A Review of The Bat ( Harry Hole # 1) by Jo Nesbo

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group ( July 2, 2013)

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384 pages

* I received an arc from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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. 

My Thoughts:
Tall, blonde, Scandinavian Harry. Complex and damaged but nevertheless a  brilliant detective.   A man after my own heart. Yes, I like damaged men, even fictional ones. It's my cross to bear. Anyway, back to the point... 
A good mystery with solid characters The Bat is a first rate mystery/thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Most of the time. It meandered in places, but for the most part the book kept my attention and left me guessing on who the killer was. Like The Leopard, I think the author could have cut a few pages and it still would have been a good read. So, it's getting-

1/2 teacups


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