The Bat

The Bat

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Random House, Inc.
The electrifying first installment of the Harry Hole series. Look out for the latest Harry Hole novel, The Thirst, available now.
 
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.

Baker & Taylor
A first case starring the intrepid inspector from such internationally best-selling crime novels as The Redbreast and Nemesis follows Harry Hole's efforts to solve the murder of a television celebrity whose demise is linked to a string of serial killings. Original.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2013
Edition: First Vintage CrimeBlack Lizard Edition
ISBN: 9780345807106
9780345807090
034580709X
Branch Call Number: M NESBO 2013
Characteristics: 369 pages cm
Additional Contributors: Bartlett, Don - Translator

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krithikap
Sep 11, 2017

I found this book quite tiresome. The pace was slow, with the mystery only picking up towards the middle of the book. There were rambling monologues every few minutes from different characters that didn't add much to the story. I would have preferred a more gradual and organic approach to character development. There were a few twists and turns at the end of the book that helped a bit. But I prefer my mysteries to be taut and gripping, and this definitely didn't make the cut.

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firebreather
Jan 27, 2016

This was the second Jo Nesbø book I read, following closely after I had recently read The Son, and totally loved. I went into the book with fairly high expectations.
I wasn't disappointed.

I did enjoy reading The Bat and in what I am now associating as a Jo Nesbø style, all the characters got ample opportunity to get some detailed development. The plot was complex enough and the investigation fast moving but also in-depth, not like a superficial police procedural (which I tend not to like).

This plot being set in Australia, I had no familiarity with the places being described but it did only add to my intent to go at some point.

I intend to read more of the Harry Hole series and do recommend this book to lovers of mystery and crime fiction with a bit of a smart-ass detective thrown in

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augsburgerin
Nov 24, 2015

A good mystery with a somewhat disappointing ending - if you know anything about fish. This is the first book in the Harry Hole series and the later books in the series are definitely worth checking out.

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robtag
Nov 03, 2014

Got a bit too unbelievable towards the end, despite some more believable happenings and interactions earlier in the book. I know that I must suspend some disbelief for detective novels and mysteries, but . . .

I liked being introduced to his character, Harry Hole, although too many police detectives are alcoholics and I hanker after a more ordinary antagonist who shares my healthy relationship with alcohol and drugs. I would sacrifice some of the drama in this novel for more realism. But I don't write and sell successful novels of any sort.

Nesbo's later Harry Hole novel, The Snowman is better than this, his first one of the series.

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LauraSteinert
Sep 30, 2014

Harry Hole (pronounced Hoo-Leh) goes to Australia clean and sober. He meets an Aboriginal policeman who dubs him Holy and begins the difficult task of educating Hole--about Australia, the Dream Time, life, and murder. then things fall apart.

This is probably not literature in the sense of Stieg Larsson and Lars Kepler, but it is also not as graphic about sex and violence. I enjoyed the book and am planning on reading more of the series. As a fan of both the Girl series and of the Kepler team, I thought I was prepared for another Scandinavian series, but this book takes place in Australia where they have done more damage to the Queen's English than Americans. Since Harry just lets the characters prattle on without demanding translation, I did too, and eventually I realized that any crime aficionado will pick up more than just the gist of it.

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loudem
Sep 23, 2014

The first Nesbo, my first Nesbo. The book is slow going, peppered with stories inside the story. Until the unraveling of the plot, I felt it was like a pool game. The ball was heading straight to the side pocket, but ricocheted off the board or another ball and went in another direction just to be again ricocheted in another direction. In the end I was lost in all the players, all the inner stories. When, at last, we knew who the culprit was and the chase was on, things started to be more interesting. Is it only me or was the fact that Harry's flame was dead properly mentioned and detailed?? Hope his second book is better structured.

hania4987 Aug 05, 2014

"Intuition is just the sum of all your experience. The way I see it, everything you’ve experienced, everything you know, you think you know and didn’t know you knew is there in your subconscious lying dormant, as it were. As a rule you don’t notice the sleeping creature, it’s just there, snoring and absorbing new things, right. But now and then it blinks, stretches and tells you, hey, I’ve seen this picture before. And tells you where in the picture things belong.” -- Jo Nesbø, The Bat
Nice start to the series!

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JLMason
Apr 19, 2014

It is interesting to read this first book and compare it to the later and significantly better books. The second half is better written than the first - you can see Nesbo improving as a writer as the ideas and sentences become more complex and nuanced. The characters, even Harry, are a bit flat and cliched, but there are foreshadowings of his trademark double and triple twists in the plot. I have yet to read the second book (The Cockroach), but by his third (Redbreast) Nesbo had become an excellent craftsman of plot and character.

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cheadlebeagle
Apr 01, 2014

The first in the series so I wanted to read it before any of the others. I liked the character of Harry Hole but found the story a bit long; needed some good edits but hopefully the rest of the series is better.

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bayougal
Feb 21, 2014

Hmm. Not sure how I feel about this character yet after reading this one book.
I will try a few others, but don't feel that 'connection' with Harry Hole as of yet. I've also been reading the Inspector Sejer series from Karin Fossum, the Kurt Wallander series by Henning Mankel and (especially) the Joona Linna books by Lars Kepler, which are AMAZING. I am going to try another Hole book though and I will keep you posted!
***Edited to add; I have since gotten up to the 8th book in the Harry Hole series from Jo Nesbo. I am SOOO glad I kept on reading. I still maintain 'The Bat' was a one off, and not indicative of the rest of the series; I have truly enjoyed the rest of the books so far and am planning on reading all of Nesbo's work.

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