The Bat

Jo Nesbo

The Bat

Harry is out of his depth. 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. He's not supposed to get too involved. 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. He might just be the next victim. 4.0 out of 5 based on 4 reviews
The Bat

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Classification Fiction
Genre General Fiction, Crime, Thrillers & Mystery
Format Hardcover
Pages 384
RRP
Date of Publication November 2012
ISBN 978-1846551451
Publisher Harvill Secker
 

Harry is out of his depth. 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. He's not supposed to get too involved. 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. He might just be the next victim.

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Reviews

The Sunday Times

Joan Smith

The Bat appeared in Norway in 1997, and it’s a fascinating book, filling in the gaps in Hole’s biography and telling the story of the murder case in ­Australia that cemented his reputation as a brilliant investigator. Hole’s irony, his resistance to authority and his sudden hunches are all present, but there’s an openness to experience that seldom ­surfaces in the later books.

07/10/2012

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The Daily Express

Barry Forshaw

The fractious interaction between an ill-matched cop duo is something we've encountered many times before. But even with this first book Nesbo's command of the idiom is completely in place - there is absolutely no sense that the writer was finding his feet and aficionados will be very pleased to slide this on to their bookshelves alongside the other Harry Hole novels.

26/10/2012

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The Financial Times

Christopher Fowler

The miracle of Nesbo’s appeal lies in his genial honesty; he has managed to reinvent a character type that became a cliché decades ago by avoiding irony and keeping his cop conversations believably human, even when they involve fairly outrageous chases to hunt down serial killers. Meaty, big and bloody, this is the rock and roll of detective fiction.

26/10/2012

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The Times

Marcel Berlins

There’s a bit too much Aussie touristy stuff, but what’s fascinating is seeing Hole already equipped with all the obsessional attributes that would merge so brilliantly in subsequent novels.

20/10/2012

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