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Politimannen Harry Hole er i Sydney for å bistå australsk politi i etterforskningen av drapet på en ung norsk kvinne. På sin vei gjennom lysskye miljøer treffer han horer og halliker, transer, klovner og pushere. Og noen aboriginer, Australias urinnvånere. Harry Hole har reist så langt vekk fra Norge som det er mulig å komme. Saken er komplisert, og i den blinde nattejaktePolitimannen Harry Hole er i Sydney for å bistå australsk politi i etterforskningen av drapet på en ung norsk kvinne. På sin vei gjennom lysskye miljøer treffer han horer og halliker, transer, klovner og pushere. Og noen aboriginer, Australias urinnvånere. Harry Hole har reist så langt vekk fra Norge som det er mulig å komme. Saken er komplisert, og i den blinde nattejakten på morderen har han bare svake ekko å navigere etter. "Flaggermusmannen" er den første boken om Harry Hole, og den ga forfatteren både Rivertonprisen og Glassnøkkelen for årets beste skandinaviske kriminalroman....

Title : Flaggermusmannen
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ISBN : 9788203355981
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Number of Pages : 345 Pages
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Flaggermusmannen Reviews

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    2018-10-24 17:54

    I know that the first two Harry Hole books are generally the least popular of the series, but I couldn't be persuaded to jump in at book three and altered my expectations accordingly. While I'm sure it has something to do with the fact that I've not experienced this character or series before, I actually loved THE BAT! Perhaps it was having the opportunity to learn Hole's backstory and read the books in their intended order, or maybe simply the fact that I don't know any differently, but I was in the mood for a slow burning police procedural and that's exactly what I got.The overall feel of the story reminded me a bit of Ragnar Jonasson's Dark Iceland series, except the setting was drastically warmer. I really appreciated the severely flawed nature of Harry and his past which has shaped who he has become up until this point. The mystery kept me guessing and I did not have any of it figured out prior to the reveals, which was a nice change of pace. I'm not really sure why the first two books are set outside of the intended long term atmosphere of the series, but it works well for me so far, and even though everyone and their mother has told me to skip COCKROACHES, I'll be reading it solely just to gain whatever information there is to glean from it. I would say if you haven't read any books in the Harry Hole series, take a gamble and risk a bit of time and energy on THE BAT. I can see how trying to come back to this book might be a chore after beginning with the others, but it was refreshing and exhilarating to read these in their natural order and learn Harry's backstory in its initial form. Highly recommended to fans of Nordic Crime Fiction in the form of a police procedural! *Thanks Abby for helping my pick this one out!

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    2018-11-06 18:47

    ”A sudden, uncontrollable fury rose in him, and he cast around for something to smash. He snatched the whiskey bottle from the table and was about to launch it at the wall, but changed his mind at the last moment. Lifelong training in self-control, he thought, opening the bottle and putting it to his mouth.”As you read this novel you are going to realize just how much sarcasm is loaded into that statement. Harry Hole, pronounced Hoo-leh, is dispatched to Sydney Australia to investigate the murder of a Norwegian woman. He soon discovers with the help of the Australian half caste Aboriginal officer, Andrew Kensington, that this murder is not an isolated case. The victim is one of a string of blond women who have been killed over a series of months. This is a different Harry Hole than the man that shows up in Redbreast and Nemesis which are number three and four in the series. Because the American publisher decided to publish those books before publishing The Bat I started the series in the middle. I rarely do that. I usually insist on reading a series from the beginning because I find in later books there are generally significant revelations that may harken back to an earlier book in the series. In this case instead of ordering an intensive Rosetta Stone course on learning Norwegian I decided to suspend my controlling need for order and read book three first. The Jo Nesbo InvasionI now understand why the US publishers elected to start with book three. We have been experiencing an invasion of Scandinavian mysteries similar to the invasion of Rock and Roll from England in the 1960s. You can’t swing a backpack in a bookstore anymore without knocking down a display of the latest author to be touted as the new Stieg Larsson. I too have been seduced by the work of our Nordic neighbors. In this book Hole spends the entire time in Australia, so introducing this regionally misplaced character to a reading public desperate for a new mystery from the frozen North doesn’t really work. Now that his works have been doing very well in the English speaking world publishers have decided to go back and publish the first two in the series. His Australian colleagues call him Holy instead of Hoo-leh and Harry makes the decision that Holy isn’t too bad and doesn’t bother to correct their pronunciation. He prefers it to being called something most people associate with an orifice. He meets a lovely Swedish girl named Birgitta. Everything is going well between them until Harry falls of the wagon. Andrew Kensington ends up dead and even though Harry only knew him a week they had become good friends. Harry wraps both arms around the shock and the grief of his friend’s passing. Resuming drinking is an allure he can no longer ignore. Now there are drunks and then there are Harry Hole drinking binges. ”Harry woke with a splitting headache. The light hurt his eyes, and no sooner had he registered that he was lying under a blanket than he had to throw himself to the side. The vomit came in quick spurts and the contents of his stomach splashed on the stone floor. He fell back on the bench and felt the gall sting his nose as he asked himself the classic question: where on earth am I?”During the times that he is halfway sober he continues to investigate the serial killings and the death of Andrew Kensington. The more he finds out about Kensington the more secrets that are revealed. These shrouded bits of information lead to more secrets and many of them seem to involve a friend of Andrews, a German gay man named Otto. He is a friendly chap and Harry soon learns just how friendly. ”Let’s make a tasteless and wonderfully vulgar wager, “ Otto said, his eyes glinting with amusement. “I bet one hundred dollars that this soft, slim hand of yours will have felt my vitals before you leave for Norway. Do you dare to accept the bet?”Harry loses this bet, but you will have to read the book to find out how. The more Harry drinks the more maudlin he becomes. He seems to be punishing himself for past crimes (which are revealed in vivid detail in this book). The death of Kensington brings back the past, but it seems drinking himself into a staggering state of ineptitude is not enough. He decides to hire a hooker and of course he gets caught by Birgitta. One must destroy one’s life completely before one can make better decisions it seems. I only wish that Birgitta would have hopped the next flight out of there back to Sweden or Paris or Timbuktu anywhere to get away from Harry.Harry without barely a shred of evidence makes suppositions that are not only incorrect, but turn out to be colossally wrong. As he should be, he is a much better investigator in later books. He is more violent and reckless as a young man. Aren’t we all? I spend a large part of this book not liking Harry very much. We do, though, see glimmers of the seasoned cop he will become.”Does this remind you of anything you’ve seen before?”Andrew shrugged. “When you’ve worked here long enough all murders remind you of something you’ve seen before.”No, Harry thought. It’s the other way round. Work long enough and you see the tiny nuances each murder has, the details that distinguish one from another and make each one unique.I was fortunate enough to get my books by Jo Nesbo signed when he was in Houston recently.This book has a nice twisty plot and certainly kept me turning the pages. I didn’t mind spending time in Australia even though if I’d been able to step into the book I certainly wouldn’t have spent any time with Harry. I prefer spending my vacations not wringing vomit out of my clothes. I do wonder if reading a couple of the later books didn’t add to my enjoyment in reading this book. I meet the older Harry and then meet the younger Harry several years later. It made me appreciate the man, still flawed, but maybe not as much so, that Harry becomes a few books later. He still gets in trouble with his superiors. He still screws up relationships, but I feel more sympathy when it happens to the older Harry. 3.5 stars.If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http://www.jeffreykeeten.comI also have a Facebook blogger page at:

