Harry Hole

24 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 22,218 ratings

The Bat Publisher's Summary

The thrilling first book in the best-selling Harry Hole series, never before published in English.

Harry is out of his depth.

Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can.

He's not supposed to get too involved.

When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry.

He might just be the next victim.

Appearing in English for the first time, The Bat is the legendary first novel from the worldwide phenomenon Jo Nesbo.

©2012 Jo Nesbo (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks
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  • Book 1

    • The Bat

    • A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1
    • By: Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,210
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,043
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,033

    Harry is out of his depth. Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. He's not supposed to get too involved. When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry. He might just be the next victim.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Probably the best of this remarkable series.

    • By Charles Atkinson on 11-08-12
    • A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1
    • By: Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
    • Release date: 10-11-12
    • 4 out of 5 stars 1,210 ratings

    Regular price: $23.44

    • The Bat

    • The First Inspector Harry Hole Novel
    • By: Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,721
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,560
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,567

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • First Harry Hole finally translated into English!!

    • By Byron on 09-07-13
    • The First Inspector Harry Hole Novel
    • By: Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
    • Release date: 07-02-13
    • 4 out of 5 stars 1,721 ratings

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 2

    • Cockroaches

    • By: Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 132
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 119

    Harry is on a special mission. Detective Harry Hole arrives in a steaming hot Bangkok. The Norwegian ambassador has been found dead in a seedy motel room, and Harry has been sent to investigate. It’s clear that the Ambassador’s family are hiding some secrets of their own, but few people are willing to talk.He needs to solve a crime and avoid a scandal. When Harry lays hands on some incriminating CCTV footage, things only get more complicated.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Retrospective

    • By Ian C Robertson on 02-28-14

    Regular price: $23.44

    • Cockroaches

    • The Second Inspector Harry Hole Novel
    • By: Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,053
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 953
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 949

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • The Rest of the Harry Hole Series is Excellent!

    • By L. O. Pardue on 02-27-14
    • The Second Inspector Harry Hole Novel
    • By: Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
    • Release date: 02-11-14
    • 4 out of 5 stars 1,053 ratings

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 3

    • The Redbreast: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 3

    • By: Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 216
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 191
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 191

    Harry Hole, drunkard, loner and brilliant detective is reassigned to surveillance after a high profile mistake. He’s bored by his new job until a report of a rare and unusual gun being fired sparks his interest because of its possible links to Neo Nazi activity. Then a former soldier is found with his throat cut. Next Harry’s former partner is murdered. Why had she been trying to reach Harry on the night her head was smashed in?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Harry Hole Book

    • By Lia on 02-13-12

    Regular price: $25.68

    • The Redbreast

    • By: Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
    • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,894
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,581
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,581

    It is 1944: Daniel, a soldier, legendary among the Norwegians fighting the advance of Bolshevism on the Russian front, is killed. Two years later, a wounded soldier wakes up in a Vienna hospital. He becomes involved with a young nurse, the consequences of which will ripple forward to the turn of the next century. In 1999, Harry Hole, alone again after having caused an embarrassment in the line of duty, has been promoted to inspector and is lumbered with surveillance duties. He is assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Different For Nesbo, But Still Great

    • By Joe on 06-03-12

    Regular price: $31.50

    • The Redbreast: A Harry Hole Novel

    • Harry Hole Series, Book 3
    • By: Jo Nesbo, Don Bartlett - translator
    • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
    • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
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    1944: Daniel, a soldier, legendary among the Norwegians fighting the advance of Bolshevism on the Russian front, is killed. Two years later, a wounded soldier wakes up in a Vienna hospital. He becomes involved with a young nurse, the consequences of which will ripple forward to the turn of the next century. 1999: Harry Hole, alone again after having caused an embarrassment in the line of duty, has been promoted to inspector and has surveillance duties. He is assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities; fairly mundane until a report of a rare gun being fired sparks his interest.

    Regular price: $19.59

  • Book 4

    • Nemesis: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 4

    • By: Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 169
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150

    Grainy CCTV footage shows a man walking into a bank and putting a gun to a cashier's head. He tells her to count to twenty-five. When he doesn’t get his money in time, she is executed. Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case. While Harry’s girlfriend is away in Russia, an old flame gets in touch. He goes to dinner at her house and wakes up at home with no memory of the past twelve hours. The same morning the girl is found shot dead in her bed. Then Harry begins to receive threatening e-mails.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Jo Nesbo at his best

    • By Lia on 10-08-12

    Regular price: $25.68

    • Nemesis

    • By: Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated by: Thor Knai
    • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,127
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 917
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 902

    Captured on closed-circuit television: A man walks into an Oslo bank, puts a gun to a cashier’s head, and tells her to count to 25. When he doesn’t get his money fast enough, he pulls the trigger. The young woman dies—and two million Norwegian kroner disappear without a trace.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Read the (fantastic) book instead

    • By Kindle Customer on 12-19-11
    • By: Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated by: Thor Knai
    • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
    • Release date: 05-04-10
    • 4 out of 5 stars 1,127 ratings

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 5

    • The Devil’s Star: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 5

    • By: Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 255
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 225
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 226

    young woman is murdered in her Oslo flat. One finger has been severed from her left hand, and behind her eyelid is secreted a tiny red diamond in the shape of a five-pointed star – a pentagram, the devil’s star. Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case with his long-time adversary Tom Waaler and initially wants no part in it. But Harry is already on notice to quit the force and is left with little alternative but to drag himself out of his alcoholic stupor and get to work. A wave of similar murders is on the horizon. An emerging pattern suggests that Oslo has a serial killer on its hands....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Graphic Thirller

    • By Lia on 10-09-14

    Regular price: $25.68

    • The Devil's Star

    • By: Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
    • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,587
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,334
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,334

    A young woman is murdered in her Oslo flat. One finger has been severed from her left hand, and behind her eyelid is secreted a tiny red diamond in the shape of a five-pointed star - a pentagram, the devil’s star. Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case with his long-time adversary Tom Waaler and initially wants no part in it. But Harry is already on notice to quit the force and is left with little alternative but to drag himself out of his alcoholic stupor and get to work. A wave of similar murders is on the horizon....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • New Steig Larsson? Hah! The new Raymond Chandler!

