- Publisher: Random House Uk Ltd (2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099590328
- ISBN-13: 978-0099590323
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.1 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 798 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,619,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cockroaches: Harry Hole 2 Paperback – 2014
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With the publication of this second novel in the Harry Hole series, all 10 Hole novels are now available in the U.S. It’s disconcerting for fans to read the series out of order (we know what demons await the beleaguered Harry), but, that aside, this is a compelling, hard-edged thriller that can stand on its own. It wasn’t until the third novel, Redbreast (2007), that the series took on its classic Scandinavian noir feel; in the opener (The Bat, 2013), Hole was sent to Australia to solve a crime involving a Norwegian, and here he’s on the road again, this time to Thailand, where the Norwegian ambassador has been found dead in a Bangkok brothel. The plot is satisfyingly twisty, with Harry wandering through the city’s notorious red-light district in search of clues and tempted by the booze and drugs that will derail him throughout the series. But we also see both Harry’s almost Holmesian flair for deductive reasoning and the sensitivity that makes him vulnerable. Don’t look to the Scandinavians for read-alikes this time; rather, try John Burdett’s Sonchai Jitpleecheep series, also set in Bangkok’s morally ambiguous demimonde. --Bill Ott --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"As a crime novel, The Cockroaches offers excitement to the very last straw. However, this is not the only reason it is a pleasure to read it: Jo Nesbo is a master of language." Dagsavisen (Norway)
"Creepy and gruesome. Look forward to a great read." Verdens Gang (Norway)
"The Cockroaches is surprisingly fresh, compelling and radiant with the joy of writing." Helsingin Sanomat (Finland)
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Cockraches is a bit of a travel guide to the Far East, its food, customs and weird proclivities, especially Thailand where the action takes place. Recommend this and other Harry Hole mysteries strongly.
His characters are certainly not perfect but in both books by the end you understand why. Sometimes I empathize, sometimes I wish the character had thought things through, or had a friend to talk to ( Or therapy), just like many of the people I know.
I know nothing of police work beyond what I read in the newspaper or in novels or tv shows, but how it effects Nesbo's characters makes them relatable and just as frustrating as people are.
His main character in this book, Harry Hole, is full of dimensional personality traits both good and bad and intelligence both native and from his police training.