[BOOKS] ✭ Nemesis By Jo Nesbø – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk

Nemesis 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 Hours Then The Girl Is Found Dead In Mysterious Circumstances And He Beings To Receive Threatening Emails Is Someone Trying To Frame Him For Her Death As Harry Fights To Clear His Name, The Bank Robberies Continue With Unparalleled Savagery

10 thoughts on “Nemesis

  1. says:

    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 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 tasked when he is implicated in one of the murders that follows.Nesbo s writing is the Good in this series Like noir writers of the past, Nesbo can blend crime elements with a dark, somber setting and hold it all together with introspective and observant contemplations on a variety of subjects Hole, through Nesbo, is an astute observer of human nature, society and the meaning of life In Hole, Nesbo has created one of Nordic Noir s most endearing and charismatic players.Nemesis is about Blood Revenge and Vendetta and this theme is especially successful in the Nordic Noir setting Nesbo introduces some very interesting Gypsy characters that add further depth and intrigue to this leitmotif Add in recurring neo fascist antagonist Tom Waaler to the mix and this is a delicious concoction.The Bad.I have a theory about some American Football coaches who are given the ominous label of genius In a game situation if a certain play is expected or obvious, they will choose a different set So if the offensive line and the running back have been chewing up yards all game, and they need 2 yards for a first down he calls a weird pass play and fails Why did you not go with the certain play Dance with the girl you brought to the party So, after the very, very good The Redbreast Nesbo follows up with the ambitious but narratively overcomplicated Nemesis There is A LOT going on in this book, a murder investigation, Hole s alcoholism, Hole s possibility as a suspect, sub plots, internal police intrigue, etc etc The focused, relentless action in Redbreast was lacking, this was all over the place Nesbo, no doubt trying to recreate his great success with Redbreast, outsmarted himself, jumped the shark and got too fancy.The Ugly.Darkly charismatic, wounded protagonist ruthless and corrupt recurring antagonist some sub plots to come back to and have fun with Nesbo could be sliding into a soap opera series This would not be the worst thing in the world, I ll still read it and clearly millions of fans world wide will as well, but Nesbo is too talented to settle for just a series.Also, this is beginning to remind me of the 70s TV show Mannix, where it becomes commonplace for the hero to get the snot beat out of him in every episode No doubt Hole is a tough customer, but he may also be the subject of a sadistic formula.Overall.Nemesis is another demonstration of Nesbo s remarkable talent, and Hole is a crime fiction hero fans can enjoy revisiting again and again

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    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 any 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 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 any 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 will probably keep giving this series a shot because I still hope for a positive shift, but I am quickly losing hope

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    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 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 other authors and other people s books, because I m right there in the trenches with you, buddy Not necessarily holding your hand, but we re in the same foxhole, staring out at the same battlefield, and trying to make heads or tails of the opposition Not that writing is a war, but it sometimes feels that way, to get those pesky words down on paper, and then actually have others get behind the words that you have written, until they make them their own.So what does all of this mean for NEMESIS Well, if you re looking at the date I started this novel by the way, that is not a misprint , and the day I finished it that s not a misprint either , there s a massive gap between the two Where I know I had plenty of fun, and most of this fun was had while not reading said novel Does that mean it s badly written No, absolutely not But it felt repetitive and redundant, and I was never fully engaged in the story To be honest, it wasn t even really all that close of a call But I wanted to be engaged, I wanted to be fully invested, and I wanted to like this story, because so many others have called it a great and wondrous read with high ratings and glowing reviews But I just can t consider myself one of them Maybe I was built with a different set of Legos.You see, the characters resembled emotionless pits the dialogue felt trite and pedestrian the plot plunked along like a Corvette ambling down the train tracks on a Sunday afternoon, to the point that I had to reread the back cover copy to figure out what it was I had just finished and I ended up so lost within the twists and turns of the story that I forgot where the heck I even was.If I were to sum up this novel, I d say it made me want to kick Justin Bieber Which isn t that much different from how I normally feel What I really want to find is the novel that makes me want to hug the Biebs I m thinking it s not possible, but I m going to continue to hold out hope that it s out there somewhere, and I will continue to expend energy looking for it Cross posted at Robert s Reads

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    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 nothingthan 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 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 nothingthan 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 because I called all the twists toward the beginning of the book both the true bank robber s identity and motives, and what really happened to Harry s love interest The way the story was handled and the order of character introductions spoiled the read for me because everything seemed so goddamn obvious The chassis this book is built on is cookie cutter at best.Still, the book was well translated, and the prose flowed like Fro Yo Nesb stays true to the character of Harry, and the leaps of logic in getting to the true criminals were not so bad that my suspension of belief suffered a collapse I am looking forward to the conclusion of this loose trilogy involving Harry and Waaler, and hoping a certain someone gets what s coming to him Because, if I m honest, it s the only reason I m going to read the next book In summation If you do not mind the cookie cutter plot and the poorly executed character intros, you should enjoy yourself You ll likely not remember this book in a month s time, but it will be fun while it lasts Final Judgment I have all the disappointment

