Bat: A Harry Hole Thriller

Bat: A Harry Hole Thriller

Book rating: 05 Paperback Harvill Secker

By (author) Jo Nesbo, Translated by Don Bartlett

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  • Publisher: HARVILL SECKER
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 234mm x 29mm | 508g
  • Publication date: 15 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1846556007
  • ISBN 13: 9781846556005
  • Edition statement: Trade Paperback.
  • Sales rank: 6,848

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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.

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Jo Nesbo is a musician, songwriter, economist and author. The Bat, his first crime novel featuring Harry Hole, was published in Norway in 1997 and was an instant hit, winning the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel (an accolade shared with Peter Hoeg, Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson). This bestselling novel appears in English for the first time. Check out www.jonesbo.co.uk .

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By Nicola Mansfield 29 Nov 2012 5

Reason for Reading: I've been waiting ages for them to finally publish the first book in this series in English!

Harry Hole's time in Australia is continually referred to throughout the series and it has been frustrating as an English reader to not have the first book in this series available to read. Now that it is finally here and I've read it, I really wish it had been there to start with as it really does fill in some blanks and add insight to Hole's character that have been missing to the reader who has not experienced this first glimpse of Harry. I'll admit it was a little weird going back to this new, fresh Harry. At first I was in wonderment as I kept thinking, "wow, this is not the Harry of the later books at all." The guy was actually happy and eager for the first part of the book! There was a secret in him though and it was eventually revealed and we finally find out the story of what really happens to him in Australia that adds to his burden of grief and guilt that he carries with him for the rest of his life.

The mystery itself was superb. I was thrilled to not have figured out the killer in this one and we are given plenty of suspects. The murders are slightly gruesome with a couple of doozies added in for the chilling effect. At a certain point the story takes a turn to the dark and Harry Hole readers will eventually find themselves in familiar territory. As with all Nesbo books, once I started it was hard to put the book down and I can understand how this one won an award and set Nesbo's career as a writer on full speed. The story does take place 100% in Australia so it doesn't have the Scandinavian allure that the others have and Harry is like a fish out of water in this setting for readers who know the character well but it's something a little different for us also and fantastic to see this character's beginnings. New readers of Nesbo should certainly start here for full enjoyment of the character development. Book 2 will be published soon and then finally, English readers will be able to read the series in order. Great first book!

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An ambitious, fun, exciting and original crime novel. Smalandsposten (Sweden) The Bat is a truly captivating crime novel. Berliner Morgenpost (Germany) The Bat is innovative and different, and the pace that Jo Nesbo creates in his debut novel makes you long for more crime novels featuring Harry Hole. Kristeligt Dagblad (Denmark) Jo Nesbo has written the cleverest debut novel in the crime genre that I've read in a long time. Aftenposten (Norway)