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Cockroaches by Jo Nesbo
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Cockroaches (1998)

by Jo Nesbo

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Series: Harry Hole (2)

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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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I liked this book, especially reading it via audio book. It took me a while to identify each character, (I'm looking at you, Norwegian names) but I got there. The setting, Bangkok, is fascinating, and I continue to like Harry's tenacity in getting the whole story, and in his quest to stop drinking. I'm going to continue the series, with the next book The Redbreast. ( )
  joliek | Dec 3, 2019 |
Harry Hole goes to Thailand to investigate the murder of the Norwegian ambassador to Bangkok. Another good fast-paced read, anyway. ( )
  JBD1 | May 31, 2019 |
Interesting but not by far as thrilling / twisted as Nesbo's later work. ( )
  decaturmamaof2 | Nov 28, 2018 |
Timed this one right. Snow and cold here to contrast with the heat in Bangkok. Another tangled web of a plot. Have another part of a star for an engaging lot of characters. Glad I kept some notes of who was who as there were quite a lot of them! ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | May 27, 2018 |
Action packed, sometimes convoluted story. A good escapism read. Why do people around Harry Hole tend to die? ( )
  dh-writer | Jan 30, 2018 |
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Bartlett, DonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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