The Bat - Harry Hole, Bk 1 Author:Jo Nesbo, Don Bartlett (Translator) Inspector Harry Hole of the Oslo Crime Squad is dispatched to Sydney to observe a murder case. Harry is free to offer assistance, but he has firm instructions to stay out of trouble. The victim is a twenty-three-year-old Norwegian woman, a minor celebrity back home. Never one to sit on the sidelines, Harry befriends one of the lead detecti... more »ves, and one of the witnesses, as he is drawn deeper into the case. Together, they discover that this is only the latest in a string of unsolved murders, and the pattern points toward a psychopath working his way across the country. As they circle closer and closer to the killer, Harry begins to fear that no one is safe, least of all those investigating the case.« less
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I didn't know The Bat had been tranlated into English until I saw it sitting on the library self. Having read books 2 & 3 in the Harry Hole series, I eagerly snatched it up. While not as smooth as the subsequent novels, The Bat was a very good first effort and did nothing to change my view that Nesbo is one of the finest crime fiction writers in the business today. In The Bat, the Aboriginal symbal for death, Nesbo flies Down Under as Norway's rep to help solve the murder of a young Norwegian girl working in Australia. There are plenty of plot twists though I think Nesbo made the story a little more complicated than necessary. Still a worthy effort.
Just finished "The Bat" the first of the Harry Hole (who is a police investigator)suspense murder mystery. There was a lot of roller coaster rides for this being the first in a series and I liked that. Lots of "landings" I didn't see coming. Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole series is one I'm interested in following. You can tell this author is comfortable with his story lines which makes for a smooth read. I found it entertaining.
Harry is a superb investigator who happens to be an alcoholic and sometimes his demon gets out of the bottle but Harry is not cowed too long. I waited a while to get this book, as Jo Nesbo's books are hard to come by and this one was so worth it. Harry has been sent down under by his bosses who need to get him out of the way but he is tough to fire as he's a top notch case cracker BUT so difficult when his demon is loose. This case is to tidy up the death of a young Norweigan woman in Australia, but it's VERY complicated. I appreciated the glimpse into the Aboriginal/whte relations, the glimpses at Sydney's bar scene and tourist spots, and most of all watching Harry peel the onion like layers of this case.