The Bat: The First Inspector Harry Hole Novel (Unabridged)
by Jo Nesbø
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Available in English at last! The first book in the remarkable, best-selling Harry Hole series from Jo Nesbø. Before Harry took on the neo-Nazi gangs of Oslo, before he met Rakel, before The Snowman tried to take everything he held dear, he went to Australia. Harry Hole is sent to Sydney to investigate the murder of Inger Holter, a young Norwegian girl who was working in a bar. Initially sidelined as an outsider, Harry becomes central to the Australian police investigation when they start to notice a number of unsolved rape and murder cases around the country. The victims were usually young blondes. Inger had a number of admirers, each with his own share of secrets, but there is no obvious suspect and the pattern of the other crimes seems impossible to crack. Then a circus performer is brutally murdered, followed by yet another young woman. Harry is in a race against time to stop a highly intelligent killer who is bent on total destruction.
This is a good prequel to the better known Harry Hole series. Good story, and Harry is still the same, annoying drunk who goes on benders at the worst possible way and betrays the people who care about him the most for reasons that are totally unfathomable. Recommend fully.