  • Evgnossia O'Hara
    2018-11-14 20:51

    Review was originally published on Through the Chapters|Blog*3,5 stars*“I have an idea for Harry’s life, for what is going to happen to him. Harry’s near future looks bleak. After that it’s getting even worse. And after that everything is going to hell”-Jo Nesbø interview, January 2010This is the major reason I’m rating the first book with 3.5 stars. The second reason, equally important, is the connection that I had with the main character from the very first page. Harry Hole, pronounced as Hoo-leh, is a young innocent guy, with good intentions, even if sometimes he behaves in irrational patterns. In other words, when he faces impediments which he cannot control he falls under the influence of alcohol. This decision automatically activates a domino effect and things coming to fall apart.“The human soul was a deep, dark forest and all decisions are made alone”–The BatHe is determined that he can do nothing to transfigure the unfortunate events that keep haunting him and therefore he resort to beverage not to comfort himself as he might believe but mostly to punish himself for the past he cannot change, for the lies he had to tell, for the love he had lost.The first installment in the Harry Hole series, “The Bat”, provides the readers with background information of Harry’s life. It gives some very significant insights into the emotions, the inner world and a past that made him a person he is now. It was a little bit slow with many information about the Aboriginals in Australia, but it didn’t destroyed the main purpose of the author, to introduce us this young, impulsive cop who came to investigate the murder of his compatriot. Moreover, the fact that he gets involved with a potential witness proves again his young age and inexperience, a detail that pictures him as an innocent guy with a sombre past and a darkness that everyone hides inside.Moving on, I appreciate the author’s boldness and the moments where he isn’t intimidated to cauterize his main character.“A sudden, uncontrollable fury rose in him, and he cast around for something to smash. He snatched the whiskey bottle from the table and was about to launch it at the wall, but changed his mind at the last moment. Lifelong training in self-control, he thought, opening the bottle and putting it to his mouth.”– The BatIn addition, I have to acknowledge the aboriginal myths which Nesbø has incorporated into this novel. It was very enlightening and frustrating at the same time since everyone had to tell his myth to Harry to give him a clue about who the murderer might be.In the first chapters Hole states that: “You’re a tiny bit damaged every time you unravel another murder case”, something that works as a prophecy to the development of his personality in the next stories, and connects with the statement of Jo Nesbø himself, who prepares a hell ride for his hero. Forthwith, the first case of Harry Hole, functions as a very good baseline for the next stories and I’m eager to dive into them in order to travel with him through his intimidating life path.I can’t wait for it!What do you want people?I have this dark side inside me, I never denied it.

  • Noeleen
    2018-11-04 14:36

    As a huge fan of Jo Nesbo and the Harry Hole series, I waited eagerly, like many other fans, for The Bat, the first book in the Harry Hole series, to finally be translated into English. It was like waiting for Santa to arrive on Christmas Eve and deliver that wonderful present that you are hoping you will get, the pure excitement of it all! Unfortunately, Santa didn’t deliver that wonderful present in the form of The Bat, instead of receiving that perfect present, Santa delivered to me (oh the disappointment)..... a pair of socks...which is the equivalent of what this book ended up being; basic, practical and not very exciting. This book was a huge disappointment. I’m really glad that I wasn’t able to read this first book in the series until now. I wouldn’t have continued with the series if this had been the case and would have missed out on all of the rest of the wonderful Harry Hole books.In The Bat, Harry finds himself in Australia when a young Norwegian girl is murdered and he assists the Australian police with the case. While the book served its purpose in giving us the background to Harry, this was the only good thing about it. I much prefer Harry working in Norway on home ground. There was a lot of Australian and Aboriginal history in the book which in itself was very interesting and I learnt a lot, but it wasn’t necessary to the story at all. In addition, there were many times when the book went off with reminisces of Harry’s past relationship and this really happened at odd times in the book and it too was unnecessary. These aspects of the book seriously ended up taking away from the momentum, pace and interest in the main plot which in itself was mediocre at best. At times I almost forgot about and lost focus on the main plot because of the way the story went off course throughout.It’s very obvious from the writing and plot in The Bat that this is a debut novel and that it is the first book in the series. It’s also evident now how much better the books become in the later works. I’m still a huge fan of Jo Nesbo and the Harry Hole series, from The Redbreast through to Phantom, each one of them has kept me very entertained, I’m just not a fan of this book. I don’t like giving one of my favourite authors, Jo Nesbo, a negative review and I can’t believe I am giving one of his books only two stars but this book just didn’t work for me. I would recommend reading the series from book three, The Redbreast. You don’t really need to read this book to enjoy the rest of the series.

