Nemesis, by Jo Nesbo
Hooray, the new Jo Nesbo has arrived.
On the wagon and living with a new girlfriend, Inspector Harry Hole is on the verge of making his chaotic life work. If only it wasn’t for his obsession with finding his partner’s killer. If only his girlfriend wasn’t away fighting a custody battle. If only it wasn’t for the return of an obsessive old flame. If only it wasn’t for personal nemesis, Inspector Tom Waaler. And then there’s the day job. It’s enough to drive anyone to drink.
During a bank robbery a hostage is executed. The robber cum murderer leaves behind no clues, despite being on film the whole time. Meanwhile Harry goes out with the Old Flame and wakes up at home, in a mess and remembering nothing of the previous 12 hours. The OF is found dead the same morning, having apparently committed suicide. Confused, Harry keeps schtum but then a series of taunting e-mails start arriving. On his own and on the edge, Harry must keep his act together long enough to find both killers before either they or Waaler finish him off.
Nemesis is almost top-notch Nesbo and although it is the most recently published, the action actually takes place between The Red Breast and The Devil’s Star. Enjoyment is inevitably marred by knowing what happens to the central characters in a later episode. This is irritating. However Jo Nesbo is the new master of European crime and I enjoyed Nemesis so much I almost forgive Harvill Secker for publishing the series in the wrong order. Highly recommended.