather than later but I've got a few books and libra ...more
Mark
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nordic-noir
Nemesis is the fourth instalment of Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole detective series and I must say this series keeps getting better. In Nemesis, Harry is working to clear his name when one of his previous girlfriends is found dead, while also working in a parallel storyline on a series of bank robberies/murders.

I do find that I have to keep my wits about me while reading Nesbo's books, often needing to thumb back a few chapters to reread bits and pieces that may have seemed insignificant at the time. It
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Mark
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
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Dave Schaafsma
Nemesis, the fourth in the Harry Hole series (and finally pronounced correctly [close to “hoo-leh] for the first time in the audiotaped versions of these books I am listening to), has a lot going on. I think too much, really, which is not to say it isn’t created by a talented writer. By the third book, The Redbreast, the best one so far, he began to really prove himself, with rich novelistic themes and multiple threads and real political and historical stakes. And this one has multiple threads, ...more
James Thane
Jul 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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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Ellis
Jul 20, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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. ...more
LenaRibka
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 line...and...my 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
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Steven
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
Alex Cantone
It took Harry ten minutes to walk from Police HQ to Kjølberggata 21A. In its time the run-down brick building had been a tannery, a printing press, a forge and probably several other things too. A reminder that Oslo had once had industry. Now Krimteknisk had taken it over. Despite new lighting and a modern interior, the building still had an industrial feel to it.

Nemesis is the fourth in the Harry Hole series by leading Norwegian author Jo Nesbø and introduces Beate Lønn, a forensic operator wit
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Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Nesbø seems to have this uncanny knack for reeling me in during the last third to quarter of the book and making me second guess my thoughts/feelings for the majority of the exact, same book! Is it magic? Some sort of voodoo? I've about decided he's a wicked spell caster.

It's very disorienting.

Granted, a large portion of the spell is Harry himself. I realize I've described characters as complex and damaged before but Harry makes all of them look like poseurs. I think part of me just likes watchi
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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.
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James
Jan 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, translated
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 - ...more
Sofia
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
Amanda NEVER MANDY
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 a
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Michelle Only Wants to Read
Oh, Harry Hole... how I love thee. I have missed you! We have so much to catch up.

I loved the book. The story was great, therefore its shiny stars. Why not five? Hmmk, lemme tell you...the audiobook narrator was absolutely HORRIBLE. Monotone, flat, painful. I almost did not listen to the story because of him. Is this Nesbo's fault? Hmm...maybe. I don't know if authors have a saying on who reads their books or if they listen to them prior to the release. If it was not Nesbo I would have quit and
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Hannah
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this - I like Harry Hole as a character and I love a good thriller.
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 w
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Katerina
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Harry under suspicion.

The best so far.

This series is exciting, varied, one visits with Harry exotic places, travels to the past, experiences his successes and failures. That makes him human, real and very interesting. I know now that Harry and I are making big friends.

A delightful change in my reading habits.







And even if the Snowman got no good movie reviews, I have to watch this soon.......
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Exitgirl05
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I can’t belive I’ve missed review on this one! Now when I recollect of emotions and impression, I know that I was definitely hooked on Harry Hole after this book. But now after I read the entire series, I can say that this is not the brightest role of Nesbø’s (anti)hero. The side story and the plot which follows investigation of death of Harry’s partner was more interesting for me than the main crime. But still great book! And all the others which followed.
Cathy DuPont
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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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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