  • Matt
    2018-11-09 16:36

    In my other binge-reading project of the winter, I thought that there was no better time to explore the Harry Hole series by Norwegian Jo Nesbø. I had heard much about the series, and with a keen interest in all things Scandinavian when the thriller genre is involved, I thought I could do no wrong. As the series begins, Harry Hole (that's two syllables, Holy) finds himself in Sydney, Australia where he's been sent to represent the Royal Norwegian Police Directorate to investigate the murder of a Norwegian national. Working alongside some of Sydney's finest, Hole discovers that there may be a serial rapist and murderer on the loose, whose penchant for blondes leaves a trail that grows every few days. Alongside the murder investigation, Hole discovers a woman who pulls on his heartstrings and becomes an integral part of his time in Oz. The reader is also introduced to Hole's checkered past, including an addiction that almost got him fired from the force and one that reemerges at the worst possible moment. With no firm leads and Hole's secondment running to an end, a serial killer continues to elude the authorities and baffle Hole to no end. While soaking up the history of this foreign land, Hole may be too distracted, which hinders his ability to bring answers to a grieving family back in Oslo. In this series debut, Nesbø tells a very interesting tale, both about his protagonist and the race for justice.I was pleasantly surprised at Nesbø's work and found that the story flowed very effectively, full of wonderful tidbits to lure the reader in a little deeper. Harry Hole is a complex man, whose background is multi-layered and will likely take the entire series to unravel. However, Nesbø does a stellar job by paving the way with a thorough glimpse into the man's foibles, as well as the strengths that shape him. I cannot leave this review without pondering a glaring question that leapt off the page for me, especially as a reader who loves to immerse myself in a character. Why would Nesbø choose to use his opening novel and take Hole away from his native Norway? I could see this in the third or fourth novel, but the story begins and remains in Australia for its duration. I could never fully understand this, as it makes logical sense to lay some groundwork before taking the character out of his environs. Allow the reader to learn about local friends and family, plant roots before jetting off to places unknown. That said, perhaps Nesbø has a plan here and I am too cerebral in my analysis this early in the series.Kudos Mr. Nesbø for a great opening novel. I cannot wait to get deeper into the series to see what else you have in store for us.Like/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at:

  • Suzanne
    2018-10-28 15:41

    A very different experience this one was for me. Harry 'Hoo-ley' is an experienced detective with a story of his own to tell, bought out to Sydney, Australia to assist Australian Police in a murder of a Norwegian woman. The poor man is called Harry Holy by everyone, he's given up on correcting people. An interesting one here as this is a Norwegian writer delving strongly into Aboriginal culture, and even re-telling some dream time stories. I am not at all good at concentrating at the best of times, so I really do feel this was my undoing. I did not feel a connection with Harry, and although the narrator did quite an outstanding job of flicking between male/female/drag queen and Aus/Aboriginal/Norwegian accents, it did come across a little 'okka'. I think this author is worth investigating, but possibly not on audio, at least for me. The Australian imagery was great, I think Jo Nesbo creates a lovely scene. As for the rest of the series being for me? Not sure.

  • James Thane
    2018-11-09 15:46

    This is the book that introduced Inspector Harry Hole of the Oslo Crime Squad--or it least it would have been had not several of the later Harry Hole novels reached the U.S. ahead of it. The wait is finally over, though, and The Bat is now at last available in a U.S. edition.It seems a bit odd that the first book in a series featuring a Norwegian police inspector would be set in Australia. Nonetheless, that's the case. A young Norwegian woman who had been something of a minor television celebrity back home, has been raped and murdered in Sydney. Harry is sent to Australia to act as a liasion with the Sydney police in the investigation. His instructions are clear: he is to be an observer and he is not to actually meddle in the investigation. The Sydney police clearly expect that Harry will spend most of his time seeing the sights and will be content to go home and report after a few days at most.Even if you've never read another Harry Hole novel, if you've read any crime fiction at all, you know that's never going to happen. From practically the moment he arrives in Australia, Harry develops his own ideas about the case and is anything but shy about pursuing them.The principal merit of this book is that the reader gets to meet a younger Harry Hole and to learn a bit more about his background. The case itself is intriguing and Harry meets a number of interesting characters along the way. If there is a problem with the book it rests with the fact that Nesbo spends quite a bit of time as a tour guide and cultural anthropologist, exploring the land, its mysteries and its peoples, and sometimes the travelogue gets in the way of the story itself.Actually, The Bat seems more like one of those books that you would find much later in a series, at a time when the author has begun to run out of ideas and so sends his character off to an exotic land to mix things up a bit--and, not incidentally, to give the author a great vacation that he can deduct as a business expense.Still, though it's not up to the standards of some of Nesbo's later Harry Hole novels, this is a fun story with a lot of unexpected twists and turns. And for those of us who are compulsive completists when it comes to our crime fiction, it gives us the chance to finally start reading this series in order. The problem remaining is that the second book in the series, The Cockroaches will not be released in the U.S. until December. At that point, all of the Harry Hole novels will finally be available here and all will be right with the world.

