Sorgenfri Nemesis

Harry Hole #4

In the course of robbing an Oslo bank the robber puts a gun to the head of a female teller and gives the manager 25 seconds to open the cash dispenser. He takes 31. The gunman holds six fingers up to the surveillance camera and pulls the trigger. Harry Hole is assigned to the case. Having passed out after a boozy dinner with an ex-girlfriend, Anna, Hole wakes to the news that the killer has already struck again. He realizes that only one man can help: Raskol, a gypsy and himself a bank robber, currently serving a prison sentence after giving himself up. And then Anna is found dead.

The international bestseller, Nemesis, is a story about justice, revenge – and about making a deal with the Devil.

Click here for a video interview in English with Jo Nesbø about Nemesis.


Shortlisted for the Edgar Award (Best Novel of the Year) US 2010
Shortlisted for the Macavity Awards (Best Mystery Novel) US 2010
William Nygaard Bursary Norway 2002
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  • “[A] beautifully executed heist drama… Expertly weaving plot lines from Hole's last outing to feature the inspector, The Redbreast (2007), Nesbø delivers a lush crime saga that will leave U.S. readers clamoring for the next installment.”

    Publishers Weekly, US

  • “When Norwegian Jo Nesbo’s The Redbreast landed on these shores in 2007, the acclaim was universal. Now Nesbo returns with another novel that is every bit the multitextured, complexly plotted, psychologically rich thriller that made The Redbreast such an unqualified success. /…/ Nesbo manages the unlikely feat of exploring the inner life of his lead character in the thorough and compelling manner one associates with, say, Ruth Rendell, while at the same time juggling multiple, interlocking plot strands as dexterously as David Hewson. No doubt about it: Nesbo belongs on every crime-fiction fan’s A-list.”

    Booklist, US

  • “The high-intensity action is threaded through a series of Chinese boxes revealing one false solution after another before the brilliantly inventive final twist.”

    Kirkus Reviews, US

  • “Nesbo offers up another top-notch mystery thriller, thickly layered, perfectly plotted, and briskly paced to keep readers hooked. With ties to events in The Redbreast, this is an excellent sequel /…/ Recommended for all fiction collections and essential for Scandinavian crime lovers.”

    Library Journal, US

  • “Nesbo's storytelling abilities are incomparable. Nemesis is crime novel as art form and great entertainment.”

    USA Today, US

  • “The dense plot is supremely detailed… A crisp, clean translation… Satisfying.”

    New York Times Book Review, US

  • “Nesbo has a knack for Euro noir.”

    Entertainment Weekly, US

  • “In a perfect world, Jo Nesbo's superior Norwegian crime novels would be written in one universal language, no lengthy translation period, no waiting; just an annual feast for the reader. /…/ No matter what language you read, get on the Jo Nesbo crime patrol and see why the world loves Harry Hole.”

    Madison County Herald, US

  • “It’s a good bet that if this is the first Harry Hole novel you read, you’ll never miss another… It’s complex but so well written… If you’re a fan of crime fiction, Harry Hole’s your man.”

    Arizona Republic, US

  • “High tension, lightning pace, a flawed but ultimately sympathetic protagonist: Nemesis has it all.”

    Bookpage, US

  • “This book is filled with very interesting and complex characters. With the turn of each page the reader will get more engrossed in the story. Jo Nesbo's writing style has a way of capturing the reader and not letting them go until the conclusion of the story. Just when you think you have everything figured out, you will be fooled. The suspense and fast pace continue throughout the almost 500 pages of this book. I look forward to more books by Jo Nesbo.”

    California Chronicle, US

  • “Densely plotted and intensely executed, Nemesis by Jo Nesbø, nonetheless reads incredibly nimbly. /…/ This tale of revenge with the US bombing of Afghanistan pounding in the grim background – has twists galore, and enough humanity in it to keep it grounded. A master at work.”

    Time Out, UK

  • “A superb novel. Intricate, truly gripping plot… elegant simplicity. There is now no shortage of Scandinavian crime writers available in translation but Nesbo is in a class of his own. Bravo! – as they say in Norway.”

    Evening Standard, UK

  • “An absolute blinder of a book.”

    Daily Sport, UK

  • “Spiky police rivalry and terrific pace make this a cracking read and a thrilling writer to seek out.”

