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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

A Very Good Read

A very good read but needs some attention to detail with the spellings and grammar.

Holy brilliant!

I have been told numerous times to immerse myself into Jo Nesbo's novels and I have to say that I am really glad I finally did. The first, in what is sure to be a superb series and a firm favourite, Harry Holy adventure begins as the Norwegian detective is sent to investigate the brutal rape and murder of a young Norwegian female.

In a series of incredible and tense events, Harry is forced to question all of the circumstances that surround the brutal attack - all of which leads him into the dark and sinister underworld of Sydney.

Cleverly written and hugely engaging the Jo Nesbo series is possibly a must have for any reading collection. Next stop...Cockroaches.

The Bat

Having read other Harry Hole novels,this does show itself to be the first in the series. A lot of looking backwards to establish the character.
The pace of the book suffers from the inclusion of discussions of Australian life and history, not all of which are necessary to the plot.

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The Bat
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: 11 October 2012
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Print Length: 432 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Harry Hole
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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