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    This is a big, thick chunky book but I raced through it On the cover Jo Nesb is likened to Stieg Larsson but he is nothing like Nesb 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 This is a big, thick chunky book but I raced through it On the cover Jo Nesb is likened to Stieg Larsson but he is nothing like Nesb 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 not be a story he is always ultimately the smart one who solves the trickiest case Other reviewers tell me this is not his best book so I am REALLY looking forward to the rest

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    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 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 Harry and his partner Beate L nn who can remember every face she s ever seen study CCTV tapes of the holdup.These provide clues that lead to a convoluted probe of various suspects Things become evenconfused when the bank robberies continue after the ring leader is identified Are copy cats at work Meanwhile, Harry s girlfriend, Rakel, is in Russia for a custody battle.so the detective accepts a dinner invitation from an old flame named Anna.Against his better judgement Harry succumbs to various kinds of temptation and wakes up in his bed the next day with no memory of the night before.Worse yet, Anna is found dead in her apartment.Harry is assigned to Anna s case and though it s being called a suicide the detective is sure she was murdered Harry s in a tricky position though he has to investigate the killing without admitting he knew Anna.or he risks becoming a suspect himself Things get even harder when Harry starts to get threatening emails from the real killer.The book has a complex plot involving foreign travel, bank robbers, gypsies, unfaithful spouses, drug addicts, prison inmates, a rich executive, corrupt cops, andThe underlying theme of the book is nemesis getting revenge for perceived wrongs And some of the characters have long discussions about the military strategies of Sun Tsu, author of the The Art of War There s a bit too much of this for my taste, and the story slows down in places.By the time I finished the book my head was spinning with the twists and turns Good story, recommended to mystery readers especially fans of Scandinavian suspense novels.FYI I listened to the audio version of this book, narrated by Norwegian Thor Knai To me it sounds like the author s name is pronounced Joe Nesba and the main character s moniker is Harry Hula You can follow my reviews at

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    Nesb 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 L nn as a murder i Nesb 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 L nn as a murder investigation With Hole s girlfriend, Rakel, in Russia fighting for custody of her son, Harry agrees to have dinner with a former lover, Anna, who reappears out of the blue and wants a platonic chat Waking up at home the next morning with all the signs of a massive hangover, Hole is shocked to learn that Anna apparently committed suicide the night before However, some of the evidence points at a potential murder, covering up to confuse everyone Keeping this under wraps, Harry engages in an off the books investigation and reaches out to a member of Anna s family, who is in prison for previous bank robberies, promising to solve her murder if insight on the bank robberies can be provided As L nn discovers the intimate closeness of the robber and teller through analysis of the video surveillance, she surmises that they must have known one another When further heists are completed and no teller is harmed, Hole and L nn agree that this first robbery held a special component the teller After heading around the world to follow a lead in South America, Hole and L nn appear to close the case when they find a confession in a suicide note from the teller s brother in law Returning to Norway, Hole is contacted through anonymous email servers by someone calling themselves S2MN All traces point back to Hole, who cannot remember what happened with Anna, though he is fairly certain that he is innocent However, fellow police officer Tom Waaler trips on some evidence that could implicate Hole and a warrant is issued for our protagonist s arrest Hole dodges his colleagues to clear his name and trips on a key piece of evidence staring him in the face All the while, someone by the name of the Prince has Hole in his crosshairs, killing those who might be able to uncover the truth behind Hole s former partner s murder Nesb offers the reader a wonderful omniscient view into this and all other storylines in this jam packed novel with a final chapter that may bring Hole and the Prince into a massive stand off A sensation second book of an imbedded trilogy within the larger Harry Hole series There is no question that Nesb is a sensational writer That his books can be so addictive in a language other than the original adds to their greatness The Harry Hole character is highly complex on many levels, from his alcoholism through to his past lovers and struggles with work Nesb offers ongoing insights into the dark world of Hole s life and his attention to detail to solve the most complicated of cases Building on this and other periphery characters within Hole s sphere, Nesb offers detailed character development that will only draw the reader closer to the protagonist The reader finds themselves fully involved in the plot and the multiple storylines on offer The reader must pay close attention in order to sift through the busy narrative and Hole s varied activities I find myself wanting to reach for the next novel to discover how the Prince storyline ends, or if it will continue for the rest of the series.Kudos Mr Nesb for another wonderful novel You are a master, no matter what language in which you are read.Like hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at

