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Grainy CCTV footage shows a man walking into a bank and putting a gun to a cashier's head. He tells her to count to twenty-five. When he doesn't get his money in time, she is executed.

Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case. While Harry's girlfriend is away in Russia, an old flame gets in touch. He goes to dinner at her house and wakes up at home with no memory of the past twelve hours. The same morning the girl is found shot dead in her bed. Harry begins to receive threatening e-mails. Is someone trying to frame him for this unexplained death? Meanwhile the bank robberies continue with unparalleled savagery.

Nemesis was awarded with the William Nygaard Bursary 2002. It was a finalist for the 2010 Edgar Award for Best Novel and for the 2010 Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel.


Publisher: Toronto : Vintage Canada, 2009
Edition: Vintage Canada edition
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780307355751
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 474 pages : map ; 21 cm


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Nov 04, 2019

I feel like Harry is a stagnating character. He hasn't improved at all over the course of the last few books. He emotionally abuses Rakel; not intentionally, I think, but he definitely has a case of the wandering eyes. He's also a raging alcoholic that backslides so often it's nauseating. Grow up already, for goodness sake.

May 30, 2019

4 stars. The fourth book in Nesbo's Harry Hole series of thrillers was a long, but good read. Harry is called in on a murder at a bank. A robber kills a woman while robbing the ATM and Harry is assigned to the case, along with Beata Lonn. Beata has the rare ability to remember faces and her skills are needed to help Harry solve the crime and others that crop up along the way. The road to a solution is twisted and there are many possible suspects. Harry is involved with one of the people involved in the story, an ex-girlfriend who comes back into his life hoping for a reunion. Harry receives threatening emails and wonders if he was involved in crimes while in a blackout. I thought this was a well thought out and interesting read. I enjoyed it.

Dec 31, 2018

Too complicated and confusing for me, made worse by my difficulty in tracking the many Norwegian names. I'm in trouble when I cannot differentiate between male and female characters. Plus, my stepfather drank a lot so Hole's drinking turned me off.

May 10, 2017

This is book 4 in the Harry Hole Series.

Book introduces the character, Beate Lønn.

Oct 30, 2015

In this book there is too much going on! In my opinion, unnecessary complication of the plot with introducing many new characters, whose roll is really insignificant, and also so many unnecessary twists. But in general - interesting, Page turner, especially in the first half of narrative.

Mar 02, 2013

This story is too detailed and very convoluted. It is supposedly about revenge but this concept is used only as a plot device with no insight into the idea of revenge itself.

Jul 13, 2012

Very entertaining cop mystery. Felt fairly typical for the genre, but it definitely kept me reading and I'd like to read the next one.

Jan 10, 2012

This book #4 in the Detective Harry Hole series set in Oslo but it is important to read The Redbreast (#3 in the series) BEFORE you read this one because of logical linkages among the books; this one’s a wonderfully-interwoven story involving a couple of murder investigations; only small problem is that things in the final 30 pages seemed to me to get a bit muddled but maybe it was clearly written and I just did not understand or was tired but couldn’t stop reading.

Nov 25, 2011

A great read. Not as strong as The Snowman, but a building point that leads up to the growth this writer went through.

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