The Bat: Jo Nesbo

The Bat by Jo Nesbo book 1 in the Harry Hole series.

It had been a long time on my virtual shelf, but keeping up with my recent delving into new authors I thought I’d give this a go. I bought it as I was going to holiday in Norway and thought it’d give me some local flavour. How wrong could I be! Whilst the lead character Harry Hole is indeed a fictional Norwegian detective, this book takes place in Sydney, Australia and is full of Aboriginal culture and folklore.

A Norwegian national is brutally murdered and Harry is sent over to liaise with the local police. He soon ingratiates himself with the locals and is paired up with an Aboriginal detective who shows him the ropes, the sights and some unexpected spots such asa travelling boxing troupe and a transvestite club.

It’s a fast-paced thriller that quickly morphs into the hunt for a serial killer. There are clowns, guillotines and sharks peppered through the tale. Harry Hole is a complex character and his backstory is nicely filled out throughout.

I found it to be an enjoyable read and will definitely be revisiting the series. As is (quite often) usual with this genre it’s a little unbelievable, but the writing is good and the action keeps on coming.

Next up is a departure from fiction with Harry Redknapp’s A Man Walks On To a Pitch. I’m not one for football books despite being a fan of the sport, but Redknapp seems a likeable character so I thought I’d give it a go.

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