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  • Published: 11 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781409019480
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

The Bat

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The very first book in the bestselling Harry Hole series, never before published in English

Discover the addictive first book in the bestselling Harry Hole series

‘A stunning opening to the series’ Sunday Times

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 be the next victim.

*JO NESBO HAS SOLD 40 MILLION BOOKS SOLD WORLDWIDE*

*Watch out for Knife, the new Harry Hole thriller, out now*

  • Pub date: 11 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781409019480
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

About the Author

Jo Nesbo

Jo Nesbo is one of the world’s bestselling crime writers, with The Leopard, Phantom, Police, The Son and his latest Harry Hole novel, The Thirst, all topping the Sunday Times bestseller charts. He’s an international number one bestseller and his books are published in 50 languages, selling over 40 million copies around the world.

Before becoming a crime writer, Nesbo played football for Norway’s premier league team Molde, but his dream of playing professionally for Spurs was dashed when he tore ligaments in his knee at the age of eighteen. After three years military service he attended business school and formed the band Di Derre (‘Them There’). They topped the charts in Norway, but Nesbo continued working as a financial analyst, crunching numbers during the day and gigging at night. When commissioned by a publisher to write a memoir about life on the road with his band, he instead came up with the plot for his first Harry Hole crime novel, The Bat.

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Praise for The Bat

“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... A stunning opening to the series”

Sunday Times

“Meaty, big and bloody, this is the rock and roll of detective fiction”

Financial Times

“Nesbo 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

“Harry Hole is fully formed as the difficult, vulnerable personality we have come to know. The evocation of Australia itself has the customary Nesbo expertise...most satisfyingly - we can now see the organic shape that Nesbo always intended his work to take”

Barry Forshaw, Independent

“Whether a hardened Hole addict or a first-time imbiber, The Bat is sure to snare your interest with its tale of this booze-fuelled policeman”

Sunday Sun

“A searing read from a chilling thriller writer”

Independent

“Hole is a spiky character and this is the first novel to feature him. If you want to get to know this brilliant, flawed character, this is the best place to start”

William Leith, Scotsman

“An ambitious, fun, exciting and original crime novel.”

Smålandsposten (Sweden)

“The Bat is a truly captivating crime novel.”

Berliner Morgenpost (Germany)

“The Bat is innovative and different, and the pace that Jo Nesbo creates in his debut novel makes you long for more crime novels featuring Harry Hole.”

Kristeligt Dagblad (Denmark)

“Jo Nesbo has written the cleverest debut novel in the crime genre that I’ve read in a long time.”

Aftenposten (Norway)

“Most satisfyingly we can now see the organic shape that Nesbo always intended his work to take, and the canvas stretching out in front of us is a crowded one”

Good Book Guide

“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”

Barry Forshaw, 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”

Joan Smith, 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”

Andy Hoban, 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”

Marcel Berlins, 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”

Barry Forshaw, 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”

Christopher Fowler, 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”

Slavoj Žižek, Guardian

“Very impressive, [it] explains the demons that still plague Harry Hole, his alcoholic cop protagonist, today”

Julian Handford, 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)”

Roddy Brooks, Evening Standard


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