Much better than The Bat. Previous book in series was a macho, shoot-em-up story. This story was much more satisfying. Worthwhile reading the next book in the series to see if the improvement continues or at least remains constant.
I started somewhere in the middle with the Harry Hole series a couple of years ago, now I try to read through them in the correct order. Nevertheless, Nesbø still manages to surprise me with the killer in the end. I guess it's because he puts in quite a lot of characters. The beginning is pretty calm, compared to Phantom for example, but the pace increased towards the end, then I got really hooked to the story.
I can recommend this book to everyone who likes crime novels and especially to everyone who'd like to know a bit more about Harry (there are again some flashbacks to his past).
Much better than "The Bat," his previous book (see my review for that book). Of course the Norwegian and Thai names can make it difficult to follow at times. Even so, I loved Harry Hole's dogged determination despite the foreign context and official reluctance. How he solves the crime is quite clever and you are going to have to buckle your seatbelt at the conclusion. So put on your thinking cap and dig in!
The second book in the Harry Hole series
Sometimes called the next Stieg Larsson, Jo Nesbo is actually better than Larsson. But start the series with this book, you don't need to read the first one in the series.
Typical Harry Hole; keeps you guessing. Easy read although the names can be confusing.
Nesbo sets this novel in Thailand where Harry Hole is sent to solve the murder of the Swedish Ambassador. Nesbo includes the expected descriptions of life in Thailand from the food, driving conditions, prostitution, child sexual abuse, drugs, gangs, corruption, inhumane treatment of the detained, etc. Additional murders of Swedish nationals also occur and these too seem connected to the Ambassador's murder. By the time Harry figures out the motives behind the murders, Nesbo is almost at the end of the novel which then comes swiftly, bloodily, and, life threatening to Harry. This novel, for me, lacked the continual action that I have come to expect from Nesbo. I just got lost with the unusual names of personnel and contact people Nesbo introduces to move the story along. Also, the financial dealings of big companies went over my head , but not Harry's.
Better than the first (The Bat). But still the author leads us astray for most of the book. Near the end he springs up the detailed way it all happened. For a cop on the bend, he's pretty much one hell of a detective. All in all a very good book. And I will read on Nesbo's output.
Good story with plenty of hints to follow.
Harry Hole, the tall big nosed Norwegian detective with a drinking problem is the mainstay of this fast paced and often violent series. For hardboiled detective story readers.
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