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The Bat (original 1997; edition 2012)

by Jo Nesbo, Don Bartlett (Translator)

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Title:The Bat
Authors:Jo Nesbo (Author)
Other authors:Don Bartlett (Translator)
Info:Random House Canada (2012), Paperback, 384 pages
Collections:Read but unowned, Review Copies
Rating:*****
Tags:arc, randomhouse, australia, crime, norway, serial killer, read2012

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The Bat by Jo Nesbo (1997)

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The first Harry Hole book - Hole is sent to Australia to assist in solving the murder of a Norwegian girl. He discovers that they are looking for a serial killer. This was only recently translated despite being the first Hole book. As usual Hole gets his person but messes up his life. ( )
  stevebishop | Apr 2, 2016 |
I liked this first novel of Jo Nesbo's Detective Harry Hole series. Harry is sent to Australia to assist in the murder of a B list Norwegian actress; he's really not meant to do much and the Australian police aren't that interested in having him there. He does end up helping them discover that this murder is actually part of long list of serial rape/murders. We learn a bit about Harry's history and his struggles with alcoholism. ( )
  LisaMorr | Jan 27, 2016 |
Thought I would only read one Nesbo to check him out, but this is the third I've read thus far and will probably read more. Dark, Scandinavian (though this one takes place in Australia) mysteries (that are oh-so-popular these days) with some nice philosophical, ethical reflections thrown in here and there. The reflections seem a little forced in this one, but I enjoyed the characters, the dark and seedy settings, the nightmarish descriptions of alcoholism, etc. One to make you grateful if the sun is shining upon you. ( )
  bibleblaster | Jan 23, 2016 |
Book group chose this 1920 work.

It was a good little mystery with the feeling of masterpiece theater
throughout.
No need for multiple settings.
I marveled at some of the word choices....such as sepulchrally and terrorization
and sauvitity...

The butler (Japanese) was addressed frequently in a manner with which I was uncomfortable.

Smoking was rampant throughout.
It was a "drug the doctor (Wells) forbade his patients but prescribes for himself"
I can't see that flying today.

And........It was a story with an actual plot and no sexual overtones needed...

All in all...

It was an interesting look into the world of suspense circa 1920. ( )
  pennsylady | Jan 22, 2016 |
This was a slow read, the first book in a series by Jo Nesbø. This book does not live up to the author's reputation, which may be why it was so long before it was translated.
Harry is a Norwegian policeman sent to help look into the murder of a young Norwegian girl in Sydney, Australia. Why a Norwegian policeman would have that much input into a case in Australia, I'm not sure. There was so much Australian information, it was overwhelming--just a lot of info dumping. In addition, the protagonist came across as uninviting and behaved unbelievably stupidly. ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
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Bartlett, DonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It rose into space, its wings spread wide,
them fell, its wings now a fluttering cape
wrapped tight about the body of a man.

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Harry is out of his depth.

Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can.

He's not supposed to get too involved.

When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry.

He might just be the next victim.

Appearing in English for the first time, The Bat is the legendary first novel from the worldwide phenomenon Jo Nesbo.

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Follows Harry Hole's efforts to solve the murder of a television celebrity whose demise is linked to a string of serial killings.

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