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The Bat: The First Inspector Harry Hole Novel | [Jo Nesbø]

The Bat: The First Inspector Harry Hole Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

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)

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    troy HALLOWELL, ME, United States 07-29-13
    troy HALLOWELL, ME, United States 07-29-13
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    "A Great Listen - Echoes of Stieg Larssen"
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    John Lee is a personal favorite and his narration led me to Harry Hole. The Scandanavian main character will naturally put one in mind of Stieg Larssen and I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I did those. I found The Bat less dark though and refreshingly non-formulaic as many police procedurals can be. Harry is another flawed detective that is very easy to like. The characters and plot are well-developed. I am writing this when I am nearly done book 2, Redbreast, and I very pleased to have found the series. Great job Mr. Nesbo!

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    Paul J. Wheeler Charlotte, NC USA 07-27-13
    Paul J. Wheeler Charlotte, NC USA 07-27-13

    I love reading and I love Audible. Their fantasy and Sci-Fi selection is excellent!

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    "Pretty good but I liked Robin Sachs better"

    Overall I thought the story was pretty good, though not my favorite in the Harry Hole series. John Lee does a good job reading but something about the way he goes low at the end of sentences annoyed me. It is not as bad sped up a bit, but it really made me miss Robin Sachs who was just perfect.

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    gail San Rafael, CA, United States 05-08-14
    gail San Rafael, CA, United States 05-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "what a disappointment"

    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.

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    Marian Washington, DC, United States 03-21-14
    Marian Washington, DC, United States 03-21-14 Member Since 2009
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    "This series start is rather low key"
    What did you like best about The Bat? What did you like least?

    I liked the unique characters (and their names) in this novel. It's not often when you have an Aborigine detective named Andrew Kensington as the co-lead of a murder investigation in Australia. The plot turns seemed to make no sense. They did little to add to the story. There was such a slow build up to the story that I expected more of a climax but nothing. I was a bit let down.


    What was most disappointing about Jo Nesbø’s story?

    The revelation of who the real murderer was. It seemed a bit convenient.


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

    Not much. Some of the characters sounded like they were from Transylvania rather than Australia.


    Did The Bat inspire you to do anything?

    No, I hate to say.


    Any additional comments?

    I read Jo Nesbo most recent novel, The Snowman, and I was inspired to start from the beginning. The Bat was a bad foreshadowing of The Snowman. Same plot twist, same story.

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    Laura 03-10-14
    Laura 03-10-14
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    "My first and last Nesbo"

    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!

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