Goodreads: The Bat (Harry Hole #1)
Author: Jo Nesbo
Published: 2nd July 2013 (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard – First published 1997)
Rating: 3/5 (Liked it)
Official Summary: “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.” – Goodreads
Review: Honestly had no clue who the killer was until Harry did, well done. Not sure whether it was because I was listening to the Audiobook but it felt like it was skipping a bit. Jumping from one thing to the next. Didn’t feel flow in places. Considering when it was written and where I was surprised by the gay and trans references. The Author wasn’t afraid to touch subjects that back then, people avoided.
I liked how you learned some history about Australia. About the natives of Australia and the stories, they pass down from generation to generation. It was a nice touch.
The drunk part just peed me off. Most likely just because I thought the main character was being an idiot. Showed him as flawed which you already knew.
Loved the post.
Lol, Harry Hole does drink, doesn’t he? I liked the Australian stories too. Loved your review!
Nice review Laura. This is the only Nesbo book I read. I would like to try another one. i also felt that it did not flow well, but being the first, I am sure they get better because there are a lot of Harry Hole fans.