    Financial Times, UK

  • “He is a master of language and incorporates interesting characters in his novel.”

    Münchner Merkur, Germany

  • “The Norwegian author, Jo Nesbø, with his hero Harry Hole, has succeeded in creating a rich story for the third time in a row – a story that on the one hand fascinates with its dry sense of humour, and on the other shows off creative twists along the way.”

    Argus Medienbeobachtung, Germany

  • “Also with Nemesis, in which Hole goes to South America, Jo Nesbø proves that he can be counted in as one of the best Scandinavian crime authors.”

    Subway, Germany

  • Nemesis is one of the best crime novels of this fall.”

    Der Standard, Germany

  • “Nesbø is in every regard one of the most original crime writers in Europe, and his old-fashioned yet modern play with the genre is both innovative and captivating.”

    Politiken, Denmark

  • Nemesis holds the same high level of quality one has grown accustomed to in Jo Nesbøs earlier crime novels with Harry Hole.”

    Weekendavisen, Denmark

  • “An intricate, but seriously rocking Oslo crime novel.”

    Berlingske, Denmark

  • “Jo Nesbø writes with an unencumbered, easy prose, full of speed, with clear lines and a sense for spiced situations and odd characters.”

    Information, Denmark

  • Nemesis is never boring – it is simply exciting, tied together in a damn good way, and compelling from the very first page to the last.”

    ALT for Damerne, Denmark

  • “Jo Nesbø once again shows his incontestable talent for making Oslo a colourful scene for artful intrigues.”

    B.T., Denmark

  • “Hence, the plot is advanced, but Nesbø manages to keep the threads apart and incorporate a number of interesting characters into his novel.”

    Dagens Industri, Sweden

  • “Jo Nesbø’s The Bat was awarded with The Glass Key (Glasnyckeln) 1998 for 'Best Nordic Crime Novel of the Year.' With Nemesis, he has again shown that the Norwegian Helicon has room even for men.”

    Expressen, Sweden

  • “His debut novel, The Bat was immediately a real breakthrough, awarded The Glass Key (Glasnyckeln) for 'Best Nordic Crime Novel of the Year.' Moreover, he has been awarded the Riverton Prize (Rivertonpriset) 1997. It is likely that the prize shelf will widen with his latest novel Nemesis.”

    Eskilstuna-Kuriren, Sweden

  • “This is how a truly hair-raising crime novel should be; full of surprises /…/ This is a crime novel of high quality, a skilfully written and dramatically constructed novel that never softens its grip.”

    Västerviks-Tidningen, Sweden

  • “The Norwegian writer Jo Nesbø’s latest crime novel Nemesis is a real page-turner that offers a great number of surprising twists. The text is driven and the characters are well depicted. Right off the bat you are drawn into the story and into detective superintendent Harry Hole’s life.”

    Skaraborgs Allehanda, Sweden

  • “Jo Nesbø, who is one of Norway’s most well known rock singers, has many strings to his bow: he writes crime novels, and he does it very well!”

    Skogsindustriarbetaren, Sweden

  • “Besides being a skillfull maker of intrigue, Jo Nesbø is also a writer with a knack for constructing dialogues.”

    Nerikes Allehanda, Sweden

  • “Jo Nesbø is considered to be one of Norway’s most prominent writers of crime novels. This is a crime novel that underscores that.”

    Dagbladet, Sweden

  • “One thing is for sure: Jo Nesbø’s crime novel is nothing I intend to overlook. Nesbø simply guarantees high quality, something he has proven with his last three novels, now also translated into Swedish.”

    Norrbottens-Kuriren, Sweden

  • “A literary quality that lives in perfect mixture of dramaturgical sense, driven storytelling technique, devilry, wording power, humour and darkness, a touch of attitude and warm humanity.”

    NRK, Norway

  • Nemesis is quite simply Jo Nesbø’s best crime novel – especially since Jo Nesbo in Nemesis is an unbelievable intriguer.”

    Dagbladet, Norway

  • “Jo Nesbø’s Nemesis is never boring but full of surprises and smart twists.”

    Verdens Gang, Norway

  • “Impressive crime novel. /…/ Nemesis is a novel that reveals great talent and an excellent sense for pace differences and timing.”

    Dagsavisen, Norway

Photo: Stian Broch Jo Nesbø
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