By Jo Nesbø; translated by Don Bartlett
Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Harper, c2002, 2012
Genres: Mystery, suspense, thriller, crime thriller, police procedural, Scandinavian noir
Series: Harry Hole; 5
Number of pages: 480 (501 including an excerpt from The Devil’s Star)
Setting: Oslo, Norway, D’Ajuda & Porto Seguro, Brazil
Time period: shortly after 9/11 2001
Plot summary: While a bank robber terrorizes Oslo by killing people when he doesn’t get his money fast enough, Detective Harry Hole has more intimate concerns. He has been seeing an ex-girlfriend while his current lover is out of the country. The morning after their last date, she is found dead from a gunshot wound to the head and Harry is unable to remember most of the night’s events.
Pacing: The subplots are tightly interwoven with many hooks to keep readers turning pages. This is a fast paced story.
Characterization: The story is told in third person mainly from Harry’s perspective. Important secondary characters include Anna, Beate Lønn, & Rakel.
Frame: The title sets the frame for the story and subplots – there is more than one nemesis in this book.
Story line: A complex mystery that includes bank robbers, Gypsies, and spurned lovers.
Hole, Harry (Fictitious character)
Police — Norway — Oslo — Fiction.
Bank robberies — Norway — Oslo — Fiction.
Robbery investigation — Norway — Oslo — Fiction.
Norway — Fiction.
Detective and mystery stories.
Personal notes: Good, good book – even if I don’t like the hanging ending from an unresolved issue from the previous book. I really enjoyed how the climax for this story was written – in short segments switching between the police meeting and the confrontation. I always find it interesting how things are translated between languages and cultures. It seems like the original Norwegian title for this book means free of sorrow, which surprises me. Nemesis seems like an apt title for the story. The cover of the book, however, strikes me as completely unrelated to anything which happens in the story.
Other: Diversity – alcoholic, female detective, artist, Gypsies, bank robbers, single mother
Originally published in Norway as Sorgenfri.