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The Bat

The Bat

Large Print - 2013 | Large print edition
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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.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2013
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781410465030
Branch Call Number: LP NESBO-J
Characteristics: 553 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Bartlett, Don


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Mar 22, 2018

Characters' motivations and actions were not true-to-life.

Aug 20, 2017

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the story and writing. It began to fall apart in the middle but was redeemed by a very good conclusion. Harry is certainly a flawed hero. The intersection of a Norwegian in Australia is very interesting. I am looking forward to more stories about this antihero.

Aug 06, 2017

This was enjoyable but I'm looking forward to seeing Mr. Nesbo's improvement as a writer.

SnoIsleLib_AnneM May 19, 2017

Fans of Nordic Noir fiction like "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" won't want to miss Jo Nesbo's series featuring Harry Hole. "The Bat" introduces Harry - a clever but flawed investigator battling internal demons while tracking down murderers. Intriguing characters populate this fast-paced thriller, with surprises to the very end. Think you've solved the case? You'd better think again...

Nov 08, 2016

The novel starts out fine for me, but it seems to take 3/4 of the novel to get some progress on Harry Hole's solution to the murder of the blonde Norwegian woman in Australia. Again, females involved with Harry must fear for their lives, but Harry is a teflon man.

Nov 06, 2016

Because the first two Harry Hole novels were not set in Norway ( Australia and Thailand respectively) , it was about 15 years after the popularity of the series before the initial mysteries were published in the U. S. As a Jo Nesbo fan, and a strong advocate of reading series in order, this was very disappointing to me. The Bat was amazingly good - better than some of the subsequent titles. Harry has a formidable opponent and the book is a page-turner to the very end. Now that all the titles are available, if you are new to Harry's adventures be certain to start at the beginning. I highly recommend this book in the series. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Apr 10, 2015

"awkward prose" says Publisher's Weekly. I agree and would add 'painful' to the description. Did not finish.

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.

May 01, 2014

Not a bad book, but I wouldn't say the author is the next Larsson. Full review here:

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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