The Bat

The Bat

Book - 2012
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Before Harry took on the neo-Nazi gangs of Oslo, before he met Rakel, before The Snowman tried to take everything he held dear, he went to Australia. Harry Hole is sent to Sydney to investigate the murder of Inger Holter, a young Norwegian girl, who was working in a bar. Initially sidelined as an outsider, Harry becomes central to the Australian police investigation when they start to notice a number of unsolved rape and murder cases around the country. The victims were usually young blondes. Inger had a number of admirers, each with his own share of secrets, but there is no obvious suspect, and the pattern of the other crimes seems impossible to crack. Then a circus performer is brutally murdered followed by yet another young woman. Harry is in a race against time to stop highly intelligent killer, who is bent on total destruction.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, c2012
Description: 374 p. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9780307361011
Branch Call Number: Nesb

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captbligh
Mar 22, 2018

Characters' motivations and actions were not true-to-life.

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Dreamstime
Aug 20, 2017

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the story and writing. It began to fall apart in the middle but was redeemed by a very good conclusion. Harry is certainly a flawed hero. The intersection of a Norwegian in Australia is very interesting. I am looking forward to more stories about this antihero.

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Rubicat
Aug 06, 2017

This was enjoyable but I'm looking forward to seeing Mr. Nesbo's improvement as a writer.

SnoIsleLib_AnneM May 19, 2017

Fans of Nordic Noir fiction like "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" won't want to miss Jo Nesbo's series featuring Harry Hole. "The Bat" introduces Harry - a clever but flawed investigator battling internal demons while tracking down murderers. Intriguing characters populate this fast-paced thriller, with surprises to the very end. Think you've solved the case? You'd better think again...

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gloryb
Nov 08, 2016

The novel starts out fine for me, but it seems to take 3/4 of the novel to get some progress on Harry Hole's solution to the murder of the blonde Norwegian woman in Australia. Again, females involved with Harry must fear for their lives, but Harry is a teflon man.

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maipenrai
Nov 06, 2016

The first book in the Harry Hole series

CMLibrary_csmith Feb 04, 2016

A thrilling debut novel featuring Oslo police detective Harry Hole. Along with being a well-crafted thriller, the reader is also introduced to aboriginal culture and folk tales interwoven in the plot, as well as a good overview of Australia and Sydney life. An exciting, satirical, engaging read! Although Harry is a flawed character, I felt sympathy for him, and this first thrilling novel made me want to rush to read the second title in the series.

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pacdg
Aug 03, 2015

good thriller with surprises around every corner. a flawed hero which is always attractive.

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toby65
Apr 10, 2015

"awkward prose" says Publisher's Weekly. I agree and would add 'painful' to the description. Did not finish.

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loudem
Sep 23, 2014

The first Nesbo, my first Nesbo. The book is slow going, peppered with stories inside the story. Until the unraveling of the plot, I felt it was like a pool game. The ball was heading straight to the side pocket, but ricocheted off the board or another ball and went in another direction just to be again ricocheted in another direction. In the end I was lost in all the players, all the inner stories. When, at last, we knew who the culprit was and the chase was on, things started to be more interesting. Is it only me or was the fact that Harry's flame was dead properly mentioned and detailed?? Hope his second book is better structured.

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