When I read and reviewed The Bat early last year, a reader mentioned to me that even though that wasn’t up to my expectation, other novels in the Harry Hole series would be better. I am not one to judge a detective or a writer by one book, so it was an easy choice to read this one in the same series. Continue reading “Book Review: Cockroaches, by Jo Nesbo”
About the author:
Jo Nesbø is a Norwegian author and musician best known for his detective fictions involving Detective Harry Hole. Other than this series, he has also released one children’s fiction novel titled Doktor Proktors Prompepulver.
My thoughts on the book:
It’s been a little while since I’ve wanted to read this series. I think one of my friends at ALOP published a review on this and it caught my attention primarily from the title, and then from the author’s name, which was new to me. I didn’t think that he’d be a Norwegian author though. This book, originally in Norwegian is translated by Don Bartlett into English.
When Inger Holter, a Norwegian mini-celebrity is found murdered in Australia, the Norwegian police send their man Harry Hole (pronounced as Har-ry Hoh-lay and not the hole meaning orifice) to aid in the investigation headed by their Australian counterparts. He’s teamed up with Andrew Kensington to do that. The investigation seems to have to be on the Aussie police’s terms, as put quite direct by their chief, McCormack.
What follows is a mixed bag. I don’t quite feel this can be classified as a “thriller”, more of a whodunnit. The first part is too slow, with lot of different angles, cultural background and such pushed in. I like that there is a little humor in it, like the scene were Kensington kicks a Tasmanian devil into the rose bushes and makes a humorous retort to the dog’s owner. But the leads and the way Kensington seems to take, based purely on a “sense” felt odd. (Though later it might not as much.)
The book picks up pace towards the end, thankfully. Pace aside, the narration has been good. Though informative of Australian culture, I think that background was a little too much. A decent read, with a somewhat predictable storyline and protagonist, and some humorous piecing together under the influence! I enjoyed especially the ending.
Title: The Bat
Author: Jo Nesbø
Translator: Don Bartlett
Genre: Crime Fiction
Price: INR. 350
(April 25th, 2013)