Nemesis by Jo Nesbø


By Jo Nesbø

  • Release Date: 2009-10-06
  • Genre: British Detectives
Score: 4
From 374 Ratings
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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


  • A lot of twists and turns

    By EmilyGilmour
    Good detective story with a lot of twists - some a bit unrealistic, but hey, this is fiction after all. Entertaining. Good character development.
  • Okay book

    By Purl2tog
    I enjoyed this book but not as much as I did Redbreast. There seemed to be quite a build up but then a let down. The Anna suicide and Rakel not seeming to either know or mind that Harry was sleeping with Anna while Rakel was in Russia didn't make sense. Also the story line with Raksol being in prison and Harry borrowing money from him not to mention Raksol's contacts in Russia fixing the custody was all quite unbelievable.
  • Great Story

    By shlampe
    I started with the first book available in the US (Redbreast). That was a really good story that had some odd translations. Now that I've gotten used to the the writers style, I'm really enjoying the way that he plays with phrases and develops scenes. In all a really good book and I've already started the third (which so far is just as enjoyable!)
  • Nemesis

    By Clearforever
  • Too much enjoyment in his own words

    By Sommersboy
    A complex story is often very interesting and rewarding. In this book, the author appears to revel in complexity for complexity's sake. Nesbo tries to too cute and wonderful. It's not necessary to show us, the readers, how great a writer you are over and over again. This could have been a great novel. It isn't. It was spoiled by an author attempting to "show off". Too bad.
  • A real disappointment

    By Hankanon
    The concept is great and the novel opened with promise; however, the translation is very poor. The transitions from scene to scene are difficult to follow without the help of transitional words. It is sometimes difficult to work out if the action is taking place in the past, present, or future. The really gripping aspect of the novel is the crooked cop side-story that is sadly underdeveloped, perhaps to be explored in a future novel. As for purchase of said future novel- only with a different translator.