  • Ij
    2018-10-26 18:04

    Many of my “Goodreads friends” warned me that “The Bat” was not the best book in the series. Further, they warned that I might not want to read other books in the “Harry Hole” series, if I started with this book. So, I committed to myself to read the next two (2) books in the series, even if I thought “The Bat” was a terrible read.Well, reading this book was a chore. I did not like Harry Hole, the protagonist, or any of the other characters in the first book of the series. Harry Hole a police from Oslo, Norway and the members of the police force in Sydney, Australia remind me of the fictional characters in the “Keystone Kops.”Harry has been sent to Sydney to assist in the investigation of the murder of Inger Holter, who lived and legally worked in Sydney, but was a citizen on Norway. While Harry was told he would be an observer he was allowed to jump directly into one blunder after another, in the investigation.The investigators of the murder made many bad decisions, however, after several additional deaths including Harry’s Sydney police partner, Andrew Kensington, the case was solved.I rounded up my 2.5 rating to a 3.

  • Lyn
    2018-11-10 16:00

    The Bat, by Norwegian author Jo Nesbo is the first of the Inspector Harry Hole (pronounced Hoo-leh) novels. Set in Australia of all places, Nesbo introduces our hero as a foreign policeman sent on a diplomatic mission to assist with the investigation of the murder of a minor Norwegian celebrity in Sydney. The novel starts slowly but builds to an exciting, if somewhat minimalistic, and troubling, ending. Nesbo does an above average job of introducing an array of characters and develops some intriguing dynamics and complexities for Hole. For a crime mystery, Nesbo also shows a flair for Holmesian attention to detail and logic. There are some inconsistencies and some loose ends but I can understand how this character and this series have become so popular. I will read more from Nesbo.

  • Kostas Papadatos
    2018-11-05 12:52

    Ο Χάρι Χόλε βρίσκεται στην Αυστραλία για να βρει το δολοφόνο μιας νεαρής Νορβηγίδας που δολοφονήθηκε στο Σίδνεϋ… και πέρασε καταπληκτικά. Έφαγε, ήπιε, χόρεψε, σεξ έκανε, σεξ επί πληρωμή επίσης, για τους αβορίγινες έμαθε, θρύλους και μύθους τοπικούς του διηγήθηκαν, τη χλωρίδα και τη πανίδα γνώρισε και επειδή το βιβλίο έφτανε στο τέλος του είπε να ασχοληθεί και με την υπόθεση.Άντε και του χρόνου διακοπές στα νησιά του Πάσχα. Μέτριο βιβλίο και ψιλοβαρετό για όλους τους παραπάνω λόγους. Το δεύτερο μισό ήταν κάπως καλύτερο.2.5 αστεράκια.

  • Beatriz
    2018-11-02 16:59

    Reto #5 PopSugar 2018: Crimen negro nórdicoUn comienzo bastante digno para una serie que, por lo que he leído, mejora notablemente en sus próximas entregas. Por lo mismo, lo sentí como un libro más bien introductorio, que ocupa varias páginas en presentarnos a su personaje principal, Harry Hole, un policía noruego, que lucha permanentemente para mantener controlado su problema de alcoholismo (no siempre con mucho éxito, la verdad).Respecto de la historia, hasta la mitad del libro se siente bastante simple; una investigación que avanza sin muchos sobresaltos por diferentes localidades de Australia, hasta donde llega Harry para colaborar con la policía australiana en la resolución de un caso de violación y asesinato de una ciudadana noruega residente en Sidney, que en el pasado había logrado cierta fama animando programas infantiles. En esta primera parte se disfruta mucho el relato de varias leyendas del pueblo aborigen australiano, principalmente narradas por Andrew, el compañero asignado a Harry por la policía local y que, al menos para mí, se roba el protagonismo de la novela.Sin embargo, pasada la mitad, la historia da un giro inesperado y la acción toma un ritmo realmente frenético que hace difícil despegarse del libro. Llegando a las últimas páginas, algunas cosas fueron bastante obvias, pero otras las sentí un poco deux ex machina, que la verdad no me gusta mucho como recurso literario.De todas maneras, lo recomiendo sobre todo para continuar la serie y entender mejor los demonios de Harry Hole.

  • Algernon
    2018-11-12 15:48

    "You're a tiny bit damaged every time you unravel another murder case. Unfortunately, as a rule there are more human wrecks and sadder stories, and fewer ingenious motives, than you would imagine from reading Agatha Christie. At first I saw myself as a kind of knight dispensing justice, but at times I feel more like a refuse collector" If you are into gloomy police procedurals there's no better place to go than Scandinavia. These writers would make even sunny, laidback Australia look like a dismal place filled with existential dread. Detective Harry Hole is sent to Sidney to assist the local police investigating the murder of a young Norwegian girl. Pretty soon it becomes apparent that what appeared initially as a straightforward mugging on a dark street is in fact the work of a serial killer that has flown under the radar for many years. Like a bat, the Aboriginal symbol of death. Harry finds himself partnered with Andrew, an Aboriginal man who managed to integrate himself in the white society and to become a police officer. To have survived for so long there's nothing random about it. There is a pattern. There's always a pattern. Not because you plan it, but because all humans are creatures of habit, there's no difference between you and me and the rapist. It's just a question of finding what this particular creature's habits are. The investigation has many of the classic elements of a police procedural: the disillusioned detective that is too stubborn to give up, the slow accumulation of evidence, the interviews with the witnesses, the stakeouts – all of it building up towards a final showdown between the killer and the policeman. Yet Jo Nesbo, even in this first book in the series, shows that he can take a classic tale and make it his own, give it that personal touch that will soon make him a bestseller author. Violence is like Coca-Cola and the Bible. A classic. —«»—«»—«»—I read "The Bat" after I started the series with the third book "The Redbreast". I find the later book to be better written and better plotted, but I am glad I went back to the beginning. This trip to Australia did feel sometimes like a tourist brochure, but it is also the Origin story of the lead character in the series. We are given a lot of background information of what makes Harry Hole tick, going all the way back to beautiful memories of a fjord valley in Romsdalen, a youthful romance on a roadtrip through Italy, what turned him into an alcoholic and how the booze made him a pariah at a very young age.The book also reads a lot like a movie script for a big budget production, which is not a bad thing in itself (it just feels a tad contrived). I wish Hollywood would make fewer remakes and sequels of superhero movies and tap into some of these well plotted action thrillers. There are enough red herrings thrown at the reader to make Agatha Christie jealous. She's already mentioned by Harry, because there's a major difference between her cozy mysteries and the blood-soaked, shockingly personal trauma that defines a Harry Hole investigation.Another thing worth mentioning, because I want to avoid talking about the actual plot, is that Nesbo did his homework on Australia thoroughly. Sidney and the countryside comes alive under his pen as Harry checks out burlesque shows, amateur boxing, aboriginal homeless, drug dealers, the gay community, the beaches, the Aquarium, (not the Opera House, though), skydiving and rock festivals. I may have skipped some of the sights, but I recommend checking the book for yourself.I plan to continue reading the books in the order they were published, even if each of them is structured to function also as a standalone.

