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The Bat

Book 1, Harry Hole

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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.


Appearing in English for the first time, The Bat is the legendary first novel from the worldwide phenomenon Jo Nesbo.

From Publishers Weekly

06 May 2013 – First published in 1997, Nesb s inaugural Harry Hole novel, finally translated into English, takes the Oslo homicide detective to Sydney, Australia, where he displays all the brilliance and angst that Harry s fans have come to expect, after reading Phantom and other later entries already available in English. Harry, who s helping the Sydney police investigate the murder of pretty 23-year-old Inger Holter, a Norwegian citizen and minor TV celebrity, partners with a bluff, friendly cop of Aboriginal descent, Andrew Kensington. Still haunted by past personal and professional troubles, he begins a new relationship with another Scandinavian expat, Swedish barmaid Birgitta Enquist, while evidence emerges linking Inger s death to a serial killer. Despite some awkward prose, this debut effort shows Nesb as an already confident genre craftsman, striking sparks from the familiar genre material of Harry s fish-out-of-water experience in a foreign land and odd-couple pairing with a mismatched partner. Niclas Salomonsson, Salomonsson Agency (Sweden).

Customer Reviews

Peter maker

I thought that this book was very average compared with the other books produced by this author

Also,I founded it disconcerting while reading because I actually live in the city of TOowoomba.



Pulled into the story from the minute I started reading, and continued to be as more and more of Harry Hole's mind's inner workings and emotional scars were brought to light. As more of Harry's tortured soul is bared, it's hard not to care for the main protagonist. Looking forward to reading 'The Cockroaches'.


In a world where anyone can now write an ebook; where hundreds upon thousands of pages of popular, yet unoriginal and unintelligent drivel is available by the bucket load...Jo Nesbo is one of an increasingly small group of authors who reminds us what true writing talent is. Harry Hole is a wonderfully crafted character. I recommend this book wholeheartedly to anyone who wants to read something truly worth recommending.

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The Bat
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  • $12.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: 11 October 2012
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Seller: The Random House Group Limited
  • Print Length: 432 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Harry Hole
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