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The Bat

The Bat

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by Jo Nesbo

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Gale Group
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Harry Hole Series
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Large Print
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5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

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The Bat 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 94 reviews.
PatKNJ More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of the Harry Hole series and was looking forward to reading the first book after it was translated. Unfortunately, it was very disappointing - another Scandinavian alcoholic detective wallowing in self-pity and the bottle. If I had read this before reading "The Readbreast" and "Nemesis" I would not have continued the series. Maybe this is why "The Bat" wasn't the first book to be translated to English. The other books are much, much better.
kamas716 More than 1 year ago
I liked it. I liked it a lot. He created a couple of great characters in Harry Hole and Andrew Kensington. It was paced really well, and had mostly believable interactions between the characters. The flaws the characters had only made them that much more relatable. I can't wait to read more, though I know it's going to be different; if for no other reason than Harry leaves Australia to go back to Norway. The 'fish out of water' and 'flawed man' motif's reminded me a little of Tony Hillerman's Jim Chee or William Kent Krueger's Cork O'Connor, two other wonderfully written series. Though, Harry Hole is probably more flawed than the other two. Wonderful book, I highly recommend it. The ebook was formatted fine with no obvious errors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can almost completely forgive the tendency of Nesbo to ramble on. Great read. Glad it was finally released for US fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointing (I enjoyed prior Jo Nesbo / Harry Hole books). Dialogue is stilted and unnatural. I was unable to finish the read/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I now have to read the entire series. Love the way he writes....like watching a movie that keeps you gripped to your seat until the end.
mysterybook_nerd98 More than 1 year ago
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. * I received an arc from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Along with interesting glimpses into Australian cultural and social issues, the author has created a fast paced whodunit starring charming and feisty Norwegian investgator Harry Hole.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jo Nesbo resucitated my faith in the genre. I had given up. I was determined not to risk to waste another single dollar buying "police misteries" anymorer, ever. Somehow I was able to listen to an audiobook of this author and have become a faithful follower ever since. It is not that it is perfect, but it is good enough to entertain my interest in a genre where millions of books from many different authors just repeat the same "vulgar" motif shamelessly over and over again, as if the same team of ghost writers were producing them all.
SuseNJ More than 1 year ago
Good conversations with local color (Australia), but not much action. Not sure if I will try this author again.
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Main charector not really likeable.
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
This is my first introduction to the Harry Hole series, and I am unsure if I will continue reading this series. The story centers on Harry Hole, a Norwegian detective assisting with a case in Australia. The story focuses on many issues in Australia such as the aborigines and the history of Australia; and all this from a Norwegian writer. Harry is an alcoholic and the case sends him into an alcoholic binge. Harry jumps from night clubs, strip joints, a circus, and an aquarium with ease. The story ends with the villain receiving due punishment, but the route is littered with dead blondes and unlikely vermin.
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DISAPPOINTED.......loved his first book "Headhunter" therefore proceeded to read the second "the Snowman" which had a lot of flaws in the translation but still decided to give a 3rd book a chance "The Bat" which was so boring it was actually painful to read the book to the end. I actually bought 2 other books by Jo Nesbo in advance and will give those away because his writing is just not my cup of tea.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My brother recommended this series to me and I love it!
comett More than 1 year ago
Norwegian Jo Nesbo ranks with Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell, and Jussi Adler-Olsen as one of the fine contemporary Nordic mystery writers. In his first novel, The Bat (1997), a young Norwegian woman living and working in Australia is brutally raped and murdered. Nesbo's burned-out detective Harry Hole (pronounced holy) is dispatched from Norway to assist the Australian authorities. Hole is the postmodern embodiment of the dysfunctional hero weighted down with so-called issues. But while he has been through the wars, both personally and professionally, and battles several demons, including alcoholism, he remains a highly competent, dedicated, and compassionate detective who collaborates with a group of able Australian investigators who complement each other well, despite differing personalities and skill sets. One, a philosophical and perceptive aboriginal, is perhaps more than he seems. Other characters include a gay clown, a prostitute and her pimp, a sleazy drug dealer, his aging hippy American mother, an aboriginal boxer, a bar manager purportedly infatuated with the victim, and Hole's likeable, sympathetic, and beautiful Swedish romantic interest, a woman readers hope will not fall prey to a vicious serial killer. This novel provides good descriptions of Sydney as well as rural areas within relative proximity. And its twists and turns plus a murderer who even differs from fictional stereotypes add to this story's complexity and helps keep readers guessing until almost the bitter end. In summing, The Bat has a thoroughly developed plot and a hero with a tragic past who battles his demons, yet manages to persevere. He is complemented by sympathetic Australian detectives and an appealing romantic interest. This novel is a highly recommended page turner for fans of the mystery genre and a welcome supplement to the superb Nordic detective fiction that has graced North America's shores in recent years.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First book in awhile where the plot was fresh and not formulaic.