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Cockroaches: The Second Inspector Harry Hole Novel | [Jo Nesbo]

Cockroaches: The Second Inspector Harry Hole Novel

When the Norwegian ambassador to Thailand is found dead in a Bangkok brothel, Inspector Harry Hole is dispatched from Oslo to help hush up the case. But once he arrives Harry discovers that this case is about much more than one random murder. There is something else, something more pervasive, scrabbling around behind the scenes. Or, put another way, for every cockroach you see in your hotel room, there are hundreds behind the walls.
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Publisher's Summary

When the Norwegian ambassador to Thailand is found dead in a Bangkok brothel, Inspector Harry Hole is dispatched from Oslo to help hush up the case.

But once he arrives Harry discovers that this case is about much more than one random murder. There is something else, something more pervasive, scrabbling around behind the scenes. Or, put another way, for every cockroach you see in your hotel room, there are hundreds behind the walls. Surrounded by round-the-clock traffic noise, Harry wanders the streets of Bangkok lined with go-go bars, temples, opium dens, and tourist traps, trying to piece together the story of the ambassador’s death even though no one asked him to, and no one wants him to - not even Harry himself.

©2014 Jo Nesbo (P)2014 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Another excellent thriller, the most popular among his earlier novels and one that casts a cold eye on the reality of expatriate life of some Europeans in Asia." (The Irish Independent)

"Nesbø writes like an angel. As in Lucifer." (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

"Nesbø explores the darkest criminal minds with grim delight and puts his killer where you least expect to find them.... His novels are maddeningly addictive." (Vanity Fair)

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    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 02-27-14
    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 02-27-14 Member Since 2010

    I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.

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    "The Rest of the Harry Hole Series is Excellent!"

    If you read reviews of any of the other books in the Harry Hole series, you will notice that Jo Nesbo is held in the highest esteem from listeners of thriller / mystery audio books. There are parts of this 2nd book in the series that are not great, but I never wanted to stop listening and found parts of it enjoyable. Here are some of my thoughts regarding this book:

    1) The story was written with very short chapters so that you sometimes got lost with the changing scenery and people. I had to listen to several sections over again. Nesbo's plots are always complex so you had to constantly concentrate while listening.
    2) If you try to read the books in some sort of order, you will realize that Nesbo's writing improves dramatically after this 2nd book.I also enjoyed the first book, but it probably got lots of editing and re-work since he was a new author.
    3) The narrator, John Lee, was not a great choice for this book. His voice for Harry was acceptable, but his accent and voice for every other character was so affected that it could drive you nuts.

    In the end though, there was some interesting scenes and the descriptions of Thailand were good. Give Harry Hole and Jo Nesbo another try. My favorite is "The Snowman."

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 02-26-14
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2005

    Waiting on the next Department Q installment. My Audible addiction is not waining...

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    "Confusing, Glad I Read This Last."

    The Harry Hole series remains the best detective series I've experienced in literature. It's a shame some folks may not get past this one. Like a previous reviewer, I found myself going back over chapters as if I missed something.

    As for John Lee, I think he's one of the best. His work on Noble House may be the best performance on Audible.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Old Hippy PA 02-21-14
    Old Hippy PA 02-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not as good as his later work ..."
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    If i understand correctly, this is only the second in the Harry Hole series. I've read all the others, and have been addicted to the characters and plots. I'm a big Baltic Noir fan and Nesbo doesn't disappoint. Except for the first two in the Harry Hole series. This one and the one before (set in Australia) just didn't work for me. I was disappointed big time.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    KP Oakland, CA 07-12-14
    KP Oakland, CA 07-12-14 Member Since 2006

    There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson

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    "Nesbo is Warming Up Here...."

    This #2 book in the Harry Hole series was just recently translated into English. As with the 1st book in the series, The Bat, I think the reason they weren’t translated before is because neither #1 or #2 are as good as the later books written by Jo Nesbo. I started with The Snowman and was hooked! I had to wait for #1 and #2, and I hope now that I’m done with those two, the series will get better. That’s what the reviews seem to tell me. The Redbreast, #3, has been around for a while; I’ll move on to that one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Barton Dundee, IL USA 05-13-14
    Katherine Barton Dundee, IL USA 05-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Tedious plot"
    Would you try another book from Jo Nesbo and/or John Lee?

    Yes


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The setting was interesting. The author carried the tormented soul of Harry Hole a bit far.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    The reader was great for all characters.


    Was Cockroaches worth the listening time?

    Barely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ellis W. 05-01-14
    Ellis W. 05-01-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Bad Reader"
    Where does Cockroaches rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    upper middle


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    somewhat


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

    Horrid. Over-enunciating dandy. He would be good as a poof but not a hard boiled alcoholic detective.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Please bring Robin Sachs back to life!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Golden, CO, United States 04-26-14
    Donna Golden, CO, United States 04-26-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Older Stories in the Series Good Too"

    The Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo is the only series I have taken the time to listen too. A friend got me started with number six when I didn't know it was a series. After listening to number one, I've been waiting for this second in the series to come out on audio before listening to others in the series. Nesbo's development of characters and his ability to keep me guessing up to the end makes for very satisfying listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Moxie 04-22-14
    Moxie 04-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Overdramatic narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend it to a Jo Nesbo fan, but for someone who isn't already hooked on Harry Hole, I'd not necessarily recommend.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cockroaches?

    Some grisly torture scenes.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

    Someone who doesn't ham up every line. I've enjoyed his renditions of other Nesbo books (as well as other authors'), but this narration was quite annoying.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This was one of the least gripping Harry Hole novels, but still a decently good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Kansas City, MO, United States 04-07-14
    Joe Kansas City, MO, United States 04-07-14 Member Since 2011

    I read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.

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    "As always, amazing"

    The Harry Hole series never fails to deliver. Here's another in the detective sage: a series of surprising murders, a cascade of suspects, a world of depravity and sin, and our hero, Harry, stuck in the middle. This time Harry finds himself sent out to Bangkok to investigate a diplomat’s murder in a seedy motel room. The unfolding layers of insider drug rings, ruthless businessmen, and illegal pornography conspire to give Harry his most dangerous case yet.

    As always, Nesbo delivers real human drama, strong characters, and an interesting plot. As I’ve always said, the Harry Hole books use genre clichés to deliver unfaltering character studies. This book is no exception, and the narrator’s pretty amazing too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    chris kuljian San Diego, CA 02-28-14
    chris kuljian San Diego, CA 02-28-14 Member Since 2003
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If it were more like all the other Harry Hole books I've read I'm sure I would have enjoyed it


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jo Nesbo again?

    One more chance


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    What I imagine is a Norwegian sensibility


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Cockroaches?

    Most


    Any additional comments?

    I was excited when a new Harry Hole book was available. Sadly this one is a dud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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