By Thom Geier
Updated January 14, 2009 at 05:00 AM EST

The Story: In Nemesis, alcoholic cop Harry Hole, on the trail of a murderous bank robber, wakes up after a date with his ex-girlfriend with a fuzzy head, a missing cell phone, and, well, a dead ex-girlfriend. The culprit then plays a lethal cat-and-mouse game with him.
Exotic Locale: Oslo,? Norway.
Movie Pitch: Imagine Smilla’s Sense of Snow crossed with the Denzel Washington thriller Out ?of Time.
Lowdown: Jo Nesbø has a knack for Euro noir,? but this 474-page behemoth could be much tauter. B