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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

Harry is on a special mission

Detective Harry Hole arrives in a steaming hot Bangkok. The Norwegian ambassador has been found dead in a seedy motel room, and Harry has been sent to investigate. It’s clear that the Ambassador’s family are hiding some secrets of their own, but few people are willing to talk.

He needs to solve a crime and avoid a scandal

When Harry lays hands on some incriminating CCTV footage, things only get more complicated. The man who gave him the tape goes missing, and Harry realises that failing to solve a murder case is by no means the only danger that faces the unwary.

But in an unfamiliar city, who can you trust?


If you’ve never read any Jo Nesbo, now is the perfect time to check out his excellent Harry Hole series


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


You'll be utterly enthralled


Beguiling as ever... An absolute treat

Deirdre O'Brien, Sunday Mirror

Cockroaches will thrill Harry Hole addicts. It's classic fast-paced, edge-of-the-seat style

UK Press Syndication

Shows how far Nesbo has honed his skills

Mark Sanderson, Evening Standard

It’s fun to see Nesbo finding his feet with Hole… and he weaves a large cast and a complex plot into a satisfying plunge into a filthy south-east Asian underbelly, ripe to bursting with corruption, exploitation and cruelty

Siobhan Murphy, Metro

Cockroaches has all the grit and gruffness and moral turpitude of the other novels but, as with the first book, The Bat (about a serial killer in Australia) it isn't set in Norway.

Cameron Woodhead, Burnie Advocate, TAS

Another gem from the Norwegian author

RTE Guide

What really makes the novel work is the fact that the picturesque seediness of Bangkok and Thailand turn out to be Harry Hole's natural element, despite its very non-Norwegian setting

Good Book Guide

One of Nesbo’s most accomplished novels

Financial Times

As beguiling as ever… An absolute treat

Sunday Mirror

The complex narrative and large dramatis personae are handled with steely authority, but what really makes the novel work is the fact that the picturesque seediness of Bangkok and Thailand turn out to be Harry Hole's natural element


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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    July 1, 2014


    464 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

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  • EBook


    November 28, 2013

    Vintage Digital

    464 pages

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    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

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