The Bat by Jo Nesbo

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Despite some awkward prose, this debut effort shows Nesbø as an already confident genre craftsman...
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The electrifying first appearance of Jo Nesbø’s detective, Harry Hole.
 
Inspector Harry Hole of the Oslo Crime Squad is dispatched to Sydney to observe a murder case.  Harry is free to offer assistance, but he has firm instructions to stay out of trouble. The victim is a twenty-three year old Norwegian woman who is a minor celebrity back home. Never one to sit on the sidelines, Harry befriends one of the lead detectives, and one of the witnesses, as he is drawn deeper into the case.  Together, they discover that this is only the latest in a string of unsolved murders, and the pattern points toward a psychopath working his way across the country. As they circle closer and closer to the killer, Harry begins to fear that no one is safe, least of all those investigating the case.


BONUS MATERIAL: This ebook edition includes an excerpt from Jo Nesbø's Police.
 

About Jo Nesbo

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Jo NesbØ is a musician, songwriter, economist, and one of Europe’s most critically acclaimed and successful crime writers today. His first novel featuring Police Detective Harry Hole was an instant hit in Norway, winning the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel—the most prestigious crime-writing award in Northern Europe. Norwegian readers voted The Redbreast the best Norwegian crime novel of all time. NesbØ lives in Oslo.
 
Published July 2, 2013 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. 386 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Crime. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Jun 23 2013

Harry is already every bit as volcanic as in his later cases. The big difference is Australia, which Nesbø, seeing it through the eyes of both a tourist and a cultural pathologist, makes you wonder how much different it is from Norway after all.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on May 06 2013

Despite some awkward prose, this debut effort shows Nesbø as an already confident genre craftsman...

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Reviewed by David Marshall on Jul 12 2013

There’s some very pleasing misdirection and Harry almost loses the game because he takes another drink. But the final conclusions are immensely satisfying. For those of you who have been wondering why Harry Hole is so dysfunctional, this is a must-read book!

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