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The Bat (original 1997; edition 2012)

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Title:The Bat
Authors:Jo Nesbo
Info:Random House Canada (2012), Paperback, 384 pages
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Tags:mystery, Scandinavian

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The Bat by Jo Nesbo (1997)

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Harry Hole, Hauptfigur einer Krimireihe von Jo Nesbø, untersucht in diesem ersten Fall den Mord an einer jungen Norwegerin in Australien. Dort ist Hole Andrew zugeordnet, einem Aboriginie-Kollegen, mit dem ihm bald ein freundschaftliches Verhältnis verbindet. Was zu Beginn wie ein Routineverbrechen aussieht, scheint sich jedoch zusehends als das Werk eines Serienmörders und -vergewaltigers zu entpuppen. Und Andrews Verhalten wird immer merkwürdiger...
Die neue Hauptfigur ist bemerkenswert untypisch für einen ,Kriminaler'. Zwar auch geplagt von schweren Problemen in der Vergangenheit (wie viele seiner nordischen Kollegen), verliert Hole sich dennoch nicht in Depressionen und tiefer Schwermut. Lieber versäuft er seinen Verstand :-)
Ebenfalls untypisch sind die ausgesprochen langen Exkurse zu Themen wie Geschichte der Aboriginies, deren Mythen und Sagen, der Vergangenheit der Ermittler usw. So werden einem nicht nur die handelnden Personen des Buches sehr nahe gebracht, sondern man erfährt zusätzlich viel Neues und Unbekanntes über das Land und dessen Vergangenheit (zumindest mir ging das so).
Die Story selbst ist verzwickt und mit viel psychologischer Raffinesse aufgebaut, die Spannung bleibt wirklich bis zur letzten Seite erhalten (Wäre am Schluß des Buches keine Leseprobe einer späteren Folge enthalten, wüsste man nicht ob Hole nun die Reißleine seines Fallschirms zieht oder nicht...).
Ein spannender und interessanter Erstling einer Krimireihe, die Lust auf mehr macht. ( )
  Xirxe | Dec 2, 2014 |
Beware, once you read this first book of the Harry Hole series, you will want to read the rest-immediately. So far I've read three and have not been disappointed. ( )
  jcmontgomery | Nov 8, 2014 |
This story starts off slowly, and in some way the reader is as confused as the protagonist, in a new country, speaking a foreign language, trying to solve the murder of a Norwegian in Australia. But it comes together, and nothing in the first part is wasted.

Harry is a classic damaged detective of the Raymond Chandler style, as filtered through a Norwegian sensibility, and seeing him in a warm, sunny, optimistic culture accents his differences. Of course, the plot tends to reinforce those differences, otherwise it wouldn't qualify as ScandiNoir, which it most definitely is. ( )
  ffortsa | Oct 29, 2014 |
After reading Cockroaches, I had to go back to the beginning and find out where Harry Hole came from. Reading this one answered that question.

There is plenty of suspense and red herrings as Harry travels to Australia to investigate the murder of a Norwegian woman who had been a minor television personality.

I think I'm done with Harry Hole.....this just isn't a genre that appeals to me. ( )
  tangledthread | Oct 7, 2014 |
Having read two of the later Harry Hole novels by Jo Nesbo, I decided to go back to the beginning. That decision shows just how much Nesbo has improved as a crime fiction writer since the early days. The plot twists and turns are in evidence but the neat way in which his later novels help the reader to keep track is less well developed. Nesbo writes complicated plots and unless you read "The Bat" in a day or two (which is quite possible, of course), it is too easy to lose your way.

Also I am an Australian reader and the novel is set in Sydney which is more than a little familiar to me. This may appeal to some readers (doubtless his many Norwegian readers like to track his characters through the streets of Oslo), but I found the Australian stuff all rather passe and familiar. Even boring. Not Nesbo's fault, but there you are.

Nevertheless, I will move onto "The Cockroach", the second Harry Hole novel, and see if I like Bangkok better. ( )
  PhilipJHunt | Jul 25, 2014 |
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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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