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Cockroaches (Harry Hole Novels) Paperback – 11 Feb 2014

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  • Paperback: 367 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard; Reprint edition (11 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345807154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345807151
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (480 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,798,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Jo Nesbo:
"Currently the world's bestselling crime writer." "The Guardian"
"This Norwegian crime writer is red-hot." "Star-Telegram"
""The Snowman" by Jo Nesbo is relentless. His terrifying transformation of a childhood icon permeated my sleep. I started "The Redbreast" but it was too much. I gave it to my guitarist Lenny Kaye and he was hooked. Now my band is reading Nesbo but I am too petrified to crack open the "Phantom"." Patti Smith
"Nesbo writes rings around Larsson." "Toronto Star"
"Jo Nesbo is my favorite thriller writer and Harry Hole my new hero." Michael Connelly

"Surprisingly fresh, compelling and radiant with the joy of writing."
--"Helsingin Sanomat" (Finland)

"Jo Nesbo has written a substantial and well-constructed crime novel with a true Nordic hero as main character.... The plot is so complicated that you have no chance at figuring out the murderer until the last page. Hang on to it with great pleasure--Jo Nesbo writes so well and incisively about the crowds in the streets, and about a socially blighted Bangkok."
--"ALT for damerne" (Denmark)

"Last year's debut novel "The Bat" wasn't just a fluke. Nesbo continues with "The Cockroaches", a true ex-pat mixture of the creepy and gruesome kind.... Look forward to a great read."
--"Verdens Gang" (Norway)

"There's a sense of grandeur and near-extravagance in Nesbo's novel."
--"Aftenposten" (Norway)

"As [a] crime novel, "The Cockroaches" offers excitement to the very last straw. However, this is not the only reason it is a pleasure to read it: Jo Nesbo is a master of language, and offers vivid descriptions owing to thorough research."
--"Dagsavisen" (Norway)

Praise for Jo Nesbo

"Nesbo writes like an angel. As in Lucifer." --"The Philadelphia Inquirer"
" "
"Harry Hole is fast becoming cone of the planet's favorite detectives. And his demons are almost as legendary as his observational and analytical skills." --"The Mirror "(UK)

"Nesbo explores the darkest criminal minds with grim delight and puts his killer where you least expect to find them. . . . His novels are maddeningly addictive." --"Vanity Fair"

"Another excellent thriller, the most popular among his earlier novels and one that casts a cold eye on the reality of expatriate life of some Europeans in Asia."
--"The Irish Independent"

Praise for Jo Nesbo

"Nesbo writes like an angel. As in Lucifer."
--"The Philadelphia Inquirer"
" "
"Harry Hole is fast becoming cone of the planet's favorite detectives. And his demons are almost as legendary as his observational and analytical skills."
--"The Mirror "(UK)

"Nesbo explores the darkest criminal minds with grim delight and puts his killer where you least expect to find them. . . . His novels are maddeningly addictive."
--"Vanity Fair"

"Satisfyingly twisty. . . . A compelling, hard-edged thriller."
--"Booklist"

"Excellent . . . the most popular among [Nesbo's] earlier novels and one that casts a cold eye on the reality of expatriate life of some Europeans in Asia."
--"The Irish Independent"

"The complex narrative and large dramatis personae are handled with steely authority . . . The picturesque seediness of Bangkok and Thailand turns out to be Harry Hole's natural element, with Nesbo plumping his hero down in a very non-Norwegian setting."
--"The Independent" (UK)

Praise for Jo Nesbo

"Nesbo writes like an angel. As in Lucifer."
--"The Philadelphia Inquirer"
" "
"Harry Hole is fast becoming one of the planet's favorite detectives. And his demons are almost as legendary as his observational and analytical skills."
--"The Mirror "(UK)

"Nesbo explores the darkest criminal minds with grim delight and puts his killer where you least expect to find them. . . . His novels are maddeningly addictive."
--"Vanity Fair"

"NesbO never lets a page go by without making characters and situations vivid."
--"Houston Chronicle
"
"The world is dark and frozen, according to Nordic noir, and so is the human heart.
But it's the magic NesbO works with the genre's tropes that matters. . . . [He] might be my favorite of the lot."
--Michael Robbins, "Chicago Tribune"
"Satisfyingly twisty. . . . A compelling, hard-edged thriller."
--"Booklist"
"Excellent . . . the most popular among [NesbO's] earlier novels and one that casts a cold eye on the reality of expatriate life of some Europeans in Asia."
--"The Irish Independent"
"The complex narrative and large dramatis personae are handled with steely authority . . . The picturesque seediness of Bangkok and Thailand turns out to be Harry Hole's natural element, with Nesbo plumping his hero down in a very non-Norwegian setting."
--"The Independent" (UK)
Praise for Jo NesbO
"NesbO writes like an angel. As in Lucifer."
--"The Philadelphia Inquirer"
" "
"Harry Hole is fast becoming one of the planet's favorite detectives. And his demons are almost as legendary as his observational and analytical skills."
--"The Mirror "(UK)
"NesbO explores the darkest criminal minds with grim delight and puts his killer where you least expect to find them. . . . His novels are maddeningly addictive."
--"Vanity Fair"

