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 kroner disappear without a trace. Police Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case.While Hole's girlfriend is away in Russia, an old flame decides to get in touch. Former girlfriend and struggling artist Anna Bethsen invites Hole to dinner, and he can't resist a visit. But the evening ends in an all too familiar way as Hole awakens with a thundering headache, a missing cell phone, and no memory of the past twelve hours. That same morning, Anna is found shot dead in her bed. Hole begins to receive threatening e-mails. Is someone trying to frame him for this unexplained death? Meanwhile, the bank robberies continue with unparalleled savagery. As the death toll continues to mount, Hole becomes a prime suspect in a criminal investigation led by his longtime adversary Tom Waaler and Waaler's vigilante police force. Racing from the cool, autumnal streets of Oslo to the steaming villages of Brazil, Hole is determined to absolve himself of suspicion by uncovering all the information needed to crack both cases. But the ever-threatening Waaler is not finished with his old archenemy quite yet.*Edgar Nominee for Best Novel of the Year
When a bank teller is shot during a holdup at the start of Norwegian bestseller Nesb�'s beautifully executed heist drama, Oslo Insp. Harry Hole investigates, along with Beate L�nn, a young detective with the ability to remember every face she's ever seen. Meanwhile, Harry receives a call from Anna Bethsen, a woman he hasn't seen in years. After he meets Anna, recovering alcoholic Harry awakens the next morning with a hangover and the news that Anna is dead, apparently by her own hand. While Harry quietly looks into Anna's death, he and Beate uncover ties in their bank robbery case to one of Norway's most notorious bank robbers, who's currently in prison. The deeper Harry digs, the clearer it becomes that Anna's death is linked to the robbery. Expertly weaving plot lines from Hole's last outing to feature the inspector, The Redbreast(2007), Nesb� delivers a lush crime saga that will leave U.S. readers clamoring for the next installment. (Jan.)
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1 . good reading, but sometimes tiresome plot
Posted July 30, 2011 by Henk G. , Tacoma WA USAI really liked the book, but found the plot sometimes a bit messy. Jo Nesbo is certainly a good author who leaves a lot to the reader's intelligence by using often short one-liners in the dialogs. When you have stopped reading for the day, you have to go back a page or so to remember the plot when you pick up the book again. Having known quite a few Norwegians in my life (I love the country), I understand the authors short, no-nonsense style. He is certainly not a detailed story teller ( like Lee Child for example) but entertaining enough to keep on reading. I will certainly read more books of this author, but not for a while though.
January 05, 2009
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