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#1 "NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER 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. Surrounded by round-the-clock traffic noise, Harry wanders the streets of Bangkok lined with go-go bars, temples, opium dens, and tourist traps, trying to piece together the story of the ambassador s death even though no one asked him to, and no one wants him to not even Harry himself."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 367 pages
  • 132.08 x 205.74 x 30.48mm | 294.83g
  • Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0345807154
  • 9780345807151
  • 43,263

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"Surprisingly fresh, compelling and radiant with the joy of writing." --"Helsingin Sanomat" (Finland) "Jo Nesbo has written a substantial and well-constructed crime novel with a true Nordic hero as main character.... The plot is so complicated that you have no chance at figuring out the murderer until the last page. Hang on to it with great pleasure--Jo Nesbo writes so well and incisively about the crowds in the streets, and about a socially blighted Bangkok." --"ALT for damerne" (Denmark) "Last year's debut novel "The Bat" wasn't just a fluke. Nesbo continues with "The Cockroaches", a true ex-pat mixture of the creepy and gruesome kind.... Look forward to a great read." --"Verdens Gang" (Norway) "There's a sense of grandeur and near-extravagance in Nesbo's novel." --"Aftenposten" (Norway) "As [a] crime novel, "The Cockroaches" offers excitement to the very last straw. However, this is not the only reason it is a pleasure to read it: Jo Nesbo is a master of language, and offers vivid descriptions owing to thorough research." --"Dagsavisen" (Norway)show more

About Jo Nesbo

Jo Nesbo s bookshave been translated into forty-seven languages.He is the author of the Harry Hole series, the latest of which is"Police," as well as"Headhunters" and several children s books. He has received the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel. He is also a musician, songwriter, and economist and lives in Oslo. "show more