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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

Critic Reviews

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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Way too wordy!

Oy the endless meandering conversations about nothing! I fast forwarded numerous times and don't feel I missed anything. Nesbo's freshman outing with Harry Hole. Nowhere near as good as others in the series. Skip it unless you're going for the Hole hat trick.

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Very good story

Learner more about Australia and it's racial struggles and was my first talking Harry book good narration

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Unfulfilling

I found this to be very hard to follow or even slightly keep me on the edge of my seat. Between the the full narration and boring storyline I felt unfulfilled. Don't waste your credits on this one!

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I wanted to like this book

I just couldn't get into it. I likes the narrator and his voice. It fits. But the story lags. I just couldn't get into it and I've given it multiple chances . I couldn't finish. I got bored

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Don't bother

Although Nesbo is supposedly the original Steig Larsson he can't hold a candle to him in this book.. I have no interest in figuring out if the rest of his books are any good after trying to get through a few chapters of Nesbo's book The Bat

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Interesting, but pretty standard crime story

Great reader who does many different accents. Interesting historical and cultural details about Australian Aborigines. Plot ok but not great

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  • P. Newton
  • Morristown, VT United States
  • 02-20-15

A bit chaotic

A bit chaotic. Def his first work. I knew others had thought it mediocre but wanted to start at the beginning,

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A great start to Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole series

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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.

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  • gail
  • San Rafael, CA, United States
  • 05-08-14

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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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.