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
Additional Contributors: Nesbø, Jo 1960-
Bartlett, Don


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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.

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...

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.

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.

Aug 03, 2015

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

Apr 10, 2015

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

May 01, 2014

Not a bad book, but I wouldn't say the author is the next Larsson. Full review here:

ChristchurchLib Mar 09, 2014

"Although The Bat is the 1st book in the series starring Oslo police detective Harry Hole, it was only just published in English last year, well after several others in the series. If you've never read the series, you might as well start here, but if you're already a fan and somehow missed The Bat's publication, you can look forward to learning more of Hole's backstory and watching him lose himself to his work for the "first" time. Though this story is actually set in Australia, not Norway, most of the hallmarks of Scandinavian crime fiction are apparent -- starting with a brilliant but troubled detective breaking rules and making his own."

Mar 04, 2014

It caught my attention at first, a Norwegian detective out of his element in Australia, but I lost interest as the story went on. not finished.

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