Publisher: Vintage Canada

Grainy CCTV footage shows a man walking into a bank and putting a gun to a cashier’s head. He tells her to count to twenty-five. When he doesn’t get his money in time, she is executed.

Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case. While Harry’s girlfriend is away in Russia, an old flame gets in touch. He goes to dinner at her house and wakes up at home with no memory of the past twelve hours. The same morning the girl is found shot dead in her bed. Harry begins to receive threatening e-mails. Is someone trying to frame him for this unexplained death? Meanwhile the bank robberies continue with unparalleled savagery.

Nemesis was awarded with the William Nygaard Bursary 2002. It was a finalist for the 2010 Edgar Award for Best Novel and for the 2010 Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel.



Part I

The Plan
I’m going to die. And it makes no sense. That wasn’t the plan, not my plan, anyway. I may have been heading this way all the time without realising. It wasn’t my plan. My plan was better. My plan made sense.

I’m staring down the muzzle of a gun...
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“Nesbo’s storytelling abilities are incomparable. Nemesis is crime novel as art form and great entertainment.” USA Today

"A superb novel. Intricate, truly gripping plot…elegant simplicity.... Nesbo is in a class of his own.” The Evening Standard (UK)

“The dense plot is supremely detailed.... A crisp, clean translation.... Satisfying.” The New York Times Book Review

“An absolute blinder of a book.” The Daily Sport (UK)

“Spiky police rivalry and terrific pace make this a cracking read and a thrilling writer to seek out.” Financial Times (UK)