Nemesis by Jo Nesbo
Originally Published: 2002
Nemesis by Jo Nesbaugh is the 4th in the Detective Harry Hole mystery series.
Harry is a Norwegian detective who is struggling to maintain his sobriety, a romantic relationship, and his job….in any order. His successes come and go. He is a good detective, but tends to do things his way, and rules are often bent if not broken.
In this installment, a bank robber, an old flame, and a dirty cop all walk into Harry’s life. Sounds like a joke. But the combination of those three will have Harry fighting for his freedom. He is being framed for murder. He may have to make a deal with a felon to save his own skin.
His new partner in this case is Beate Lønn, who works in the Robberies Division. She remembers every face she has ever seen. Her father was also in the police department, but was killed during a bank robbery. Beate may have an agenda of her own.
Meanwhile, his girlfriend, Rakel, is in Russia fighting for custody of her son, and Harry’s actions may have an impact on the decision.
Then there is the fact that Harry is still not over the death of his last partner. Although Ellen’s killer was caught, Harry knows there is more to the story, and he won’t give up til he has an answer.
A lot is happening in this one, and occasionally I got a little confused. I still have a bit of a problem with the place names (and some proper names) in Norway, and I think this has a lot to do with it. A couple of times I mixed up the characters, so I found I had to read carefully. However, the plot was really good, and there were also a lot of twists which kept you very interested in following closely.
The book is about revenge, and it seems a lot of people are looking for it.
It is a very complex novel, but it is worth the read. Overall, I think the problems I had with this book were my own, and I am looking forward to the next in the series.
p.s. It’s a good idea to read this series in order, as some of the plot continues from story to story. As well, it’s best to get to know Harry gradually. I am reading them in the North American Order. They were originally published in Oslo, and books 1 & 2 were actually written later. Then of course, there is the fact that they were released in North America out of order as well. Good thing I came to this series late…
Read: October 2017
Favorite Quotes from Nemesis:
“The goddess Nemesis, Bertol Grimmer’s favourite motif after the War. The goddess of revenge.”
“He put down the telephone and looked in the mirror again. It was
gone now, the little smile, the glee that Spite gives. The Smallmindedness. T he Self-righteousness. The Sadism. The four ‘S’s of revenge.”
“Never apologise for the questions you asked; apologise for the ones you didn’t ask.”
‘Vengeance is one of these territorial things you men like so much. It’s not about duty, it’s the Neanderthal urge!’
About the Author: Jo Nesbo (1960 – ) (pronounced “you nesbaugh”) is a Norwegian author. When is dreams of being a soccer star were dashed by an injury, he entered the military, then he entered the world of finance, then formed several bands. Then he started writing. He has never stopped. Apparently he still rock climbs.