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!
The second book in the Harry Hole series
Loved this book - I don't recall reading any of Nesbo's mysteries before but now I'm hooked. I started off being a bit irritated with what i thought would be another alcoholic's story but that turned out to be a very minor detail that barely figured in the tale. I loved the Thai setting and atmosphere and I was surprised by the ending - that's a very good thing in a mystery. I'll be searching for others of Mr. Harry Hole's stories
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.
Typical Harry Hole; keeps you guessing. Easy read although the names can be confusing.
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.
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.
Good story with plenty of hints to follow.
I thoroughly enjoyed this Harry Hole story, even though I have read later books in the series before this.
Nesbo is a first-class writer in my book.
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.
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