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De kakkerlak by Jo Nesbo

De kakkerlak (original 1998; edition 2012)

by Jo Nesbo, Annelies De Vroom

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Title:De kakkerlak
Authors:Jo Nesbo
Other authors:Annelies De Vroom
Info:Amsterdam De Bezige Bij 2012

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Cockroaches: The Second Inspector Harry Hole Novel (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Original) by Jo Nesbo (1998)

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Fast-paced page-turner. ( )
  devilish2 | Jun 1, 2017 |
As you can see, I wasted no time returning to Harry Hole, the messed up Norwegian detective with demons aplenty. After his professionally successful but personally disastrous case in Sydney, Australia, Harry is shipped off to Bangkok in Thailand to solve yet another expat murder case.

This case involves all the seediest aspects of Thailand – sex trafficking, prostitution, blackmail, embassy officials using their diplomatic statuses to get involved in all manner of evil deeds.
This time, Harry is in not much better shape than those he is hunting. He wanders through the go go bars, the massage parlors and the beach communities of Thailand following leads from several different angles.

There is more than just an ex-pat murder in this case though. There are political and business implications that climb into the highest levels of the Norwegian government and Harry is being used as a convenient pawn. But Harry never plays the game according to others rules so there are always a lot of twists in what happens.

This book is also going to take Harry to a very dark place that appears to continue to the next book as he gets wound up in spending time in the opium dens of Bangkok. This is what I love about Harry – he is a disaster.

I know one of the later books is being made into a movie but I think to really appreciate Harry Hole, you need to start at the beginning and participate in his evolution or devolution as the case may be.
I have not been disappointed by this series yet. Oh and the cockroaches? Well, for every one you see, there are hundreds or thousands behind the walls that you don’t….. ( )
  ozzie65 | Mar 4, 2017 |
Cockroaches by Jo Nesbo is the second book in his Harry Hole series. In this outing Harry is sent to Thailand to assist in the investigation of the death of the Norwegian ambassador, who was found in a brothel with a knife sticking out of his back. Of course, the real reason Harry was sent to Thailand was to ensure that this case was kept out of the public eye. Unfortunately Harry has been spending his time in the bottom of a bottle lately but he sobers up and goes to Thailand and quickly becomes involved in a complicated case where it seems the officials are more interested in a tidy end than actually learning the truth.

I enjoyed this book and found both the complicated case and the assorted characters very interesting. Harry, like so many fictional detectives is a damaged soul, but his dark personality, his suffering from both alcoholic withdrawal and the severe heat in Bangkok all help to bring the book to life. Harry works his cases in a dogged style, stubbornly following through on every piece of evidence. He has a physical need to put all the pieces in place and have the final picture of the crime complete and correct even if this does upset those who just want a quick solution.

Cockroaches helps in giving the reader background into Harry’s life, his family and his romantic past and the story, with it’s many twists, features the sordidness of child pornography, drugs and corruption and is one that holds the reader’s attention. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Nov 13, 2016 |
"Harry is on a special mission. He needs to solve a crime and avoid a scandal. But in a unfamiliar city, who can you trust?"
  MerrittGibsonLibrary | Jun 30, 2016 |
A mash up of a Norwegian police detective in Bangkok. It works well most of the time as the story takes you through the twists and turns of who did what. ( )
  dougcornelius | Mar 3, 2016 |
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Among Norwegians living in Thailand there is a rumour circulating that one of their ambassadors, who died as a result of a car accident in Bangkok, was actually murdered under extremely mysterious circumstances. There is no evidence to support this, but it makes for a good story. 
No persons or events mentioned in this book should be confused with real persons or events. Reality is far too strange for that. 
Bangkok, 23 February 1998
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The traffic lights changed to green, and the roar from lorries, cars, motorbikes and tuk-Turks rose higher and higher until Dim could see the glass in Robinson's department store vibrating.
Det blev grönt och vrålet från bilarna, motorcyklarna och tuk-tuk-taxina steg och steg tills Dim kunde se hur rutorna till Robertson Department Store skakade.
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When the Norwegian ambassador to Thailand is found dead in a Bangkok brothel, Inspector Harry Hole is dispatched from Oslo to help hush up the case. But once he arrives Harry discovers that this case is about much more than one random murder. There is something else, something more pervasive, scrabbling around behind the scenes. Or, put another way, for every cockroach you see in your hotel room, there are hundreds behind the walls. Surrounded by round-the-clock traffic noise, Harry wanders the streets of Bangkok lined with go-go bars, temples, opium dens, and tourist traps, trying to piece together the story of the ambassador's death even though no one asked him to, and no one wants him to, not even Harry himself.… (more)

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