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
"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)
John lee's affected performance made it impossible for me to get passed chapter 13. I like Nesbo a lot, but Lee seemed to think he was reading The King's Speech and ruined the story.
The reader has two voices and three accents he uses on all the characters in the book.
When a thai police officer speaks with an eastern european english accent and a norvegian police boss speaks with a scottish accent, my nerves start to tremble.
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.
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.
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
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.
Horrid. Over-enunciating dandy. He would be good as a poof but not a hard boiled alcoholic detective.
Please bring Robin Sachs back to life!
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.
Some grisly torture scenes.
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.
This was one of the least gripping Harry Hole novels, but still a decently good listen.
I read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.
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.
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.
Based upon this experience, I will most likely not listen to more of the Harry Hole series.
The relationship with Rona. I didn't quite get it and it left the question that Harry could be a pedophile.
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