  • Kris
    2018-11-03 18:35

    Although I love mysteries and thrillers, and have collected the Harry Hole series, this is the first mystery in the series that I have read. My procrastination meant that I could begin with the first book in Jo Nesbø's acclaimed series -- sometimes procrastination does pay off. In this book, Harry Hole has just arrived in Sydney, Australia, after being assigned by the Oslo Crime Department to liaise with the local police department in investigating the recent death of a beautiful Norwegian citizen. Inger Holter was young, beautiful, somewhat famous, and leading a fairly complicated personal life. As Hole, along with his assigned Australian partner Andrew Kensington, begins to explore Holter's professional and personal life, he is confronted with the possibility that Holter is a victim of a serial killer. I found The Bat to have some the weaknesses typical in first books in an established series. The pacing and tone are somewhat inconsistent, there are some plot holes and leaps of faith you must make as a reader, and the resolution of the case is rather sensational. However, there are many pleasures to be had from reading the book. Hole is a complicated and appealing protagonist, and newcomers as well as current fans of the series will enjoy reading his back story. Nesbø's choice of setting for the novel surprised me a bit, but Hole's status as a visitor and his pairing with Kensington provide Nesbø with ample opportunity to introduce some local color and background -- he even incorporates some myths and legends in the novel, sometimes awkwardly, but always intriguingly. In summary, I found The Bat to be a welcome summer read -- engaging and difficult to put down. Definitely recommended for current and future fans of Harry Hole alike. I'm looking forward to reading more books in the series. I received an ARC of The Bat from the publisher in return for an honest review.

  • Jon Kurtz
    2018-10-26 14:04

    My first novel by author Jo Nesbo, left me nearly as schizophrenic as a Jim Carey character. From the beginning, I found the writing difficult to digest. Set in Australia, authored by a Norwegian, and translated into the Queen's English, my American brain sloshed through the idioms saturating the pages. But I remained engaged. With a background in law enforcement, I viewed the portrayal of protagonists and antagonist as over-the-top and not realistic. But I stayed entertained. With the same eye, I felt the storyline was improbable, yet my interest in the outcome persisted. In addition, I became lost on occasion, yet found my way back. Two points of clarity for me, Nesbo does a wonderful job of character development, especially with the main character, Inspector Harry Hole (pronounced like holy). A recovering alcoholic, Harry's fall from the wagon is described in gritty detail. Likewise, other scenes are presented in a similarly thorough fashion, giving the reader a front row seat as the tale unfolds. To sum up my thoughts, I liked the story, but it left me feeling, well, unbalanced. Yours truly, Jon...or is it John?!?

  • Rosa, really
    2018-10-27 12:46

    I love you, Harry, but--And I love this series and would highly recommend it, but--This was kind of an odd experience because although The Bat is the first book in the series, it's the 9th or 10th book published in English. When I first started the series I was most seriously disturbed that they chose to start with The Redbreast, the third book (IT'S JUST NOT RIGHT), but I read an article about the author where he said he thought the first 2 books were not well-done and he was happy the English-language pubs were starting where they did. Okay, fine, I suppose the man knows his own series. (IT'S JUST NOT RIGHT.) However, no one predicted the popularity of the series and, as you can see, they eventually published the first 2 books.Anyway. It's just odd, though, because while Harry is going through all this traumatic shit for the first time, for me it's the 6th or 7th. I think. And it's the same shit over and over: there's a crime, Harry wanders around talking to people and philosophizing, there's another crime, something traumatic happens to Harry, Harry goes binge drinking, Harry figures out who done it in the midst of a drunken haze, Harry sobers up, solves the crime and attempts to move on with his life. I loved this pattern in The Redbreast, Nemesis and The Devil's Star but was growing a wee bit tired of it by The Snowman & The Leopard. (I would HIGHLY recommend those first three though.)Here's the thing: if these cops/PIs/tough guys are so fucking smart shouldn't it occur to them at some point that they seem to run into an awful lot of serial killers? I don't know shit about math, but I feel confident saying it's a mathematical improbability to face this many killers without being the main character in a mystery/thriller/crime book series. And at some point in almost every book the main character gets all maudlin and feels like he just gets the people around him killed -- and I want to say "YES! Yes, you do!" That's what happens when you're in a book and people love you: THEY ALL DIE. (Or leave. Leaving is good.)I feel like it's time for Harry Hole to get a clue and move to a remote farm or island. Still gonna read book #2, Cockroaches, though. (IT'S JUST NOT RIGHT.)

