PUBLISHED : Sunday, 31 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 31 July, 2011, 12:00am


by Jo Nesbo (read by Sean Barrett)
Random House (audiobook)

Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbo entered the public consciousness on the coattails of those gods of Nordic noir, Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson. Nesbo's The Snowman was a clever shocker - terrifying and compelling; its success helped to inspire a battalion of imitators. Nesbo's success has resulted in this new audiobook of Nemesis, the fourth Harry Hole thriller. It is read by Sean Barrett, an English actor who sounds like he smokes 578 cigarettes a day. His is a voice that could smooth tree bark, rattle the fillings in your teeth and ruin any joke. Deep and oscillating, he is perfect for the boozer Hole, and for lines such as: 'I'm going to die and it makes no sense.' Little wonder Barrett also reads Mankell's Wallander: his voice reeks of imminent physical, emotional and moral collapse. In Nemesis, Hole digs himself a very deep hole indeed. Investigating a series of bank heists, one of which ends in murder, he visits an old girlfriend, and collapses. When he wakes up, he has a hangover and a dead girlfriend. Could the two cases be linked in any way? Can Harry find the murderer before his nemesis, Tom Waaler, sticks the crime on him? Excellent.