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    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 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 s a bit like being a detective while reading taking note of seemingly trivial details and filing them away as relevant points of interest.For me, Harry is a loveable rogue of a cop full of integrity even though some of his methods are not by the book I m liking the Tom Waaler thing which has been woven through the last book Redbreast, this one and is clearly going to be a theme in the next book If you ask me, Tom is the Nemesis perhaps this is another play on words that I need to file away in my mind when i start reading Nesbo s next story

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    There really should be a health warning or spoiler alert printed on the cover of this book It is the third of Jo Nesb 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 waterThere really should be a health warning or spoiler alert printed on the cover of this book It is the third of Jo Nesb 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 Unlike most detective series novels, you really do need to read Nesb s Harry Hole books in the correct order to get the most from them While each novel stands alone to a certain extent, there is a thread running through them that is best followed chronologically So if you haven t read the first in the series, The Redbreast, maybe you should do so before you read this book Nemesis begins with grainy CCTV footage showing a masked 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 No forensic evidence is recovered, but the Oslo police treat the incident simply as a bank robbery gone wrong and the investigation is assigned to Rune Ivarsson, the arrogant Head of the Robbery Unit Maverick detective Harry Hole, however, has spent the whole weekend studying the CCTV videotape and believes the case should be treated as a murder, which means it should be investigated by the Crime Squad of which he is a member As a result, Harry is temporarily attached to the Robbery Unit in a semi detached role with a brief to pursue the case in parallel to the main investigation Lurking somewhere at the back of all this is an event that took place in Nesb s earlier novel, The Redbreast In The Redbreast, Harry s partner and close friend, Ellen Gjelten, is beaten to death with a baseball bat As a result, Harry had an alcoholic relapse, something he is still recovering from at the start of Nemesis In Harry s opinion, the case of Ellen s murder had never been cleared up satisfactorily Harry had found incriminating evidence against a suspect, but before justice could take its course Inspector Tom Waaler had shot the suspect dead in an alleged fire fight Harry doubted Waaler s story, and felt the dead suspect s motive for killing Ellen was never satisfactorily explained But Ellen is dead, and Harry needs a new partner He is assigned another female detective Beate L nn, whose father had been an Oslo cop shot on duty during a bank raid a few years earlier When Harry first meets Beate she reminds him of a corpse Ellen and he had once fished out of Bunnefjord Is this a foreshadowing of events to come Will history repeat itself Meanwhile, Harry s girlfriend is away in Russia, sorting out a messy divorce While she is away, and the investigation into the bank robbery murder is just beginning, Anna an old flame gets in touch with Harry He meets her for a drink and goes for a coffee back to her house, where he admires a series of paintings Anna is working on She has called the paintings Nemesis, after the goddess A few days later, Harry goes back to Anna s for dinner, but the next morning he wakes up at home with a terrible hangover and no memory of the past twelve hours The same morning Anna is found shot dead in her bed Harry investigates the case without revealing his association with the dead girl, but then he begins to receive threatening e mails by someone who seems to know there isto Anna s death than the police suspect Is someone trying to frame him for Anna s murder This is a very complex or maybe that should be complicated novel There are several plots and sub plots, clues and red herrings, and many a twist and turn It is very well written and the translator should get an honourable mention here and on the whole an enjoyable read But it is a very long book at nearly 500 pages Around about page 300 I was beginning to wilt under the complexity of it all But just as I was starting to run out of stamina, Nesb introduced a shocking new element relating to Ellen Gjelten s murder and reinvigorated the story The ending is a puzzle, and I scratched my head over it for a while before discovering that all is revealed in the third book in the series, The Devil s Star

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    This is indeed one of thecomplex 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 hisaddictive 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 This is indeed one of thecomplex 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 hisaddictive 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 in handing over the cash Hole gets added to the team that handles robberies and he wants to investigate it as a murder.He does get face to face with the most ingenious bank robber who gave himself up years ago and seems to be doing som form of penance and by chance the ex girlfriend who did die turns out to be his family.These are the least complex story lines that run in the book and Hole s aversion toward normal police procedures des bring him into straight confrontation with his colleagues who walk on the less good side of the law and those whom get upset by this abnormal operating policeman that seems to get success were none was expected Another dark passage through the world of Harry Hole and one you should not pass up for any reason whatsoever Only four stars because some of the story lines are from other books and can befuddle the average reader But what a great read, and only to be really honest to first time Nesbo readers, start at the beginning and unlike me skip through the books like a bloody Skippy ball And it is not an easy book to follow so do not like me take the book to work to rad in the breaks that is really tough for this book They your time to sit down and absorb the reading offered by Nesbo

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