Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Armchair Novel Review: The Bat by Jo Nesbo

The First Harry Hole Thriller
by Jo Nesbo
Trade Paperback, 384 pages

If you are like me, you were first introduced to Nordic crime fiction by Stieg Larsson's trilogy. Their tremendous success whetted our appetite for dark, well-crafted thrillers. Jo Nesbo fills that need brilliantly, more so in fact than Larsson, as Nesbo is a natural novelist and storyteller whereas Larsson was a journalist.

The Bat is actually the first in the Harry Hole (pronounced Hoo-leh) series, just now being released for the first time in North America.

If you know me, you know that Jo Nesbo is my absolute favourite novelist and I have been sooo excited for this release. In The Bat we see Harry damaged, yes, but a little less so than in the later books. A little more naive, a little simpler, a Nordic detective dispatched to Australia to help investigate what happened to a young Norwegian woman. We see Australia through his eyes, a very different world than Norway, as he becomes immersed in the trail of death that becomes more personal and personally dangerous as the book goes on.

A must read for any Jo Nesbo fan, or fan of Nordic Crime Thrillers in general. If you are not a fan yet - you will be soon!

Jo Nesbo talks about The Bat