Available in English at last! The first book in the remarkable, best-selling Harry Hole series from Jo Nesbø.
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 a highly intelligent killer who is bent on total destruction.
©2013 Jo Nesbø (P)2013 Random House Audio
Advance praise from the U.K. for The Bat
“Even with this first book Nesbø’s command of the idiom is completely in place—there is absolutely no sense that the writer was finding his feet and aficionados will be very pleased to slide this on to their bookshelves alongside the other Harry Hole novels.” --The Daily Express
“It is fantastic to see a younger Harry, a more loquacious Harry. . . . [Nesbø is] a terrific writer who knows how to build a story, taking you slowly to the top of a rollercoaster before sending you hurtling towards a solution that you never see coming.” --Scottish Express
“Nesbø is already taking on the clichés, ruthlessly tearing them apart and coming up with new riffs. . . . Most satisfyingly, we can now see the organic shape that Nesbø always intended his work to take.” --The Independent (London)
Great reader who does many different accents. Interesting historical and cultural details about Australian Aborigines. Plot ok but not great
A bit chaotic. Def his first work. I knew others had thought it mediocre but wanted to start at the beginning,
Writer & daddy.
I really loved the Australian background and it's interesting to read about Harry Hole's introduction to the area. We readers learn as Harry himself learns about the underbelly of the Australian landscape. I had heard from others that this book wasn't the best in the series, but I see that as a great thing. If the series gets better from here then I'm definitely hooked. Those who have already read the later books probably need to read The Bat with that in mind. Sometimes ignorance is bliss.
I'll be reading the next book in the series as soon as I finish a couple others in my pile.
author came highly recommended but book felt as if sprung from an outline--overly plotted with characters who fail to come alive...reader's Australian accent grating and not suited to the detective from Norway--I really thought the Aborigine fairytales a form of padding rather than anything integral to the story.
No unless you were planning a trip to Australia and wanted to know how the places names are spelled.
Jo Nesbo twists and turns a plot. Just when you think you know who did it - nope!
The different accents
No because I don't usually have 9 1/2 hours of uninterrupted time.
What an absurd conclusion- *Plot Warning* The main character (cop) sends his *girlfriend* into a "sting" operation with a serial killer and rapist... Oh, and the police chief authorizes the operation? I don’t think so!
AND much much less black than the later books when Harry gets more and more depressed and eventually ... well. You'll see if you get into the series. John Lee is great, the characters are fun and diverse. (When I say fun, it's a murder investigation so it's not a light book), but I liked many of them and Harry Hole showed sides that eventually disappear.
I purchased this book because it was first in the series. Am listening to the end to get the background, but the narration is distracting because of the reader's odd intonations. Sometimes it's quite good, and sometimes it is very sing-song. I did enjoy the mystery story, but, because of the narrative stylings, had to struggle / focus to not lose the threads.
Say something about yourself!
Jo Nesbo's first Harry Hole novel is great example of modern detective fiction. While it doesn't really break the mold of alcoholic damaged detective goes through the seedy underbelly of (insert city here), it still grips the listener and makes you actually feel for the characters. I won't say that you'll fall in love with them, but Harry's interactions with them seems organic and keeps the suspension of disbelief alive throughout the book. Some of the plot points seem to have poor explanation, like one didn't get the whole story behind them before Nesbo put them to page, but that might just be me. Overall, a good start to a series and I look forward to more adventures and mysteries with this series.
(SPOILER WARNING) The description of Baurguetta's (sp?) murder inspired true dread, and the thoughts in Harry's mind as they drag the waters was beautifully done. A true verbal still life picture into a scene a dread, misery, and loss of something that felt like it was never truly there.
John Lee did an exceptional job. His Australian accent seemed quite authentic to me. I will say however that two characters did sound almost exactly alike, but this issue rarely rears his head in the reading.
No, unfortunately. However, that just may be my personality. Always moving, always listening.
An abridged version of this would have worked better for me. Rambled on too much.
No, I have enjoyed his other books so far, this just did not hold the same interest for me.
The problem is I prefer someone like Robin Sachs and this guy is no where near that.
Quite a bit of the sex, drinking. Also for me there were too many side stories that were, I guess, fables of Australia.
I struggled to finish this. I couldn't wait for it to be over. That is not usually the case with his books.
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