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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As Harry tracks down the murderer of a Norwegian TV star reduced to living in desperate circumstances, he is fully formed as the difficult, vulnerable personality we have come to know. The evocation of Australia itself has the customary Nesbo expertise - Independent
The Bat appeared in Norway in 1997, and it’s a fascinating book, filling in the gaps in Hole’s biography and telling the story of the murder case in Australia that cemented his reputation as a brilliant investigator... It is a stunning opening to the series - Sunday Times
Every book in the series is a fantastic standalone novel but each refers to some element of a previous novel and all mention this, the first case that brought Harry to prominence at home in Norway … Nesbo, also a singer and songwriter with Norwegian rock band Di Derre, is a terrific writer who knows how to build a story, taking you slowly to the top of a rollercoaster before sending you hurtling towards a solution that you never see coming - Sunday Express
Scandinavian noir goes Down Under… what’s fascinating is seeing Hole already equipped with all the obsessional attributes that would merge so brilliantly in subsequent novels - The Times
Even with this first book Nesbo’s command of the idiom is completely in place – there is no sense that the writer was finding his feet and aficionados will be very pleased to slide this onto their bookshelves alongside the other Harry Hole novels - Daily Express
The miracle of Nesbo’s appeal lies in his genial honesty; he has managed to reinvent a character type that became a cliché decades ago by avoiding irony and keeping his cop conversations believably human, even when they involve fairly outrageous chases to hunt down serial killers. Meaty, big and bloody, this is the rock and roll of detective fiction - Financial Times
A searing read from a chilling thriller writer - Independent
There can be more art in a good detective novel than in pretentious ‘serious’ novels - Guardian
Very impressive, [it] explains the demons that still plague Harry Hole, his alcoholic cop protagonist, today - Sunday Telegraph
With an unerring ability to attract death, Hole takes is first blundering steps towards becoming the sort of character that thriller fans find irresistible. It’s sure to snare your interest (four star review) - Evening Standard
Jo Nesbo is a musician, songwriter, economist and author. The Bat, his first crime novel featuring Harry Hole, was published in Norway in 1997 and was an instant hit, winning the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel (an accolade shared with Peter Høeg, Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson). This bestselling novel appears in English for the first time. Check out www.jonesbo.co.uk .