This is less of a "Currently Reading" and more of a finished a few minutes ago.


It's about the only word that you can use to describe this book.  Part of the Harry Hole series, the only problem with any of these books is that they have been translated completely out of series order, so if you started with the first available here - The Devil's Star then the sequence of events in Harry's personal and professional life have been out of kilter.  Doesn't matter.  Just accept that stuff happened before that book, and read the rest of them, if you have to - although now you can get hold of The Redbreast which is one of the earlier ones. 

If you haven't read the series - start with The Redbreast, then The Devil's Star and then Nemesis - and then anything else that they publish.   (There are other, earlier books, and a couple more to come later in the series and Nesbo is still writing).

But a little more on NEMESIS - as this was a for pleasure read in conjuction with some online reading companions at Murder and Mayhem(link is external), I won't do a full formal review.  The book starts out in a shocking way - a bank robbery occurs, a hostage dies and just for a moment you think Harry's been in the bank.  Rapidly an investigation team is pulled together and we're introduced to a new character - a Video Analysis expert - a woman with instant recall of faces - Beate is the daughter of a dead cop.   As Harry and Beate form a working partnership that allows them both to be a little different, a little outside the norm of the rest of the investigation team, Harry is still more than willing to go it alone if he needs to.  Especially when an ex-girlfriend of his is found shot dead.

As with a number of crime books I've read recently, there are elaborate connections to be drawn between all of the participants in this story, but these connections aren't forced or used as a simplistic plot device.  There are also some beautiful touches of humour built into this book - scathing in some places, gentle and kind in others.  There are also elements of historical information built in - the plight of the gypsies in European history, including World War II.  The events around World War II have been frequently referred to in many Scandinavian crime fiction books - and I think it's that element of investigating and discussing society in general, that really appeals to me.  Alongside the philosophy and contemplation that seems to be a given - there are observations of human nature, of the nature of being that are completely absorbing and really very thought provoking.

But if the sign of a truly exciting, interesting and engaging book is firstly how quickly 474 pages just wizz by and then how often you're reading snippets out loud to anybody else in the house - then on those two factors alone, NEMESIS is an outstanding book.

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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 12 hours. Then the girl is found dead in mysterious circumstances and he begins 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...

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Submitted by Karen on Sat, 26/07/2008 - 07:15 pm