Thursday, 5 May 2011

Nemesis by Jo Nesbø

NemesisNemesis by Jo Nesbø

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I put this book on the top of my TBR pile because of the World Book Club event that the author had in London recently (the time lag between the event and the date I finished the book gives you an idea of the size of my TBR list at the time). I was slightly daunted by the 400 plus pages but I shouldn’t have been: the book reads like a dream.

It was the first Harry Hole book I read, despite the widespread advice to read them in order, which I (unwisely?) decided to ignore.

The novel starts with a bank robbery, unusual in that the teller is shot despite handing over the money immediately. Harry, the alcoholic and possibly most unconventional  member of Oslo’s police force, is part of the investigative team. On a personal level, his girlfriend is in Russia to try to gain custody of her sons, and Harry decides to have dinner with an old flame of his, Anna. Problem is, the following day he has no recollection of much of the evening, and she is found shot dead in her flat.  Harry then starts getting threatening emails but keeps his cool and while trying to find clues about the bank robbery/murder, he also tries to find out more about Anna’s death.

Of course the two are connected but the plot thickens and will keep you guessing until the very end, at least about the details. Despite a lot of characters and a complex storyline, Nemesis didn’t feel to me over the top, and I thought it achieved the perfect balance between describing Harry’s personal affairs and his involvement in the cases. It is written in a really flowing style so that the length of the book does not make it heavy.

This is a remarkable author and again, despite its size, I look forward to reading the other books in the series.

You can read about the BBC World Book Club interview in a previous post on the blog.

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  1. I enjoyed this book - there are many good things about Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole novels I think, but I did find the denouement utterly silly (criminal, motivation, how the details panned out, etc).

  2. uhm...maybe the author was himself looking forward to finishing the book? In the light of your comments, I want to go back and read the last few chapters!