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5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Hole Strikes Again!, June 26, 2011
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This review is from: Nemesis (Harry Hole series Book 4) (Kindle Edition)
I loved Nemesis! I read the Steig Larson trilogy, and then was lost looking for a series to replace it. I started with Nesbø's "the Snowman." I enjoyed that so much that I decided to read the entire Harry Hole series (pronounced "Hooley;" not "Hole"). The series is somewhat violent (as complained of by another reviewer), but nothing compared to the Larson trilogy. I admit I did not select the books in the correct order, as would have been the logical thing to do, but quite frankly, I was so disappointed that the Larson trilogy was over, and did not know if I would like Nesbø's books enough to get through even one - so I picked the book from his series that sounded the most interesting to me based on the description - and that was "the Snowman." After reading "the Snowman," I quickly learned that Nesbø's first two books in the Harry Hole series have not been translated into English - "Batman" and "Cockroaches" (My guess is that they will be, and I will go back and read those). The next Harry Hole book in order is "the Redbreast" (which I still have not read). Then this book - "Nemesis." Then "The Devil's Star" followed by "The Snowman" and finally "The Redeemer" and "The Leopard" (which are both still not available for the Kindle, but you can get a paperback copy from Amazon for about $17).

I clearly did everything the wrong way - but you know what? It simply did not matter. I read "The Snowman" first, learned about Harry Hole's life in the future, and then went back to his earlier life here in "Nemesis." NO PROBLEM! "Nemesis" starts off with an Oslo bank robbery gone bad resulting in a bank employee's execution. It is all caught on tape. Oslo detective Hole is brought in to work with the robbery team due to his homicide experience. The homicide team is led by Tom Waaler, really Hole's nemesis. Hole can't work well with others - he is just not wired that way. He lacks personal communication skills, is grumpy, and is an alcoholic. Ordinarily I like my heros to be good and my villians to be bad. Despite all of Harry Hole's flaws (which make him real and human), Harry is a hero you can root for. Harry is dealing with the death of his former police partner (and has an urgent need, desire, to investigate the crime but has not been given authority to do so by his superiors), and is dealing with the drama of events involving his girlfriend and her son (her ex is trying to get custody of the boy, and he has some nasty connections that will be hard to compete with). But despite all of the drama, Harry is an excellent detective and he knows how to do his job. Harry ends up working with Beate Lønn, a young female criminalist, who specializes in analyzing video and has the rare special talent of being able to remember every face she has ever seen. Together they are a very unusual and likable team.

To add to everything else that is going on, a personal side drama involving a short-lived relationship with a former girlfriend takes place that potentially will destroy Harry for good - working on the two crimes simultaneously (the bank robbery spree and the crime drama involving the former girlfriend), many twists and turns (including Beate Lønn's own side drama) and departmental drama - makes "Nemesis" a psychologically rich thriller that should satisfy most crime police procedural lovers including Larson fans.

I just bought "the Devil's Star" yesterday and started it reading it - I am 7% of the way through and am thoroughly enjoying it (going forward to the third in the series following "Nemesis" - then I will go back and read "the Redbreast").
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Initial post: May 3, 2012 6:52:30 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 3, 2012 6:53:50 AM PDT
maralb says:
these books are all amazing--i too read the steig larrson series, then tried to find a replacement--well here ya go--i love harry--i did not read these books in order, but it didn't seem to matter too much. I will read them all in order someday but for now,it's all good.
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