Cockroaches - Harry Hole, Bk 2 Author:Jo Nesbo, Don Bartlett (Translator) The thrilling sequel to Jo Nesbo's debut novel, The Bat, The Cockroaches sees Harry Hole sent to Bangkok to investigate the murder of the Norwegian ambassador. — Detective Harry Hole arrives in a steaming hot Bangkok. But it's work, not pleasure. The Norwegian ambassador has been found dead in a seedy motel room, ... more »and no witnesses have come forward. The ambassador had close ties to the Norwegian prime minister, and to avoid a scandal Harry is sent there to hush up the case. But he quickly discovers that there is much more going on behind the scenes and very few people willing to talk. When Harry lays hands on some CCTV footage that will help him unravel what happened that night, things only get more complicated. The man who gave him the tape goes missing, and Harry realises that failing to solve a murder case is by no means the only danger in Bangkok.« less
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This is actually the 2nd in the Harry Hole series but not translated until now. You get a lot on the background and history of Harry. He has a lot of problems including that he is an alcoholic. It is why he was sent to Thailand to work on the murder of the Norwegian ambassador there. The powers in Norway wanted just that nothing would be found. But Harry pulls himself together and a great detective story follows. It is a great read. I am doing them in series and expect Nesbo's writing to improve as the series continues. He is a great writer. Great article on him in a recent New Yorker magazine.
I enjoyed this a lot. The Norwegian ambassador to Thailand is found murdered in a seedy motel and child pornography is found in his car. Harry Hole is sent from Oslo to sort out what the hell happened. I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the Thailand setting and the Norwegian expat community there. An interesting mystery which takes some unexpected turns!