Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
The Bat: The First Inspector Harry Hole Novel (Harry Hole Series) Paperback – July 2, 2013
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
*Starred Review* When Nesbø’s Harry Hole novels began appearing in the U.S., the Oslo police detective was well into his spiral of alcoholic self-destruction. With the recent appearance of earlier books in the series (The Redeemer, 2013), fans have been able to catch up on the backstory that put Harry in such a bad way. With the U.S. publication of this series debut, we see still more of the detective’s evolution. In Australia as a consulting detective on a murder case in which the victim is a Norwegian native, Harry does what will eventually become his signature: spotting the signs of a serial killer at work and following a convoluted trail with an obsessiveness that puts not only himself but all those around him at risk. Reading this wrenching, emotionally charged tale, which features a fascinating take on the lives of Aboriginals in contemporary Sydney, with full knowledge of what awaits Harry in succeeding, similar cases over the years, we find ourselves wanting to scream, “No, Harry, not again!” But, in fact, this is the first time he loses himself in the chase, inflicting lasting, self-administered body blows on his fragile psyche, and while the chronological confusion is disconcerting, it adds a layer of dramatic irony to the tale and enhances its tension and power. With the future of the series still up in the air after Phantom (2012), this is an absolute must for devotees of the riveting train wreck that is Harry Hole. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Any Harry Hole novel is big news in the crime-fiction world, and this retrospectively published series debut will thrill its built-in audience. --Bill Ott
A USA Today Critic’s Pick
“This is an absolute must for devotees of the riveting train wreck that is Harry Hole. . . . While the chronological confusion is disconcerting, it adds a layer of dramatic irony to the tale and enhances its tension and power.”
—Booklist (starred review)
“Harry is already every bit as volcanic as in his later cases. The big difference is Australia, which Nesbø, seeing it through the eyes of both a tourist and a cultural pathologist, makes you wonder how much different it is from Norway after all.”
"This debut effort shows Nesbø as an already confident genre craftsman, striking sparks from the familiar genre material of Harry’s fish-out-of-water experience in a foreign land and odd-couple pairing with a mismatched partner."
Advance praise from the U.K.
“Even with this first book Nesbø’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.”
--The Daily Express
“It is fantastic to see a younger Harry, a more loquacious Harry. . . . [Nesbø is] a terrific writer who knows how to build a story, taking you slowly to the top of a rollercoaster before sending you hurtling towards a solution that you never see coming.”
“Nesbø is already taking on the clichés, ruthlessly tearing them apart and coming up with new riffs. . . . Most satisfyingly, we can now see the organic shape that Nesbø always intended his work to take.”
--The Independent (London)
Browse award-winning titles. See more
Top customer reviews
Harry Hole is in Sydney to investigate the murder of Inger Holter, a Norwegian citizen working in Australia. Inger was young, blonde and she was found dumped in Gap Park, having been raped and strangled. As Inger was a minor television celebrity in her home country, having hosted a children's television programme a few years previously, the case is considered important enough to have aroused interest in Norway's press. In this book we discover much about Harry's character, as he investigates a possible serial killer. Admittedly, I can understand the publisher wishing to begin the series with another book - in many ways this is pretty standard fare, and the digressions in Aboriginal culture and folk tales are, frankly, pretty boring in parts. However, there is much in this novel which is good, the plot is fast paced and Andrew Kensington, an Aboriginal detective, is a great side character. More to the point, this is the starting point of the series and, as readers, we should be given the chance to read them in order and not have publishers decide how and when we can read them. I hope they will publish the second book in the series as quickly as possible in English, so readers of the series can read them completely in the order the author intended.
Still, Nesbo is one of the best at crafting dark thrillers, and Harry Hole is a wonderfully flawed hero with demons of his own. In 'The Bat,' which takes place in Australia instead of Harry's home country of Norway, he goes on an alcoholic bender. Not something you see many protagonists do.
Next up is 'Cockroaches.' I'll certainly be reading it.
Would any real-life detective set up his girl friend, a lovely, vulnerable, young woman, as bait to catch a sociopathic killer? Would any detective proceed with this scheme knowing his fellow policemen have failed in similar scenarios? Jo Nesbo creates some rather implausible situations in his Harry Hole series of novels, yet I love reading them. I overlook the quirky plots because I like the detectives in Scandinavian crime novels. So, if you liked Lizbeth Salander and Mikael Blomquist or Kurt Wallander, you will enjoy Harry Hole. Most of the novels in this genre use the same formula. The detective is a knight errant who perserves against evil in order to save women and/or children. These knights, however, are not without their blemishes and back stories. In the novel, The Bat, Harry goes after a rapist murderer who has moved from place to place in Australia. Like the partners Mikael Bloomquist and Lisbeth Salander, Harry teams up with an Aborigine detective and finds the villain right under his nose. Harry is interesting because of his self-destructive tendencies (alcoholism), his defiance of authority, and his perseverance (to the point of endangering his own life). We root for Harry because he is a good person, hard-driving, and a romantic. He is not perfect but he is real. I love it when he uses duct tape to bind up his wounds in two of the Nesbo novels and I loved his going through customs in Australia in this novel and being stopped because he had misplaced his visa. He always is having women problems but that is because he is obsessed with finding criminals and can't attend to their needs. In this book and in others, we go deeply into the psyche of the killers. Harry thinks, "The human soul is a deep, dark forest and all decisions are made alone...." You will enjoy the mystery in this novel, but you will also enjoy Harry's missteps as he brilliantly solves the crime in an Australian society fraught with racism, prostitution, corruption, and addiction.