  • Michael
    2018-11-15 21:05

    Good for a first Harry Hole novel as it was the first in the publishing sequence in Norway, though a late arrival to these shores in translation. I had the pleasure of his background and personhood on an away game in New South Wales, where his sister was murdered in Sydney. Away games for detective characters is a common practice, but rare for a first time at bat. But it works for me as a way to know Harry without his team, a pure form so to speak. Harry turns out not to be a cold fish or totally cynical noir character. What he lacks in Chandleresque wisecracks, he makes up for in heart and human fallibility. He’s the type of guy to takes the time to forge serious personal connections while he works, despite the seriousness of his investigation. Here he befriends an Aborginal cop who bends his mind with folktales (including one about a bat) and a Swedish barmaid who bends his heart and the rest of his body. He gets to liking Sydney and environs and learns through his nightlife how the city has become the gay capital of down under. But the ante is upped, and the case starts to look like the path of a serial killer with a long term spree over a large geography. Harry follows hunches without quite the full logic he needs and starts missing trouble signs. His stupidity over solo forays puts him in harm’s way. And when some bad things happen to more than one of his new friends, sorting things out start getting desperate. His old alcoholism starts shaking up his wagon. Harry is the man to get the job done if he just find enough inner reserves. The plight of the Aborigines is woven into the story without making a sociology run. As with Native Americans, many tribes got jumbled together, and cultural traditions have gotten worn away. For example, his cop friend was adopted by a non-native family. Other little windows on Australian society and ecologies and contrasts with the Nordic north add to the satisfaction of the read. I render 3 and a half stars rounded down to leave room for higher reviews later in the series. Because Harry is only visiting, I am expecting gains in pleasure from a wider ensemble of long term characters.

  • Saša
    2018-11-08 15:56

    Hari Hule, nice to meet you.I guess...Jer ovaj pocetak ne obecava slavu koju uziva gore navedeni.Krimic je standardne radnje, nadjena mrtva devojka, serijjski ubica, cliffhanger itd. Likovi su uglavnom papirni sem Harija i detektiva Andrew Kensington-a.Kad bolje razmislim Endrju mi je bio zanimljiviji lik od Harija, zato sto je Aboridzin sa svim svojimrealnim problemima, kako privatnim, tako i problemima Aboridzinske, hmm zajednice u Australiji.Opis Sidneja i odnosi izmedju belaca i Aboridzina su mi bili mnogo zanimljiviji od samog slucaja, i to je ono najbolje u knjizi, ustvari.To i nekoliko Aboridzinskih legendi koje su bas zanimljive, poput nasih basni, samo bez naravoucenija. :)Hari... jasno mi je kuda ide Nesbø sa njim, i to mi nije nista novo, da ne kazem (nego napisem) klise samodestruktivni pandur sa sjebanom prosloscu. I naravno problemom sa picem, so...No videcemo, svi kazu da su prve dve knjige lose, a ja sam poslusao savet pa krenuo od pocetka.Pretpostavljam da nije prodato na milione primeraka ovog serijala bez razloga, te cu nastaviti dalje, ali za sad mi je i dalje Tana French najbolji moderni/danasnji pisac krimi romana.Slabasna trojka.Da, strasno me nervirao ogroman broj recenica napisanih na engleskom, I mean wtf?Onaj ko razume, razume, onaj ko ne razume mora svako malo da bulji na dno stranice da bi saznao o cemu se radi. Laguna my dear, I hate you so much. :D

  • Helena Halme
    2018-11-11 13:01

    I really wanted to like this first Harry Hole novel, but I'm afraid I found it rather far fetched and dull. For me the best thing about Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole novels is their dark and moody Norwegian setting, so perhaps I didn't like The Bat because it's set in Sydney. A Norwegian girl is found brutally murdered, and the Australian police send for a Norwegian policeman to pacify the country's Embassy. What follows is Australia through the eyes of a damaged, t-toal, young Norwegian policeman. There are several long passages explaining the multiculturalism, and the racial relations, in Australia. At times it felt as if the Australian tourist bureau had paid for the translation of this novel.Harry, the foreigner, is teamed with another outsider, a senior aboriginal detective, and together they make inroads into the mystery killing. But it seems his fellow policeman knows rather more than he is willing to reveal. Harry, who himself is struggling to come to terms with already a checkered police career at home, tries to make sense of murder mystery down under. As usual he first fails, but his doggedness pays off and in the end, he finds the solution and the murderer.But before we get to this, there's a love affair, several wrongly accused people, more bodies and so many characters that in the end I started skimming the text instead of reading each word. I just wanted the book to end.

  • Emma
    2018-10-29 13:54

    I really enjoyed this first novel! Although Nesbo’s first novel, publishers took the decision to publish his novels from the third in the series onwards. Only in retrospect were the first two published. Apparently this first is different in tone and lighter than its sequels...some say that Nesbo has matured as a writer in later books..others speculate that maybe the translations were better later on. Well I found this story dark enough and I thought the translation, a good one, not clunky as some translations suffer from. I look forward to reading more about Harry Hole back on his home turf.

  • Brandon
    2018-10-28 15:53

    A Norwegian national is killed while working in Australia and Detective Harry Hole is sent to assist in the investigation. It’s not long before her death is linked to a string of murders and it’s believed a serial killer is on the loose. Can Harry and company track down and stop the murderer before he kills again?Like seemingly everyone on the planet, I enjoyed Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy and after I closed the book on the final novel, I began hearing that this Jo Nesbo guy was someone I should check out. I was hesitant at first as it felt like the publishing world was trying to cash in on Larsson’s success by quickly throwing out the first Scandinavian crime writer (similar to the influx of post-grunge music in the mid 1990s) they found in an effort to capitalize on the public’s newfound interest in Scandinavian crime. On the other hand, maybe it wasn't fair to judge Nesbo so quickly. Maybe this guy is a decent writer. Maybe Larsson opened the door for similar countrymen, giving them an opportunity to shine when the whole world was watching.After doing a little digging, turns out Nesbo has been around a little longer than Larsson. Larsson’s Salander books hit it big in 2005 and exploded onto the worldwide literary scene in 2008. While Nesbo had been steadily writing his Harry Hole novels since the late 1990s and has achieved great success in his home country, it’s arguable that Larsson’s success played a key role in Nesbo’s breakthrough into the world stage.When I initially decided to give Nesbo a go, I had stalled right out of the gate. Turns out that the first two novels in the Harry Hole series had yet to be translated to English. Unfortunately, I've never been comfortable with diving into a series with any novel other than the first. So, I waited. Finally, I got my hands on Harry Hole #1 (The Bat) and dug in. Maybe it was the hype or maybe I should have clued in that his publisher had forgone translating the first two novels in favor of starting with book five (The Redbreast) but I came away feeling underwhelmed.The first half of this novel is hopelessly dull and while Nesbo throws everything on its head midway through, I felt in the end it wasn't enough to save the whole experience. Sure, while the mystery was intricately plotted and I certainly didn't foresee the identity of the killer coming, the whole lead-up to it felt flat and run of the mill.The book is filled with countless info dumps that I’m not entirely sure are necessary to the story. Not only that, but they weighed down the pacing and were written in an uninteresting manner.Given all the problems I had with The Bat, I’m still interested in Jo Nesbo. Judging by other reviews of subsequent releases, the series looks like it gets better. While I’m in no rush to get the second book, I can see myself picking it up down the road.Oh, and Harry Hole.. what an awful name.

