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
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
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
A searing read from a chilling thriller writer
Independent, Winter Reads
An ambitious, fun, exciting and original crime novel.
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.
Meaty, big and bloody, this is the rock and roll of detective fiction
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
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.Continue Reading