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Cockroaches: An early Harry Hole case (Harry Hole 2) Hardcover – 28 Nov 2013
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"If you’ve never read any Jo Nesbo, now is the perfect time to check out his excellent Harry Hole series" (Essentials)
"As with the Australian setting of The Bat, Hole’s first outing, we’re again terra incognita (Asia here); Cockroaches, organised with greater concentration than its predecessor, turns out to be one of Nesbo’s most accomplished novels" (Barry Forshaw Financial Times)
"Set to be another sure-fire hit" (Sun)
"You'll be utterly enthralled" (Shortlist)
"Beguiling as ever... An absolute treat" (Deirdre O'Brien Sunday Mirror)
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 ambassadorSee all Product description
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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