Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Bat by Jo Nesbo

If you're like me, you started in the middle of Jo Nesbo's series on Oslo detective Harry Hole with his book The Snowman, the best-seller two years ago.  However, the translators finally returned to the beginning and gave us The Bat, where it all began.  In this first of the series, Harry is a 32 year-old, handsome, eager young detective - not the wrecked and broken man of the later books.  Nesbo takes us to Australia as Harry helps to find a fairly creepy serial murderer.  While I found the book started a bit slow and not as well written as his other books, by mid-story, Nesbo had kicked it into gear and given us his classic detective novel.  He flushes out the character of Harry Hole (pronounced Hoo-le), giving background on his childhood, his inner demons, his battles with alcohol, and even a love interest.  By the end, I was ready to bite on the next in the series.  If you like a good murder mystery with really excellent character character development, check this book out:)

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