  • Rachael
    2018-10-23 19:44

    First off: If you've never read Jo Nesbo, DON'T start with this one. Nesbo's first Harry Hole book and the least accomplished. It's set in Sydney and just when I though I would lose the will to live if I had to read/hear one more Aboriginal creation myth used to explain the mysteries of life; on about pg. 168 order was restored with a spectacularly gruesome murder involving a clown leading Harry to fall off the wagon (thank God!), wreak havoc, have a couple of dark nights of the soul and of course catch the murderer. As usual, plenty of suspension of disbelief required but it does eventually work itself up into a bit of page-turner. Overall Harry seems a bit too happy and well, normal, in sunny climes. He's much more endearing in dreary Oslo hunting down its large population of serial killers.

  • Amanda NEVER MANDY
    2018-11-14 13:49

    My husband likes to preorder books for me from my favorite authors. I think he likes to see the smile on my face when I see that little brown box of happiness awaiting me after a long day at work or at least that is the social media “we are so in love” version. In reality he probably just does it so he has a 'get out of jail free' card on layaway. You know, buying ahead on those elusive love points. In regards to this book buying situation I think I should deduct points because he stepped out of my fav zone and picked one at random based on the idea that he saw me read a book this guy wrote once. Also he chose to pick a book that was not second, not third but eleventh in a series. You read that right....ELEVENTH.Shall we do this math on this? SCREW IT, WHY NOT.POSTIVE POINTS: One point for buying me a book. One point for going out on a limb and buying one that isn’t on my fav list. One point for paying attention to what I read. One point for remembering a book from a few years back. Ten points for sticking it out with my difficult ass and not leaving me with these damn kids.TOTAL = 14 POINTSNEGATIVE POINTS: Deduct one point for not checking with me first regarding a book purchase because I am a control freak and he should know better. Deduct two points for picking a book that was eleventh in a series which forces me to have to read the ten before it. *flips him the middle finger* Deduct ten points for getting with me to begin with and blessing me with these damn kids.REVISED TOTAL = 1 POINT I guess since he came out ahead on points I will keep him and unfortunately...those damn kids.Shall we return back to original purpose of my ramblings? I SUPPOSE.Honestly, it wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be. I think the translation was a bit off or at least that is where I am placing the blame. The flow kept getting interrupted and there was a spot or two where things didn't make sense. I kept having to reread sections to determine who said what and to make sure I hadn’t missed something when I felt like I had. The mystery itself was great and the characters felt like they were standing right next to me, which is actually kind of a scary thing knowing that one of them killed the other and oh hell am I going to be next?

  • Snotchocheez
    2018-11-07 16:54

    If you're like me, you probably encountered the Jo Nesbø phenomenon by reading one of his more recent Harry Hole novels (for me it was The Snowman that sold me), and if you're like me, you have a nagging feeling you're missing something when skipping the first installments of an episodic police thriller series, you'd then feel the overwhelming need to start with The Bat.I gotta tell you: this was...not very good. There are several explanations floating around out there as to why the first few installments weren't initially translated to English, but, after reading The Bat I can only surmise that that this was hastily translated or something. There's plenty of "Harry Holy"s to, I suppose, stave off the sniggery, Norwegian phonetics-challenged (like me) that couldn't resist pinning a hirsute orifice moniker on our intrepid Oslo detective, but I still have no earthly idea why Nesbø, a Norwegian writer, chose to open his series in Australia, of all places, when half the appeal of The Snowman was Nesbø's (and Hol-lay's) use of Norway's fjord-land atmospherics. In Australia (where Hole has been sent to assist the investigation of a murdered Norwegian girl, only for it to turn into the makings of a serial killer), Hole seems alternately bewildered and constrained to do the work he was sent "down under" to do. (He more seems like a fish out of water than a bad-ass he demonstrated later; was he trying to appease audiences who prefer travelogues with their police procedurals?) There's evidence in dribs and drabs of the Harry Hole I remember enjoying, but the writing on display...just seems off here. Very choppy and circumspect. (And that ending...((view spoiler)[straight out of a horrid.reject from "Shark Week" Sydney Aquarium, no less (hide spoiler)])...crikey, that was bad).

  • Koula
    2018-11-05 18:38

    M' αρέσει που αγόρασα και την επετειακή έκδοση, μιας και είναι το πρώτο βιβλίο που έγραψε ο Nesbo.Δεν μου άρεσε, η πλοκή ήταν άνευρη, άτονη και έξω από τα συνηθισμένα του συγγραφέα.Επανάληψη, φλυαρία με ελάχιστο αστυνομικό σασπένς, που δεν έβλεπα την ώρα να το τελειώσω.Ενδιαφέρουσα η αναφορά, οι ιστορίες και οι μύθοι γύρω από τους Αβορίγινες της Αυστραλίας.Τρία αστεράκια, μόνο γιατί είναι το πρώτο του και γιατί είναι Nesbo.Kαλές αναγνώσεις!

