The Bat

By Jo Nesbo, Don Bartlett (translator),

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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.


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I wish I could write like Jo Nesbø. His detective, Harry Hole, faces the worst of the worst sadistic criminals and somehow succeeds, but not always without cost, both to himself and those near to him. In this first Hole story, the Oslo police detective is dispatched to Australia to investigate the murder of a Norwegian citizen. The case is complex, he falls in love, falls off the wagon, and finds suspects who later become victims. Nesbø has a way of keeping you guessing, with plenty of red herrings, a slew of suspects and many grisly deaths along the way.…

Inspector Harry Hole of the Oslo Crime Squad is sent to Sydney to observe a murder case, only to discover a string of unsolved murders. The investigation leads them towards a psychopath who won’t stop until they make him.

Inspector Hole is another very human policeman haunted by demons; bright and obsessive, prone to using unconventional methods. A recovering alcoholic, Hole's mental health and his solitude are often a focus of the books.

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