"Nesbo never lets a page go by without making characters and situations vivid."
--"Houston Chronicle
"
"The world is dark and frozen, according to Nordic noir, and so is the human heart.
But it's the magic Nesboworks with the genre's tropes that matters. . . . [He] might be my favorite of the lot."
--Michael Robbins, "Chicago Tribune"
"Satisfyingly twisty. . ..A compelling, hard-edged thriller."
--"Booklist"
Excellent . . . the most popular among [Nesbo s] earlier novels and one that casts a cold eye on the reality of expatriate life of some Europeans in Asia.
"The Irish Independent"
The complex narrative and large dramatis personae are handled with steely authority . . . The picturesque seediness of Bangkok and Thailand turns out to be Harry Hole's natural element, with Nesbo plumping his hero down in a very non-Norwegian setting.
"The Independent" (UK)
Praise for Jo Nesbo
Nesbo writes like an angel. As in Lucifer.
"The Philadelphia Inquirer"
""
Harry Hole is fast becoming one of the planet s favorite detectives. And his demons are almost as legendary as his observational and analytical skills.
"The Mirror "(UK)
Nesbo explores the darkest criminal minds with grim delight and puts his killer where you least expect to find them. . . . His novels are maddeningly addictive.
"Vanity Fair""

"Nesbo never lets a page go by without making characters and situations vivid."
--Houston Chronicle

"The world is dark and frozen, according to Nordic noir, and so is the human heart.
But it's the magic Nesbo works with the genre's tropes that matters. . . . [He] might be my favorite of the lot."
--Michael Robbins, Chicago Tribune

"Satisfyingly twisty. . . . A compelling, hard-edged thriller."
--Booklist

"Excellent . . . the most popular among [Nesbo's] earlier novels and one that casts a cold eye on the reality of expatriate life of some Europeans in Asia."
--The Irish Independent

"The complex narrative and large dramatis personae are handled with steely authority . . . The picturesque seediness of Bangkok and Thailand turns out to be Harry Hole's natural element, with Nesbo plumping his hero down in a very non-Norwegian setting."
--The Independent (UK)

Praise for Jo Nesbo

"Nesbo writes like an angel. As in Lucifer."
--The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Harry Hole is fast becoming one of the planet's favorite detectives. And his demons are almost as legendary as his observational and analytical skills."
--The Mirror (UK)

"Nesbo explores the darkest criminal minds with grim delight and puts his killer where you least expect to find them. . . . His novels are maddeningly addictive."
--Vanity Fair

Book Description

The thrilling sequel to Nesbo's debut novel The Bat, The Cockroaches sees Harry Hole sent to Bangkok to investigate the murder of the Norwegian ambassador --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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After his success in Australia, detective Harry Hole is summoned to Thailand to investigate the murder of the Norwegian ambassador. Found in a seedy hotel, known to be frequented by prostitutes, the ambassador’s family are reluctant to talk and are clearly hiding some secrets of their own. When Harry finds some vital CCTV footage, only for the person who gave it to him disappear, he realises that there may be more to this case than meets the eye.

After being slightly disappointed with The Bat, but being assured that the series gets better, I read Cockroaches with a touch of trepidation. Although I know that this still isn’t one of Jo Nesbo’s most well-liked books, I did enjoy this one a lot more as, unlike the previous book, there was more plot and less filler. The book starts with Harry, again, being sent out to solve a murder in another country, this time one that has the potential to be politically sensitive – a strange appointment seeing as, after events of the previous book, Harry seems intent on drinking himself into oblivion! It is clear that Harry’s personality is starting to emerge and, as a result, I liked him much more than in The Bat.

Dealing with the seedier sides of Thailand, namely prostitution and paedophilia, Cockroaches is, at times, an unpleasant read, and is occasionally fairly graphic. These scenes are vital, however, in helping you to build up a true picture of the circumstances Harry finds himself in. I did find that the plot was occasionally hard to follow as I tried to remember how each character fitted in to the story. As a consequence, I was nowhere near working out who the guilty party was but was happy with the explanation.

Cockroaches is a big improvement on the previous book and I am looking forward to reading The Redbreast next
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This is the second (but later released) Harry Hole novel. Harry was the hero of solving a serial crime in Australia and not fitting in, and drinking too much in Oslo is sharply put back on a flight to Bangkok to help the authorities with the investigation of the murder of the Norwegian ambassador. The plot is good with several twists and Nesbo does justice to Bangkok as a good back-drop. I found some of the numerous characters quite shallow though and this reduced the tension. I also guessed the perpetrator quite early on and as such felt the story could have been edited better.
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Disappointingly boring.
Not in the same league as other Harry Hole thrillers.
Far too much reminiscing of WW2 events, which should have been much much briefer.
Shame.
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I have been into Mr Nesbo since before all the furore and he never fails to impress me. Gripping,thought provoking reading - always. Next stop The Thirst.
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You can see Harry's character starting to immerge, and Jo Nesbo's plots getting to be more like the later stories. It's a pity I read them out of sequence as they do follow on from each other. But of course it's an excuse to start reading them all over again.
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I took this book on holiday this year, I had already read, the Bat and the armed Breast. I have just downloaded the Nemesis.
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Eries!Can't wait to read the next book in the s
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ENJOYED HARRY AS USUAL. THROWN A BIT BY NORWEGIAN NAMES. PLEASE LET HARRY KEEP ONE GIRLFRIEND ALIVE.
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