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The thrilling first book in the bestselling Harry Hole series, never before published in English

HARRY IS OUT OF HIS DEPTH.

Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can.

HE'S NOT SUPPOSED TO GET TOO INVOLVED.

When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry.

HE MIGHT JUST BE THE NEXT VICTIM.

Appearing in English for the first time, The Bat is the legendary first novel from the worldwide phenomenon Jo Nesbo.

Reviews

Most satisfyingly we can now see the organic shape that Nesbo always intended his work to take, and the canvas stretching out in front of us is a crowded one

Good Book Guide

A fascinating book, filling in the gaps in Hole’s biography and telling the story of the murder case in Australia that cemented his reputation as a brilliant investigator... A stunning opening to the series

Sunday Times

Nesbo is a terrific writer who knows how to build a story, taking you slowly to the top of a rollercoaster before sending you hurtling towards a solution that you never see coming

Sunday Express

Harry...is fully formed as the difficult, vulnerable personality we have come to know. The evocation of Australia itself has the customary Nesbo expertise...most satisfyingly - we can now see the organic shape that Nesbo always intended his work to take

Barry Forshaw, Independent

Whether a hardened Hole addict or a first-time imbiber, The Bat is sure to snare your interest with its tale of this booze-fuelled policeman

Sunday Sun

A searing read from a chilling thriller writer

Independent, Winter Reads

An ambitious, fun, exciting and original crime novel.

Smålandsposten (Sweden)

The Bat is a truly captivating crime novel.

Berliner Morgenpost (Germany)

The Bat is innovative and different, and the pace that Jo Nesbo creates in his debut novel makes you long for more crime novels featuring Harry Hole.

Kristeligt Dagblad (Denmark)

Jo Nesbo has written the cleverest debut novel in the crime genre that I’ve read in a long time.

Aftenposten (Norway)

Meaty, big and bloody, this is the rock and roll of detective fiction

Financial Times

Hole is a spiky character and this is the first novel to feature him. If you want to get to know this brilliant, flawed character, this is the best place to start

William Leith, Scotsman

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099520320

    April 16, 2013

    Vintage

    432 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781409019480

    October 11, 2012

    Vintage Digital

    448 pages

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Extract

Sydney

Something was wrong.

At first the female passport official had beamed: ‘How are ya, mate?’

‘I’m fine,’ Harry Hole had lied. It was more than thirty hours since he had taken off from Oslo via London, and after the change of planes in Bahrain he had sat in the same bloody seat by the emergency exit. For security reasons it could only be tipped back a little, and his lumbar region had almost crumbled by the time they reached Singapore.

And now the woman behind the counter was no longer smiling.

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Cockroaches
Police
Phantom
Headhunters
The Leopard
The Redbreast
The Redeemer
The Devil's Star
Nemesis
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