Harry Hole Series
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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
From Publishers Weekly
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A lot of twists and turns
Good detective story with a lot of twists - some a bit unrealistic, but hey, this is fiction after all. Entertaining. Good character development.
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.
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!)