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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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Really bad. big disappointment. clearly intended as a screenplay for Hollywood. Reads like a bad action flick starring Mel Gibson. Plot complicated but confused. The ending with the villain eaten by a Great White was ridiculous - right out of a B-movie. The protagonist is another overdone "damaged" anit-hero - a character type which is now grossly over represented in popular culture. This version of Harry Hole is poorly motivated, self-focused, narcissistic and self-destructive. He is barely off the plane is Australia, when he is putting the moves on a gorgeous Swedish waitress. Supposedly he falls in love with her, but then decides to use her as bait to catch the a serial killer and gets her killed. This book is supposedly set in Australia, but you have no sense of being there. I recently finished reading The Honorable Schoolboy by LeCarre. This is not LeCarre's strongest work, but his evocation of Hong Kong make that city one of characters in the novel. Nebo's treatment of Australia as a place is totally a superficial hodgepoge of travel-brochure references and few aboriginal folk stories. Even the title of the book is irrelevant to the stroy. Angry with myself for even finishing this book. Sent to the Great Landfill in the Sky.
1 vote clarkland | Aug 22, 2015 |
ok. not great but I'm interested so I'll keep reading the next in the series. ( )
  groundedforlife | Jul 6, 2015 |
The electrifying first appearance of Jo Nesbø’s detective, Harry Hole. Inspector Harry Hole of the Oslo Crime Squad is dispatched to Sydney to observe a murder case. Harry is free to offer assistance, but he has firm instructions to stay out of trouble. The victim is a twenty-three year old Norwegian woman who is a minor celebrity back home. Never one to sit on the sidelines, Harry befriends one of the lead detectives, and one of the witnesses, as he is drawn deeper into the case. Together, they discover that this is only the latest in a string of unsolved murders, and the pattern points toward a psychopath working his way across the country. As they circle closer and closer to the killer, Harry begins to fear that no one is safe, least of all those investigating the case.
1 vote icre8dstny | Jun 30, 2015 |
The electrifying first appearance of Jo Nesbø’s detective, Harry Hole. Inspector Harry Hole of the Oslo Crime Squad is dispatched to Sydney to observe a murder case. Harry is free to offer assistance, but he has firm instructions to stay out of trouble. The victim is a twenty-three year old Norwegian woman who is a minor celebrity back home. Never one to sit on the sidelines, Harry befriends one of the lead detectives, and one of the witnesses, as he is drawn deeper into the case. Together, they discover that this is only the latest in a string of unsolved murders, and the pattern points toward a psychopath working his way across the country. As they circle closer and closer to the killer, Harry begins to fear that no one is safe, least of all those investigating the case.
  icre8dstny | Jun 30, 2015 |
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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.

FRANK MILLER
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Noe var galt.
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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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