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Random House, Inc.
The thrilling sequel to Jo Nesbo's debut novel, The Bat, The Cockroaches sees Harry Hole sent to Bangkok to investigate the murder of the Norwegian ambassador.
     Detective Harry Hole arrives in a steaming hot Bangkok. But it's work, not pleasure. The Norwegian ambassador has been found dead in a seedy motel room, and no witnesses have come forward. The ambassador had close ties to the Norwegian prime minister, and to avoid a scandal Harry is sent there to hush up the case. But he quickly discovers that there is much more going on behind the scenes and very few people willing to talk. When Harry lays hands on some CCTV footage that will help him unravel what happened that night, 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 in Bangkok.

Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2013
ISBN: 9780307360281
Branch Call Number: FIC Nesbo
Characteristics: 374 p. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Bartlett, Don


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Sep 07, 2017

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!

Nov 06, 2016

The second book in the Harry Hole series

Pippi_L Jun 30, 2016

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.

Mar 02, 2015

Typical Harry Hole; keeps you guessing. Easy read although the names can be confusing.

Feb 28, 2015

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.

Feb 19, 2015

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.

Nov 24, 2014

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.

Jul 30, 2014

A significant improvement over Nesbo's first Harry Hole book, The Bat. You can see him developing as a writer with more complexity of character and description. Nesbo's recurring theme of corruption in institutions (government, police) begins here as does his gripping accounts of violence and double plot twist. Harry's character also becomes more fully formed. Definitely recommended.

Jun 08, 2014

Cockroaches is the second of Nesbo’s Harry Hole novels which have become broadly popular since the overall success of Scandinavian noir. This one is set primarily in Thailand with Hole sent to solve the murder of the Norwegian ambassador. There was some good humour early on but overall it was too down for me. The alcoholic detective has been done to death and the fact that he’s Scandinavian doesn’t really put a different spin on it. The explanation for the murder is too complicated and doesn’t hold water. Not bad but not great.

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