Cockroaches

Cockroaches

Book - 2013
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When the Norwegian ambassador to Thailand is found dead in a Bangkok brothel, Inspector Harry Hole is dispatched from Oslo to help hush up the case.
 
But once he arrives Harry discovers that this case is about much more than one random murder. There is something else, something more pervasive, scrabbling around behind the scenes. Or, put another way, for every cockroach you see in your hotel room, there are hundreds behind the walls. Surrounded by round-the-clock traffic noise, Harry wanders the streets of Bangkok lined with go-go bars, temples, opium dens, and tourist traps, trying to piece together the story of the ambassador's death even though no one asked him to, and no one wants him to--not even Harry himself.
Publisher: London : Harvill Secker, 2013
ISBN: 9780345807151
9781846554940
1846554942
Branch Call Number: Suspense F Nes
Additional Contributors: Bartlett, Don

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Dreamstime
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!

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maipenrai
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.

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Beverleigh
Mar 02, 2015

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

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gloryb
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.

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loudem
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.

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pacdg
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.

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JLMason
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.

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billmacrotarian
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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