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

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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    Scott Morrison 03-08-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Very good"

    I got the book Snowman from this series for Christmas and was pulled right in. I'm a avid book and podcast listener and the only complaint is the different narrators in the series. Which I know cannot be avoided but other than that looking forward to the rest of the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Guðmundur 03-01-15
    Guðmundur 03-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Good plot, as in other Nesbo books"

    Nesbo / Hole, John Lee, Tailand, interesting characters, good book. Intetesting though that Harrys "voice" changed from the "Bat".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 01-15-15
    Sarah 01-15-15 Member Since 2011
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    "A bit dull..."

    Kept checking to see how much longer it would be before it was over. Never a good sign. I try to start a series at the beginning, but the first two Harry Hole books left much to be desired. Maybe I'll just skip to the newer ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KP Oakland, CA 07-12-14
    KP Oakland, CA 07-12-14 Member Since 2012

    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.

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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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    Moxie 04-22-14
    Moxie 04-22-14
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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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    Wendy Virginia Beach, VA, United States 02-22-14
    Wendy Virginia Beach, VA, United States 02-22-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Lost, Confused, Disappointed"
    What disappointed you about Cockroaches?

    I just expected more. Many of the details did not make sense. I expected more of a wrap up and I found myself going back and listening to many parts over because I felt I missed something. Maybe I did ... but never quite found it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Based upon this experience, I will most likely not listen to more of the Harry Hole series.


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

    The relationship with Rona. I didn't quite get it and it left the question that Harry could be a pedophile.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    MARYANNE EDEN, UT, United States 08-10-14
    MARYANNE EDEN, UT, United States 08-10-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Linking the chain"

    Love Jo Nesbo. Love the Harry Hole series. Harry is not really a very likable character. He has lots of issues but is amazingly astute. I have never figured the ending of the Nesbo Books which is what makes them so damn fun. On top of that, you get to go to different cultures which lends to the "what" in the who, where, when, what scenarios Nesbo serves up again and again. Highly recommended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cassie Perris, CA, United States 02-20-14
    Cassie Perris, CA, United States 02-20-14
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    "BAD NARRATOR JUST RUINS A BOOK"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    a narrator who knows how to pronounce the main character name correctly


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jo Nesbo? Why or why not?

    not if its read by John Lee


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Lee’s performances?

    NEVER NEVER NEVER


    What character would you cut from Cockroaches?

    his father was not very prominent in this book so him


    Any additional comments?

    WHY DON'T THE AUTHORS OR THE AUDIO PRODUCERS STAY MORE INVOLVED IN THE PRODUCTION SO THINGS LIKE PRONUNCIATIONS ARE CORRECT

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful

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