    • By JayAre on 12-12-11

    Regular price: $31.50

    • The Devil's Star: A Harry Hole Novel

    • Harry Hole Series, Book 5
    • By: Jo Nesbo, Don Bartlett - translator
    • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
    • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    It seems the city of Oslo has a serial killer on its hands, and detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case. Only he is not happy with his colleague Tom Waaler, whom he suspects of arms smuggling and murder. A previous Jo Nesbø title was voted best Norwegian crime novel of all time. 

    Regular price: $18.19

  • Book 6

    • The Redeemer: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 6

    • By: Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 130
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129

    One freezing night in Oslo Christmas shoppers gather to listen to a Salvation Army street concert. An explosion cuts through the music, and a man in uniform falls to the ground, shot in the head at point-blank range.Harry Hole and his team have little to work with: no immediate suspect, no weapon and no motive. But when the assassin discovers he has shot the wrong man, Harry Hole’s troubles have only just begun.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another Good Jo Nesbo Book

    • By Lia on 02-19-13

    Regular price: $25.68

    • The Redeemer

    • Harry Hole, Book 6
    • By: Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett (translator)
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 930
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 828
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 821

    Christmas shoppers stop to hear a Salvation Army concert on a crowded Oslo street. An explosion cuts through the music and the bitter cold: One of the singers falls dead, shot in the head at point-blank range. Harry Hole - the Oslo Police Department’s best investigator and worst civil servant - has little to work with: no suspect, no weapon, and no motive. But Harry’s troubles will multiply. As the search closes in, the killer becomes increasingly desperate, and Harry’s chase takes him to the most forbidden corners of the former Yugoslavia. Yet it’s when he returns to Oslo that he encounters true darkness....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love Harry Hole, RIP Robin Sachs :(

    • By Private on 06-06-13

    Regular price: $35.00

  • Book 7

    • The Snowman

    • A Harry Hole Novel
    • By: Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett
    • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
    • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5,313
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,372
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4,371

    Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Nesbo is the Cat and I am The Mouse

    • By Russell on 10-14-13

    Regular price: $35.00

    • The Snowman: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 7

    • By: Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 175
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139

    A young boy wakes to find his mother missing. Their house is empty but outside in the garden he sees his mother's favourite scarf – wrapped around the neck of a snowman. As Harry Hole and his team begin their investigation they discover that an alarming number of wives and mothers have gone missing over the years. When a second woman disappears it seems that Harry's worst suspicions are confirmed: for the first time in his career Harry finds himself confronted with a serial killer operating on his home turf.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Gripping - Practically a horror novel

    • By Lia on 06-27-14

    Regular price: $30.62

  • Book 8

    • The Leopard: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 8

    • By: Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 225
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 184

    In the depths of winter, a killer stalks the city streets. His victims are two young women, both found with twenty-four inexplicable puncture wounds, both drowned in their own blood. The crime scenes offer no clues, the media is reaching fever pitch, and the police are running out of options. There is only one man who can help them, and he doesn’t want to be found.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Exciting and captivating

    • By Lia on 01-19-12

    Regular price: $26.21

    • The Leopard

    • A Harry Hole Novel, Book 8
    • By: Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett (translator)
    • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
    • Length: 21 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,923
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,666
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,655

    Two young women are found murdered in Oslo, both drowned in their own blood. Media coverage quickly reaches fever pitch: Could this be the work of a serial killer? The crime scenes offer no coherent clues, the police investigation is stalled, and the one man who might be able to help doesn't want to be found. Traumatized by his last case, Inspector Harry Hole has lost himself in the squalor of Hong Kong's opium dens. Yet when he is compelled, at last, to return to Norway - his father is dying - Harry's buried instincts begin to take over. Then a female MP is discovered brutally murdered.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Tough Listen, an Irresistible Series

    • By Glenna H. on 01-09-12

    Regular price: $35.00

  • Book 9

    • Phantom

    • By: Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
    • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,179
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,008

    When Harry left Oslo again for Hong Kong - fleeing the traumas of life as a cop - he thought he was there for good. But then the unthinkable happened. The son of the woman he loved, lost, and still loves is arrested for murder: Oleg, the boy Harry helped raise but couldn't help deserting when he fled. Harry has come back to prove that Oleg is not a killer. Barred from rejoining the police force, he sets out on a solitary, increasingly dangerous investigation that takes him deep into the world of the most virulent drug to ever hit the streets.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Darker and Darker

    • By Steven on 01-14-14

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Phantom: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 9

    • By: Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112

    The murder has been solved. But has justice been done? Harry Hole is back in Oslo. He's been away for some time, but his ghosts have a way of catching up with him. The case that brings him back is already closed. There is no room for doubt: The young junkie was shot dead by a fellow addict. The police don’t want him back....Denied permission to reopen the investigation, Harry strikes out on his own.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • One of the Best in the Series

    • By Ian C Robertson on 02-18-15

    Regular price: $25.68

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