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

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Now this was a good book until the last few chapters when he started going into his convoluted pros. I fell for blonde, Norwegian Harry, and found myself rooting for him and agonizing over his missteps. The cliffs plunged down in front of them, and way below the ocean breakers ended their long voyage in a thunderous crescendo among the rocks.

I have heard later books in the series are much better, so maybe I should have started with one of those. Whether a hardened Hole addict or a first-time imbiber, The Bat is sure to snare your interest with its tale of this booze-fuelled policeman ― Sunday Sun --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. For those crime fiction fans who love to match wits with the detective and try to beat him to the crime’s solution, there are plenty of twists to keep you guessing.The Bat was originally published in Norway in 1997 where it became a smash hit and won the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel. Otto, a large masculine man, whom I would love to see in drag, knew Inger well, and quickly comes under suspicion of Harry Hole. Theres usually something sickening about the fact that the publisher didn't have the guts to back the title originally but now wants top dollar for it because the author is well known. An old fashioned detective story about method and hunches; although Harry seems to have all of the ideas and many are wrong and not thought through but in applying himself he does solve the crime at great personal loss.

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. With a steady hand, Jo Nesbo deftly ties together the different narratives, steering the novel towards its goal with great precision. It starts when the Indigenous police officer Andrew Kensington painstakingly explains Aboriginal culture to Hole. Some strange things happen, Harry in an attempt to gather more information on Evans questions some drug dealers, who beat the hell out of him, only to be saved by Andrew Kensington stepping in. Thus, that’s what makes the latter half of The Bat so readable, even as it gets a little farfetched at times.Please don't take my opinion as I do have a habit of zoning out on books when I have to focus on too many plots or characters. Through Birgitta we get more of Harry's back story, which, having been following Harry, we learn he was an alcoholic. And that was when her lips had pursed, turned ugly and articulated, with a pointed tone: “Why isn’t there a visa in your passport, sir? So you’ve been sent here to assist us with our investigation into the murder of Inger Holter, a Norwegian citizen with a permit to work in Australia. Throughout the book we begin to get some back story on Harry, including his abstinence from alcohol.

Andrew gets frantic, attempting to warn Harry not to be bring Otto in, but given his condition he can't quite seem to get out what he wants to say. He has transcended the normal societal constraints faced by most Aboriginals and works for the police force as a detective. Except the first Harry Hole book by Norwegian Crime giant Jo Nesbø takes place in Australia, where a young Norwegian woman has been murdered.We’ve given ’em what we’ve got, and that’s not a great deal, so they’ll soon be bored and bugger off home. The second novel came out on February 11th, 2014, titled Cockroaches, which will be written about here later.

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