The Bat

The Bat : Read the first thrilling Harry Hole novel from the No.1 Sunday Times bestseller

3.56 (108,670 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.56 (108,670 ratings by Goodreads)

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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.


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.


The Bat is the legendary first novel from the worldwide phenomenon Jo Nesbo.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 110 x 178 x 26mm | 262g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9780099581871
  • 3,164

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A fascinating book, filling in the gaps in Hole's biography and telling the story of the murder case in Australia that cemented his reputation as a brilliant investigator... A stunning opening to the series Sunday Times
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Harry Hole is fully formed as the difficult, vulnerable personality we have come to know. The evocation of Australia itself has the customary Nesbo expertise...most satisfyingly - we can now see the organic shape that Nesbo always intended his work to take * Independent * 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) *
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About Jo Nesbo

Jo Nesbo is one of the world's bestselling crime writers, with The Leopard, Phantom, Police, The Son, The Thirst, Macbeth and Knife all topping the Sunday Times bestseller charts. He's an international number one bestseller and his books are published in 50 languages, selling over 50 million copies around the world.

Before becoming a crime writer, Nesbo played football for Norway's premier league team Molde, but his dream of playing professionally for Spurs was dashed when he tore ligaments in his knee at the age of eighteen. After three years military service he attended business school and formed the band Di Derre ('Them There'). They topped the charts in Norway, but Nesbo continued working as a financial analyst, crunching numbers during the day and gigging at night. When commissioned by a publisher to write a memoir about life on the road with his band, he instead came up with the plot for his first Harry Hole crime novel, The Bat.

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