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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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    KP Oakland, CA 07-10-13
    KP Oakland, CA 07-10-13 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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    "Not as good as the others...."

    I’ve read several books in the Harry Hole series, and so I was interested in finally reading this, the first in the series. I was always curious as to why it hadn’t yet been translated into English.

    Perhaps the reason it took so long to bring this to the English speaking public is because it’s not as good as his other books? I might not have wanted to continue the series if I’d started with this book, BUT since I’d become acquainted with Harry Hole, I wanted to know more about his history and his beginnings. I did get to know a lot more about him and why his personality is as dark as it is.

    I didn’t think the plot was as exciting or as good as the other books I’ve read by Nesbo. I also wasn’t very interested in all the philosophical asides that he threw in. A couple of them were interesting, but I started to get tired of them, and they started to seem like filler.

    Wow, I just looked and there are quite a few I’d need to read to get to the one I started with, The Snowman. Also, it looks like #2 in the series, The Cockroaches, still hasn’t been translated. I’ll take a break from Harry Hole and see if #2 comes around in English, and then perhaps I’ll try again. Hopefully, Nesbo gets better with each book!

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    • In The Bat (1997), Hole is sent to Sydney, Australia to investigate the murder of a B-list celebrity.
    • In The Cockroaches (1998), Hole is sent to Thailand to investigate the murder of the Norwegian ambassador.
    • In The Redbreast (2000), Hole is promoted to inspector in the Oslo Police District and tracks an insane assassin with a vendetta against the Norwegian Royal Family.
    • In Nemesis (2002), Hole investigates a fatal bank robbery and becomes implicated in the apparent murder of an ex-girlfriend.
    • In The Devil's Star (2003), Hole suspects another detective, Tom Waaler, of being a murderous arms smuggler responsible for the death of Hole's former partner.
    • In The Redeemer (2005), Hole is on the trail of a Croat hitman who kills a Salvation Army officer during a Christmas street concert.
    • In The Snowman (2007), Hole struggles to identify Norway's first serial killer.
    • In The Leopard (2009), Hole returns from a self-imposed exile in Hong Kong and unofficially investigates a serial killer.
    • In Phantom (2011), Hole again returns from Hong Kong to look into a murder apparently committed by his would-be son, Oleg. His investigation draws him into Oslo's drug scene.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Old Hippy PA 11-26-13
    Old Hippy PA 11-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Glad I read the all the other Nesbo books first"
    What disappointed you about The Bat?

    Nesbo's fixation on Harry Hole's alcoholism just destroys this first novel of the series. And the whores, fights, and poor storyline. You can see the latent writing skills that get progressively better with each sequel. I've sought out and read all the subsequent Harry Hole novels before finding this audiobook (except Cockroaches), and they've been great. (The latest "Police" is a masterpiece".) But, if I had read this one first, I would never have gone further. It's THAT bad.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jo Nesbø again?

    I've already read all the others in the series. All are good, some great! This one is just bad.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, sure.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend avoiding this one, and start out with the next in the series, which is "Cockroaches". I haven't found "Cockroaches" in audio yet, the next one after that is "Redbreast", which was very good.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 07-31-13
    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 07-31-13 Member Since 2009

    Diana bookworm

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    "At last, the first book"

    We are introduced to Harry Hole....making sense of all the references ( in subsequent books) to the events that occur in this first book.

    John Lee is one of my favorite narrators. The anticipation I feel when looking for a new book is always peaked when John Lee is the narrator. Wonderful Norwegian accents....

    This a a great mystery, complicated, unexpected and you wont see the ending coming.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Palmer Denver, CO USA 04-23-14
    Carol Palmer Denver, CO USA 04-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "We are introduced to Harry Hole"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bat to be better than the print version?

    No unless you were planning a trip to Australia and wanted to know how the places names are spelled.


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

    Jo Nesbo twists and turns a plot. Just when you think you know who did it - nope!


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

    The different accents


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

    No because I don't usually have 9 1/2 hours of uninterrupted time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura CARBONDALE, CO, United States 03-10-14
    Laura CARBONDALE, CO, United States 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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Corinne Washington, DC, United States 03-02-14
    Corinne Washington, DC, United States 03-02-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Fun (for Jo Nesbo)"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anita St George San Diego, CA USA 02-22-14
    Anita St George San Diego, CA USA 02-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Pretty good start to the series"

    I had already read Books 3 - 10, which were generally better than The Bat. But, this is a good introduction to Harry Hole. Not great, but some of the later books are great, and this is an enjoyable read.

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    tinyNorman Wisconsin 02-15-14
    tinyNorman Wisconsin 02-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting story, narrator is distracting."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony United States 01-25-14
    Anthony United States 01-25-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Good on 'ya Mr. Nesbo"
    If you could sum up The Bat in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping Crime Drama


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

    The crimes were never really solved till everything comes together. Then it all made perfect sense


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

    Mr. Lee is my favorite narrator. He reads with restrained passion. He also speaks Austrailian superbly


    Any additional comments?

    I'd just finished "In a Sunburnt Country" by Bill Bryson. His travels thru the land down under. The Bat takes place in Austrailia so I got to stay in character for this book or in country you might say

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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