  • Orient
    2018-10-24 18:51

    What can I say, it was love from the first sight. Harry Hole ...

  • Αλίκη
    2018-10-24 13:04

    Η Νυχτερίδα είναι ένα άκρως καλοκαιρινό βιβλίο, όπου ο Νορβηγός πρωταγωνιστής μας ταξιδεύει Ιανουάριο στην Αυστραλία για να παρακολουθήσει την έρευνα που διεξάγουν οι τοπικές αρχές για την εξιχνίαση του θανάτου μιας νεαρής κοπέλας διάσημης στη χώρα του. Παρόλο που ο ρόλος του είναι καθαρά εκείνος του παρατηρητή, ο Χάρι Χόλε θα εμπλακεί στην υπόθεση και θα κυνηγήσει τον δολοφόνο που απ' ότι φαίνεται δεν είναι ένας απλός δολοφόνος της μιας φοράς, αλλά ένας ψυχοπαθής που δρα σε ολόκληρη την Αυστραλία, βιάζοντας και σκοτώνοντας με φριχτούς τρόπους κοπέλες. Όσο πιο κοντά του θα φτάνει όμως, τόσο πιο πολύ θα συνειδητοποιεί πως δεν είναι κανείς ασφαλής, ούτε καν οι ίδιοι οι ερευνητές της υπόθεσης. Διαβάστε περισσότερα εδώ.

  • Liz
    2018-10-30 15:35

    A good thriller with interesting characters. On several occasions the story did veer off course a bit, and I think it would have benefited by trimming some of the distracting material. As a whole I enjoyed this and more importantly, I genuinely like Harry. I’ll be continuing with the series, as I’ve heard that they only get better. 3.5 stars rounded up.

  • Carol -Reading Writing and Riesling
    2018-10-31 14:46

    My View: I am a Jo Nesbo fan. I have read all his other books in the Harry Hole series and mostly have been very impressed with the action, the narrative, the character development, the intrigue and the resolution. This book however is an exception to the series. It is banal, its language wooden, stilted and as an Australian reading Hole’s experience of his adventures in Sydney, Australia and of Australians, I generally felt let down and uncomfortable with the stereotypes and colloquialisms - of big waisted, slow witted, “dinkum” white Aussie males and the Indigenous cop’s voice felt stunted and farcical too – continually explaining the world in Dream-time stories and explaining everything very carefully... all the Australians had a dumbed down quality I did not like and I did not appreciate reading this interpretation of Australia and Australian life. (I did however enjoy the Dream-time stories perhaps worthy of a book in their own right but not relevant in this book) The political voice in this book was ...annoying.The first 160 odd pages of this book were flat, dull, convoluted and clumsy and did I mention far fetched and I could not stretch my imagination to believe the premise of the murders and the police procedures or rather the lack of procedure and lack of professionalism. How disappointing. This is the first book I have read on NetGalley where after 50 pages I thought I would just not bother to continue, that my time was being wasted trying to find something interesting or redeeming in this book. Stupidly I continued on. The story did not improve – it worsened becoming more incredulous and bumbled along with the addition of masses of blood and gore and torn apart limbs and should have been read whilst listening to the theme track of JAWS!Jo Nesbo – I am glad some publisher somewhere saw the potential in your writing – I did enjoy your other books in this series but think that the publisher did me a favour by not translating this first novel of the series any sooner – if I hadn't read this book at all I would be perfectly happy and not felt as if I had been cheated of a potentially great read. Do your self a favour - skip this book and read the others in the series.

  • Jim
    2018-11-21 12:39

    I had purchased a couple of the later books in the series when I saw them on sale but before reading them I decided that I should start reading the series with the first book. Several reviews seemed to indicate it was not as good as later books in the series but I decided it was better to start with the first book. I still can't compare it to any of the other books but am glad to hear the later books are better. If I hadn't read this I don't know if I would have had the incentive to continue with the series.Inspector Harry Hole of the Oslo Crime Squad has been sent to Sydney as a liaison in the murder investigation of a young Norwegian woman who is a minor celebrity back home. In this capacity the understanding is that he is there to observe. Maybe do some sightseeing while the Sydney police do the actual investigating. You know that is not what is going to happen. Practically from the moment he arrives in Sydney he befriends one of the lead detectives and takes a hands on approach in the investigation. Together they learn that this is the latest in a string of unsolved murders throughout Australia and appears to be the work of a psychopath.There are several interesting characters in this story, including Andrew Kensington, an Aboriginal detective but often times the author appears to be part sociologist and part anthropologist. Sometimes to the point where it gets in the way of the story. Of course the most interesting character is Harry Hole ... a self destructive alcoholic. Despite his alcoholic binges and virtual descent into hell Harry maintains an obsessive compulsion to follow the trail of a psychopath to the point where he puts himself and everyone around him at risk. Reading this story it was at times hard to imagine this is the beginning of the series and not the story of someone at the end of their career ... and life.It will be interesting to read other books in the series and to follow Harry Hole.

  • ☮Karen
    2018-10-31 21:00

    I'd already read and enjoyed The Snowman (Harry Hole #7) from this series a while ago and was torn as to whether I really wanted to read all of the other books, and in order, or if I could just skip around and read only the higher rated selections. My library has almost all the earlier books on audio, so I started with this, the first in the series. Unfortunately I wasn't able to devote 100% attention whilst this was playing along; but I'm sure I did glean the important parts, enough to realize this is a series I want to continue. Harry Hole is quite an interesting character with a sense of humor about his faults. Again, this reader pronounces Hole as if it rhymes with pole. At the beginning, however, someone mispronounces it and calls him Ho-lee, and Harry decides not to correct him and to go along with it. "Infinitely better than being confused with apertures or orifices," he thinks.